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PETER YARROW

'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;





CHAD STEWART

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;



JEREMY CLYDE

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,





VIENNA TENG

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.



NANCI GRIFFITH

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.





BOB SMITH

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,



ROGER McGUINN

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,





RAUL MALO

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.



ADRIENNE YOUNG

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;





JEREMY CLYDE

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!

On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!



NICKY MEHTA

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"





RUTH MOODY

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,



ANNABELLE CHVOSTEK

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.





ERIK URYCKI

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.



CRAIG ADAMS

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.





EVAN LEWIS

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;



TIM O?BRIEN

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.





CORINNE WEST

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!



AARON KEIM

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;





SCOTT HIGGINS

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;



KAILIN YONG

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.





BRAD JONES

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;



PETER YARROW

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;





WENDY BARLOW

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,



BOB BELLEMY

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;





JIM BLUM

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.



JOE GUNDERMAN

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"