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" 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. "
Cambrian Quarterly Magazine and Celtic Repertory - Strona 52
1832
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Many thoughts of many minds. Compiled by H. Southgate

Henry Southgate - 1862
...HUMAN NATURE— Treatment of. Tender-handed touch a nettle, And it stings you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains. So it is with common natures — Use them kindly, they rebel, But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And the rogues obey...
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'Recommended to mercy' [by M.C. Houstoun].

Matilda Charlotte Houstoun - 1862
...that hour. 246 CHAPTER XL ' Tender-hearted, touch a nettle, And it stings you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.' — AARON HILL. ' There is some soul of good in things evil, Would men observedly distil it out.'—...
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The book of days, a miscellany of popular antiquities, Tom 1

Robert Chambers - 1862
...have survived to our time : 1 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,...
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An index to familiar quotations selected principally from British authors ...

John Cooper Grocott - 1863
..." The Brothers." NETTLE.— 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...
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Notes and Queries

1864
...I imagine, be these : — " 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. " Thus it is with vulgar natures, Use them kindly they rebel ; But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And...
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Journals of the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State ...

New Hampshire. General Court - 1865
...remiuded of the quaint lines — "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." We have in mind now a case in point. Some two or three years since, a boy came to be sixteen years...
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Epigrams, ancient and modern, ed. by J. Booth

Epigrams - 1865
...means no mischief does it all. 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...
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source Passages and ...

John Bartlett - 1865 - Liczba stron: 480
...injustice.* Epilogue to Zara. 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. Verses written on a Window in Scotland. 'T is the same with common natures : Use 'em kindly, they rebel...
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Epigrams, Ancient and Modern: Humorous, Witty, Satirical, Moral and Panegyrical

John Booth - 1865 - Liczba stron: 327
...means no mischief does it all. 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...
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How I Managed My House on Two Hundred Pounds a Year. ($1000.)

Mrs. Warren (Eliza) - 1866 - Liczba stron: 95
...know the old rhyme, — " ' Tender-handed touch the nettle, And it stings you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.' So, little friend, difficulties vanish before resolution and action." " But, Bertha, I have not the strong...
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