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A Visit From St. Nicholas - Poem 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 the bed to see what was the matter.
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,
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,
I knew in a moment it must be St. 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!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all! ”
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.
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 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,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
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;
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;
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,
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,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Comments about A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

  • Gold Star - 57,339 Points Kim Barney (12/25/2015 2:41:00 PM)

    One of my all-time favorite Christmas poems, but someone has made a typo, I'm sure, when typing the poem into PH's poem base. I remember the one reindeer's name as DONNER, not DONDER. DONNER means THUNDER in German. (BLITZ means LIGHTNING, by the way.) (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 61,554 Points Susan Williams (12/25/2015 12:13:00 PM)

    No wonder what your beliefs, a wonderfully charming poem is a wonderfully charming poem and a treat toi the heart and soul of children of all ages (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 52,341 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (12/25/2015 4:09:00 AM)

    A superb masterpiece of a Christmas poem enjoyable by reader of any age. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Christmas

  1. 1. A Visit From St. Nicholas , Clement Clarke Moore
  2. 2. The Three Kings , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. 3. Christmas Trees , Robert Frost
  4. 4. Minstrels , William Wordsworth
  5. 5. Ring Out , Wild Bells , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. 6. Christmas At Sea , Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. 7. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
  9. 9. In The Bleak Midwinter , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  10. 10. The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus , Ogden Nash
  11. 11. Hymn On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity , John Milton
  12. 12. Mistletoe , Walter de la Mare
  13. 13. Good King Wenceslas , John Mason Neale
  14. 14. At Christmas , Edgar Albert Guest
  15. 15. A Christmas Carol , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  17. 17. Marmion: A Christmas Poem , Sir Walter Scott
  18. 18. T Was Just This Time Last Year I Died. , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. The Oxen , Thomas Hardy
  20. 20. The True Christians , Henry Vaughan
  21. 21. Cradle Hymn , Martin Luther
  22. 22. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
  23. 23. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
  24. 24. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  25. 25. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
  26. 26. Old Santeclaus , Clement Clarke Moore
  27. 27. Carol Of The Birds , Anne Stevenson
  28. 28. The Twelve Days Of Christmas , Anonymous
  29. 29. Ceremonies For Christmas , Robert Herrick
  30. 30. The Magi , William Butler Yeats
  31. 31. The Savior Must Have Been A Docile Gentl.. , Emily Dickinson
  32. 32. The Mahogany Tree , William Makepeace Thackeray
  33. 33. A Bell , Clinton Scollard
  34. 34. Toward The Winter Solstice , Timothy Steele
  35. 35. New-Year’s Eve And New-Year’s Day , Bessie Rayner Parkes
  36. 36. Skating In Harlem, Christmas Day , Cynthia Zarin
  37. 37. The Shivering Beggar , Robert Graves
  38. 38. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
  39. 39. Taking Down The Tree , Jane Kenyon
  40. 40. Christmas Sparrow , Billy Collins
  41. 41. The Mystic’s Christmas , John Greenleaf Whittier
  42. 42. Noel: Christmas Eve 1913 , Robert Seymour Bridges
  43. 43. A Christmas Carol , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  44. 44. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
  45. 45. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
  46. 46. Christmas Cheer , Thomas Tusser
  47. 47. A Christmas Childhood , Patrick Kavanagh
  48. 48. Christmas Away From Home , Jane Kenyon
  49. 49. The Holly And The Ivy , Anonymous British
  50. 50. Christmas Everywhere , Phillips Brooks
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