|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Aaron Hill. (16851750)|
| First, then, a woman will or wont, depend on t;|
If she will do t, she will; and there s an end on t.
But if she wont, since safe and sound your trust is,
Fear is affront, and jealousy injustice. 1
| Zara. Epilogue.|
| 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.
| Verses written on a window in Scotland.|
The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury:
Where is the man who has the power and skill
To stem the torrent of a womans will?
For if she will, she will, you may depend on t;
And if she wont, she wont; so there s an end on t.
The Examiner, May 31, 1829. [back]