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Κάλαμος καὶ ἐλαία (Αἴσωπος)

The Oak and the Reeds Yn Darragh as yn Chuirtlagh
George Fyler Townsend Edward Faragher
English Manx
A VERY LARGE OAK was uprooted by the wind and thrown across a stream. Va darragh feer wooar lhieggit lesh y gheay, as er ny cheau tessen er strooan.
It fell among some Reeds, which it thus addressed: "I wonder how you, who are so light and weak, are not entirely crushed by these strong winds. Ren eh tuittym ny-vud paart dy chuirtlagh, as ren eh myr shoh loayrt: "Ta mee goaill yindys, cre'n aght ta shiuish, ta cha eddrym as faase, nagh vel shiu broojit ooilley cooidjagh, lesh yn gheay lajer."
" They replied, "You fight and contend with the wind, and consequently you are destroyed; while we on the contrary bend before the least breath of air, and therefore remain unbroken, and escape. Dansoor ad eh: "Ta shiu gleck rish yn gheay as shen-y-fa ta shiu er ny stroie, agh ta shin lhoobey roish yn ennal sloo dy gheay as shen-y-fa ta shin neuvrisht as scapail."
" Stoop to conquer. Croym dy gheddyn barriaght.


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