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The Boy that Laughed in ~ Santa Clausby Ogden Nash
 
In Baltimore there lived a boy.He wasn"t anybody"s joy.Although his name was Jabez Dawes,His personality was complete of flaws.In school he never ever led his classes,He hid old ladies" analysis glasses,His mouth to be open when he chewed,And elbow to the table glued.He stole the milk of hungry kittens,And walked v doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.He claimed he acted for this reason becauseThere wasn"t any kind of Santa Claus.Another trick that tickled JabezWas crying "Boo" at little babies.He brushed his teeth, they said in town,Sideways rather of up and down.Yet people pardoned every sin,And viewed his antics with a grin,Till they to be told by Jabez Dawes,"There isn"t any kind of Santa Claus!"Deploring just how he did behave,His parents quickly sought their grave.They hurried v the portals pearly,And Jabez left the funeral early.Like whooping cough, from boy to child,He sped to spread out the rumor wild:"Sure as my name is Jabez DawesThere isn"t any type of Santa Claus!"Slunk prefer a weasel of a martenThrough nursery and kindergarten,Whispering low to every tot,"There isn"t any, no there"s not!"The youngsters wept every Christmas eveAnd Jabez chortled up his sleeve.No child dared hang up his stockingFor are afraid of Jabez" ribald mocking.He sprawled ~ above his untidy bed,Fresh malice dancing in his head,When presently v scalp-a-tingling,Jabez heard a remote jingling;He heard the crunch the sleigh and also hoofCrisply alighting ~ above the roof.What great to rise and also bar the door?A shower head of soot to be on the floor.What was beheld by Jabez Dawes?The fireplace full of Santa Claus!Then Jabez fell upon his kneesWith cries of "Don"t," and also "Pretty Please."He howled, "I don"t understand where you check out it,But anyhow, I never ever said it!""Jabez" responded the upset saint,"It isn"t I, it"s you that ain"t.Although over there is a Santa Claus,There isn"t any Jabez Dawes!"Said Jabez then with impudent vim,"Oh, yes over there is, and I to be him!Your magic don"t scare me, it doesn"t"And unexpectedly he found he wasn"t!From grimy feet to grimy locks,Jabez came to be a Jack-in-the-box,An ugly toy v springs unsprung,Forever sticking the end his tongue.The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;They looked for him, however not v zeal.No map was found of Jabez Dawes,Which caused thunderous applause,And people drank a love cupAnd went and also hung your stockings up.All you that sneer in ~ Santa Claus,Beware the fate the Jabez Dawes,The saucy boy who mocked the saint.Donner and also Blitzen licked turn off his paint.
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