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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Carter and Hercules
By Babrius (c. Second Century A.D.)
 
Translation of James Davies

A CARTER from the village drove his wain:
And when it fell into a rugged lane,
Inactive stood, nor lent a helping hand;
But to that god, whom of the heavenly band
He really honored most, Alcides, prayed:        5
“Push at your wheels,” the god appearing said,
“And goad your team; but when you pray again,
Help yourself likewise, or you’ll pray in vain.”
 
 
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