Part III. Scene 7. Christiana Parts with Her Children, (painting)
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"Now while they lay here, and waited for the good hour, there was a noise in the town that there was a post come from the celestial city, with matters of great importance to one christ- iana, the wife of Christian the pilgrim. So inquiry was made for her, the house was found out where she was. So the post presented her with a letter. The contents were, hail, good woman; I bring thee tidings that the master calleth for thee, and expects that thou shouldst stand in his presence in clothes of immortality within ten days. " When he had read this letter to her he gave therewith a sure token, that he was a true messenger, and was come to bid her to make haste to be gone. The token was an arrow with a point sharpened with love let easily into her heart, which by degrees wrought so effectually with her, that at the time appointed she must be gone. " When Christiana saw that her time was come, and that she was the first of this company that was to go over, she called Mr. Greatheart, her guide, and told him how matters were. so he told here he was heartily glad of the news, and could have been glad had the post come for him. Then she bid him that he should give advice how all things should be prepared for the journey. so he told her saying, thus and thus it must be, and we that survive will accompany you to the river side. " Then she called for her children, and gave them her blessings, and told them that she had read with comfort the mark that was set in their foreheads, and was glad to see them with her there, and that they had kept their garments so white. Lastly, she bequeathed to the poor the little she had, and commanded her sons and daughters to be ready against the messenger should come for them." [P. 27-28.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Bunyan Tableaux. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 82 State Street, 1867.