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Part I. Scene 17. Fight with Apollyon, (painting)

Artist:
May
Medium:
Panorama
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1848
1848-1852
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. NOT NUMBERED
"But now in this valley of humiliation, poor Christian was hard put to it; for he had gone but a little way before he espied a foul fiend coming over the field to meet him; his name was Apollyon: Then did Christian begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or stand his ground. But he considered again, that he had no armor for his back, and there- fore thought that to turn the back to him might give him greater advantage, with ease to pierce him with his darts, therefore he resolved to venture and stand his ground; for, thought he, had I no more in my eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand. " So he went on, and apollyon met him. Now the monster was hideous to behold; he was clothed with scales like a fish, and they are his pride; he had wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and smoke, and his mouth was the mouth of a lion. When he was come up to Christian, he beheld him with a disdainful countenance, and thus began to question him, &c. " Then Apollyon straddled quite over the whole breadth of the way, and said, I am void of fear in this matter. " Prepare thyself to die; for I swear by my infernal den that thou shalt go no farther; here will I spill thy soul. And with that he threw a flaming dart at his breast; but Christian had a shield in his hand, with which he caught it, and so prevented the danger of that. " Then did Christian draw, for he saw that it was time to bestir him; and Apollyon as fast made at him, throwing darts as thick as hail; by the which, notwithstanding all that Christian could do to avoid it, Apollyon wounded him in his head, his hand and foot. This made Christian give a little back; Apollyon, therefore, followed his work amain, and Christian again took courage, and resisted as manfully as he could. This sore combat lasted for above half a day, even until Christian was quite spent; for you must know that Christian, by reason of his wounds, must needs grow weaker and weaker. " then Apollyon, espying his opportunity, began to gather up close to Christian, and wrestling with him, gave him a dreadful fall; and with that Christian's sword flew out of his hand. Then said Apollyon, I am sure of thee now; and with that he had almost pressed him to death, so that Christian began to despair of life. but, as god would have it, while Apollyon was fetching his last blow, thereby to make a full end of this good man, Christian nimbly reached out his hand for his sword, and caught it, saying, rejoice not against me, o mine enemy. When I fall, I shall arise; and with that gave him a deadly thrust which made made him give back, as one that had received his mortal wound. Christian, perceiving that, made at him again, saying, nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us. And, with that, Apollyon spread forth his dragon's wings, and sped him away, that Christian saw him no more. " Great beelzebub, the captain of this fiend,/ designed my ruin; therefore to this end/ he sent him harnessed out; and he with rags/ that hellish was, did fiercely me engage:/ but blessed michael helped me, and I,/ by dint of sword, did quickly make him fly;/ therefore to him, let me give lasting praise,/ and thank hand bless his holy name always." [P. 12-14.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Bunyan Tableaux. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 82 State Street, 1867.
Artist address: New York, New York.
Topic:
Literature--Bunyan--Pilgrim's Progress
State of Being--Phenomenon--Dream
Religion--Christianity
State of Being--Evil--Violence
State of Being--Emotion--Fear
Fantasy--Dragon
Control number:
AECI 03250017
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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