|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Aaron Hill (16851750)|
|QUOTATION:||Tender-handed stroke a nettle,|
And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
And it soft as silk remains.
T is the same with common natures:
Use em kindly, they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg-graters,
And the rogues obey you well.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Verses written on a window in Scotland.|