The Baldwin Library
PREPARED FOR CHILDREN BY GRACE RHYS
OR THE WONDERFUL LAMP.
ALADDIN: OR THE
J. M. DENT & CO.
AT ALDINE HOUSE.
IN CT EASTER, S. 1 9
To Leila and Nora.
F I had the Lamp of Aladdin of old,
I would bind my^book in silver and
And tie its leaves with a silken string !
But now I think on't, I do not need it;
For, Leila and Nora, as you open and
Did you ever see a prettier thing ?-
The Wonderful Lamp.
A LADDIN was the son of Mustapha,
a poor tailor in one of the rich
provinces of China. When the boy
was old enough to learn a trade, his father
took him into his own workshop. But
Aladdin, being but an idle fellow, loved
play more than work, and spent his days
in playing in the public streets with other
boys as idle as himself.
His father died while he was yet very
young; but he still continued his 'foolish
ways, and his mother was forced to spin
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cotton night and day in order to keep
herself and him.
When he was about fifteen years old,
he was one day playing in the streets with
some of his companions. A stranger
who was going by stopped and looked at
him. This stranger was a famous African
Magician, who, having need of the help of
some ignorant person, no sooner beheld
Aladdin than he knew by his whole air,
manner, and appearance, that he was a
person of small prudence, and very fit to
be made a tool of. The magician then
artfully inquired of some persons standing
near the name and character of Aladdin,
and the answers proved to him that he
had judged rightly of the boy.
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The stranger, now pressing in among
the crowd of lads, clapped his hand on
Aladdin's shoulder, and said, My good
lad, art thou not the son of Mustapha,
the tailor ? "
Yes, sir," said Aladdin, "but my
father has been dead this long time."
"Alas!" cried he, "what unhappy
news! I am thy father's brother, child.
I have been many years abroad; and now
that I have come home in the hope of
seeing him, you tell me he is dead! "
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And all the while tears ran down the
stranger's cheek and his bosom heaved
with sighs. Then pulling out a purse he
gave Aladdin two pieces of gold: Take
this, my boy," says he, to your mother.
Tell her that I will come and see her
to-night, and sup with her."
Pleased with the money, Aladdin ran
home to his mother. "Mother," said he,
"have I an uncle ?" His mother told
him] he had not, whereupon Aladdin
pulled out his gold and told her that a
man who said he was his father's brother
was coming to sup with her that very
evening. Full of bewilderment the good
woman set out for the market, where she
bought provisions, and was busy pre-
paring the supper when the magician
knocked at the door. He entered, fol-
lowed by a porter bringing all kinds of
delicious fruits and sweetmeats for the
dessert, and several bottles of wine..
After the magician had given what he
had brought into Aladdin's hands, he
saluted his mother, and asked to be shown
the place where his brother Mustapha had
been wont to sit; and when she had done
so, he fell down and kissed it several
times, saying, with tears in eyes, "My
poor brother, how unhappy am I not to
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have come soon enough to give you a
As soon as they were set down to
supper, he gave Aladdin's mother an
account of his travels, saying that for
forty years he had been from home, in
order to see the wonders of distant
countries. Then turning towards Alad-
din, he asked his name; "I am called
Aladdin," said he. "Well, Aladdin,"
replied the magician, what business do
you follow ? Are you of any trade ?"
At this question Aladdin hung down
his head, and was not a little abashed when
his mother made answer, Aladdin is an
idle fellow; his father strove all he could
to teach him his trade, but could not suc-
ceed; and since his death, in spite of all
I can say to him, he does nothing but
idle away his time in the streets, so that
I despair-of his ever coming to any good."
With these words the poor woman burst
into tears and the magician, turning to
Aladdin, said:. "This is not well, nephew;
you must think of helping yourself and
getting your livelihood, and I will help
you as far as I may ; what think you,
shall I take a shop and furnish it for you?"
Aladdin was overjoyed at the idea,. for
he thought there was very little labour
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in keeping a shop, and he told his uncle
this would suit him better than anything
"I will take you with me to-morrow,"
said the magician, "clothe you as hand-
somely as the best merchants in the city,
and then we will open a shop."
