Part II. Scene 16. Christian and Hopeful Enter the River of Death, (painting)
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"Now, I further saw, that betwixt them and the gate was a river; but no bridge to go over: the river was very deep. at the sight, therefore, of this river, the pilgrims were much stunned; but the men that went with them said: you must go through, or you can not come at the gate. " The pilgrims then began to inquire if there was no other way to the gate. To which they answered, yes; but there have not any, save two, to wit, enoch and elijah, been permitted to tread that path since the foundation of the world, nor shall till the last trumpet shall sound. the pilgrims then, especially Christian, began to despond in their minds, and look this way and that; but no way could be found by them, by which they might escape the river. Then they asked the men if the waters were all of a depth. They said no; yet they could not help them in that case; for, said they, you shall find it deeper or shallower as you believe in the king of the place. " They then addressed themselves to the water, and entering, Christian began to sink, and crying out to his good friend hopeful, he said, I sink in deep waters; the billows go over my head; all his waves go over me. selah. " Then said the other, be of good cheer, my brother; I feel the bottom, and it is good. Then said Christian, ah, my friend, the sorrows of death have compassed me about, I shall not see the land that flows with milk and honey. And with that a great darkness and horrow fell upon Christian, so that he could not see before him. To whom also hopeful added these words, be of good cheer, jesus christ maketh thee whole. And with that Christian brake out with a loud voice, O. I see him again. and he tells me, 'when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.' Then they both took courage, and the enemy was after that as still as a stone, until they were gone over. Christian therefore presently found ground to stand upon, and so it followed that the rest of the river was but shallow: thus they got over." [P. 23.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Bunyan Tableaux. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 82 State Street, 1867.