Aesop's Fables

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"Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel"

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Last Updated on May 25, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 114

Context: Probably not a part of the original corpus, the Aesopica, the story of the god of strength and weak man is as follows:

A Waggoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road when the wheels sank halfway 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 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 wheel."

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