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Toad Hoodwinks Ratty

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



All the hot summer long Toad remained confined at home.
Badger, Mole and the Rat would never leave their charge alone.
Every day alternating at his bedroom door waiting
'Til the madness had passed and he’d woken from his dream
But while they guarded him Toad began to form a scheme..

It was the Rat’s turn to mount guard
And by Toad’s door was standing poised.
He hadn't been there waiting long
When from behind the door he heard a noise.

The sound was a wailing and crying out in pain.
A howling of agony and anguish sore.
Rat paused - the voice cried out once again -
And reaching a decision he unlocked the door.

Toad looked like one who was near to death.
His face was hollow and his skin was drenched.
His eyes were wild and his breath came fast.
He whispered to the Rat with teeth tightly clenched.

“Dear Rat, I fear I haven’t long to go.
Would you please oblige me while there’s still a chance
And fetch a doctor from the town?”
But Ratty pursed his lips and looked down at him askance.

“Now Toady I know that you’re shamming sick,” he said
“Sit up and let’s have no more theatrics and moans!”
But Toad threw his head back and let out such a cry
So anguished that it chilled Ratty down to his bones.

“A lawyer too and a man of God besides!
Make haste for I feel the icy hand of death.
It claws at my heart and it freezes my frame.
Make haste dear friend, I have but a few hours left!”

The Rat was alarmed by Toad’s impassioned plea.
He ran from the house straightways to the town
But when he returned with the notary and priest
The dying Toad was nowhere to be found...


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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