And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. - St. Luke XIX.39-40 A stable-lamp is lighted Whose glow shall wake the sky; The stars shall bend their voices, And every stone shall cry. And every stone shall cry, And straw like gold shall shine; A barn shall harbor heaven, A stall become a shrine. This child through David’s city Shall ride in triumph by; The palm shall strew its branches, And every stone shall cry. And every stone shall cry, Though heavy, dull, and dumb, And lie within the roadway To pave his kingdom come. Yet he shall be forsaken, And yielded up to die; The sky shall groan and darken, And every stone shall cry. And every stone shall cry For stony hearts of men: God’s blood upon the spearhead, God’s love refused again. But now, as at the ending, The low is lifted high; The stars shall bend their voices, And every stone shall cry. And every stone shall cry In praises of the child By whose descent among us The worlds are reconciled. Richard Wilbur was one of the leading American poets of his generation and an acclaimed literary translator. He is author of many books, including poetry collections, such as Things of the World (1956) and New and Collected Poems (1989), which both won the Pulitzer Prize; children's books, like Opposites (1973) and More Opposites (1991); translations of Moliere, Racine, and others; as well as various prose works. In 1987, he was named as the Poet Laureate, Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress.