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Toad's Escape

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



All through the winter Toad remained incarcerated fast,
Locked in a noisome prison feeling beaten and downcast.
“Oh woe for the confinement of the daring Mr Toad
The Nemesis of Pedestrians and Terror of the Road!”

His only company was the gaoler and his daughter fair.
A comely lass whose heart was greatly touched by Toad’s despair.
She’d bring him snacks and dainties and such other banned delights
And in return Toad told her tales of all his daring exploits

One day as Toad regaled her with vignettes of his career
The girl appeared distracted only lending half-an-ear.
Toad prattled on regardless seeing nothing odd nor strange
Until at length she said “Be quiet! And listen for a change.”

“It grieves me so to see you mouldering in this dungeon grim.”
“I’m gratified,” said Toad “But my hopes of escape are slim.”
“Not so,” the lass replied and then a question posed.
“My aunt works in the laundry here. Why don’t you both change clothes?”

“Preposterous!” cried Toad “Why, my dear girl, I am afraid
That gentlemen don’t go about disguised as laundry maids!”
The girl retorted “So you're telling me you’d rather stay
To rot here as a gentleman when you could be out and away?”

Faced with such logic Toad relented and agreed the switch.
And so it was the following night as dark and black as pitch
The aunt was locked in Toad’s cell dressed as a country squire
And Toad was set at liberty in washerwoman’s attire.

By morning Toad was well clear of his erstwhile abode
And puffed up with conceit and pride he strutted down the road.
“Who is that dashing blade who steals away from gaol?” he crowed “No Lock nor Bolt Can Hold Him – The Stealthy Mr 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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