Christian and Hopeful crossing the Waters of Death


Illustrated by Frank C Papé




This extraordinarily powerful illustration from Frank C Papé was the basis of one of the colour plates appearing

in the 1910 Edition of Paul Bunyan's classic, The Pilgrim's Progress.


The Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan (it was first published in 1678). The tale's

central protagonist is, fittingly, named Christian, and Bunyan takes the read on Christian journey from his home,

styled the "City of Destruction" (representing earthly existence) to the "Celestial City" (representing Heaven) atop

Mt Zion.


This image is associated with the following text from The Pilgrim's Progress:

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 horror

fell upon Christian, so that he could no see before him. Also here he in a great measure lost

his senses; so that he could neither remember nor orderly talk of any of those sweet

refreshments that he had met with in the way of his pilgrimage. But all the words that he

spake still tended to discover that he had horror of mind, and heart-fears that he should die

in that river, and never obtain entrance in at the gate. Here also, as they they stood by

perceived, he was much in the troublesome thoughts of the sins that he had committed, both

since and before he began to be a pilgrim. It was also observed, that he was troubled with

apparitions of hobgoblins and evil spirits; for ever, and anon, he would intimate so much

by words.

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Hopeful, therefore, here had much ado to keep his brother's head above water; yea,

sometimes he would be quite gone down, and then, ere a while, he would rise up again

half dead. Hopeful also would endeavour to comfort him saying, "Brother, I see the gate,

and men standing by to receive us"; but Christian could answer, "It is you, it is you they wait

for; you have been hopeful ever since I knew you". "And so have you," said he to Christian.

"Ah, brother," said he, "surely, if I was right, he would now arise to help me; but, for my

sins, he hath brought me into the snare, and hath left me". Then said Hopeful, "My brother,

you have quite forgot the text where it is said of the wicked, 'There are no bands in their

death, but their strength is firm; they are no troubled as other men, neither are they plagued

like other men'". These troubles and distresses that you go through in these waters, are no

sign that God hath forsaken you; but are sent to try you, whether you will call to mind that

which heretofore you have received of his goodness, and live upon him in distresses".


Then I saw in my dream, that Christian was in a muse a while. To whom all Hopeful added

these words, "Be of good cheer, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole". And, with that, Christian

brake ou with a loud voice, "Oh, 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 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.



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