Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 61. Hercules and the Waggoner (Perry
A Waggoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last
he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the
mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the
Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the
Strong. "O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress," quoth
he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said:
"Tut, man, don't sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the
The gods help them that help themselves.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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