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The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Clausby Ogden Nash
 
In Baltimore tright here lived a boy.He wasn"t anybody"s joy.Although his name was Jabez Dawes,His character was complete of fregulations.In institution he never before led his classes,He hid old ladies" analysis glasses,His mouth was open when he chewed,And elbows to the table glued.He stole the milk of hungry kit10s,And walked with doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.He sassist he acted therefore becauseTright here wasn"t any kind of Santa Claus.Anvarious other trick that tickled JabezWas crying "Boo" at bit babies.He brumelted his teeth, they said in town,Sidemeans instead of up and also down.Yet people pardoned every sin,And regarded his antics through a grin,Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,"Tbelow isn"t any Santa Claus!"Deploring exactly how he did behave,His paleas rapidly sought their grave.They hurried through the portals pearly on,And Jabez left the funeral at an early stage.Like whooping cough, from boy to boy,He sped to spreview the rumor wild:"Sure as my name is Jabez DawesTbelow isn"t any kind of Santa Claus!"Slunk like a weasel of a martenThunstable nursery and also kindergarten,Whispering low to eincredibly tot,"Tright here isn"t any, no there"s not!"The kids wept all Christmas eveAnd Jabez chortled up his sleeve.No infant dared hang up his stockingFor fear of Jabez" ribald mocking.He sprawled on his untidy bed,Fresh malice dancing in his head,When presently through scalp-a-tingling,Jabez heard a remote jingling;He heard the crunch of sleigh and hoofCrisply alighting on the roof.What good to increase and bar the door?A shower of soot was on the floor.What was beheld by Jabez Dawes?The firearea complete of Santa Claus!Then Jabez fell upon his kneesWith cries of "Don"t," and also "Pretty Please."He howled, "I don"t know wbelow you check out it,But anyexactly how, I never said it!""Jabez" replied the angry saint,"It isn"t I, it"s you that ain"t.Although tbelow is a Santa Claus,There isn"t any type of Jabez Dawes!"Shelp Jabez then via impudent vim,"Oh, yes tbelow is, and also I am him!Your magic do not scare me, it doesn"t"And suddenly he discovered he wasn"t!From grimy feet to grimy locks,Jabez became a Jack-in-the-box,An ugly toy through springs unsprung,Forever sticking out his tongue.The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;They sought him, but not through zeal.No trace was uncovered of Jabez Dawes,Which brought about thunderous applausage,And civilization drank a loving cupAnd went and also hung their stocqueens up.All you who sneer at Santa Claus,Beware the fate of Jabez Dawes,The saucy boy who mocked the saint.Donner and Blitzen licked off his paint.
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