Blood-Money: Guilty of the body and the blood of Christ

..from the quills of the dead white poets


Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Of olden time, when it came to pass

That the beautiful god, Jesus, should finish his work on earth,

Then went Judas, and sold the divine youth,

And took pay for his body.

Curs’d was the deed, even before the sweat of the clutching hand grew dry;

And darkness frown’d upon the seller of a Son of God,

Where, as though earth lifted her breast to throw him from her, and heaven refused him,

He hung in the air, self-slaughter’d.

The cycles, with their long shadows, have stalk’d silently forward,

Since those ancient days – many a pouch enwrapping meanwhile

Its fee, like that paid for the son of Mary.

Again goes one, saying

What will ye give me, and I will deliver this man unto you?

And they make the covenant, and pay the pieces of silver.


Look forth, deliverer,

Look forth, first-born of the dead,

Over the tree-tops of Paradise;

See thyself in yet-continued bonds,

Toilsome and poor, thou bear’st man’s form again,

Thou art reviled, scourged, put into prison,

Hunted from the arrogant equality of the rest;

With staves and swords throng the willing servants of authority,

Again they surround thee, mad with devilish spite;

Toward thee stretch the hands of multitude, like vultures’ talons,

The meanest spit in thy face, they smite thee with their palms;

Bruised, bloody, and pinion’d is thy body, more sorrowful than death is thy soul.

Witness of anguish, brother of slaves,

Not with thy price closed the price of thine image:

And still Iscariot plies his trade.

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6 Responses to Blood-Money: Guilty of the body and the blood of Christ

  1. Globo says:

    From Mark Steyn yesterday:
    Some in this post-Christian culture don’t believe anything, some are riddled with doubts, but even the ones with only a vague residual memory of the fluffier Sunday School stories are agreed that there’s little harm in a Jesus figure who’s a “gentle teacher”. In this world, if Jesus came back today he’d most likely be a gay Anglican bishop in a committed relationship driving around in an environmentally-friendly car with an “Arms Are For Hugging” sticker on the way to an interfaith dialogue with a Wiccan and a couple of Wahhabi imams. …
    The followers of Wimp Jesus seem to believe He died to license our sins – Jesus loves us for who we are so whatever’s your bag is cool with Him.

  2. polishhussar says:

    Leave Christianity alone. You don’t understand it.

  3. Antisthenes says:

    Yes, we have not suferred on the cross, so obviously we don’t understand Christianity like you do. Anyway, next Sunday we’ll have an ‘Atheist’ poem. Enjoy.

  4. Hirram Moomey says:

    Almost like Julia and her betrayal of the trade union movement.

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