|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts 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 touchd 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.