They murmur

They murmur

The Bread of Life.

(The Gospel History, Section 64)

The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, I am the bread which came down out of heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how doth he now say, I am come down out of heaven?

They murmur

(The Saviour of the World, Vol IV, Book I, Poem XXII)

“The Jews therefore murmured concerning him.”

First Speaker. “Come, I will give you sweets,” the idle boy

Cries out, his idle comrades to annoy
When, empty-handed, find they him who cried!
Now who is this, in our ears testified
“I am the bread come down from heaven for men,
And whoso eateth hungers not again”?
Sure, as an idle boy, He treasure cries;
You come to share and, lo, his treasure flies!

Second. See you, He saith from heaven He descends

To grace those men He numbers amongst His friends!
Why, on the face of it, this story’s wrong:
Have we not known the family all along?
His father and mother, they live door by door
With mine in Nazareth: What would you more
To prove those words of His an idle dream
Of one who thinks things other than they seem?

Third. Nay, hush, the Masters speaks, and speaks to us;—

How hears He so far off?

St. John vi. 41, 42.