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Title: The night before Christmas
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Title: The night before Christmas
Physical Description: 1 vol. (unpaged) : ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863
Smedley, W. T ( William Thomas ), 1858-1920 ( Illustrator )
Schell, Frederic B ( Illustrator )
Fredericks, Alfred ( Illustrator )
Poore, Henry Rankin, 1859-1940 ( Illustrator )
Lauderbach, James W ( Illustrator )
John C. Winston Company ( Publisher )
Publisher: John C. Winston Co.
Place of Publication: Philadelphia ;
Chicago ;
Toronto
Publication Date: c1883
 Subjects
Subject: Santa Claus -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Christmas -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1883   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1883
Genre: Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
United States -- Illinois -- Chicago
Canada -- Toronto
 Notes
Statement of Responsibility: by Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by William T. Smedley, Frederic B. Schell, Alfred Fredericks, and Henry R. Poore.
General Note: Illustrations
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00050412
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002448259
notis - AMF3528
oclc - 17488513

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    List of Illustrations
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NIGHT BEFORi



CIE ENT C.MOORE







ILiUSTRATIiED,












































The Baldwin Library
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THE





Night Before Christmas




BY

CLEMENT C. MOORE.




ILLUSTRATED BY

"WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY, FREDERIC B. SCHELL, ALFRED FREDERICKS,
AND HENRY R. POOR









THE JOHN C. WINSTON CO.,
PHILADELPHIA,
CHICAGO, TORONTO.












































COPYRIGHT

1883

PORTER & COATES.










































DRAWN AND ENGRAVED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF JAMES W. LAUDERBACH.




SUBJECT. ARTIST.

Illustrated Title, ALFRED FREDERICKS.

Head-Piece, FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

Vignette, FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

"'Twas the night before Christmas," FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

"The stockings were hung," FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

"The children were nestled," ALFRED FREDERICKS.

"And mamma in her kerchief," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.















LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.



UeJECT. ARtsT.
"Away to the window I flew," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.

"The moon, on the breast," FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

"With a little old driver," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.

"More rapid than eagles," HNRY R. POORE.

"To the top of the porch!" FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

"So up to the housetop," HENRY R. POORE.

"As I drew in my head," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.

"His eyes: how they twinkled!" ALFRED FREDERICKS.

"His droll little mouth," FREDERIC B. SCHELL.

"A wink of his eye," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.

"And laying his finger aside of his nose," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.

"He sprang to his sleigh," WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY.

"But I heard him exclaim," FREDERIC B. SCHELL.


































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5Il WAS the night before Christmas, when all through the
1w house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;






































T HE stockings were hung by the chim-
ney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be
there;









































-TIHE children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced through
their heads;






































qND mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap-
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.










































WAY to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash:





















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I- mo non, on the breast
of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below;
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,





































driver, so lively



it must be St. Nick.









































ORE rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
SAnd he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Dasher! now Dancer! now Prancer! now Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
















"O the top of
"the porch!


the twall!e

i U ",/ Now,
Ilnsh away,
d a I a % asy, dash


A.- dry leave that before
the wild hurricane fly,
When the\- meet with

4 an obstacle,
Inotunt to
the sky,
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h0 up t o the-

courscrs they ri \,,, --"
With the sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.








































/S I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.










































IS eyes: how they twinkled! his dimples: how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
















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South was
V drawn up like a bow, '
SAnd the beard on his chin
S was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held
tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his
head like a wreath:
He had a broad face, and a
little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed,
like a bowl full of jelly;
He was chubby and plump, a right
jolly old elf;
And I laughed, when I saw him, in
spite of myself.







































WINK of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spake not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,









































NND laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.






































E sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave
a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of
a thistle;





































B UT I heard him exclaim, ere he drove
out of sight,
"MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO
ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"





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