The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 3 (July 1, 1929)
Sleep is Sweet
Sleep is Sweet.
The foreman of a gang of railwaymen had more than his share of Irish wit.
One day he was walking along his section of the line when he found one of his labourers fast asleep in the shade of a tree.
Eyeing the man with a smile, he said:
“Slape on, ye idle spalpeen, slape on. So long as ye slape ye've got a job, but when ye wake up ye're out of wurrk!”
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