Sat 7 Dec, 2002 11:04 pm
I learned this as a boy and it has stuck with me ever since.
When I was a beggarly boy,
And lived in a cellar damp,
I had not a friend or a toy,
But I had Alladin's lamp
When I could not sleep for the cold,
I had fire enough in my brain.
And builded 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 chose,
You gave and may snatch again.
I have nothing t'would pain me to lose,
For I own no more castles in Spain
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I memorized this as a young girl! My grandmother taught it to my mother, who taught it to me, and I'm teaching it to my daughter, who is 4, and thinks it has something to do with Princess Jasmine from the Disney movie. Still, it has always resonated with me, and I hope it will with her one day. Thank you for posting it!
Thank you, golightly00. Thius thread had been waiting patiently for you for almost ten years !
It was my Dad who had me memorize the poem (a rather little known wotk of James Russel Lowell) when I was about seven. He said I would understand its meaning later. He was right.