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Alladin; or the wonderful lamp: a tale for the nursery [unknown] 1805

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With Three Copperplates.
Price Sixpence,
ALADDIN was the fon of Muftapha
4        a very poor tailor in one of the rich provinces of China.    When the boy was oM
enough to learn a trade, his father took him
into his own workfhop ; but Aladdin, having been brought up in a very  carelefs
manner, loved play more than work, and ;
neglecting his bufinefs, frequented the com- .
.   pany of all forts of idle boys and vagabonds*
His  father dying while he was yet. very
young,  he fpent his whole time in the
ftreets, and his poor mother was obliged to
fpin cotton night and day, to procure fuffi-
cient of the coarfeft fare for their fupport.
She did this the more willingly, as fhe loved
him  dearly;  and always promifed herfelf
that  as her fon grew  older,  he would be
afhamed of his idlenefs, and become a wor*
thy and induftrious man.
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One day as Aladdin was'playing asuiual
amidft a whole troop of vagabond boys, a
ilranger paffing  by flood ftill to bbferve
him.     Thisflranger was a famous African
magician, who having need of the affift-
ance of fome ignorant perfon, no fooner
beheld Aladdin than he knew by his whole
air, manners, and appearance, that he wds
an idle and good for nothiiig boy, and very
fit to be made a tool of.    The magician
then artfully   inquired   of   fome  perfbns
flanding near, the name and character of
Aladdin, and their anfwers confirmed the
opinion he had already formed of his bad
The ftranger now preilng in among
tkfi crowd of boys, clapped his hand on
AladdinV fhoulder, and faid, " My good
lad, art thou not the fon of Muftapha, the
tailor V'
'«Yes; Sir,"  faid Aladdin ;   "but my
father has been dead this long time."
$ Alas! " cried the ftranger, " what afflicting  tidings 1   I am thy   father's brother,
child, and have been many years travelling
into foreign countries, and now that I expected to be happy with my brother at
home, I find him dead !"
Aladdin, who had never heard  of any
brother of his father, ftood like one flupihed,
till his pretended uncle pulled him out two
pieces of gold, and gave them to him, bidding him run home and defire his  mother
to  get a fupper ready,  as he intended to
fpend a few hours with his beloved filler-inlaw that very  evening*     Aladdin, having
pointed out the houfe, haflened home with
the gold, and the tidings to his mother, who
was no lefs amazed than himfelf;  fhe had
never heard her hufband mention  more
than one brothel*, and that one was alfo a
tailor,   and had died   before Aladdin was
born i  She could not, however, fhe thought,
doubt the word of a  gentleman  that had
fent her two pieces of gold, and fhe went
joyfully to market, where fhe bought excellent provifions, and was cooking in her bell
manner when the   magician knocked* at
C the
 6 ALADDIN ;     OR,
the door. He entered, followed bv a porter
britiging all kinds of delicious fruits, and
fweetmeats for the deficit, and plenty of
good wine. Having faluted his dear filler-
in-law, as he called her, and having faid a
great many afFe£tionate things of his de-
ceafed brother Muftapha, they fat down to
fupper, after which the magician, looking
round the houfe*, faid, c My dear filler, it
grieves me much to fee fuch an appearance
t>f poverty about you ; I hope my nephew
Aladdin does his duty by you ? it is time that
he fhould be able to fupply yoii with many
At thefe words Aladdin hung down his
head in the greateft confufion imaginable.
He could not utter a fyllable in his juftifi-
cation; on the contrary, he felt quite
afhamed of himfelf. His mother was alfo
filent a few moments, and then replied,
" Indeed, my honoured brother, it almoft
breaks my heart to be obliged to tell you,
that Aladdin, though now fifteen years of
age, minds nothing but play j and all that I
\ ^j?
cdiiearn, is fcarcely fufncient to get us bread,
. I *almoft  defpair of his  amendment,   and
fhould I die, what would become of him !
The poor old Woman  burft   into tears,
and the niagician turning to Aladdin, faid,
M This is a iad account   nephew ;    but it is
never too late to mend.     You muft think
of getting your own living, aed I will af-
fift you   to the very utmofl of my power.
