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Aesop's "The Hare and the Tortoise"
From Oliver Herford’s 
The Herford Aesop: Fifty Fables in Verse.
Illustrated by the author. Boston: Ginn and Co. 1921.
A HARE one day a Tortoise chaffed

On her slow gait. The Tortoise laughed.

“’Tis true I’m slowest of the slow

And you’re the fastest thing I know;

Yet notwithstanding your swift pace,”

Said she, “I’ll beat you in a race.”

The Hare consented, half in jest,

To put the matter to the test,

And off they started. Like a flash,

Half round the course in one swift dash,

Bounded the Hare; then, feeling sure

That victory was now secure,

Sat down to rest.—.and fell asleep.

Meanwhile his Rival, creep, creep, creep,

Came slowly on, caught up, and passed.

Creep-creep, creep-creep, until at last

The Hare awaking, rubbed his eyes

And saw, to his intense surprise,

The Tortoise, faithful to her boast,

Was waiting at the winning-post.