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 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 choose,
You gave and may snatch again,
I have nothing 't would pain me to lose,
For I own no more castles in Spain!
—JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.