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Baby's Own Aesop (1887)

53. The Hare and The Tortoise (Perry 226)

'Twas a race between Tortoise and hare,
Puss was sure she's so much time to spare,
That she lay down to sleep,
And let old Thick-shell creep
To the winning post first! You may stare.

PERSISTENCE BEATS IMPULSE

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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.