Father Tabb published a modest 500 copies of his first collection of poems, Lyrics, in March 1897 and was surprised by the response. Another five hundred were printed right away, with 500 more the next month. The book collects an astonishing 177 poems, though many are only a few lines (the selection of sonnets are among the longest). Many, as might be imagined, are religious in theme, there are several dedicated to musicians and authors he admired, and some focus on nature or the sea, as in "The Rain and the Dew":
"Thou hast fallen," said the Dewdrop
To a sister drop of rain,
"But wilt thou, wedded with the dust,
In banishment remain?"
"Nay, Dewdrop, but anon with thee —
The lowlier born than I —
Uplifted shall I seek again
My native home, the sky."
And here's one more short one, the opening poem of his Later Lyrics (1902) titled "To a Songster":
Little bird, I'd be
A Poet like to thee,
Singing my native song—
Brief to the ear, but long
To Love and Memory.