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The night before Christmas

Material Information

Title:
The night before Christmas
Series Title:
Father Tuck's nursery tales series
Creator:
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863
Raphael Tuck & Sons, Co., Ltd ( Publisher )
Place of Publication:
New York ;
London ;
Paris
Publisher:
Raphael Tuck & Sons, Co., Ltd
Publication Date:
Language:
English
Physical Description:
[14] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Santa Claus -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Christmas -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1905
Genre:
poetry ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York
England -- London
France -- Paris
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )

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.

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
028893365 ( ALEPH )
ALU5671 ( NOTIS )
181645697 ( OCLC )

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No, 1744 q oR: ak! aN Co, |

Lond6n - Paris.

Designed





| Tue Nicut 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 woud be there:

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums




danced through
their heads:
And Mamma in her
- kerchief, and |
in my cap
Had just settled
our brains

for a long

winters nap,

The Baldwin Library
University
|| Rm BE

TMD Fords



When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,














a sprang from my bed to see

what was the matter
Away to the window I flew

like a flash,

Tore open
the shutters,
and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast

af the

new-fallen snow

Gave a lustre



of mid-day

to objects

below;





im the Folly.

nging

bn



When what to my
wondering eyes .
should ae
But a miniature
sleigh, and eight
tiny reindeer,
With a little old
| driver,
so lively and quick,
I knew ina |
moment it must
be St. Nick!

More rapid than

eagles his coursers they came,





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‘Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer! now, Vixen!

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To the top of the porch, othe
top of the wall
Now, dasieaway” dach away.
dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle,
mount to the sky,
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys,

and St. Nicholas too.





tp their Stockings.

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fla



And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof

oF ‘The prancing and pawing

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f r , '

of each little hoof.









As | drew in :
my head,

and was turning around,

“Down the chimney



St. Nicholas

came with a bound.



A bundle



. Hie head to his foot,

And his clothes Were.

. all tarnished
, with ashes and soot;

of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a
a peddler just opening his pack.





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8

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His eyes how they twinkled! _ i)
| his dimples — ae

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







was as white as the snow.

is
1 Y fj Lyf = LZ
if : g Ihe stump of

a pipe he held tight
in his teeth,

And the smoke, it encircled

his head
ae 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 (laugh
when |
saw him,
in spite of myself.

| A. wink of his










eye and



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a twist of his head
Soon gave
e = SS Zi /, A / ( me to know
I had nothing

to dread





3
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Filling the Stockings.



He spake 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, hp the chimney
| he rose.
_ He sprang to his sleigh,
to his team
gave a whistle,
And away they all flew | -
tea

of a thistle ;



And | heard him exclaim
“ele he drove.
out of sight,
« Lappy Christmas to : all,
"| and to all |
a good-night!”

Clemeni C. Moore.









Full Text


No, 1744 q oR: ak! aN Co, |

Lond6n - Paris.

Designed


| Tue Nicut 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 woud be there:

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums




danced through
their heads:
And Mamma in her
- kerchief, and |
in my cap
Had just settled
our brains

for a long

winters nap,

The Baldwin Library
University
|| Rm BE

TMD Fords
When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,














a sprang from my bed to see

what was the matter
Away to the window I flew

like a flash,

Tore open
the shutters,
and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast

af the

new-fallen snow

Gave a lustre



of mid-day

to objects

below;


im the Folly.

nging

bn
When what to my
wondering eyes .
should ae
But a miniature
sleigh, and eight
tiny reindeer,
With a little old
| driver,
so lively and quick,
I knew ina |
moment it must
be St. Nick!

More rapid than

eagles his coursers they came,





==

Se x os 2%

—
Se



se

ai Ke

Wen bras

at eal

Un

ey
A



tf
i)



And he whistled, and shouted, and ilcd them by name;

‘Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer! now, Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!— _






"i “ss AZ
>»
A | dare Vg

; | j Wg





WM Gi;

G iy Visi

LEN Eh

j Vp
is Pf

To the top of the porch, othe
top of the wall
Now, dasieaway” dach away.
dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle,
mount to the sky,
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys,

and St. Nicholas too.


tp their Stockings.

NLING 1

fla
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof

oF ‘The prancing and pawing

= i
f r , '

of each little hoof.









As | drew in :
my head,

and was turning around,

“Down the chimney



St. Nicholas

came with a bound.
A bundle



. Hie head to his foot,

And his clothes Were.

. all tarnished
, with ashes and soot;

of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a
a peddler just opening his pack.


/

:
S
8

8
N
His eyes how they twinkled! _ i)
| his dimples — ae

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







was as white as the snow.

is
1 Y fj Lyf = LZ
if : g Ihe stump of

a pipe he held tight
in his teeth,

And the smoke, it encircled

his head
ae 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 (laugh
when |
saw him,
in spite of myself.

| A. wink of his










eye and



= =
Mp yom



>

a twist of his head
Soon gave
e = SS Zi /, A / ( me to know
I had nothing

to dread


3
k



Filling the Stockings.
He spake 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, hp the chimney
| he rose.
_ He sprang to his sleigh,
to his team
gave a whistle,
And away they all flew | -
tea

of a thistle ;



And | heard him exclaim
“ele he drove.
out of sight,
« Lappy Christmas to : all,
"| and to all |
a good-night!”

Clemeni C. Moore.