p class="MsoNormal"At first, when I heard a scream in the night,br /That broke that silence looming in darkness,br /It brought surprise; I jumped with great /With a verve and new-affronted starkness,br /A spirit screeched within that sickly gloom,br /And when I went to see what caused the noise,br /I found no being uttering in the roombr /Where I'd heard the wailing, whispery /It seemed a terrifying thing just then,br /But now, of sounder mind, I think that Ibr /No longer mind the sounds the haunters send,br /For now, I know that history will sighbr /From every board and all the empty space,br /And this house seems a much less lonely place./p