• 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 the rogues obey you well.

    'Verses Written on a Window in Scotland'
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