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<poem> I aint afeard uv snakes, or toads, or bugs, or worms, or mice, An' things at girls are skeerd uv I think are awful nice! I'm pretty brave, I guess, an' yet I hate to go to bed, For, when I'm tucked up warm an' snug an' when my prayers are said, Mother tells me "Happv dreams!'" an' takes away the light, An' leaves me lyin' all alone an' seem' things at night!

Sometimes they re in the corner, sometimes they're by the door, Sometimes they're all a-standin' in the middle uv the floor; Sometimes they are a-sittin' down, sometimes they're walkin' round So softly an' so creepy-like they never make a sound. Sometimes they are as black as ink, an' other times thev re white— But the color aint no difference when you see things at night!

Once, when I licked a feller at had just moved on our street, An' father sent me up to bed without a bite to eat, I woke up in the dark an' saw things standin' in a row, A-lookin' at me cross-eved an' p'intin' at me—so! Oh, mv! I wuz so skeered that time I never slep' a mite— It's almost alluz when I'm bad I see things at night!

Luckv thing I aint a girl, or I'd be skeered to death! Bern' I'm a boy, I duck my head an' hold my breath; An' I am, oh! so sorry I'm a naughty bov, an' then I promise to be better an' I say my prayers again. Gran'ma telis me that's the only way to make it right When a feller has been wicked an' sees things at night!

An' so, when other naughty boys would coax me into sin, I try to skwush the Tempter's voice at urges me within; An' when they s pie for supper, or cakes at's big an' nice, I want to—but I do not pass my plate f'r them things twice: No, ruther let Starvation wipe me slowly out o' sight Than I should keep a-livin' on an'

seein' things at night!