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The Night before Christmas, or, A visit of St. Nicholas

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Title:
The Night before Christmas, or, A visit of St. Nicholas
Uniform Title:
Night before Christmas
Added title page title:
Visit of St. Nicholas
Added title page title:
Night before Christmas
Creator:
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863 ( Author, Primary )
McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Nast, Thomas 1840-1902 ( Illustrator )
Donor:
Egolf, Robert
Place of Publication:
New York
Publisher:
McLoughlin Bros.
Publication Date:
Language:
English
Physical Description:
[16] p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Santa Claus -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Christmas -- Juvenile poetry ( lcsh )
Children's poetry, American ( lcsh )
Picture books for children ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1896
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )

Notes

General Note:
Cover title.
General Note:
Caption title: Visit of St. Nicholas.

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
028893105 ( ALEPH )
ALU5654 ( NOTIS )
10676555 ( OCLC )

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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’










Sj And Mamma in her ‘.erchief and I in my cap, . ;
4 Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap--- "
s When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter, 7
vi 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 of the new-fallen snow,



Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below:
hen, what to my wondering eyes should appear, = #)

‘But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny Reindeer: a
“With a little old driver, so lively and quick, Z

‘aj! knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

Nore rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

- And he whistled, and shouted, and called some by name-



@ On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzen:
$27 o the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!



| ‘EN ow, dash away, dash away, dash away all!”






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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 sleigh full of toys-—
And Saint Nicholas too.

And then in a twinkling ~





I heard on the roof



. he prancing and pawing
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
tarnished
With ashes and soot:







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Bost

















He had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler
Just opening his pack;
y 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



~. Was as white as the snow! 4



The stump of a pipe
He nel dent in hic (ec
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, : c :
Like a bowl-full of jelly. =



“HE LOOKED LIKE A PEDDLER JUST OPENING HIS PACK”





ASVISIT“ OR 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 Goop NIGHT."









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Full Text



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;



The Baldwin Library
University
| of
| RmB Florida
| -
“ALL SNUG IN THEIR BEDS’







Sj And Mamma in her ‘.erchief and I in my cap, . ;
4 Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap--- "
s When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter, 7
vi 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 of the new-fallen snow,



Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below:
hen, what to my wondering eyes should appear, = #)

‘But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny Reindeer: a
“With a little old driver, so lively and quick, Z

‘aj! knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

Nore rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

- And he whistled, and shouted, and called some by name-



@ On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzen:
$27 o the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!



| ‘EN ow, dash away, dash away, dash away all!”



" eee Ss

EAy

”
.

Y REINDEER

TIN

oy
O
—
eS
-~
sy
A
call
ae
—
—
2
a
nt




SS





°
Zz

“AND HE WHISTLED AND SHOUTED, AND CALLED SOME BY NAME—‘NOW, DASHER! NOW, DAYCER! NOW, PRANCER AND VIXEN ! CUPID, ON! DUNDER AND BLITZEN.”

ve





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 sleigh full of toys-—
And Saint Nicholas too.

And then in a twinkling ~





I heard on the roof



. he prancing and pawing
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
tarnished
With ashes and soot:

nee

Bost














He had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler
Just opening his pack;
y 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



~. Was as white as the snow! 4



The stump of a pipe
He nel dent in hic (ec
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, : c :
Like a bowl-full of jelly. =
“HE LOOKED LIKE A PEDDLER JUST OPENING HIS PACK”


ASVISIT“ OR 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 Goop NIGHT."






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etl