Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping
at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you " -- here I opened wide the door; Darkness there and nothing more.
Back into the chamber turning, all my sour within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping
something louder than before.
But the tapping
was repeated, and with the same gentle, slow insistence as before.
At last the tapping
recommenced, and, to our indescribable joy and gratitude, died slowly away again until it ceased to be heard.