What think you of keeping afhop ?  Aladdin was  overjoyed at this   propofition,  for
he thought there -was very little labour in
keeping a fliop ; and he told his uncle he
had a greater   inclination   to that bufinefs
than any other.     " Well," faid the ftf anger,   " I will keep my proiiiife,   and  you
ihall have   a ■ fhop well flocked with  all
forts of merchandize.     To-morrow- morning I will take you with  me,  and clothe
you hanclfomely,   and then  we   will  look
about for a proper fituation."
Aladdin's mother fell on her knees to
thank the magician for his kindnefs to her
Ion,  and after he had taken his leave,   the
D mother
mother and fon fat up together the greateft
part of the night, talking of the fhop, the
uncle, and Aladdin's new clothes.
The next morning early the magician
came for Aladdin, and carried him to a
great warehoufe, where all forts of
clothes were fold ready made. Aladdin
was prefently equipped in a neat fuit, for
which his uncle paid liberally* He then
led the boy through the principal ftreets of
the city, pointing out to him the fined
fliops, and many rarities, till they came to
the extremity of the town. As it was a fine
day the magician propofed that they fhould
continue their walk; and they pafTed through-
the public gardens, Aladdin becoming more
and more delighted every inftant with the
fine things he law, and the converfation of
his uncle, who at length invited him to fit
down beflde a beautiful fountain, and regale himfelf with fome cakes and fruit he
had purpofely brought with him.
Aladdin having.feafled heartily on thefe
dainties,   they rofe up, and purfued their
walk,   crofling'innumerable  gardens and
fine meadows,-the magician' all the while
telling a number of diverting   flories,  till
they arrived at  the entrance of a  narrow
valley,  bounded on each fide by  lofty and
barren mountains*      iC Dear uncle," cried
Aladdin, " where are we going now ? fee
we have left all the pretty gardens a long
way behind us ;  pray let us go back, pray
let us make hafte from this frightful place."
*' No,   no," faid the magician,  feizing
hold of Aladdin's arm,  uno going back
again at prefent.     I will fhow you more
extraordinary things   than   any you  have
feen yet, and what no perfon ever faw before." .;,, Aladdin followed his uncle ftill
farther into the valley, till they feemed to
be furrounded with higk and black mountains, and had loft all view of the country
behind them.     Suddenly the magician flood
ftill, and in a rough tone of voice, perfectly unlike his  former mode  of fpeaking,
commanded Aladdin to gather together fome
loofe flicks  for  a   fire.     Aladdin    obeyed
E trembling.
trembling,/and when he * had collected-a
large heap, the magician fet them on fire.
PreientJy the blaze role high, and the magician threw fome powder into the midft of
the fire, and pronouncedfomemyflical words,
which Aladdin did not underftand, Iti-
flantly they were furrounded bv a thick
fmoke ; the earth fhook beneath their feet,
the mountain burft afunder, and discovered a
broad flat ftone with a large brafs ring fixed
in the middle of it.
Aladdin was now fo exceedingly terrified,
that he was going to run away, but the
magician perceiving his defign, gave him
fuch a box on the ear, that he knocked him
down. Poor Aladdin got up again, and
with tears running down his cheeks, faid,
"'What have I done, uncle, that you fhould
ufe me fo cruelly ?"
"Child," faid the magician in a kinder
tone of voice, " I did not mean to ftrike
thee fo feverely. But thou fhouldft not
think of running away from me, when I
onlv brought thee  hither to do thee fer-
vice. Know, Aladdin, that under this
ftone lies hid a treafure, that will make
you richer than the greateft monarch on
the earth, and of which I alone know how
to make you mafter." Aladdin forgot his
box on the ear when he heard of the treafure, and he eagerly promifed to do whatever he was defired to perform.
" Come then," faid the magician,
cc take hold of that brafs ring, and lift up
that ftone."
