John B. Tabb
John Banister Tabb (22 March 1845 – 19 November 1909) was an American poet, Catholic priest, and professor of English, chiefly remembered today as educator of Jack London's friend, Californian poet George Sterling.
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- He entered; but the mask he wore
Concealed his face from me.
Still, something I had seen before
He brought to memory.
"Who art thou? What thy rank, thy name?"
I questioned, with surprise;
"Thyself" the laughing answer came,
"As seen of others' eyes."
- "The Stranger", in Poems (1894)
- Why should I stay? Nor seed nor fruit have I,
But, sprung at once to beauty’s perfect round,
Nor loss nor gain nor change in me is found,—
A life-complete in death-complete to die.
- The Bubble, as quoted in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).