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The Night Before Christmas                                                                                  5





            A Visit from St. Nicholas

                 By Clement Clarke Moore




                 '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 would be
          there;
                 The children 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
          winter's nap,
                 When out on the lawn there arose such a
          clatter,
                 I sprang from my bed to see what was
                                                                 His eyes—how they twinkled! his
          the matter.                                    dimples, how merry!                                  Biblical Christmas Card
                 Away to the window I flew like a flash,
                                                                 His cheeks were like roses, his nose like       Messages & Wishes
                 Tore open the shutters and threw up the
                                                         a cherry!
          sash.
                                                                 His droll little mouth was drawn up like
                 The moon on the breast of the new-fallen                                                    Today in the town of David a Savior has
                                                         a bow,
          snow,                                                                                              been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.
                                                                 And the beard on his chin was as white
                 Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,                                                                ~ Luke 2:11
                                                         as the snow;
                 When what to my wondering eyes did
                                                                 The stump of a pipe he held tight in his
          appear,                                                                                          We have seen His star in the East, and have
                                                         teeth,
                 But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny                                                               come to worship Him.
          rein-deer,                                             And the smoke, it encircled his head like               ~ Matthew 2:2
                                                         a wreath;
                 With a little old driver so lively and
                                                                 He had a broad face and a little round
          quick,                                                                                                   For unto us a child is born...
                                                         belly
                 I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.                                                                  ~ Isaiah 9:6
                                                                 That shook when he laughed, like a bowl
                 More rapid than eagles his coursers they
                                                         full of jelly.
          came,                                                                                                 And suddenly there was the angel,
                                                                 He was chubby and plump, a right jolly
                 And he whistled, and shouted, and called                                                       a multitude of the heavenly host,
                                                         old elf,
          them by name:                                                                                             praising God and saying:
                                                                 And I laughed when I saw him, in spite
                 "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now                                                                   “Glory to God in the highest.”
          Prancer and Vixen!                             of myself;                                                       ~ Luke 2:13
                                                                 A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
                 On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and
                                                                 Soon gave me to know I had nothing to
          Blitzen!                                                                                                  The Song of the Angels:
                                                         dread;
                 To the top of the porch! to the top of the                                                       “Glory to God in the highest
                                                                 He spoke not a word, but went straight to
          wall!                                                                                                       and on earth, Peace.”
                                                         his work,
                 Now dash away! dash away! dash away                                                                      ~ Luke 2:14
                                                                 And filled all the stockings; then turned
          all!"
                                                         with a jerk,
                 As leaves that before the wild hurricane                                                   And there were shepherds out in the field,
                                                                 And laying his finger aside of his nose,
          fly,                                                   And giving a nod, up the chimney he                 keeping watch by night.
                 When they meet with an obstacle, mount                                                    And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
                                                         rose;
          to the sky;                                                                                     and the glory of the Lord shone around them.
                                                                 He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave
                 So up to the housetop the coursers they                                                                  ~ Luke 2:8:9
                                                         a whistle,
          flew
                                                                 And away they all flew like the down of
                 With the sleigh full of toys, and St.                                                             “She shall bring forth a son,
                                                         a thistle.
          Nicholas too—                                                                                        and thou shall call His name Jesus;
                                                                 But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove
                 And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the                                                  for He shall save His people from their sins.”
                                                         out of sight—
          roof                                                                                                          ~ Matthew 1:21
                                                                 “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a
                 The prancing and pawing of each little
          hoof.                                          good night!”[]                                                    “Behold...
                 As I drew in my head, and was turning       For The VERY BEST of                             I bring you good tidings of great joy.”
          around,                                                                                                         ~ Luke 2:10
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