Of buying leaven

Of buying leaven

Sign from Heaven. Leaven of Pharisees.

(The Gospel History, Section 69)

And they forgot to take bread; and they had not in the boat with them more than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

Of buying leaven

(The Saviour of the World, Vol IV, Book III, Poem XLII)

All men buy that which makes their bread to rise,

Their daily bread;

Some leaven seek they, to make light those loaves

Wherewith they’re fed:

Take ye good heed what leaven ye employ,

Lest it should be

That bread ye make distend a silly soul

With vanity.

So, go ye not where Pharisees would sell

Their leaven,—light;

Self-righteousness they mix in all bread made

For their delight:

In holiness they think is theirs alone

They walk the street,

Their robes held back, lest common men defile

With touch unmeet.

See, too, ye go not to King Herod’s men

For that, shall make

Pleasant your bread of life and good for food:

Ye shall not take

Least crumb of leaven that shall a man inflate,—

Pleasure or pride;

Leave these to worldlings—better ’tis ye go,


St. Matthew xvi. 5, 6.
St. Mark viii. 15.