A Visit From St. Nicholas By Clement Clarke Moore.
Stephen Darrell Smith - Christmas Spirit
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap;
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版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,
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版I knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!
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When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版With the sleigh full of toys, and Saint Nicholas too.
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 around,
Down the chimney Saint 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,
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!
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版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.
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
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.
He 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,
京葡国际澳门在线,捕鱼游戏下载手机版Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!