Page:Skeealyn Aesop a Selection of Aesops Fables Translated Into Manx-Gaelic Together with a Few Poems.djvu/47

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A hare one day was making fun of a tortoise for her short feet and slow pace. The tortoise, laughing, said "Though you be as swift as the wind, I will run with you in a long race." The hare, deeming her words simply impossible, nevertheless agreed to run, and they agreed that the fox should choose the course and fix the goal. On the day appointed for the race, they started together. The tortoise never for a moment stopped, hut went as fast as she could. The hare, trusting to the swiftness of his nature, cared little about the race, but lay down by the wayside among grass, and slept for a long time. At last, waking up, and moving as fast as he could, he saw the tortoise at the goal, dozing comfortably after her fatigue.