When the ftone was pulled up, there,
appeared a deep hollow cave in the earth,
and a narrow flight of fteps. " Go, child,"
faid the magician,'' go down into that cavern. At the bottom of thofe fteps, you will
find a door open, which will lead you into a
large vaulted place, divided into three great
hails, full of filver and gold coin. Pafs
through them quickly, 'for if you touch any
thing they contain, you will meet with in-
ftant death. At the end of the third hall,
you will fee a fine garden, profs the garden
by a path, that will bring you upon  a  ter-
F race,
race, where you will fee a lighted lamp,.
ftanding in a niche. Take the lamp down,
put out the light, and when you have
thrown away the wick and poured out the
oil, put the lamp in your bofom, and bring
it to mex If you wiih for any of the fruit
of the garden, you may gather as much as
youpleafe." Having faid this, the magician drew a ring ofFhis finger, and putting
it on Aladdin's, told him it was a preferva-
I tive againft all evil, if he faithfully obeye<I
his directions, " Go down boldly, my fon,'*
he added, " and we fhall both be rich Ind
happy all the reft of our lives."
Aladdin jumpedinto the cave, went down
the fteps, and found the three halls juft as
the magician had defcrihed them. He went
through them without touching anything ;
crofted the garden without flopping, took
down the lamp from -tSe niche, threw out
the wick and the liquor, and, as the magician had deli red him, put the lamp into his
f.bofom. As he came down from the terrace
iie was greatly furprifed  to obferve that the
branches of the trees were loaded, as he
thought, with beautiful pieces of glafs of
all colours, that dazzled his eyes with their
luftre ; and though he would rather have
found peaches, figs, and grapes, yet thefe
pieces of coloufed glafs were fo very pretty
that he could not help filling his pockets
and two purfes his uncle had given him
with themi He likewife wrapped as many
as he could in the fkirts of his coat, and
thus encumbered, made hafle to return to
his uncle. The magician was expecting
him at the mouth of the cave, with extreme
impatience, " Pray, uncle," faid Aladdin,
when, he came to the top of the flairs,
"give me your hand to afliftme in getting
" Yes yes, but give me the lamp fir ft,"
faid the magician. " I cannot, dear uncle,
till I am out of this place/' replied Aladdin.
" Wretch," roared the magician in a
fury, " deliver it this inftant."
" No, I will not," faid Aladdin, " till
you have helped me out of the cave."
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The magician's eyes flafhed fire^ ^'"Villain, thou fhall repent thy obftinacy," he
exclaimed, ftretching out his arm to ftrike
Aladdin, when fome powder he ftill held in
his hand, dropped into the fire ; the rock
fhook with thunder, the great ftone moved
into its place, and Aladdin remained buried
alive in this cavern of treafure ; in vain
he cried and wrung his hands ; his cries
could not be h^ard ; the doors of the halls'
were clofed by the fame enchantment that
had clofed the rock, and he was left to
perifti in total darknefs.
Aladdin remained in this ftate two days
without tailing food, and on the third day
looked upon death as inevitable. Clafping
his hands with agony, to think of his own
definition and Tiis mother's forrow, he
chanced to prefs the ring the magician had
put on his finger, and immediately an enormous genie rofe out of the earth, and faid,
" What wouldeil thou have with me ? I
am ready to obey thy commands—1 and
the other flaves of that ring."
Aladdin, trembling with -affright,-'faid,
"Deliver me, I befeech thee, from this
place if thou art able." He had no fooner
fpoke than the earth opened, and he found
himfelf on the very fpot where he had
been brought by the magician. He remembered the way he had come, and made
all the hafte he could to get back to the
city, but when he reached his mother's
threfhold, joy to find himfelf at home again,
and the fatigue he had undergone, overcame his ftrength, and he fainted at the
When Aladdin had recovered from his
fit, and had been embraced a thoufand times
by his mother, he haftened to relate to her
all that had befallen him. "Ah, my fon,"
fhe cried, " I fee clearly now that that
man was no brother of thy father's. He
was a wicked enchanter, that meant to
make thee ufeful to him in fome bad pur-
pofe or other. Let it be a warning to
thee, Aladdin, to work for thy own fub-
fiftence, and then thou wilt not want the
li afiiftance
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afTiftance   of deceitful   ftrangers   or pretended uncles."
