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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
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.
’Tis the same with common natures;
  Use ’em kindly, they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg-graters,
  And the rogues obey you well.
        Aaron Hill.—On Window in Scotland.
I have touch’d a nettle, and stung myself.
        Tuke.—Adventures of Five Hours, Act I. Scene 1.
The earth produces wholesome and unwholesome plants; the rose is found often next to the nettle.
        Ovid.—Remedy of Love, Line 45.

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