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Tabb Centenary Year XLI

Five lyrics by Rev. John B. Tabb.

Life’s Ramah

Day after day,
   The Herod Morn
Of Dreams doth slay
   The latest-born;
And Love, like Rachel o’er her dead,
Will not again be comforted.

December 1898 (p. 74, Nature: Day and Night)

Security

The noonday smiles to hear
   The oft-repeated tale
Of shadows lurking near
   Her sunbeams to assail;
Nor heeds the placid night
   A prophecy of doom
To drown her stars in light
   As fathomless as gloom.

January 1896 (p. 80, Nature: Day and Night)

Light and Shadow

   “I love you, little maid,”
   Said the Sunbeam to the Shade,
As all day long she shrank away before him;
   But at twilight, ere he died,
   She was weeping at his side;
And he felt her tresses softly trailing o’er him.

1899 (p. 78, Nature: Day and Night)

Inscriptions

The epitaph of night
The sunbeams write;
The epitaph of day,
The shadows gray;
One requiem of wind and wave
Above each grave.

May 1906 (p. 77, Nature: Day and Night)

Ideals

Could Day demand a gift of Night,
   And Night the boon bestow,
’Twould be that heaven of star-delight
   Where Dreams departed go.

Could Night the gift demand, and Day
   The benefit confer,
’Twould be, upon his twilight way
   A lengthened hour with her.

December 1897 (p. 79, Nature: Day and Night)

[“Life’s Ramah”: King Herod (the Great) ordered the massacre of the Innocents, trying to destroy the Christ Child; to this episode, Matthew 2:13-18 applies the words of the Prophet, Jeremiah 13:15, about the lamentation of Rachel. “Inscriptions”: an epitaph is a memorial inscription, such as on a tombstone; a requiem is a hymn or other composition for the dead. “Ideals”: a boon is a gift or blessing.]


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. 07/19/09 11:14:14 AM
Categorized as Father Tabb Centenary Year & International.

   
         
         

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