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Tabb Centenary Year LVI

Five lyrics by Rev. John B. Tabb.

Autumn Wind

It sings, and every flower and weed
Bestows a tributary seed
   Of life again to live.
I listen, but a sterile tear,
Alas! no recompense to bear,
   Is all I have to give.

1902 (p. 51, Nature: The Wind)

Indian Summer

’Tis said, in death, upon the face
Of age, a momentary trace
Of infancy’s returning grace
   Forestalls decay;

And here, in Autumn’s dusky reign,
A birth of blossom seems again
To flush the woodland’s fading train
   With dreams of May.

October 1887 (p. 89, Nature: The Seasons)

In My Orange-Grove

Orbs of Autumnal beauty, breathed to light
   From blooms of May,
Rounded between the touch of lengthening night
   And lessening day,
Flushed with the Summer fulness that the Spring
   (Fair seer!) foretold,
The circle of three seasons compassing
   In spheres of gold.

1894 (p. 24, Nature: Trees)

Autumn Gold

Death in the house, and the golden-rod
   A-bloom in the field!
O blossom, how, from the lifeless clod,
When the fires are out and the ashes cold,
Doth a vein that the miners know not, yield
   Such wealth of gold?

September 1892 (p. 11, Nature: Flowers)

The Twins

      Are you lost,
         Jack Frost?
            Ah, no;
   For a time to and fro
         Must I go,
   But a longer stay
   Shall I make some day
When I come with my sister, the snow.

(p. 100, Nature: Miscellaneous)

[“Indian Summer”: Indian Summer is a warm spell when the leaves are in color. “Autumn Gold”: goldenrod is any of a large number of flowering plants that bloom in late Summer and Autumn. “The Twins”: Jack Frost is the personification of crisp, cold weather.]


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. 10/18/09 09:57:37 PM
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