S: The Night Before Christmas
FC: The Night Before Christmas
1: For | L ve | Mom | Caleb | & | Jeremy
2: T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
3: The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
5: The monkeys 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 winters nap.
6: When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, | I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
7: 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 the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
8: With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. | When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer. | More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
9: On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!" | To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! | "Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! | And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! | Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
10: As 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.
11: And 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 round,
12: 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. | A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
13: And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. | His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! | His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
14: His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. | The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
15: He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly! He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
16: 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,
17: 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!
18: He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
19: But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, | "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"