Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A TABB-LOW, by JOHN BANISTER TABB

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A TABB-LOW, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tabb's dead! And we who always keep
Last Line: "tabb's body's grinning at us both."
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The

(A duet by two who can't do it -- D-----and B-----)
"Tabb's dead! and we who always keep
The Rule of Silence when we sleep,
Agreed, for his detested sake,
To keep it sometimes when awake,
So that his students all might see
What lofty scorn of him had we."

D. "Go now, and get your 'little ting,'
And we shall both Te Deum sing."

B. "Te Deum!"

D. "Hush! The chant you spoil
And mispronounce the second voil.
Tee Dyum you should say, like me."

B. "Now den, you don't know Fa and Si."

D. "Ah, B----- -----, keep your temper, do,
Or Silence I shall keep with you.
Look there! I'll take my solemn oath
Tabb's body's grinning at us both."

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