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Tabb Centenary Year VI

Five quatrains by Rev. John B. Tabb.

Deep Unto Deep

Where limpid waters lie between,
There only heaven to heaven is seen;
Where flows the tide of mutual tears
There only heart to heart appears.

August 1894 (p. 366, Quatrains: Miscellaneous)

The Rain-Pool

I am too small for winds to mar
My surface; but I hold a Star
That teaches me, though low my lot,
That highest heaven forgets me not.

1902 (p. 337, Quatrains: Day and Night)

“For the Rain It Raineth Every Day”

Aye, every day the rain doth fall,
And every day doth rise;
’Tis thus the heavens incessant call,
And thus the earth replies.

November 1892 (p. 356, Quatrains: Miscellaneous)


Out of the deep are we,
Out of that inland sea
Whereof the briny wave
Beats to the yawning grave.

1910 (p. 369, Quatrains: Miscellaneous)

The Sun

He prisons many a life indeed
Within the narrow cells of seed,
But cannot call them forth again
Without the sesame of rain.

April 1893 (p. 331, Quatrains: Day and Night)

[“Deep Unto Deep” echoes Psalm 41:8 (enumerated Psalm 42:7 in most Bibles). “For the Rain It Raineth Every Day” is from Shakespeare: Twelfth Night or King Lear. In “The Sun”, understand “sesame” as in “Open, Sesame” from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in Arabian Nights.]

The references (page number and section) are to The Poetry of Father Tabb, ed. Francis A. Litz, Ph.D. (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1928). All of Tabb's poems published here in the Father Tabb Centenary Year were originally published before 1923.

Biblical references link to the New Advent Bible comprising Bishop Challoner's edition of the Douay-Rheims Bible (English) and the Sixto-Clementine edition of the Vulgate (Latin), since they are the versions which Father Tabb would have used as a Catholic.

The year 2009 is the centenary of the death of Rev. John Banister Tabb, November 19, 1909.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 02/01/09 06:56:29 PM
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