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The Night Before Christmas, 1912
The Night Before Christmas, 1912

The Night Before Christmas, 1912

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The Night Before Christmas as is appeared in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 22, 1912.

This version ran in the Arizona Daily Star Saturday, Dec. 22, 1912:

The Night Before Christmas

By Wilbur D. Nesbit

“ ’Tis the night before Christmas” —

I whisper the rhyme

And wander in fancy

To “once on a time.”

I see the big fireplace,

The girls and the boys,

The long, heaped-up stockings,

The drums and the toys.

“ ’Tis the night before Christmas” —

So old, and so new!

With all of its dreamings

So good and so true.

I see all the faces

Forgotten so long,

And out of the twilight

There murmurs a song.

“ ’Tis the night before Christmas” —

And here, by my grate,

The past rises, glowing;

The years lose their weight.

The boy-days come trooping

At memory’s call,

And gleam in the embers

That flicker and fall.

“ ’Tis the night before Christmas” —

Ah, could I but clutch

The gold of my fancies!

’Twould go at my touch!

The shouts and the laughter

Now sweet to my ear

Would shrink to a silence

Too deep and too drear.

“ ’Tis the night before Christmas” —

Remembrances stir

As sweet as the cherished

Frankincense and myrrh.

And, hark! As the visions

Grow dim to the sight,

There comes: “Merry Christmas!

And, boy-days, good night!”

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