Upon A Snail (excerpt)
She goes but softly, but she goeth sure,
She stumbles not, as stronger creatures do.
Her journey's shorter, so she may endure
Better than they which do much farther go.
She makes no noise, but stilly seizeth on
the flower or herb appointed for her food,
The which she quietly doth feed upon
While others range and glare, but find no good.
And though she doth but very softly go,
However, 'tis not fast now slow, bt sure;
And certainly they that do travel so,
The prize they do aim at they do procure.
--John Bunyan (1628-1688)