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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

Æsop (c. 620–560 B.C.) (attributed)

The Mountain in Labor

From “Fables

A MOUNTAIN was in labor, sending forth tremendous groans, and there were the highest expectations in the district. After all, it brought forth a mouse.

This is addressed to those who, having threatened to achieve great things, produce nothing.