Baby's Own Aesop (1887)
9. Hercules and The Waggoner (Perry
When the God saw the Waggoner kneel,
Crying, "Hercules! Lift me my wheel
From the mud, where 'tis stuck!"
He laughed - "No such luck;
Set your shoulder yourself to the wheel."
THE GODS HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES
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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.