The Pilgrim’s Progress

Bunyan, John

Broadview, 2012, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, 2nd ed., vol. 3, ed. Joseph Black and others

p. 67

When Mr. Valiant-for-Truth understood that his time to die had come, he said to his friends “’I am going to my fathers, and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him who shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill, to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought his battles who will now be my rewarder.’ When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river side, unto which as he went he said, ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ And as he went down deeper he said, ‘Grave, where is thy victory?’ So he passed over, and the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.”