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First Line: If little boys don't hurry off to bed
Last Line: Would take away the things he left last year!
Subject(s): Children; Christmas; Faith; Gifts & Giving; Santa Claus; Childhood; Nativity, The; Belief; Creed; Nicholas, Saint


If little boys don't hurry off to bed
On Christmas eve, an' try to go sleep,
But stay awake an' hide around an' peep
(Er so the grown-up folks have always said),
Then Santa Claus 'll frown an' shake his head,
An' gather all their presents in a heap—
Espeshully the ones they'd wanta keep—
An' give 'em all to other boys instead.

But every year I've wanted so to see!
An' maybe he'll not find me hiding here.
But if he did, an' left no toys for me,
I'd be ez glad I peeked—er pretty near.
Unless he was so cross that maybe he
Would take away the things he left last year!





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