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Tabb Centenary Year XLIII

Five quatrains by Rev. John B. Tabb.

The Cynosure

So let me in thy heaven of thought appear,
   As doth a twilight star—
The harbinger of tenderest hopes anear,
   And memories afar.

1897 (p. 353, Quatrains: Personal)


Go now thy way, but whereso’er thou art,
   If sick again for home,
Know that the place forsaken in my heart
   Is vacant till thou come.

1910 (p. 355, Quatrains: Personal)

My Secret

’Tis not what I am fain to hide
   That doth in deepest darkness dwell,
But what my tongue hath often tried,
   Alas, in vain, to tell.

March 1896 (p. 354, Quatrains: Personal)

In Absence

All that thou art not, makes not up the sum
   Of what thou art, beloved, unto me:
All other voices, wanting thine, are dumb;
   All vision, in thine absence, vacancy.

1897 (p. 354, Quatrains: Personal)

A Remonstrance

Sing me no more, sweet warbler, for the dart
Of joy is keener than the flash of pain;
Sing me no more, for the re-echoed strain
Together with the silence breaks my heart.

May 1896 (p. 354, Quatrains: Personal)

[“The Cynosure”: a cynosure is a guide or a focal point of attention; a harbinger is a forerunner or a foreshadowing.]

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. 08/02/09 08:12:49 AM
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