by Heinrich Hoffmann


      When children have been good,
      That is, be it understood,
      Good at meal-times, good at play,
      Good at night, and good all day, -
      They shall have the pretty things
      Merry Christmas always brings.
      Naughty, romping girls and boys
      Tear their clothes and make a noise,
      Soil their aprons and their frocks,
      And deserve no Christmas-box.
      Such as these shall never look
      At this pretty Picture-Book.

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