Aladdin's mother thanked him very
heartily and begged Aladdin to behave so
as to prove himself worthy of the good
fortune promised by his kind uncle.
Next day the stranger called for Alad-
din as he had promised, and led him to a
merchant's, where ready-made clothes,
suited for all sorts of people were sold.
Then he caused Aladdin to try on the
handsomest suits, and choosing the one
Aladdin also preferred, he paid the
merchant for it at once. The pretended
uncle then took Aladdin to visit the
bazaars and the khans where the foreign
merchants were and the most splendid
mosques, and gave him a merry feast in
When Aladdin's mother saw him return
so handsomely dressed and with such fine
tales of the company he had been in, she
was full of joy. "Generous brother,"
she cried to the magician, "I know not
how to thank you enough for your good-
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ness; may you live many happy years to
see my son's gratitude "
Aladdin," replied he, "is a good boy.
He seems to pay attention to what I say.
I have no doubt but we shall make him
what we wish. I am sorry for one thing,
that I cannot hire the shopdfor Aladdin
to-morrow, as it is Friday, and all the
merchants will be absent. We will, how-
ever, settle all this business on Saturday;
and I will come here to-morrow to take
Aladdin and show him the public gardens
outside the town.
"The next morning Aladdin got up and
dressed himself very early, so impatient
was he to see his uncle. Presently he
saw him coming, and ran to meet him.
The magician greeted him very kindly;
"Come, my good boy," he said with a
smile; "I will to-day show you some
very fine things."
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He then led him through some beauti-
ful gardens with great houses standing
in the midst of them; Aladdin did
nothing but exclaim at their beauty, and
so his uncle, by degrees led him on
farther and farther in the country.
Presently, seeing that Aladdin was tired,
he bade him sit in one of these gardens
by the side of a great basin of pure
water, and taking from a piece of linen
cloth that was attached to his girdle,y
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some cake and fruits, he told the boy to
eat of them and gave him much good
advice the while.
Then beguiling the way by kindness
and, pleasant talk he induced Aladdin
to come with him much further, and
they walked on till they came to a
narrow valley with mountains on all
This was the spot that the magician
had all along wanted to reach, and to
which he had brought Aladdin for a
secret purpose of his own.
We shall now," said he to Aladdin,
"go no farther, and I shall here shew
you some extraordinary wonders, that
no one besides yourself will ever have
seen. I am now going to strike a light,
and do you, in the meantime, collect all
the dry sticks and leaves that you can
find, in order to make a fire."
There were so many pieces of dry
sticks scattered about this place, that
Aladdin very soon collected more than
enough, by the time the magician had
lighted his match. He then set them
on fire, and as soon as they were in a
blaze, he threw a certain perfume that
he had ready in his hand upon them. A
dense smoke rose up, while the magician
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spoke some mysterious words. At the
same instant the ground slightly shook,
and opening in the spot where they
stood, showed a square stone of about
a foot and a half across, with a brass
ring fixed in the centre.
Aladdin was frightened out of his
wits, and was about to run away, when
the African suddenly gave him a box on
the ear so violent as to beat him down
and very nearly to knock some of his
teeth out. Poor Aladdin, with tears in
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his eyes and trembling in every limb,
got up. My dear uncle," he cried,
"what have I done to deserve so
severe a blow ?" "I have good reasons
for it," replied the magician. "Do
you but obey me, and you will not
repent of it. Underneath that stone
is a great hidden treasure, which will
make you richer than many kings if you
will be docile and attentive to what I
shall say to you."
Aladdin had now got the better of
his fright. Well," said he, what must
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I do? Tell me; 1 am ready to obey
you in everything !" '" Well said "
replied the magician; "come to me
then; take hold of this ring, and lift up
To Aladdin's surprise, the stone was
raised without any trouble, and then he
could see a small opening between three
and four feet deep, at the bottom of
which was a little door, with steps to
go down still lower. You must now,"
said the magician, "go down into this
cavern, and when you have come to the
bottom of the steps, you will see an
open door which leads into three great
halls. In each of these you will see, on
both sides of you, four bronze vases as
large as tubs, full of gold and silver, but
you must take particular care not to touch
any of it. When you get in the first
hall, take up your robe and bind it
round you. Then go on the second
without stopping, and from thence in the
same manner to the third. Above all,
mind and be very particular not to go
near the walls nor even to touch them
with your robe; for if any part of your
dress should chance to touch them, your
instant death will be the consequence.
