|SANTA CLAUS AND THE MOUSE|
|One Christmas Eve, when Santa Claus
Came to a certain house,
To fill the children's stockings there,
He found a little mouse.
|"A Merry Christmas, little friend," said Santa good and kind.
"The same to you, sir," said the mouse, "I thought you wouldn't mind,
If I should stay awake tonight and watch you for a while."
"You're very welcome, little mouse," said Santa, with a smile.
|And then he filled the stockings up,
Before the mouse could wink----
From toe to top, from top to toe,
There wasn't left a chink.
"Now they won't hold another thing,"
Said Santa Claus with pride.
A twinkle came in mouse's eyes,
But humbly he replied:
|"It's not polite to contradict----your pardon I implore----
But in the fullest stocking there, I could put one thing more."
|"Oh, ho!" laughed Santa. "Silly mouse, don't I know how to pack?
By filling stockings all these years, I should have learned the knack."
And then he took the stocking down from where it hung so high,
And said, "Now put in one thing more, I give you leave to try."
|The mousie chuckled to himself, and then he softly stole
Right to the stocking's crowded toe, and gnawed a little hole!
"Now, if you please, good Santa Claus, I've put in one thing more,
For you'll agree that little hole was not in there before."
|How Santa Claus did laugh and laugh!
And then he gaily spoke,
"Well, you shall have a Christmas cheese
For that nice little joke!"
|If you don't think this story's true,
Why, I can show to you
The very stocking with the hole
The little mouse gnawed through!
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