Clement Clarke Moore

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Clement Clarke Moore

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779July 10, 1863) was a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College (now Columbia University) and at General Theological Seminary; but is best known as the credited author of A Visit From St. Nicholas (more commonly known today as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas).


  • 'T was 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.
  • "Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
    "On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
    "To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
    "Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
  • But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —
    Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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