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Tabb Centenary Year VII

A quatrain by Rev. John B. Tabb.

The Purification

Where, woman, is thine offering,
   The debt of law and love?
“My Babe a tender nestling is,
   And I, the mother-dove.”

(p. 213, Religion: An Octave to Mary)

[The Roman Church celebrates the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple on Feb. 2, forty days after Christmas; in Father Tabb's day, the feast was called the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mosaic Law stipulated from the poor an offering of two turtle doves or pigeons on the fortieth day after the birth of a son: see Leviticus 12:6-8 and Luke 2:22-24.]

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 — Mon. 02/02/09 07:35:00 AM
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