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Tue Jun 25, 2019, 03:51 PM

"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,        
Use them kindly they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg graters,  
And the rogues obey you well.

Nearly three centuries old and still timely advice.

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