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The Fall of Toad Hall

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews

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“Go home?” asked Rat aghast. “You mean to say you haven’t heard About the stoats and weasels?” “No!” Toad answered “Not a word. What has befallen my ancestral seat in my absence?
I beg you, Ratty, tell the tale,” and so the Rat commenced.

“The other two were staying at Toad Hall 'til you came back
And then one evening while they slept the Wild Wooders attacked.
The stealthy stoats and wicked weasels knocked them both about
They fought but were outnumbered so the bounders threw them out.

And since that night the Wild Wooders have lived in your abode.”
Toad buried his head in his hands “Oh, feckless, foolish Toad!
Because of my obsessions and my fancies and my fads
I’ve lost the finest home that anybody ever had.”

“Not so!” said Badger who had entered unobserved with Mole.
“For, while you’ve been careering around out of control,
The Mole and Rat and I have been scheming for your good
We’ve found a way to drive the weasels back into the Wood.”

“They’ve posted sentries all around the walls” the Mole explained
“With searchlights pointed all about the grounds and rifles trained.
There is no hope of taking Toad Hall back by land or air.
Before we get within a mile they’d know that we were there.”

“It’s hopeless, then,” Toad snuffled softly and began to cry.
“Now come along” said Badger “There’s another way to try.
Before your father sadly passed away he told to me
A secret which must not be told to any but you three.

“For times of deadly danger there is a catacomb
Which runs from by the riverbank to Toad Hall’s dining room.
Tomorrow night the Wild Wood folk will meet to drink and feast
If we can sneak up and surprise them, there’s a chance at least!”

The Toad looked up at Rat and Mole and Badger gratefully
“No fellow ever had such stout companions as you three.
I thank you for your friendship and tomorrow let us all
Make those wicked stoats and weasels rue
The day they took Toad Hall!”

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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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