Some Thoughts on the Common Toad

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE COMMON TOAD (1946)

Some Thoughts on the Common Toad [ - ]
'Before the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion, which is to emerge from a hole in the ground, where he has lain buried since the previous autumn, and crawl as rapidly as possible towards the nearest suitable patch of water...'