Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Langston Hughes (190267)
Listen, Christ, You did alright in your day, I reckon But that days gone now. They ghosted you up a swell story, too, Called it Bible But its dead now. The popes and the preachersve Made too much money from it. Theyve sold you too many
Kings, generals, robbers, and killers Even to the Czar and the Cossacks, Even to Rockefellers church, Even to THE SATURDAY EVENING POST. You aint no good no more. Theyve pawned you Till youve done wore out.
Goodbye, Christ Jesus Lord God Jehova, Beat it on away from here now. Make way for a new guy with no religion at all A real guy named Marx Communist Lenin Peasant Stalin Worker ME I said, ME!
Go Ahead on now, Youre getting in the way of things, Lord. And please take Saint Ghandi [sic] with you when you go, And Saint Pope Pius, And Saint Aimee McPherson, And big black Saint Becton Of the Consecrated Dime. And step on the gas, Christ!
Move! Dont be so slow about movin! The world is mine from now on And nobodys gonna sell ME To a king, or a general, Or a millionaire.
LANGSTON HUGHES, Goodbye Christ, The Negro Worker, November/December 1932, p. 32.