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Tabb Centenary Year XLVI

Five poems by Rev. John B. Tabb.

The Bubble

A momentary miracle,
   Wherein Eternal Light,
A child among his children still,
   Forgets the infinite,
Among His toys to multiply
The larger bubble of the sky.

October 1891 (p. 161, Life, Death and Similar Themes: The World)


Upon the isle of time we trace
The signs of many a vanished race;
But on the sea that laps it round,
No memory of man is found.

1897 (p. 366, Quatrains: Miscellaneous)

The Sea Bubble

Yea, a bubble though I be,
   Love, O man, that fashioned thee
   Of the dust, created me
Not of earth, but of the sea:
Kindred blossoms then are weŚ
Time-blooms on eternity.

December 1892 (p. 134, Life, Death and Similar Themes: Love)


The calm horizon circles only me,
The centre of its measureless embraceŚ
A bubble on the bosom of the sea,
Itself a bubble in the bound of space.

December 1895 (p. 353, Quatrains: Personal)


A boat unmoored, wherein a dreamer lies,
   The slumberous waves low-lisping of a land
Where love, forever with unclouded eyes,
   Goes, wed with wandering music, hand in hand.

1897 (p. 364, Quatrains: Miscellaneous)

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. 08/23/09 08:28:39 PM
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