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Aladdin by James Russell Lowell


by James Russell Lowell

When I was a beggarly boy

And lived in a cellar damp,

I had not a friend nor a toy,

But I had Aladdin's lamp;

When I could not sleep for the cold,

I had fire enough in my brain,

And built, with roofs of gold,

My beautiful castles in Spain!

Since then I have toiled day and night,

I have money and power good store,

But I'd give all my lamps of silver bright

For the one that is mine no more;

Take, Fortune, whatever you choose,

You gave, and may snatch again;

I have nothing 'twould pain me to lose,

For I own no more castles in Spain!