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Tabb Centenary Year XLVII

Five poems by Rev. John B. Tabb.

The Life-Tide

Each wave that breaks upon the strand,
How swift soe’er to spurn the sand
   And seek again the sea,
Christ-like, within its lifted hand
Must bear the stigma of the land
   For all eternity.

September 1892 (p. 114, Life, Death and Similar Themes: Life)

Against the Sky

See, where the foliage fronts the sky,
How many a meaning we descry
That else had never to the eye
   A signal shown!

So we, on life’s horizon-line,
To watchers waiting for a sign,
Perchance interpret love’s design,
   To us unknown.

January 1891 (p. 133, Life, Death and Similar Themes: Love)


Oh, frame me in thy love, as I
The landscape in the branches low;
That none beneath the bending sky
   Our sylvan secret know.

For ’tis of life the mystery
That, whereso’er its fibres run,
In time or in eternity,
   The many shape the one.

January 1902 (p. 115, Life, Death and Similar Themes: Life)

A Crisis

O leaf, against the twilight seen,
   Move not; for at thy side
Gleams, trembling lest thou intervene,
   My hope, my star, my guide.

1897 (p. 365, Quatrains: Miscellaneous)


The heavens that seemed so far away
   When old-time grief was near,
Beyond the vista seen to-day,
   Close o’er my life appear;
For there, in reconcilement sweet,
   The human and divine,
The loftiest and the lowliest, meet
   On love’s horizon-line.

July 1891 (p. 136, Life, Death and Similar Themes: Love)

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. 08/30/09 06:34:53 PM
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