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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

Charles H. Spurgeon

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Snail – a symbol of a house. Symbol of the persistence, and persistence, it’s helping to finish your work successful.« When you are on a dangerous way, move ahead slowly but wright ». The snail became a symbol of cyclic processes, for example, revival and revival, and in painting of icons aztecs – fertility. It has made the snail a symbol of revival of the Christ. Besides carrying of own small house was considered as expression of modesty. The snail is the essence carrying all property with it self. Snails allocated with ability to cure different illnesses and till now use in magic: at ancient Greeks they were considered as a medicine and, really, helped from illnesses. On isle of Man children, having seen a snail, sentence: “Snail, snail, put out horns, wish me all good “.

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William Cowper, “Snail” (1731)

To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall, the snail sticks close, nor fears to fall, as if he grew there, house and all together.

Within that house secure he hides, when danger imminent betides of storm, or other harm besides of weather.

Give but his horns the slightest touch, his self-collecting power is such, he shrinks into his house with much displeasure.

Where’er he dwells, he dwells alone, except himself has chattels none, well satisfied to be his own whole treasure.

Thus hermit-like, his life he leads, nor partner of his banquet needs, and if he meets one only feeds the faster.

Who seeks him must be worse than blind, (He and his house are so combined,) if, finding it, he fails to find its master.

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jimmy the snail

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Jimmy the snail was a very slow walker,
A very slow eater, a very slow talker.
It took him ten minutes to climb up a flower,
And eating a leaf, that took him an hour!
It really was lucky his house was his shell
Or going to bed would take hours as well.
When others said: “Jimmy, why are you so slow?”
He’d gaze at them gently and say: “Well, you know. . .”
But giving the reason would take him all day,
And before the had finished they’d all go away.
So Jimmy was always left there all alone;
Then one day while making his way round a stone
Another small snail he did happen to meet,
A lady snail too, who was terribly sweet.
They looked at each other, and blinked once or twice,
Then Jimmy suggested a walk would be nice.
They slowly set off and at length had agreed,
To marry each other would be fun indeed.
And so they were married and happy together,
They lived at a snail’s pace for ever and ever.

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leave it to zappa

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/longvow/poems/flash/fpoem2.shtml

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