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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
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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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

"Twas the neht before Christmas, when all through the house
Nota Geen ue stirring, not even a mouse;

The suckin 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,

While visions of sugar-plums







danced through

their heads;

And Mamma in her

~ kerchief, and I

Had just settled
our brains

for a long |

winters nap,



The Baldwin Library

University
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Florida






When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,



I sprang from my bed to see

Hagberg














what was the matter,

like a flash,
Tore open
the shutters,
’ and threw up the sash.
ne moon on the breast

of the

new-fallen snow

Gave a lustre
of mid-day

a objects

below;









n the Flolty.

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When what to my
wondering eyes
should appear,

But a miniature

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ene

sleigh, and eight

as



tiny reindeer,
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,

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Se
SSS








And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

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

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









Uh A

Uf
Wy Liye
GP

Sete

YAS ba
ie

eo top of the wall
Now, dash away, dash 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 thev flew,

With the sleigh full of toys,

/

-and St. Nicholas too.





StOCRINES.

up ther

ngINg

71a



And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof.
‘The prancing and pawing

of each little hoof.








AT eva



and was turning around,

~ Down the chimney

St. Nicholas

with a bound.









He was dressed all in fur from
Dede a
And his clothes were
all tarnished
with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
| Aiea es

peddler just opening his pack.







His ie how they twinkled! — . : id
his dimples | Ae
how merry! |
His cheeks were like roses,
_his nose like

a chery:



His droll little mouth —

was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard





on his chin
was as white as the snow.
The stump of
a pipe he held tight
in he sect,
And the smoke, it encircled
his head

. hke a wreath



He had a broad face and a little round belly,
7 That shook when he laughed, like a bowl

full of jelly.






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\ty f 1

a a right

(Hp,

ae jolly old elf—
2h
«WY And f laughed

when I
saw him,

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aif it EA pi gp j
Uf

in spite of myself.
A wink of his.
eye and
a twist of his head,
Soon gave
me to know
I had nothing

Se to dread,





Filling the Stockings.





we

He spake not a word but went straight-to his work,

a And filled all
oe : the stockings;

aoe then turned with a jerk,









He sprang to his sleigh,
to his om
gave a whistle,
And away they all flew
like the down

of a thistle ;



And I heard him exclaim
‘ere he drove :
out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all,
and to all

a good-night!”



Clement C. Moore.

























Full Text

= An my cap

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

"Twas the neht before Christmas, when all through the house
Nota Geen ue stirring, not even a mouse;

The suckin 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,

While visions of sugar-plums







danced through

their heads;

And Mamma in her

~ kerchief, and I

Had just settled
our brains

for a long |

winters nap,



The Baldwin Library

University
iD =
Florida



When out on the lawn arose such a clatter,



I sprang from my bed to see

Hagberg














what was the matter,

like a flash,
Tore open
the shutters,
’ and threw up the sash.
ne moon on the breast

of the

new-fallen snow

Gave a lustre
of mid-day

a objects

below;






n the Flolty.

°

NLINE 1

Bn
When what to my
wondering eyes
should appear,

But a miniature

SS
=

SS Se



ene

sleigh, and eight

as



tiny reindeer,
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,

SES SSS

Se
SSS








And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

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

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






Uh A

Uf
Wy Liye
GP

Sete

YAS ba
ie

eo top of the wall
Now, dash away, dash 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 thev flew,

With the sleigh full of toys,

/

-and St. Nicholas too.


StOCRINES.

up ther

ngINg

71a
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof.
‘The prancing and pawing

of each little hoof.








AT eva



and was turning around,

~ Down the chimney

St. Nicholas

with a bound.






He was dressed all in fur from
Dede a
And his clothes were
all tarnished
with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
| Aiea es

peddler just opening his pack.

His ie how they twinkled! — . : id
his dimples | Ae
how merry! |
His cheeks were like roses,
_his nose like

a chery:



His droll little mouth —

was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard





on his chin
was as white as the snow.
The stump of
a pipe he held tight
in he sect,
And the smoke, it encircled
his head

. hke a wreath
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
7 That shook when he laughed, like a bowl

full of jelly.






oe He was chubby and plump—
i z=

\ty f 1

a a right

(Hp,

ae jolly old elf—
2h
«WY And f laughed

when I
saw him,

ZZ

aif it EA pi gp j
Uf

in spite of myself.
A wink of his.
eye and
a twist of his head,
Soon gave
me to know
I had nothing

Se to dread,


Filling the Stockings.


we

He spake not a word but went straight-to his work,

a And filled all
oe : the stockings;

aoe then turned with a jerk,






He sprang to his sleigh,
to his om
gave a whistle,
And away they all flew
like the down

of a thistle ;



And I heard him exclaim
‘ere he drove :
out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all,
and to all

a good-night!”



Clement C. Moore.