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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XIII: Italian—Spanish
 
What I Should Like to Do
By Cecco Angiolieri (c. 1260–c. 1312)
 
IF I were fire, I’d burn the world away;
  If I were wind, I’d turn my storms thereon;
  If I were water, I’d soon let it drown;
If I were God, I’d sink it from the day;
If I were Pope, I’d never feel quite gay        5
  Until there was no peace beneath the sun;
  If I were Emperor, what would I have done?
I’d lop men’s heads all round in my own way.
If I were death, I’d look my father up;
If I were life, I’d run away from him,        10
  And treat my mother to like calls and runs.
If I were Cecco—and that’s all my hope—
I’d pick the nicest girls to suit my whim,
  And other folk should get the ugly ones.
 
 
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