Aladdin having promifed his mother to
attend to her good advice, entreated her to
bring him fome food, as he was almoft
flarved. 'Alas ! the poor old woman had
neither food nor money in the houfe, for
while her fon had been abfent fhe had
neglected her fpinning to run up and
down the ftreetsin fearch of him.
" Well, mother," faid Aladdin, "do not
mind it. Pray dry your tears, and reach me
the lamp I put on the fhelf juft now, and I
will go and fell it. The.old woman took
down the lamp, and thinking it would fell
better if it were cleaner, flie began to rub it
with fand, Inftantly a hideous genie flood
before her, and faid in a voice like thunder,
" What wouldeft thou have? I am ready
to obey thy commands—I and all the other
fiaves of that lamp."
Aladdin, having feen the former genie,
was lefs frightened than his mother, who
fainted away, while he faid boldly,  " I am
hungry, bring me fomething to eat." The
genie difappeared, and prefently returned
with twelve large plates of filver full of the
moft favoury meats, fix white loaves, two
bottles of wine, and two filver drinking
cups. Having placed them all in order on
a table, he vanifhed,
Aladdin, fprinkling fome water on his
mother, entreated her, as (lie recovered
from her fwoon, to arife and eat of the
goodly banquet.
" What," cried the old woman, looking round in amazement, " has the fultan
been informed of our poverty, and fent us
all thefe fine things from his own table l-][
" Come, mother," replied Aladdin, " let
us eat now, and talk after we have done
dinner," Accordingly they wafted no
time, and having dined plentifully, fetafide
enough to ferve them for two days more.
On hearing that the genie had provided
their repaft, Aladdin's mother befought him
to fell the lamp, and have nothing to do
with genies,  but Aladdin was refolved not
I to
to part with the lamp, which he perceived
to be of infinite value, both from the fervice
he had juft received, and from the eager-
nefs of the magician to get pofTeffion of it.
He allured his mother, however, that he
would never ufe it but in a cafe of great
neceffity, but would endeavour to get fome
employment or learn feme trade. At night
they were greatly furprifed to fee the bright
light that iffued from the heap of pieces of
coloured glafs that Aladdin had laid iri a
corner of the beaufet, but though they were
aftonilhed at it, they were not in the leaft
aware that inftead of pieces of glafs, they
were in reality jewels of immenfe value, and
the mother and fon went as quietly to fleep
as if no fuch treafure had been in their
On the following morning Aladdin fold
one of his filver plates to a jew* to pur-
chafe a few neceffaries that wete wanting
in their dwelling; he would have fold
another to buy his mother new clothes,
but /lie would wear none that fhe had not
earned with her own labour. Aladdin
next went about among the merchants and
fhopkeepers feeking employment. At fi Hi
they were afraid to truft him, but feeing
his fober deportment, they at length employed him on trifling errands, and by
degrees he gained a very comfortable livelihood, and was refpected for his induftry
and good condu6t.
One day while Aladdin was walking
through the city he heard a proclamation
commanding all the people to retire into
their houfes, as the beautiful Princefs Bal-
' roudotit, whom no one muft look upon,
was coming to the public baths. Aladdiil
was a long way from home ; people were
running this Way and that, and he was
quite at a lofs where to go ; and hearing
the drums and trumpets that preceeded the
' princefs approaching, he ran into a large
hall, and hid himfelf behind a folding door.
Now it happened that this very hall was
toe entrance to the baths j and as foon as
the Princefs palled  the gate ihe pulled off
4 her
 K       20 ALADDIN ;    OR,
her veil, thinking fhe was only furrounded
hy her own flaves. There was a crevice in
the door, which permitted Aladdin to fee
the princefs as well as thofe befide her; and
her uncommon beauty made fo deep an
impreftion oil him, that he could think of
nothing elfe for many days afterwards., and
ne?ie£ted his employment and his meals.
At length he could not conceal his love
any longer. ^" Mother," faid he, "Hove
the Princefs Balroudour to diftradtiort, and
you muft demand her for me in marriage
of the fultan."
The old woman left off fpinning to gaze
upon her fon, who fhe concluded to be
mad ; but upon his repeating that he was
refolved to be the hufband of the lovely
princefs, fhe could not forbear burfling into
a loud laurh,   and bid hini remember he
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was the fon of Muflapha the tailor, and no
prince or governor, who alone could pretend to be the foivin-law' of a fultan,
"Mother," faid Aladdin, "I am not
fo poor as  you   imagine.      Since I have
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frequented the jeweller's (hops I have learnt
to know the value of thofe things I ufed
to call pieces of glafs \ it is with thofe things
that I intend to purchafe the good will of
the fultan."
Aladdin's mother laughed again, and
refufed to hear any thine more of fuch fool-
ifli projects.
Poor Aladdin meanwhile pined  almoft
to death,   and when his mother faw him
nearly at   the Lift gafp,  fhe promifed fhe
would go to the fultan if that would reftore
him to health.     Aladdin, overjoyed at her
■confeht,   fent her to borrow a large- china
difh, which he filled with the fineftjewels
from his heap, and having tied it up carefully in two napkins,   the poor .old-woman
fet out for the fultan's palace with a heavy
heart, fearing   Ihe  fhould be punifhed for
her prefumption.. Being come to the divan,
where the fultan was administering juftice,
fhe   placed   herfelf oppoiite  the throne,
and waited in iuence till  her  turn fhould
come to be   called forward.     When   the
Aladdin:  or,
court was nearly empty the vizier bade her
approach. She fell inftantly on her knees,
and befought the fultan's pardon, who
commanded her to fpeak on and fear
nothing. She then related the ftory of
her fon's falling in love with the princefs,
and the advice fhe had given him, ftopping
"--at every three words to entreat the fultan's
forgivenefs, who only fmiled, and afked
what was tied up in her napkin. She
prefented the difh to the vizier, who
handed it to the fultan.
When the difh was uncovered the
fultan actually ftarted with furprife, for he
had never before feen jewels of fuch a fize
or luftre. "Your fon," he faid, " can be no
ordinary perfon if he affords to make fuch
prefents as thefe." The vizier now approached, and whifpered fomething to the
fultan, who nodded, and then turning to
Aladdin's mother, faid, " Go, tell your
fon that he fhall have the Princefs Balroudour in marriage as foon as he fends me
forty bafons of maffy gold filled with fuch
jewels as thefe, carried by forty black flaves,
who fhall be led by forty white flaves, all
magnificently clothed. Go, haftcn home,
and "declare my will to your fon."
Aladdin's mother retired in the greateft
grief and confternation. She was furprifed
to % fee that her fon only fmiled at the fultan's demand ; fhe concluded therefore he
had already got the better of his fooling
paffion, and went joyfully to market to buy
provifions for their dinner. As foon as
fhe was gone Aladdin rubbed the lamp,
and the genie ftood before him, whom he
commanded to bring the bafons of gold,
the jewels, and the black flaves and white,
as the fultan had required ; and prefently
the houfe was filled with this fplendid train,
of flaves moft magnificently drefTed, bearing bafons of maffy gold, filled with the
rareft jewels.
When Aladdin's mother returned from
market, fhe trembled to fee thefe wonderful things; but as her fon entreated her to
m.ake hafte back, to the divan,  fhe ftayei
to afk no queftions, but put herfelf at the
head of the proceffion, which drew after
it all the idle and curious people of the city*
When fhe entered the divan fhe proftrated
herfelf at the foot of the throne and faid,
" Sire, my fon Aladdin is fenfible that this
prefent he fends your majefty is much below the worth of the Princefs Balroudour ;
but he hopes your majeity will accept it as
a token ■■ of his fubmiilion to your royal
The fultan was not able immediately to
reply, he was fo taken up with the beauty
of the flaves, who looked like fo many
kings, and whofe habits were even richer
than his own; at length he faid, " Go,
bring your fon hither, that I may beftow on
him the hand of my 'daughter,"
Aladdin now again fummoned the genie of the lamp, who transported him invi-
fibly to a fine bath of rofe water. Afterwards he was drefied by the hands of the
genie in the moft fumptuous' apparel. A
horfe, that furpaffed the beft in the fultan's
flablcs, was provided for him, whofe faddle
and houfings were of pure gold. He had
a train of flaves ready, finely mounted and
bearing magnificent prefents for the princefs. Another fet of flaves were ready to
attend on Aladdin's mother, for whom they
had brought fuitable dreffes and an equipage.
