Hercules and the Wagoner

: Aesop's Fables

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."