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, Donner 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 a sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas, too. And then in a twinkle, 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. His clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bag full 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. His droll little mouth was drawn up in a bow, 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 in a bow,
He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full 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. He 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 as he drove out of sight: