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The Battle of Toad Hall

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



Rat was first into the room and gave a mighty shout.
The Mole was next and after him the Badger darted out
Then after him came Mr. Toad yelling as he ran.
There was a pause and then the Battle of Toad Hall began.

The room became a blur of noise and mayhem as the friends
Struck left and right and front and back and left and right again.
The weasels and the stoats were caught entirely by surprise
And for a while they stood as though they had been mesmerised.

They roused themselves and drunkenly attempted to defend.
Too late for now the battle swung to our intrepid friends.
The stoats and weasels fought in vain against their fierce attack
And though their number was the greater, they were beaten back.

The Badger’s mighty strength was seen as he fought one to five. The agile Rat was everywhere and nimbly ducked and dived.
The dogged Mole fought like a bulldog tireless and brave
And Toad filled them with terror as he swung his holly stave.

At length the stoats and weasels fled before the four friends’ wrath. The Mole and Rat chased after them to see them safely off.
The Badger poured them all a drink and sat down by the hearth. “Well Toad, we won’t be seeing them again” he said and laughed

The Mole and Rat returned and the four friends drank a toast
To hearth and home and all the simple things they cherished most. To comradeship, a job well done and sharing of a load
And lastly to the prodigal son – the new and chastened Toad.


from The Wind in the Willows, released June 28, 2021


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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more


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