A VISIT OF ST. NICHOLAS.
'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 Saint Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
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"ALL SNUG IN THEIR BEDS.
And Mamma in her Uerchief and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap---
When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter,
SI sprang from my bed to see what was the matter;
SAway to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash,
The moon, on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
H Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below:
Vhen, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
'But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny Reindeer:
T'With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
lore rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
)And he whistled, and shouted, and called some by name--
:" Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!'
On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzen;
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!
Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
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AND) EIGHT TINY REINDEER."
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"AND HE WHISTLED AND SHOUTED, AND CALLED SOME BY NAME-'NOW, DASHER! NOW, DANCER! NOW, PRANCER AND VIXEN! ON! COMET, ON! CUPID, ON! DUNDER AND BL1TZEN."
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As dry leaves that before
The wild hurricane fly,
W \\hen they meet with an obstacle,
SIMount to the sky;
So, up to the house-top
The coursers they flew,
\,Vith sleigh full of toys-
And Saint Nicholas too.
A\nd then in a twinkling
I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing 1
Of each little hoof;
As 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
S With ashes and soot:
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" DOWN THE CHIMNEY ST. NICHOLAS CAME."
SA bundle of toys
He had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler
Just opening his pack;
His eyes how they twinkled!
His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses,
His nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth
Was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin
SWas 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 LOOKED LIKE A PEDDLER JUST OPENING HIS PACK."
A VISIT OF ST. NICHOLAS.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf;
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose.
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight,
" MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A Goon NIGHT.