Aladdin mounted his horfe, and fo great
a change had the care of the genie made
in his appearance, that no one knew him
to be poor Aladdin the tailor's fon, but
took him for fome mighty prince, who had
been accuftomed to the fame grandeur, and
magnificence from the hour of the birth.
When the fultan beheld him he was no
lefs furprifed at his good mien, fine ihape*
and dignity of demeanor, than at the elegance and coftlinefs of his apparel. Aladdin would have thrown himfelf at the feet
of the fultan, but was prevented by the
fultan's embracing him, and feating him
on his right hand.
They converted   together during fome
^ hours,
hours, and the fultan was fo entirely
charmed with his good fenfe and modefty,
that he propofed to marry the young lovers
that very evening. To this, however,
Aladdin objected, faying it was neccfTary
he fhould firftbuilda palace to receive his
princefs; and He entreated the fultan
would grant him a piece of ground oppofite
the gates of the royal palace for this pur-
pofe. The fultan readily agreed to this
propofal, and they feparated— Aladdin returning home to employ the genie of the
lamp to build a palace, and the fultan retiring to his daughter's apartment, to congratulate her on the happinefs that awaited
When the fultan arofe the next morning, how great was his amazement to
behold oppofite to his own, a palace of the
pureft architecture, and half the inhabitants
of the city already gathered jn crowds to
gaze on this wonder. He was prefently
informed that Aladdin waited to conduct
his majefly to the new palace*
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The fultan was more and more amazed
at every ftep ;  for the walls were built of
wedges of gold and filver, and the ornaments were ofjafper, agate, and porphyry*
intermixed with diamonds^ rubies, emeralds,
amethyfts, and every thing that was moft
rare and beautiful.    The treafury was full
of gold coin,  the   offices  filled with do-
meftics, the (tables with the  fined horfes
and carnages, with grooms and equerries in
fpleadid   liveries.       In fhort,  the fultan
acknowledged that the  wealth of all his,
dominions was not equal  to the purchafe
of fuch  coftly rarities,   as the hall with    1
twenty-four windows of Aladdin's palaee   J;
could produce.
Aladdin and the princefs were fpeedily   I
married, and lived very happily ,  but the
fame of his magnificence fpread to all cor-   H
ners of the world,  and   at length reached   g
Africa, and the ears of the magician, who  J
was at no lofs to know the fource of Aladdin's riches.      Refolved to poffefs himfelf
of die,wonderful lamp,   he difguifed  his
perfon ;
perfon and travelled to China,
come to the city where Aladdin lived, he
bought a number of beautiful lamps, and
when he knew that Aladdin was gone out
to hunt with the fultan, he went under the
windows of the apartments belonging to'
the princefs, crying, ■"" Who will exchange
old lamps for new ?"
The flaves attending on the princefs all
(ran to the windows, laughing at the odd
cry. " Oh," faid one of the flaves, "do
let us try if the fool means what he fays ;
1 there  is an  ugly old lamp  lying on the
cornice of the hall of twenty-four windows;
we will put a new one in its place if the
old fellow will really give us one."    The
princefs agreed to this propofal, and away
ran one of the flaves 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 malicious revenge.
As foon as night arrived,  he fummoned
the genie of the lamp, and commanded him
to tranfport him, the palace, and th£ princefs
4 ■ft
cefs to the remoteft corner of Africa.     The
order was in-ftantly obeyed.
