Henry Livingston Jr.
Henry Livingston Jr. Poems
- Epithalamium: A Marriage Poem 'Twas summer, when softly the ...
- Hiding Place Hail sov'reign love that first began, The ...
- The Dance Take the name of the swain, a forlorn witless ...
- To My Little Niece Anne Duycki... To his charming black-eyed ...
- The Crane & The Fox, A Fable In long gone years a fox and ...
- Acknowledgement With the ladies' permission, most humbly I'd ...
- Dialogue Children Pray dearest mother if you please Cut ...
Henry Livingston, Jr. (October 13, 1748 - February 29, 1828) has been proposed as being the uncredited author of the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", more popularly known (after its first line) as "The Night Before Christmas." The poem has always been attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, and the Livingston claim is hotly disputed.
He was born on October 13, 1748 in Poughkeepsie, New York, to Henry Livingston, Sr. and Susannah Conklin.
In 1774, Livingston married Sarah Welles, the daughter of Reverend Noah Welles, the minister of the Stamford, Connecticut Congregational Church. Their daughter Catherine was born shortly before Livingston joined the army on a... more »
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Epithalamium: A Marriage Poem
'Twas summer, when softly the breezes were blowing,
And Hudson majestic so sweetly was flowing,
The groves rang with music & accents of pleasure
And nature in rapture beat time to the measure,
When Helen and Jonas, so true and so loving,
Along the green lawn were seen arm in arm moving,
Sweet daffodils, violets and roses spontaneous
Wherever they wandered sprang up instantaneous.
The ascent the lovers at length were seen climbing
Whose summit is grac'd by the temple of Hymen:
The genius presiding no sooner perceived them
But, spreading his pinions, he flew to...