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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

A Useful Hint

Aaron Hill (1685–1750)

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 them kindly they rebel;

But be rough as nutmeg graters,

And the rogues obey you well.