By John Bannister Tabb
O God, the cleanest offering
Of tainted earth below,
Unblemished to thy feet we bring—
“A leper white as snow!”
Joyce Kilmer, ed., Dreams and Images: An Anthology of Catholic Poets (Toronto: Musson Book Co., 1917), 253.
NOTE: Born to an affluent Virginia family, John Bannister Tabb (1845-1909) fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. After the war, he converted to Roman Catholicism and taught at a seminary in Maryland. In 1884, he was ordained a priest. During his time he was a widely published poet.