It is impoffible to defcribe the confufion,
grief,   and difmay of the   fultan when he
arofe the  next  morning to find the beautiful palace vanifhed, and his daughter loft.
All the  people  of the  city ran in terror
through the ftreets, and a number of foldiers
were fent in  fearch of. Aladdin, who was
not returned from hunting-
Aladdin,  on hearing that his palace and
his wife were gone, fainted away, and was
foon  after dragged before the fultan like a
criminal,   and would have been beheadgd
had   not the  fultan been afraid to enrage I
the people,  wrho were all of them fond of;
Aladdin,     " Go, wretch," cried the angry
fultan,   " I grant thee thy life ; but if ever ;
thou appeared before me again, thy death \
fhall be the  conlequence,   unlefs  in forty J
days thou bringeft me tidings of my daugh-1
Aladdin left  the palace,   not knowing
whither to turn his fteps*      At length he
aladd>n;   oi«
flopped at a brook to waft his eyes, that
Smarted with the tears fee fa&4 ihedz as he
ftooped to the water his foot flipped, and
catching hold of a piece of rock to lave
himfelf from falling, he prefect the magician's ring, which he ftill wore on his
finger, and the genie of the riog appeared
before him, faying, *' What wbttldffi tboii
have ?"—" Oh, powerful genie !M ' cried
Aladdin, " bring my palace back to the
place where yefterday it flood V\
4i What you -command/3 anfwered the
genie, ** is not in my power, I am only the
genie of the ring ; you initlt addrefs your-
felf to the genie of the lamp for that fe¥*
( Then I command thee/' faid Aladdin*
€< to tranfport me to  the place where it
frauds now." Inftantly Aladdin found'himfelf befide his own palace^ which flood in a
meadow not   far from a great city ; the
princefs Balroudour was then walking backward and forward in her-chamber,  weeping for the lofs of her beloved  Akddin.
Happening to approach the  window  fhe
beheld \\im under it, and making a fign to
him not to betray his joy,  fhe fent a Have
.to bring him in by a  private door.    The
prince f>
v hi
princefs and  her hufband having   mingled
then tears and embraces, Aladdin faid, Fell
me, my princefs, inftantiy what is become
of an old lamp I left on the cornice of the
hall of  four and twenty windows?    The
prinCefs related the manner in  which her
flaves had exchanged it for a new one, and
added,   that fhe feared all her  misfortunes
were owing to  that  lamp,   fince fhe oh-
ferved that the tyrant, in whofe power fhe
was, always carried that very lamp in  his
bofom.   Aladdin, convinced that it was his
old enemy the magician, who had got pof-
feflion   of the   lamp,   contrived   with the
princefs means of getting it from him.
Aladdin went into  the city, difgu'ifed as
a flave, and  procured  a powder,   that  on
being fwallowed, would inflantly   canfe a
death-like ileep,   and the princefs   invited
the magician   to  fup with  her.    As   (lie
had  never been  fo condefcending to  him
before,   he was quite   delighted  with  her
kindnefs ; and while they were  at table,
fhe ordered a flave   to bring two cups of
wine> which file had herfelf prepared ; and
after pretending to tafte the one fhe held in
her hand, ihe afked the magician to change
cups, as was the ciiftom, ihe faid, between
ALADDIN;     5R,
lovers in China. He joyfully feized her
goblet, and drinking it all at a draught, fell
fenfelefs on the floor.
Aladdin was at hand to fr.atch the lamp
from his bofom,   and having thrown  the
traitor out upon  the grafs of the meadow,
the genie was fummoned, and in an inftant
the princefs, the palace, and all that it contained,  were tranfported to their original
ftalion.    The very morning of the return
of Aladdin's palace, the Sultan had  rifen
by break of day to  indulge his forrows ;
when, to his unfpeakable joy, he beheld
the vacancy filled up.    He fummoned his
guards, and haftened to embrace his daughter; and during a whole week nothing was
to be  feen but  illuminations, fire-works,
balls and entertainments   throughout the
city in honor of Aladdin's fate return.
