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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Pillow and Stone
By Abram S. Isaacs
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,        5
  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,        10
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—        15
  The pillow’s changed to stone!

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