At the far end of the third, there is a
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door which leads to a garden planted
with beautiful trees, all of which are full
of fruit. Go on straight forward, and
follow a path which you will see, and
which will bring you to the bottom of a
flight of fifty steps, at- the top of which
there is a terrace. When you shall have
reached the terrace, you will see a niche
before you, in which there is a lighted
lamp. Take the lamp and extinguish it.
Then throw out the wick and the liquid
that is within, and put it in your bosom.
When you have done this, bring it to me.
Do not be afraid of staining your dress,
as what is within the lamp is not oil; and
when you have thrown it out, the lamp
will dry directly. If you should wish
very much to gather any of the fruit in
the garden, you may do so; and there is
nothing to prevent your taking as much
as you please."
When the magician had given these
directions to Aladdin, he took off a ring
which he had on one of his fingers, and
put it on his pretended nephew, telling
him, at the same time, that it was to
secure him against every evil that might
otherwise happen to him; and again
bade him be mindful of everything he
had said to him. "Go, my child,"
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added he, "descend boldly; we shall
now both of us become immensely rich
for the rest of our lives."
Aladdin gave a spring, jumped into
the opening with a willing mind, and
went down to the bottom of the steps.
He found the three halls exactly as the
magician had said. He passed through
them with the greatest care, as he was
fearful he might be killed if he were
careless. He went on to the garden, and
mounted to the terrace without stopping.
He took the lamp, as it stood lighted in
the niche, threw out its contents, and,
observing that it was as the magician
had said, quite dry, he put it into his
bosom. He then came down the terrace
and stopped in the garden to look at the
fruit, which he had only seen for an
instant as he passed along. The trees
of this garden were all full of the most
extraordinary fruit. Each tree bore
fruits of a different colour. Some were
white, others sparkling and transparent,
like crystal; some were red and of
different shades, others green, blue,
violet; some of a yellowish hue, in
short, of almost every colour. The
white were pearls; the sparkling and
transparent were diamonds; the deep
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red were rubies; the paler, a particular
sort of ruby called balass; the green,
emeralds: the blue, turquoises; the violet,
amethysts; those tinged with yellow,
sapphires; in the same way, all the other
coloured fruits were varieties of precious
stones; and the whole of them were of
the largest size, and more perfect than
were ever seen in the whole world.
Aladdin was not yet of an age to
know their value, and thought they
were all only pieces of coloured glass.
The variety, however, and contrast of
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so many beautiful colours, as well as
the brilliancy and extraordinary size of
each sort, nevertheless .tempted him .to
gather some of each.; and he took so
many of every colour that he filled both
his pockets, as well as his two new
purses that the magician had bought for
him, at the time he made him a present
of his new dress; and as his pockets,
which were already full, could not hold
his two purses,, he fastened them on
each side of his girdle, or sash, and also
wrapped some in its folds, as it was of
silk, and.made very full. In this manner
he carried them so that they could not
fall out. He did not even forget to fill
his bosom quite full, between his robe
Laden in this manner with the most
immense treasure, though ignorant of its
value, Aladdin made haste through the
three halls, in order that he might not
make the African magician wait too long.
Having passed through them with the
same caution as before, he began to
ascend the steps he had come down, and
reached the entrance of the cave, where
the magician was impatiently waiting for
him. As soon as Aladdin perceived him
he called out, Give me your hand,
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uncle, to help me up." "You had
better, my dear boy," replied the magi-
cian, "first give me the lamp, as that
will only hinder you." "It is not at
all in my way," said Aladdin,. "and I
will give it you when I am out."* The
magician still persevered in wishing to
get the lamp before he helped Aladdin
out of the cave; but the latter had in
fact so covered it with the fruit of the
trees, that he absolutely refused to give
it till he had got out of the cave. The
African magician was then in the greatest
despair at the obstinate resistance the boy
made, and fell into the most violent rage.
