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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
A Useful Hint
By 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,        5
  Use them kindly they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg graters,
  And the rogues obey you well.
 
 
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