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Tabb Centenary Year XXVII

A sonnet on William Shakespeare by Rev. John B. Tabb.

Shakespeare’s Mourners

I saw the grave of Shakespeare in a dream,
And round about it grouped a wondrous throng,
His own majestic mourners, who belong
Forever to the Stage of Life, and seem
The rivals of reality. Supreme
Stood Hamlet, as erewhile the graves among,
Mantled in thought; and sad Ophelia sung
The same swan-dirge she chanted in the stream.
Othello, dark in destiny’s eclipse,
Laid on the tomb a lily. Near him wept
Dejected Constance. Fair Cordelia’s lips
Moved prayerfully the while her father slept,
And each and all, inspired of vital breath,
Kept vigil o’er the sacred spoils of death.

1882 (p. 279, Sonnets)

[Shakespeare died this day, April 23, 1616. Hamlet and Ophelia are characters in the play Hamlet; Othello, in Othello; Constance, in King John; and, Cordelia, in King Lear.]

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 — Thu. 04/23/09 08:31:40 AM
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