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Twas the Night Before Christmas By Clement Moore

Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith Gutenberg Project in the Public Domain http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17135/1713

Elizabeth Latta

on 23 March 2013

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Transcript of Twas the Night Before Christmas By Clement Moore

nd then,

in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The 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. was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; he children were nestled all snug in their beds, e was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; ow, Dasher! e spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap, he moon on the breast
of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, . Away to the window
I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters
and threw up the sash I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. hen
out on the lawn
there arose such
a clatter, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, ith a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!" now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen! The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; e was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
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 peddler just
opening his pack. is 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 of his chin was as white as the snow; e 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, "Happy Christmas to all,
and to all a good-night." Merry Christmas, from Elizabeth too! More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: he stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
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, like a bowlful of jelly. A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; s dry
leaves that 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 the sleigh full of Toys, and
St. Nicholas too.
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