He then threw a little perfume upon the
fire, which he had taken care to keep
up, and he had hardly pronounced two
magic words, before the stone, which
served to shut up the entrance to the
cavern, returned of its own accord to the
place, with all the earth over it, exactly
in the same state as it was when the
magician and Aladdin first arrived there.
Aladdin, 'who was far from expecting
this wicked action from his pretended
uncle, after all his kindness and gener-
osity, was more horrified and astonished
than may be told. When he found
himself as it were buried alive, he called
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aloud a thousand times to his uncle, telling
him he was ready to give him the lamp.
But all his cries were useless, and having
no other means of making himself heard,
he remained in perfect darkness. His
tears having at length ceased, he went
down to the bottom of the flight of
stairs, intending to go toward the light
in the garden, where he had before been.
But the walls, which had been opened by
enchantment, were now shut by the same
means. He felt all around him to the
right and left several times, but could
not discover the least opening. He then
redoubled his cries and tears, sat down
upon the step of his dungeon, without
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the least ray of hope ever again to see
the light of day, and only too certain
that here must be the end of him.
Aladdin remained two days in this state,
without either eating or drinking. On
the third day, feeling his death was near,
he lifted up his hands, and joining them,
as in the act of prayer, he said in a loud
tone of voice, "There is no strength or
power but in the high and great God."
In this action of joining his hands, he hap-
pened, without thinking of it, to rub the
ring which the African magician had put
upon his finger, and of the virtue of which
he was as yet ignorant. Upon its being
thus rubbed, a Genius of a most enormous
figure, and a most horrid countenance,
instantly rose as it were out of the earth
before him; he was so tall, that his head
touched the vaulted roof, and he ad-
dressed these words to Aladdin : What
do you wish? I am ready to obey you as
your slave ; as the slave of him who has
the ring on his finger, both I and the
other slaves of the ring." Weak and
terrified, and scarcely daring to hope,
Aladdin cried, "Whoever you are, take
me, if you are able, out of this place! "
Scarcely had he said it, when he found
himself at the outside of the cave, at the
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very spot where the magician had left
him. Scarcely daring to believe his good
fortune, he rose up trembling, and seeing
the city lying at some distance, made his
way back by the same road he had come.
A long weary road he found it to his
mother's door, and when he reached it,
he was fainting from hunger and fatigue.
His mother, however, whose heart
had been almost broken by the loss of
him, received him kindly and joyfully,
and refreshed him with food and wine.
When he was better again, he told his
mother all, as it had come about, and
showed her the lamp and the coloured
fruits and the wonderful ring on his
finger. His mother, however, thought
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little Of the jewels, as she was quite
ignorant of their value, so Aladdin put
them all behind one of the cushions of
the sofa on which they were sitting.
She, however, felt the greatest horror at
the wickedness of the magician, and she
and Aladdin went to rest filled with
thankfulness at his fortunate escape.
Next morning, when Aladdin awoke,
his first thought was that he was very
hungry, and would like some breakfast.
" Alas, my child," replied his mother,
"I have not a morsel of bread to give
you. You ate last night all the trifling
remains of food in the house. Have,
however, a little patience, and it shall not
be long before I will bring you some. I
have a little cotton of my own spinning,
I will go and sell it, and buy something
for our dinner."
Keep your cotton, mother," said
Aladdin, "for another time, and give me
the lamp which I brought with me
yesterday. I will go and sell that, and
the money it will fetch will serve us for
breakfast and dinner too, nay, perhaps
also for supper."
Aladdin's mother took the lamp from
the place she had put it in. "Here
it is," she said to her son, "but it is,
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I think, very dirty; if I were to clean it a
little, perhaps it might sell for something
more." She then took some water and a
little fine sand to clean it with. But she
had scarcely began to rub this lamp, when
instantly, and while her son was present,
a hideous and gigantic genius rose out of
the ground before her, and cried with
a voice as loud as thunder, "What do
you wish? I am ready to obey you as
your slave, and the slave of those who
have the lamp in their hands, both I and
the other slaves of the lamp." The mother
of Aladdin was too much terrified to
speak, but Aladdin, who had once before
seen a similar appearance in the cavern,
did not either lose his presence of mind
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or his judgment. Seizing the lamp, he
answered in a firm tone of voice, I am
hungry, bring me something to eat."
