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 down 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.
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!"
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."