His last words.

the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side; into 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 all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side. Then there came forth a summons for Mr. Stand

Mr. Standfast is fast. This Mr. Standfast was he that the rest of summoned. the Pilgrims found upon his knees in the Enchanted Ground. And the Post brought it him open in his hands. The contents thereof were, “That he must prepare for a change of life, for his Master was not willing that he should be so far from him any longer." At this Mr. Standfast was put into a muse. Nay, said the messenger, you need not doubt of the truth of my message, for here is a token of the truth thereof, " Thy wheel is broken at the cistern.”* Then he called to him Mr. Great-heart, who was He calls for Mr. their guide, and said unto him, Sir, although it Great-heart. was not my hap to be much in your good company during the days of my pilgrimage, yet, since the time I knew you, His speech to him. you have been profitable to me. When I came

from home, I left behind me a wife and five small children; let me entreat you, at your return, (for I know that you will go and return to your Master's house, in hopes that you may yet be a conductor to more of the holy Pilgrims,) that you send to my family, and let them be acquainted with all that hath and shall happen unto me. Tell them, moreover, of my happy arrival at this His errand to his place, and of the present and late blessed condition family.

I am in. Tell them also of Christian and Christiana his wife, and how she and her children came after her husband. Tell them also of what a happy end she made, and whither she is gone. I have little or nothing to send to my family, unless it be prayers and tears for them; of which it will suffice that you acquaint them, if peradventure they may prevail.

His last words.

When Mr. Standfast had thus set things in order, and the time being come for him to haste him away, he also went down to the river. Now there was a great calm at that time in the river; wherefore Mr. Standfast, when he was about half-way in, stood a while and talked with his companions that had waited upon him thither; and he said, This river, has been a terror to many; yea, the thoughts of it also have often frighted me; but now methinks I stand easy, my foot is fixed upon that on which the feet of the priests that bare the Ark of the Covenant stood, while Israel went over this Jordan.† The waters in

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deed are to the palate bitter, and to the stomach cold; yet the thoughts of what I am going to, and of the conduct that waits for me on the other side, doth lie as a glowing coal at my heart. I see myself now at the end of my journey; my toilsome days are ended. I am going to see that Head that was crowned with thorns, and that face that was spit upon, for me. I have formerly lived by hearsay and faith; but now I go where I shall live by sight, and shall be with Him in whose company I delight myself. I have loved to hear my Lord spoken of; and wherever I have seen the print of his shoe in the earth, there I have coveted to set my foot too. His name has been to me as a civet-box; yea, sweeter than all perfumes. His voice to me has been most sweet, and his countenance I have more desired than they that have most desired the light of the sun. His words I did use to gather for my food, and for antidotes against my faintings. He has held me, and hath kept me from mine iniquities; yea, my steps hath he strengthened in his way. Now, while he was thus in discourse, his countenance changed; his strong man bowed under him; and after he had said, "Take me, for I come unto thee," he ceased to be seen of


But glorious it was to see how the open region was filled with horses and chariots, with trumpeters and pipers, with singers and players upon stringed instruments, to welcome the Pilgrims as they went up, and followed one another in at the Beautiful Gate of the City!

As for Christiana's children, the four boys that Christiana brought with her, with their wives and children, I did not stay where I was till they were gone over. Also, since I came away, I heard one say that they were yet alive, and so would be, for the increase of the church in that place where they were, for a time.

Should it be my lot to go that way again, I may give those that desire it an account of what I here am silent about. Meantime I bid my reader

OCT 2 0 1916



[The meeting of Christian, his Wife, and Children.]


The subjects embraced in the writings of Mrs. Sherwood are exceedingly various, and adapted to different degrees of capacity, from that of opening youth to the matured intellect of riper years; but in all, the sentiments, the spirit, and the influence upon the mind are such as to command the warmest approbation of every enlightened Christian; while in their aptitude for the cultivation of the understanding and the improvement of the heart, they challenge competition. These features render them peculiarly suitable for the libraries of Sunday schools, and for families in which there are young persons. Each volume is perfect in itself, and may be purchased separately.

THE WORKS OF MRS. SHERWOOD. Being the only Uniform Edition ever Published in the United States. Illustrated with Elegant Engravings on Steel.

|erness-The Little Momiere-
The Stranger at Home-Père
La Chaise-English Mary--My
Uncle Timothy.

VOL. VII. contains-The Nun -Intimate Friends - My Aunt Kate- Emmeline- ObedienceVOL. I. contains-Henry Mil- The Gipsy Babes-The Basketner. The Story of Henry Milner maker-The Butterfly-Alune; has never before been published or, Le Bächen Hölzli-Procrasentire in America: it appeared in tination; or, The Evil of Delay three successive parts in Eng--The Mourning Queen. land-the first of which only has been heretofore accessible to readers in this country.

VOL. II. contains-History of the Fairchild Family-Orphans of Normandy-The Latter Days. VOL. III. contains Little Henry and his Bearer-Little Lucy and her Dhaye-Memoirs of Sergeant Dale, his Daughter, and the Orphan Mary-The History of Susan Gray-The History of Lucy Clare-The Hedge of Thorns-The Recaptured Negro -Susannah; or, the Three Guardians-The History of Theophilus and Sophia-Abdallah, the Merchant of Bagdad.

VOL. VIII. contains-Victoria - Arzoomund - The Birthday Present-The Errand Boy-The Orphan Boy-The Two Sisters -Julian Percival-Edw'd Mansfield-The Infirmary-Mrs. Catharine Crawley-Joan; or, Trustworthy-The Young ForesterThe Bitter Sweet-Common Errors.

VOLS. IX., X., XI., and XII., contains-The Lady of the Ma nor.

VOL. XIII. contains-The Mailcoach-My Three Uncles-The Old Lady's Complaint - The Hours of Infancy-The Shepherd's Fountain-Economy "Hoc Age"-Old Things and New Things-The Swiss Cottage-Obstinacy Punished-The Infant's Grave-The Father's Eye-The Red Book-Dudley Castle-The Happy Grandmother-The Blessed Family-My Godmother-The Useful Little VOL. V. contains-The In- Girl-Caroline Mordaunt-Le fant's Progress-The Flowers of Fevre-The Penny Tract-The the Forest-Juliana Oakley-Potters' Common-The China Ermina-Emancipation. Manufactory Emily and her

VOL. IV. contains-The Indian Pilgrim-The Broken Hyacinth -The Little Woodman-The Babes in the Wood-Clara Stephens-The Golden ClewKatharine Seward-Mary Anne -The Iron Cage-The Little Beggars

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VOL. VI. contains-The Gov Brothers,

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