Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Song of Mr Toad - Kenneth Grahame

 The world has great heroes,
As history books have showed;
But never a name to go down in fame
Compared with that of Toad!

The clever men at Oxford
Know all that there is to be knowed,
But they none of them knew one half as much
As intelligent Mr Toad!

The animals sat in the Ark and cried,
Their tears in torrents flowed.
Who was it said, ‘There's land ahead'?
Encouraging Mr Toad!

The army all saluted
As they marched along the road.
Was it the King or Kitchener?
No. It was Mr Toad!

The Queen and her ladies-in-waiting
Sat at the window and sewed.
She cried, ‘Look! who's that handsome man?'
They answered ‘Mr Toad'.

Kenneth Grahame
(Wind in the Willows)

There is something beautiful about ugly toad. Unshamedly proud, he is the sort of animal to wear a bowtie in bed at night in case water rat sees him through the curtains.

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