Clement Clarke Moore

(15 July 1779 – 10 July 1863 / New York City, New York)

Clement Clarke Moore
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Clement Clarke Moore was an American professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College, now Columbia University. He donated land from his family estate for the foundation of the General Theological Seminary, where he was a professor of Biblical learning and compiled a two-volume Hebrew dictionary. He is generally considered to be the author of the yuletide poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which later became famous as "T'was the Night Before Christmas".

Life and career

He was born on July 15, 1779, to Benjamin Moore and Charity Clarke and grew up in the family residence in Elmhurst, Queens. Clement Clarke Moore was a graduate of Columbia College ... more »

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  • ''Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
    He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
    And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;''
    Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), U.S. poet. A Visit from St. Nicholas (l. 32-34). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Ave...
  • 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, ...
    Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), U.S. poet. A Visit from St. Nicholas (l. 19-24). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Ave...
  • 'Twas 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. Nic...
    Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), U.S. poet. A Visit from St. Nicholas (l. 1-6). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avene...
  • 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, ere he drove...
    Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), U.S. poet. A Visit from St. Nicholas. . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books.
  • ''He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,''
    Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), U.S. poet. A Visit from St. Nicholas (l. 43-45). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Ave...
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  • * Sunprincess * (7/15/2014 2:03:00 PM)

    ...........Happy Birthday Clement! ! ! ...truly love your poem 'twas the night before Christmas...

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