Hercules and the Wagoner

A Carter was driving a wagon
along a country lane, when the
wheels sank down deep into a rut.
The rustic driver, stupefied and
aghast, stood looking at the
wagon, and did nothing but utter
loud cries to Hercules to come
and help him. Hercules, it is
said, appeared and thus addressed
him: "Put your shoulders to the
wheels, my man. Goad on your
bullocks, and never more pray to
me for help, until you have done
your best to help yourself, or

 

depend upon it you will
henceforth pray in vain."

Self-help is the best help.

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