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Aesop's Fables: Sir Roger L'Estrange (1692)

23. A MOUNTAIN IN LABOUR (Perry 520)

When Mountains cry out, People may well be excus’d the Apprehension of some prodigious Birth. This was the Case here in the Fable. The Neighbourhood were all at their Wits end, to consider what would be the Issue of that Labour, and instead of the dreadful Monster that they expected, out comes at last a ridiculous Mouse.
THE MORAL Much Ado about Nothing

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