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Tabb Centenary Year XXVIII

Five quatrains by Rev. John B. Tabb.


“Whom I shall kiss,” I heard a Sunbeam say,
   “Take him and lead away!”
Then, with the Traitor’s salutation, “Hail!
   He kissed the Dawn-Star pale.

October 1902 (p. 334, Quatrains: Day and Night)

To the Crucifix

Day after day the spear of morning bright
   Pierces again the ever-wounded side,
Pointing at once the birthspring of the Light,
   And where for Love the Light Eternal died.

1897 (p. 330, Quatrains: Day and Night)

The Mid-Day Moon

Behold, whatever wind prevail,
Slow westering, a phantom sail—
The lonely soul of yesterday—
Unpiloted, pursues her way.

April 1894 (p. 333, Quatrains: Day and Night)


Against the night, a champion bright,
The glow-worm, lifts a spear of light;
And, undismayed, the slenderest shade
Against the noonday bares a blade.

February 1895 (p. 333, Quatrains: Day and Night)

In Darkness

Dumb silence and her sightless sister sleep
Glide, mistlike, through the deepening vale of night;
Waking, where’er their shadowy garments sweep,
Dream-voices and an echoing dream of light.

January 1891 (p. 332, Quatrains: Day and Night)

[“Betrayal”: the poem alludes to Matthew 26:47-49; the Traitor is Judas. “To the Crucifix”: M.S. Pine (p. 96) says the poem was written specifically about a crucifix in Father Tabb's room upon which the early morning sun would shine.]

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. 04/26/09 10:52:05 AM
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