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The Night before Christmas

Material Information

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

Subjects

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

Notes

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.

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
028891723 ( ALEPH )
ALU5561 ( NOTIS )
29515697 ( OCLC )

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ILLUSTRATED WITH SIX
COLOR PLATES AND
NUMEROUS BLACK
AND WHITE DRAWINGS





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The Night Bees Chine:

"[ was the night before Christmas,

and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring—

not even a mouse;

CS] Oo

The stockings were hung

by the chimney with care, |

SS ee SS Os The Baldwin Library
Geass) uae
RMD vhs

le ip eo ti





| ff the hope that St. Nicholas

0
{ soon would be there.
0
0

OO Gs

The children were nestled



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;

l When out on the lawn there

arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see

what was the matter.



TT en ee > TP oo pn rr a eg Ce gt 7 a er SP 1





Away 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

a oo

aaa)

Se ]ee
CI G=) Oo)







SES)

to objects below—

When, what to my wondering

: eyes should appear

co

But a miniature sleigh
and eight tiny reindecr,
With a little old driver,
so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment

it must be St: Nick.

More rapid than eagles his

-coursers: they came,

0
0
And he whistled and shouted \

and called them by name:

See Se Se
(a=) Cae)







“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!

Now, dash away! dash away!

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cs

dash away all!”

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2 Se SS eee ee



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9
0
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g

|







As dry leaves before

the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle,
mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers

they flew,

With a sleigh full of toys,
and St. Nicholas, too.

eo
ee

0
0
|
A
| Repco ess

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And then in a twinkling <|
I heard on the roof
e

The prancing and pawing
of each tiny 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,









Taga die cloties were all

tarnished with ashes and soot:

A bundle of toys he had
flung on his back,

And he looked like a pedlar

0 just opening his pack. 0

| His eyes—how they twinkled! |
his dimples—how merry! 0

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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, ia |
And the smoke, it encircled |
| his head like a wreath. Bae |
He was chubby and plump, |
0

SSS)

a right jolly old elf,

|

It | |
Oe Oo eo GEC |

|

[ ED) (ERED)





And fe ned when | saw. hey

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

0
tl
0
Hi straight to his work,

aS eee
(Geseeees)

SCG Joo



Ceca) Tol Cama)
Sea OO Cac

| | | And filled all the stockings— |
| then turned with a jerk, |
§ And laying his finger | te

aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, |
up the chimney he rose. ||
He sprang to his sleigh,

to his team gave a whistle, I

And away they all ae
like the down of a thistle;

But I heard him exclaim,

ere he drove out of sight:

‘Merry Christmas to all,
and to all 2 good night BN

Clement C. Moore. fj f



THE END.

Sa),
oc Ooo



Full Text






ILLUSTRATED WITH SIX
COLOR PLATES AND
NUMEROUS BLACK
AND WHITE DRAWINGS


aa)
ra



=

The Night Bees Chine:

"[ was the night before Christmas,

and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring—

not even a mouse;

CS] Oo

The stockings were hung

by the chimney with care, |

SS ee SS Os The Baldwin Library
Geass) uae
RMD vhs

le ip eo ti


| ff the hope that St. Nicholas

0
{ soon would be there.
0
0

OO Gs

The children were nestled



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;

l When out on the lawn there

arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see

what was the matter.



TT en ee > TP oo pn rr a eg Ce gt 7 a er SP 1


Away 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

a oo

aaa)

Se ]ee
CI G=) Oo)




SES)

to objects below—

When, what to my wondering

: eyes should appear

co

But a miniature sleigh
and eight tiny reindecr,
With a little old driver,
so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment

it must be St: Nick.

More rapid than eagles his

-coursers: they came,

0
0
And he whistled and shouted \

and called them by name:

See Se Se
(a=) Cae)




“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!

Now, dash away! dash away!

S26)

cs

dash away all!”

|





2 Se SS eee ee



ao

9
0
|
g

|




As dry leaves before

the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle,
mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers

they flew,

With a sleigh full of toys,
and St. Nicholas, too.

eo
ee

0
0
|
A
| Repco ess

aa
a
(â„¢

And then in a twinkling <|
I heard on the roof
e

The prancing and pawing
of each tiny 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,






Taga die cloties were all

tarnished with ashes and soot:

A bundle of toys he had
flung on his back,

And he looked like a pedlar

0 just opening his pack. 0

| His eyes—how they twinkled! |
his dimples—how merry! 0

a), aaa)


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, ia |
And the smoke, it encircled |
| his head like a wreath. Bae |
He was chubby and plump, |
0

SSS)

a right jolly old elf,

|

It | |
Oe Oo eo GEC |

|

[ ED) (ERED)


And fe ned when | saw. hey

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

0
tl
0
Hi straight to his work,

aS eee
(Geseeees)

SCG Joo
Ceca) Tol Cama)
Sea OO Cac

| | | And filled all the stockings— |
| then turned with a jerk, |
§ And laying his finger | te

aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, |
up the chimney he rose. ||
He sprang to his sleigh,

to his team gave a whistle, I

And away they all ae
like the down of a thistle;

But I heard him exclaim,

ere he drove out of sight:

‘Merry Christmas to all,
and to all 2 good night BN

Clement C. Moore. fj f



THE END.

Sa),
oc Ooo