Aladdin did not forget now to carry the
lamp always about him, and things went
on very well for fome time. But the magician having flept off his potion, and
found the lamp and the palace gone, once
more fet out for China. Being come to
the end of his journey, he went to the cell
of a holy woman, named Fatima, who
was renowned through the city  for  her
iandity, and her cure of the head-ache	
1 he-cruel Magician having killed the poor
old woman and buried her, dreffed himfelf
in her garments, and having framed  his
tace and eye-brows exadly to referable the
colour of hers, he walked out into the citv
and counterfeited fo well, that every body
believed him  to be the holy woman,  and
followed him in crouds begging his bleffing.
At length he approached the palace,  and
the  princefs hearing that Fatima was in
the ftreet, fent her flaves to invite the holy
woman into the palace.
The pretended Fatima was kindly entertained by the princefs, who led her
.through the apartments of the palace, and
inewed her the magnificent hall of twenty-
four windows. « Princefs," faid the falfc
X.atirmi, ■« forgive my offering my opinion ;
1       t.5li?k lf a roc's eS§ was hur,g lJP  in
the middle of the dome,  this hall would
have no parallel in the four quarters of the
world, and your palace would be the wonder of the univerfe."
« "%/ood ^tima/' faid the princefs,
what fort of bird is a roc, and where may
one get an egg?" J
' Princefs,"replied Fatima, "it isabird
 34 ALADDIN ;     OR*
of prodigious fize, which inhabits the top
of Mount Caucafus: the architect that
built your palace can g^t you one."
The pretended Fatima would now have
withdrawn, but the princefs infilled on her
continuing in the palace fome days. That
very evening Aladdin, who had been abfent
on a journey, returned home fooner than
was expedled, and found the princefs fome-
what melancholy ; he begged to know the
caufe, and ihe confeffed fhe was wifhing
fhe could have the dome of the grand hall
ornamented with a roc's egg. " Beautiful
princefs," faid Aladdin, " your wifh fhall
be gratified." He inflantly withdrew to
the hall of four and twenty windows, and
calling for the genie of the lamp, he faid,
u Good genie, I command thee in the
name of the lamp, to hang up a roc's egg
in the centre of this dome.5,'
The genie on hearing thefe words, uttered fo loud and terrible a cty, that the
palace shook with the noife, and Aladdin
had nearly fallen to the ground. "What \'f
faid he, " after every thing I and my fellow flaves have done to ferve thee, doft
thou command me to bring my matter, and
p in- the midit ot this dome?
T This
hang him ui
This   attempt deferves   my utmofl  vengeance, and I would reduce your palace
into a heap of aflies, but that I know you
are not the contriver of this wifh.    The
African magician is now under your roof
difguifed as the holy woman Fatima, whom
he has murdered.    Go punifh his crimes,
Vr your  own  deftrudtion   is   inevitable."
The genie vanifhed, and left Aladdin in the
utmofl: agitation.    He was   however not
long in   deliberating on the means of de-
ftroying his enemy.    He went to his wife's
apartment,  and  throwing himfelf upon   a
fofa, complained of a violent head-ache*
The  princefs delighted  with  the  idea of
being able immediately to relieve her huf-
hand's pain, exclaimed, that the good Fatima was in the.palace> and then ran to bring
The pretended Fatima came with one
hand lifted up as if to blefs Aladdin, while
the other grafped a dagger concealed in the
folds of her garment. Aladdin kept a
watchful eye on her, and foon as fhe came
near him, fefzed the hand that held the
dagger, and {tabbed the traitor to the
The princefs began to fcream and tear
her hair with grief to think her hufband
had killed the holy Fatima; till Aladdin,
fnatching offthe hood of the cloak, fhewed
her the wicked magician concealed be*
neath. Her grief was then changed to
joy, that they had efcaped his wicked
fnares ; and fhortly after the fultan dying
without a fon, Aladdin and the princefs
Balroudour afcended the throne, and reigned
together many years, and left behind them
a numerous, virtuous, and illuflrious progeny.


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