The genius disappeared, and returned a
moment after with a large silver basin,
which he carried on his head, and twelve
covered dishes of the same material filled
with the nicest meats, properly arranged,
and six loaves as white as snow upon as
many plates; two bottles of the most
excellent wine, and two silver cups in his
hand. He placed them all upon the
table and instantly vanished.
When Aladdin's mother had recovered
from her fright, they both sat down to
their meal in the greatest delight imagin-
able, for never before had they eaten
such delicate meats or seen such splendid
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The remains of this feast provided
them with food for some days, and when
it was all gone Aladdin sold the silver
dishes one by one for their support. In
this way they lived happily for some
years, for Aladdin had been sobered by
his adventure, and now behaved with the
greatest wisdom and prudence. He
took care to visit the principal shops and
public places, speaking only with wise
and prudent persons, and in this way he
gathered much wisdom, and grew to be
a courteous and handsome youth besides.
One day, as he was walking in the
city, Aladdin heard a proclamation of the
Sultan, ordering all persons to shut up
their shops and retire into their houses
until the Princess Badroulbadour, the
daughter of the Sultan, had passed by on
her way to the bath, and had again
Aladdin being hurried along by the
crowd of people hastening to their homes,
found himself in the doorway of a large
building which he guessed to be the baths
where the princess was expected.
He at once placed himself behind the
door, where he was certain not to be
seen, and where he might espy the
princess as she passed.
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He had long to wait before she came,
with a great crowd of her attendants
with her, and as she passed, she threw
aside her veil, so that Aladdin was
dazzled by her beauty. She was indeed
the most beautiful princess ever seen,
and Aladdin fell in love with her at once.
When at last, after long thinking,
Aladdin made up his mind to tell his
mother of his love for the Princess
Badroulbadour, she fell a-laughing.
Alas, my son," she cried, "what are
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you thinking of? You must surely
have lost your senses to talk thus."
Mother," replied Aladdin, "I do
assure you I have not lost my senses; I
am perfectly in my right mind. I fore-
saw very well that you would think me
a fool- for my pains, but whatever you
may say, nothing will prevent me from
asking the Princess Badroulbadour of the
Sultan her father, in marriage.
Truly, my son," said his mother,
" you seem to have forgotten that your
father was but a poor tailor; and indeed,
I do not know who will dare to go and
speak to the Sultan about it." "You
yourself must," said he decidedly. I "
cried his mother in the greatest surprise,
"I go. to the Sultan! Not I indeed;
I will take care how I am joined to such
folly. You know very well that no one
can make any demand of the Sultan
without bringing a rich present, and
where shall such poor folk as we, find
such an one ? "
Thereupon Aladdin told his mother
that while talking with the merchants in
the bazaar he had learned to know the
value of their gems, and for a long time
he had known that nothing which they
had in their shops was half so fine as
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those jewels he had brought home from
the enchanted cave. So his mother
fetched them from the drawer where
they had long lain hid, and together they
arranged them in a dish of fine porcelain.
Both mother and son were dazzled by
the splendid sparkling and glancing
of the gems and their brilliant colours,
and Aladdin's mother, now sure that her
son's present was one that could not fail
to please the Sultan, at last agreed to do
everything as her son wished. She took
the porcelain dish, in which the -present
of jewels was, and folded it up in a very
fine linen cloth. She then took another
less fine, and tied the four corners of it
together, that she might carry it with
less trouble. She afterwards set out, to
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the great joy of Aladdin, and took the road
towards the palace of the Sultan. The
Grand Vizier, accompanied by the other
viziers and proper officers of the court,
had already gone in before she arrived at
the gate. The crowd made by those
who had business at the divan was very
great. The doors were opened, and she
went into the divan with the rest. It
formed a most beautiful saloon, very
large and spacious, with a grand and
magnificent entrance. She stopped, and
placed herself so that she was opposite
the Sultan, the grand vizier, and other
officers, who formed the council on both
After the various causes had been heard,
the Sultan and his court retired, with-
out anyone's having taken the slightest
notice of Aladdin's mother. Day after
day, the good woman went back, until at
last her patience and perseverance touched
the Sultan's heart and he sent for her to
hear what was her business.
