The Night before Christmas


Material Information

The Night before Christmas illustrated with six color plates and numerous black and white drawings
Uniform Title:
Night before Christmas
Alternate Title:
Night before Christmas
Physical Description:
12 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863 ( Author, Primary )
Charles E. Graham & Co ( Publisher )
Charles E. Graham & Co.
Place of Publication:
New York
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Children's poetry, American   ( lcsh )
Santa Claus -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Christmas -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Baldwin -- 1875
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York


General Note:
Author supplied by cataloger.
General Note:
Cover title.
General Note:
"The use of berried holly-leaf border on the title-page is the first known association of this foliage with the Christmas motif and this poem. Likewise, here is the first representation of Santa Claus in a red cloth coat and cap trimmed with white fur ... " -- c.f. "The night before Christmas": an exhibition catalog. Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Bibliophiles, 1964.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002341644
notis - ALU5561
oclc - 29515697
System ID:

Full Text

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The Night Before Christmas

'f'P4S the night beforeChristmas,
and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring-
not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung

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all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums
danced in their heads;
And 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.

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I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters
and threw up the sash.
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Gave the lustre of mid-day
to objects below-

When, what to my wondering
eyes should appear

But a miniature sleigh
and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver,
so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment
it must be St. Nick.

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And he whistled and shouted
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"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer!
now Prancer! now Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid!
on, Dunder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch,
to the top of the wall!
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As dry leaves before
the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle,
mount to the sky,

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As I drew in my head
and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas
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He was dressed all in fur
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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 pedlar
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His cheeks were like roses,
his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth
was drawn up in a bow,
And the beard on his chin
was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held
tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled
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And I laughed when I saw him,
in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and
a twist of his head,
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filled all the stockings- L
then turned with a jerk,

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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 good-night!
Clement C. Moore.

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