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Group Title: Night before Christmas. state 2
Title: The Night before Christmas
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 Material Information
Title: The Night before Christmas
Series Title: Father Tuck's nursery tales series
Physical Description: 14 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863
Raphael Tuck & Sons, Co., Ltd ( Publisher )
Publisher: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Co., Ltd
Place of Publication: New York
London
Paris
Publication Date: c1901
 Subjects
Subject: Santa Claus -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Christmas -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1905
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
England -- London
France -- Paris
 Notes
General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Date of publication inferred from back cover: "Art publishers to their Majesties, the King and Queen," so publication must be after Queen Victoria's death in 1901.
General Note: "No. 1744 designed by the studios in England"--cover.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00079952
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002341754
notis - ALU5671
oclc - 181645697

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

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"Happy Christmas to all,

and to all

a good-night!"


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