Joking Jesus

What Stephen calls "The ballad of joking Jesus" is an only slightly retouched excerpt of a poem by Oliver Gogarty called The Song of the Cheerful (but slightly sarcastic) Jesus. The original is brilliantly comical but uneven. Joyce's small revisions represent improvements.

JH 2011

"Why not look on the bright side of life?" Monty Python, Life of Brian (1979).