Trembling, Aladdin's mother told him
of her son's boldness, and begged the
mercy of the Sultan for him and for
herself. The Sultan heard her kindly,
then before giving any answer to her
request, he asked her what she had with
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her so carefully tied up in a linen cloth.
Aladdin's mother unfolded the cloths,
and humbly laid the sparkling jewels
before him. It. is impossible to express
the surprise and astonishment which this
monarch felt when he saw collected
together in that dish such a quantity of
the most precious, perfect, and brilliant
jewels, the size, of which was greater
thaniany he had before seen. For some
moments he gazed at them speechless.
When, however, he began to recollect
himself, he took the present from the
hand of Aladdin's mother, and ex-
claimed in a transport of joy, Ah! how
very beautiful, how extremely rich !"
Then turning to his grand vizier, he
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showed him the gems and talked
privately to him for some minutes.
Then to Aladdin's mother he said, "My
good woman, I will indeed make your
son happy by marrying him to the
princess my daughter, as soon as he
shall send me forty large basins of massive
gold, quite full of the same sort of things
which you have already presented me with
from him, brought by an equal number
of black slaves, each of whom shall be
led by a white slave, young, well-made,
handsome, and richly-dressed. These
are the conditions upon which I am ready
to bestow upon him the Princess my
daughter. Go, my good woman, and I
will wait till you bring me his answer."
Full of disappointment, Aladdin's
mother made her way home, and told
her son the news of the Sultan's strange
wish. But Aladdin only smiled, and
when his mother had gone out, he took
the lamp.and rubbed it, when the Genius
instantly appeared and Aladdin com-
manded him to lose no time in bringing
the present which the Sultan had wished
for. The Genius only said that his
commands should be at once obeyed, and
then disappeared .
In a very short time the Genius returned
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with forty black: slaves, each carrying
upon his head a large golden basin
of great weight, full of pearls, diamonds,
rubies, and emeralds, quite as fine as the
others. Each basin was covered with a
cloth of silver, embroidered with flowers
of gold. All these slaves with their
golden basins, together with the white
ones, entirely filled the house, which
was but small, as well as the court in
front and a garden behind it.
Aladdin's mother now came back
and had almost fainted when she saw
this great crowd and all its magnificence,
but Aladdin desired her at once to
follow the procession of slaves to the
palace, and present to the Sultan the
dowry of the Princess.
No sooner had the first slave turned
into the street than all the passers-by ran
to look, and by the time the whole
procession was on its way, the crowds
were so great that every one must needs
stop in the place where he happened to be.
When the first of the eighty slaves
arrived at the gate of the first court of
the palace, the porters were in the
greatest haste, as soon as they perceived
this astonishing procession approaching,
to open it, as they took the' first for
44 ALADDIN, OR THE WONDERFUL LAMP.
a king, so richly and magnificently was
As: the sultan had been informed of
the march and arrival of these slaves,
he had given orders to have them ad-
mitted. As soon, therefore, as they
presented themselves before it, they
found the door of the divan open.
They entered in regular order, one part
going, to the right, and the other to the
left. After they were all within the
hall, and had formed a large semicircle
before the throne of the Sultan, each
of the black slaves placed the basin
which he carried upon the carpet. They
then all prostrated themselves so low,
that their foreheads touched the ground.
The white slaves also, at the same time,
performed, the same ceremony. They
then all got up, and in doing so, the
black slaves skilfully uncovered the
basins which .were before them, and
then remained standing with their hands
crossed upon their breasts.
