Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MIDNIGHT, by JAMES STEPHENS

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First Line: And suddenly I wakened in a fright
Last Line: If he would let me off -- he said he would.
Subject(s): Angels; Night; Bedtime

And suddenly I wakened in a fright;
I thought I heard a movement in the room
But did not dare to look; I snuggled right
Down underneath the bedclothes -- Then a boom,
And a tremendous voice said, "Sit up, lad,
And let me see your face." So up I sat,
Although I didn't want to -- I was glad
I did though, for it was an angel that
Had called me, and he said, he'd come to know
Was I the boy who wouldn't say his prayers
Nor do his sums -- and that I'd have to go
Straight down to hell because of such affairs:
...I said I'd be converted, and do good
If he would let me off -- He said he would.

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