The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus (song)

By Ogden Nash

In Baltimore there lived a boy,

He wasnt anybodys joy.

Although his name was Jabez Dawes,

His character was full of flaws.

In school he never led his classes,

He hid old ladies reading glasses,

His mouth was open when he chewed,

And elbows to the table glued.

He stole the milk of hungry kittens,

And walked through doors marked No Admittance.

He said he acted thus because

There wasnt any Santa Claus.

Another trick that tickled Jabez

Was crying Boo! at little babies.

He brushed his teeth, they said in town,

Sideways instead of up and down.

Yet people pardoned every sin,

And viewed his antics with a grin,

Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,

There isnt any Santa Claus!

Deploring how he did behave,

His parents swiftly sought their grave.

They hurried through the portals pearly,

And Jabez left the funeral early.

Like whooping cough, from child to child,

He sped to spread the rumor wild:

Sure as my name is Jabez Dawes

There isnt any Santa Claus!

Slunk like a weasel or a marten

Through nursery and kindergarten,

Whispering low to every tot,

There isnt any, no theres not!

The children wept all Christmas Eve

And Jabez chortled up his sleeve.

No infant dared to hang up his stocking

For fear of Jabez ribald mocking.

He sprawled on his untidy bed,

Fresh malice dancing in his head,

When presently with scalp a-tingling,

Jabez heard a distant jingling;

He heard the crunch of sleigh and hoof

Crisply alighting on the roof.

What good to rise and bar the door?

A shower of soot was on the floor.

What was beheld by Jabez Dawes?

The fireplace full of Santa Claus!

Then Jabez fell upon his knees

With cries of Dont, and Pretty please.

He howled, I dont know where you read it,

But anyhow, I never said it!

Jabez, replied the angry saint,

It isnt I, its you that aint.

Although there is a Santa Claus,

There isnt any Jabez Dawes!

Said Jabez with impudent vim,

Oh, yes there is; and I am him!

Your magic dont scare me, it doesnt

And suddenly he found he wasnt!

From grimy feet to grimy locks,

Jabez became a Jack-in-the-box,

An ugly toy with springs unsprung,

Forever sticking out his tongue.

The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;

They searched for him, but not with zeal.

No trace was found of Jabez Dawes,

Which led to thunderous applause,

And people drank a loving cup

And went and hung their stockings up.

All you who sneer at Santa Claus,

Beware the fate of Jabez Dawes,

The saucy boy who mocked the saint.

Donder and Blitzen licked off his paint.

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