CIE ENT C.MOORE
The Baldwin Library
Night Before Christmas
CLEMENT C. MOORE.
"WILLIAM T. SMEDLEY, FREDERIC B. SCHELL, ALFRED FREDERICKS,
AND HENRY R. POOR
THE JOHN C. WINSTON CO.,
PORTER & COATES.
DRAWN AND ENGRAVED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF JAMES W. LAUDERBACH.
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.
"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.
5Il WAS the night before Christmas, when all through the
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
-TIHE children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced through
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:
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
i U ",/ Now,
d a I a % asy, dash
A.- dry leave that before
the wild hurricane fly,
When the\- meet with
4 an obstacle,
i ""mo ntt
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;
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
And away they all flew like the down of
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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