LibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of Pillow and Stone by Abram S. Isaacs (1851-1920). This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 24, 2011.
Abram S. Isaacs was an American rabbi, author, and professor. Isaacs received his education at the New York University, from which he was graduated in 1871. He became a Rabbi at Barnett Memorial Temple at Paterson, New Jersey. For thirty-five years he occupied a chair at the New York University, first as Professor of Hebrew, then of Germanic languages, and later of Semitics. (summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/pillow_stone_1105_librivox/pillowstone_isaacs_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 57s (mp3@64kb)
Pillow and Stone
Upon a stone in olden time
A wanderer sank to rest.
A wondrous vision soothed his heart
How strangely was he blessed!
The arched sky was his coverlet,
The night-wind cradle song;
A ladder mounted heavenward
Which bore an angel throng.
Ah, in these sober days of ours
When we soft close our eyes,
No lofty ladder climbs above,
No angel hosts arise.
And tho our bed be richly draped
And royal fares our own,
For oft we waken unrefreshed—
The pillow’s changed to stone!
This week’s poem can be found here.