TABB, JOHN BANISTER. Born in Amelia County, Virginia, 1845; died,
1909. Father Tabb, a priest and teacher in St. Charles College,
Maryland, was, in poetry, a carver of cameos. His work is almost
wholly in very brief lyrics wrought with infinite pains. He is
the lapidary of verse and his gemlike work is cold and shining.
Nevertheless, it is artistically distinguished and unique. Prior
to taking orders in the Church, Father Tabb served as captain's
mate on a blockade-runner in the Civil War. He was the author
of "Poems" (1894), "Lyrics" (1897), and "Later
This biographical note is reprinted
from The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900. Ed.
Jessie B. Rittenhouse. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1915.