Christian passes through the Valley

of the Shadow 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 particular image is associated with the following text from The Pilgrim's Progress:

One thing I would not let slip. I took notice that now poor Christian was so confounded,

that he did not know his voice; and thus I perceived it. Just when he was come over against

the mouth of the burning pit, one of the wicked ones got behind him, and stepped up

softly to him, and whisperingly suggested many grievous blasphemies to him, which he

verily thought had proceeded from his own mind. This put Christian more to it than

anything he had met with before, event to think that he should now blaspheme Him that

he so much loved before. Yet, if he could have helped it, he would not have done it;

but he had not the discretion either to stop his ears, or to know from whence those

blasphemies came.


When Christian had traveled in this disconsolate condition some considerable time, he

heard the voice of a man, as going before him, saying, "Though I walk through the

Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me".

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Then was he glad, and that for these reasons.


First, because he gathered from thence, that some who feared God were in this valley

as well as himself.


Secondly, for that he perceived God was with them, though in the dark and dismal state.

"And why not," thought he, "with me? Though, by reason of the impediment that attends

this place, I cannot perceive it."


Thirdly, for that he hoped (could he overtaken them) to have company by-and-bay. So

he went on, and called to him that was before; but he knew not what to answer, for that

he also though himself to be alone. And by-and-by the day broke: then said Christian,

"He hath turned the shadow of death into the morning."



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Frank C Pape - 'Christian passes through the Valley of the Shadow of Death'

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Frank C Pape - Detail from 'Christian passes through the Valley of the Shadow of Death'

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