Saturday, September 25, 2010

L'Estrange: A Country-man and Hercules.

A Carter that had laid his Waggon fast in a Slouth, stood Gaping and Bawling to as many of the Gods and Goddesses as he could muster up, and to Hercules especially, to help him out of the Mire. Why ye lazy Pupppy you, says Hercules, lay your Shoulder to the Wheel, and price your Oxen first, and Then's your Time to pray. Are the Gods to do your Drudgery, d'ye think, and you lie bellowing with your Finger in your Mouth?

Men in Distress must Work as well as Pray, they shall be never the better else.

Source: L'Estrange 246.
Hercules et Rusticus

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