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 honour'd most, Alcides, pray'd,
"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."
Source: Davies: Fables of Babrius = Babrius 20
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