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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. "
Records of Patriotism and Love of Country - Page 215
by William Bailey - 1826 - 216 pages
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The Boston Review, Volume 1

Theology - 1861
...degeneracy of our age ? It has been said of earthly troubles, " If you gently touch a nettle, it will sting you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, and it soft as silk remains." And the same is true in spiritual things. They whose chief end is to consult their own happiness, will...
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The Congregational Review, Volume 1

Theology - 1861
...degeneracy of our age ? It has been said of earthly troubles, " If you gently touch a nettle, it will sting you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, and it soft as silk remains." And the same is true in spiritual things. They whose chief end is to consult their own happiness, will...
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The Boston Review, Volume 1

English language - 1861
...of our age ? It has been said of earthly troubles, " If you gently touch a nettle, it will sting yon for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, and it soft as silk remains." And the same is true in spiritual things. They whose chief end is to consult their own happiness, will...
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'Recommended to mercy' [by M.C. Houstoun].

Matilda Charlotte Houstoun - 1862
...in the horizon of their lives grew brighter from that hour. 246 CHAPTER XL ' Tender-hearted, touch a nettle, And it stings you for your pains ; Grasp...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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Many thoughts of many minds. Compiled by H. Southgate

Henry Southgate - 1862
...serviceable to the rest of mankind. A ntoitinut. HUMAN NATURE— Treatment of. Tender-handed touch So it is with common natures — Use them kindly, they rebel, But be rough as nutmeg-graters, And the...
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Popery unmasked; 30 conversations

Henry Woodcock - 1862
...rose-water our syllables of condemnation," and I believe he will answer, " No." " Tender handed touch a nettle, And it stings you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of metal, And it soft as silk remains. So it is with Roman teaching, Give it f&vonr and you'r caught ;...
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An index to familiar quotations selected principally from British authors ...

John Cooper Grocott - 1863
...mule will neither lead nor drive. MALLET.— Epilogue to " The Brothers." NETTLE.— Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains...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. AARON HILL....
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Notes and Queries

Questions and answers - 1864
...reply to your correspondent HS, the lines he alludes to must, I imagine, be these : — " Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains...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 - New Hampshire - 1865
...nature. Firm, judicious discipline must he inforced. We are often remiuded of the quaint lines — "Tender handed stroke a nettle, and it stings you...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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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source Passages and ...

John Bartlett - Quotations - 1865 - 480 pages
...'t, since safe and sound your trust is, Fear is affront : and jealousy injustice.* Epilogue to Zara. Tender handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for...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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