The astonishment of the sultan at the
sight of all these riches and splendour.
is hardly to be imagined. After gazing
upon the slaves with their shining heaps
of jewels, he said to Aladdin's mother,
" Go, my good woman, and tell your
ALADDIN, OR THE WONDERFUL LAMP. 45
son that I am waiting with open arms
to receive and embrace him "
Aladdin was so delighted with this
news that he could hardly answer his
mother, and hastening to his. chamber,
he shut the door, and having summoned
the Genius, commanded him to take him
instantly to a bath. When he had
been bathed and perfumed by invisible
hands he was dressed in garments that
shone like the sun, and the Genius
brought him moreover a splendid charger
and twenty slaves to march on either
side of him on the way to the Sultan's
palace, all holding purses of gold to
scatter among the people.
If there had been a crowd before
there was ten times as great a one now
to watch Aladdin as he rode to the
Sultan's palace, and to pick up the gold
pieces which were showered by his
slaves as he went. The Sultan came
down from his throne to greet him and
all was feasting and joy in the palace.
After supper the judge was ordered to
draw up a contract of marriage between
Aladdin and the Princess Babroulbadour.
When this was done, the Sultan asked
Aladdin if he wished to remain in the
palace, and conclude all the ceremonies
ALADDIN, OR THE WONDERFUL LAMP. 47
that day. "Sire," he replied, "however
impatient I may be to have entire posses-
sion of all your majesty's bounties, I beg
you to permit me to wait until I shall
have built a palace to receive the Princess
in, that shall be even worthy of her:
and for this purpose, I request that you
will have the goodness to point out a
suitable place for it near your own, that
I may always be ready to pay my court
to your majesty. I will then neglect
nothing to get it finished with all possible
diligence." My son," answered the
Sultan, "take whatever spot you think
proper. There is a large open space
before my palace, and I have thought
for some time about filling it up; but
remember that, to have my happiness
complete, I cannot see you united too
soon to my daughter." Having said
this, he again embraced Aladdin, who
now took leave of the Sultan in as
polished a manner as if he had been
brought up .and spent all his life at
As soon as Aladdin was got home, he
lost no time in again summoning the
Genius; he commanded him to build in-
stantly the most gorgeous palace ever seen
on the spot of ground given by the Sultan.
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Early the next morning the Genius ap-
peared; "Sir," said he, "your palace
is finished, come and see if it is as
you wish." Then in a moment Aladdin
found himself transported thither; he
found it far more beautiful than even
he had hoped for, and perfect in every
part. Genius," said Aladdin, "there
is one thing left to be wished for; and
that is to have a carpet of the finest
velvet, laid from the Sultan's gate up
to this door, for the Princess to walk
upon." And in a moment it was done.
Words cannot paint-the astonishment
of the Sultan and all his household at
seeing this gorgeous palace shining in
ALADDIN, OR THE WONDERFUL LAMP. 49
the place which they had been used to
see empty and bare. The Princess was
rejoiced at the sight, and her marriage
with Aladdin was held the same day,
and their happiness was the greatest
For some months they lived thus,
Aladdin showing great kindness to the
poor of the city, and pleasing all by
his generosity. But there was soon to
be an end of it.
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Aladdin had become very fond of
hunting, and there was not a week that
he did not go out to follow the chase,
sometimes a long distance from the city.
About this time his old
.-i enemy, the African ma-
Sgician, found out by some
din was enormously rich
and much beloved and re-
S spected, instead of being,
as he had supposed, dead
in the enchanted cave. He
was filled with rage, and
vowing to destroy Aladdin,
he immediately set out for
China. On arriving there
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he went to one of the principal khans and
there began talking about Aladdin and
the wonders of his palace. In this way
he learned that Aladdin was gone a-
hunting, and was not expected home
for three or four days.
The magician took his measures ac-
cordingly, and having bought a dozen
of shining new lamps, he put them in
a basket, and then set out for Aladdin's
palace. On getting near it, he bawled
out, "Who will change old lamps for
new ones ?" This brought a crowd -of
people and children hooting and laugh-
ing round him, for they all thought he
was mad to give his new lamps for
However he still went on with his
cry, till he came under the Princess's
windows, when all the slaves attending
on her ran laughing to look into the
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street. "Oh said one of the slaves,
"come, let us try if the old fool means
what he says; there is an ugly old
lamp lying in the cornice of the hall
with twenty-four windows; we will put
a new one in its place, if the old fellow
is really in earnest." The Princess
having given leave, away ran one of the
slaves with the lamp to the magician,
who willingly gave her the best he had
among his new ones, and retired to
enjoy the triumph of his revenge.
