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The Water​-​Rat & The Boat

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



And so the warm sun beat on down upon the dreaming Mole
When on the other bank he noticed hidden away, a hole
And from the hole a face appeared - a friendly face at that.
“Why hello Ratty!” the Mole exclaimed.
“Good day to you!” answered the Rat.

“How would you like to come across and take some tea with me?”
“I’d love to, Ratty” Mole answered “but I fear it’s not to be.
For I can’t swim and I can’t fly and moles tend not to float.”
“Don’t worry!” said Ratty “I’ve just the thing”
And stepped into his little boat.

He smartly sculled across the stream then with the painter wrestled.
Once he was there the Mole declared “I’ve never seen such a vessel!
So smart and sleek like a silver streak and painted aft and fore.
A new endeavour for I have never
Been boating on rivers before."

Rat stopped his task, amazed and asked “Have I heard you correctly?
If you’ve not been upon the stream we must change that directly!
Why my dear boy, there is no joy to compare to being afloat.
So what would you say if we spent today
Just messing around in a boat?”

“I quite agree” Mole said with glee and stepped into the craft.
Rat took the sculls; away he pulled and both friends talked and laughed.
And from that hour their friendship flowered and grew both fast and strong
And Rat regaled him with many a tale
As they merrily paddled along...


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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