Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AT NIGHT, by MARY BALDWIN

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AT NIGHT, by            
First Line: Mamma, at night, puts out my light
Last Line: My own mamma — and light.
Subject(s): Beds; Children; Imagination; Night; Sleep; Childhood; Fancy; Bedtime

MAMMA, at night, puts out my light,
And leaves me in my bed;
Then dreadful things with peaked wings,
Go sailing round my head.

I can espy a horrid eye
That looks right through the sheet.
Mamma tells me I only see
The lamp upon the street.

She says that guardian angels fair,
With little children stay;
But, when her step dies on the stair,
I hear them go away.

So, if God means to be good
To little children in the night,
I wish He'd leave — of course He could —
My own mamma — and light.

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