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To Toad Hall

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



So the Mole and the Rat dwelt together in content.
All through the green springtime everywhere together went.
But as spring into summer grew Mole yearned for acquaintance new.
“I’ve not met Mr Toad - let’s to him a visit pay.”
“Certainly” replied the Rat
And to Toad Hall made their way.

As they rowed up the river Toad Hall came into sight.
A grand, imposing mansion which dwarfed its neighbours quite.
They tied off at the boathouse and across the gardens strode
Where taking tea upon the lawn they came on Mr Toad.

On seeing Mole and Rat Toad sprang quickly to his feet
And with a hand outstretched he ran forward them to greet.
“Dear Ratty and dear Mole, what an opportune surprise!
We leave tomorrow for adventures under sunny skies!”

“We leave?” asked Rat suspiciously. Said Mole “We’ve just arrived”
But Toad ran on “It grieves me, friends, to watch you waste your lives On rivers and on boats and such other foolish ways.
I’ve found the only true way for a chap to spend his days!”

Toad ushered them around the front to show them his new plan
And standing in the courtyard was a gipsy caravan
In red and yellow painted and immaculately kept.
Rat sighed and scowled and tutted but beside him Mole’s heart leapt.

“Now have you ever seen the like of this?” exulted Toad.
“The one, true path, the only way – life on the open road!
No two days in the same place - every hour a waking dream!
A better life by far than boating on some dreary stream!”

“My river isn’t dreary” Rat said in a quiet voice
But seeing Mole’s excitement left him with no other choice And so the following morning the Rat and Mole and Toad
Rode out to start their new life upon the open road.


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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