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Family Force 5 - T\'was The Night Before Christmas

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house<br />

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.<br />

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,<br />

In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.<br />

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The children were nestled all snug in their beds,<br />

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.<br />

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,<br />

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.<br />

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When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,<br />

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.<br />

Away to the window I flew like a flash,<br />

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.<br />

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The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow<br />

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.<br />

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,<br />

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.<br />

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With a little old driver, so lively and quick,<br />

I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.<br />

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,<br />

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!<br />

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"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!<br />

On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!<br />

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!<br />

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"<br />

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As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,<br />

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.<br />

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,<br />

With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.<br />

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And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof<br />

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.<br />

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,<br />

Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.<br />

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He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,<br />

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.<br />

A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,<br />

And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.<br />

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His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!<br />

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!<br />

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,<br />

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.<br />

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The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,<br />

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.<br />

He had a broad face and a little round belly,<br />

That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!<br />

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He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,<br />

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!<br />

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,<br />

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.<br />

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He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,<br />

And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.<br />

And laying his finger aside of his nose,<br />

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!<br />

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He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,<br />

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.<br />

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,<br />

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

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