Let us hear, then, what it is at its best estate--gaze on its bright side, if it has one; and then imagination may task her powers to add dark lines to the picture, as she travels southward to that (for the colored man) Valley of the Shadow of Death
, where the Mississippi sweeps along.
He was safe now, but surely never a man before had walked so near the "Valley of the Shadow of Death
." A single moment's vigilance relaxed, a blanket displaced, a dose of brandy forgotten, and Trent might have walked this life a multi-millionaire, a peer, a little god amongst his fellows, freed for ever from all anxiety.
As for David Swan, he still slept quietly, neither conscious of the shadow of death
when it hung over him, nor of the glow of renewed life when that shadow was withdrawn.
Bunyan's road-book, I perceived that we must now be within a few miles of the Valley of the Shadow of Death
, into which doleful region, at our present speed, we should plunge much sooner than seemed at all desirable.
the darkness of the shadow of death
hath encompassed thee.''
How dark the days seemed now, how sad and lonely the house, and how heavy were the hearts of the sisters as they worked and waited, while the shadow of death
hovered over the once happy home.
But above them lurked a grim figure in the dense foliage of the mighty trees--it was Tarzan of the Apes, hovering over them as if he had been the shadow of death
. Presently a Manyuema forged ahead of his companions; there was none to see from what direction death came, and so it came quickly, and a moment later those behind stumbled over the dead body of their comrade--the inevitable arrow piercing the still heart.
Her husband, pale and gaunt, the shadow of death
in his weary face and the droop of his body, sat leaning against one of the wagon wheels trying to quiet a wailing, emaciated year-old baby while little tow-headed Nellie, a vigorous child of seven, frolicked undaunted by the August heat.
Gaining her end, the letter would be found in her breast, along with the money, and the gentlefolks would say when it was given back to them, 'She prized it, did old Betty Higden; she was true to it; and while she lived, she would never let it be disgraced by falling into the hands of those that she held in horror.' Most illogical, inconsequential, and light- headed, this; but travellers in the valley of the shadow of death
are apt to be light-headed; and worn-out old people of low estate have a trick of reasoning as indifferently as they live, and doubtless would appreciate our Poor Law more philosophically on an income of ten thousand a year.
"Great darkness is upon us, darkness and the shadow of death
"Those over whom the shadow of Death
is hovering are silent," he answered grimly.
"As to what you say about not seeing you again, I believe not a word of it; with such a heart as yours -- and such a sword -- one passes through the valley of the shadow of death
a dozen times, unscathed and unalarmed.