They howled ’til Pilate
Sent dear Jesus out.
Then they cursed Him
An’ knocked Him all about.

O brothers, O sisters,
Think what those sinners done—
Crucified the Lord’s Son!
Think, think . . . Oh, think . . .

From The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922), edited by James Weldon Johnson. This poem is in the public domain.