The Oxen and the Axle-Trees

04. THE OXEN AND THE AXLE-TREES. The Axle-trees were complaining of the Ingratitude of the Oxen. How often, say they, have we, when Timber, fed ye with my Leaves, and reliev'd ye under my Shadow? and for you to drag me now at this Rate, over Dirt and Stones! Alas! cry'd the Oxen: Do not you see how we pant and groan, and how we are goaded on, to do what we do? The Axle-trees consider'd how unwillingly they did it, and so forgave them.
What we are forc'd to do by an Over-ruling Power and Necessity is not properly our own Act. [more info]

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