As soon as night arrived, he summoned
the Genius of the lamp and commanded
him to transport him, the palace, and
the Princess, to the remotest corner of
Africa. The order was instantly obeyed.
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The confusion and grief of the Sultan
were terrible'when he found the palace
vanished and his daughter lost. The
people -an in fear through the streets,
and the soldiers were sent in search of
Aladdin, who was not yet returned from
Aladdin was soon met with and
dragged before the Sultan like a criminal;
he would have been beheaded, had not
the Sultan been afraid to enrage the
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people by whom he was much loved.
"Go, wretch!" cried the Sultan, "I
grant thee thy life; but if ever thou
appearest before me again death shall
overtake thee, unless in forty days thou
bringest me tidings of my daughter."
Aladdin, wretched and down-fallen,
left the palace, not knowing whither to
turn his steps. At length he stopped
at a brook to bathe his eyes, that
smarted with the tears he had shed; as
he stooped, his foot slipped, and catching
hold of a piece of rock to save himself
from falling, he pressed the magician's
ring which he still wore on his finger,
and the Genius of the ring appeared
before him, saying, "What wouldst thou
have ? "-" Oh powerful Genius," cried
Aladdin, bring my palace back to the
place where yesterday it stood "
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"What you command," replied the
Genius, "is not in my power: you
must address yourself to the Genius of
the lamp for that service."
"Then I command thee," said Aladdin,
"to transport me to the place where
now it stands." Instantly Aladdin found
himself beside his own palace, which
stood in a meadow not far from a strange
city; and the Princess Badroulbadour
was then walking in her own chamber,
weeping for his loss. Happening to
come near to the window, she saw
Aladdin under it, and making a sign to
him to keep silence, she sent a slave
to bring him in by a private door. The
Princess and her husband having kissed
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each other, and shed many tears, Aladdin
said, "Tell me, my Princess, what has
become of an old lamp which I left on
the cornice of the hall of four-and-
twenty windows ?"
The Princess then told how her slave
had exchanged it for a new one, and
said that the tyrant in whose power she
was, always carried that very lamp in
his bosom. Aladdin was then sure that
this person was no other than his old
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enemy, the African magician, who hav-
ing brought about his downfall, was
now striving to induce the Princess to
forget Aladdin and marry him.
After talking a long while, they hit
upon a plan for getting back the lamp.
Aladdin went into the city in the dis-
guise of a slave, where he bought a
powder that on being swallowed should
instantly cause death; then the Princess
invited the magician to sup with her.
As she had never been so polite to
him before, he was quite delighted with
her kindness; and while they were at
table, she ordered a slave to bring two
cups of wine which she had herself
prepared by mixing in the powder, and
after pretending to taste the one she
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held in her hand, she asked the magician
to change cups, as was the custom, she
said, between lovers in China. He joy-
fully seized the goblet, and drinking it
all at a draught, fell senseless on the
Aladdin was at hand to snatch the
lamp from his bosom and hastily rubbing
it, he summoned the Genius, who in-
stantly transported the palace and all it
contained back to the place whence they
Some hours after, the Sultan who had
risen at break of day to give way to his
grief, went to the window to look at
the spot which he expected to see empty
and vacant, and then to his unspeakable
joy, he saw Aladdin's palace shining in
its place. He summoned his guards and
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P"* ,+ ') I L ?
hastened to embrace his daughter; and
during a whole week nothing was to be
heard but the sound of drums, trumpets,
cymbals, and all kinds of music and feast-
ing, in honour'of Aladdin's return with
Some time after this, the Sultan
died, and Aladdiin and the Princess
Badroulbadour ascended the throne.
Thley reigned together many years, and
left many noble sons and daughters at
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