the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

20th century songs and poems

where the pipe and tabor are synonomous with 'pastoral' and 'rustic'

"sound pipe and tabor"

"Let us shout for joy in honour of God our strength, the God of Jacob!
Sound pipe and tabor, the sweet-sounding harp and lute, ..."
from Psalms in Haiku: Meditative Songs of Prayer by Richard Gwyn (1998) page 185:


"war-pipe and the tabor"

“ Peace is on our hills, and all is cheerful labor,
Where late we heard the din of strife, the war-pipe and the tabor.
Good omens bless this happy day, the sun's bright rays are shedding
Their loving light of Hope and joy ….
‘Free Love in Utopia: John Humphrey Noyes and the Origin of the Oneida Community' by George Noyes and Lawrence Foster (2001)

'Four and twenty tabors and pipes all in a row' and 'whit and dub'
from The Lady's Birthday by Peter Warlock, 1925 (audio) and also here on Youtube


1906 36 poems based around the ancient gods and goddesses

"By the sound of pipe or tabor
Shall this flesh be clothed and fed ? ...."

‘Dramatic Lyrics’ by John Gurdon


1906 story ‘Fairy Fish’1906‘Fairy gold :a book of Old English fairy tales.’ by Rhys, Ernest

1936 religious poetry.
Ritter invokes Christ, the good shepherd, and asks him not to spend his time considering the beauty of the constellations, the forests, water, the sunrise, the pipe and tabor, or even "thy crown-destined thorn"

‘A Trophy of Arms’ a poetry collection in "Help, Good Shepherd" by Ruth Ritter


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