Soon as th' unwelcome news From Earth arriv'd at Heaven Gate, displeas'd All were who heard, dim sadness did not spare That time Celestial visages , yet mixt With pitie , violated not thir bliss. Assembl'd Angels, and ye Powers return'd From unsuccessful charge, be not dismaid , [ 35 ] Nor troubl'd at these tidings from the Earth, Which your sincerest care could not prevent, Foretold so lately what would come to pass, When first this Tempter cross'd the Gulf from Hell.
I told ye then he should prevail and speed [ 40 ] On his bad Errand, Man should be seduc't And flatter'd out of all, believing lies Against his Maker; no Decree of mine Concurring to necessitate his Fall, Or touch with lightest moment of impulse [ 45 ] His free Will , to her own inclining left In eevn scale. But fall'n he is, and now What rests but that the mortal Sentence pass On his transgression Death denounc't that day, Which he presumes already vain and void, [ 50 ] Because not yet inflicted, as he fear'd , By some immediate stroak ; but soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance ere day end.
Justice shall not return as bountie scorn'd. But whom send I to judge them?
So spake the Father, and unfoulding bright Toward the right hand his Glorie , on the Son Blaz'd forth unclouded Deitie ; he full [ 65 ] Resplendent all his Father manifest Express'd , and thus divinely answer'd milde. Father Eternal, thine is to decree, Mine both in Heav'n and Earth to do thy will Supream , that thou in mee thy Son belov'd [ 70 ] Mayst ever rest well pleas'd.
I go to judge On Earth these thy transgressors, but thou knowst , Whoever judg'd , the worst on mee must light, When time shall be, for so I undertook Before thee; and not repenting, this obtaine [ 75 ] Of right, that I may mitigate thir doom On me deriv'd , yet I shall temper so Justice with Mercie , as may illustrate most Them fully satisfied, and thee appease.
Attendance none shall need, nor Train, where none [ 80 ] Are to behold the Judgement, but the judg'd , Those two; the third best absent is condemn'd , Convict by flight, and Rebel to all Law Conviction to the Serpent none belongs. Thus saying, from his radiant Seat he rose [ 85 ] Of high collateral glorie : him Thrones and Powers, Princedoms, and Dominations ministrant Accompanied to Heaven Gate, from whence Eden and all the Coast in prospect lay.
Down he descended strait ; the speed of Gods [ 90 ] Time counts not, though with swiftest minutes wing'd. Now was the Sun in Western cadence low From Noon, and gentle Aires due at thir hour To fan the Earth now wak'd , and usher in The Eevning coole , when he from wrauth more coole [ 95 ] Came the mild Judge and Intercessor both To sentence Man: the voice of God they heard Now walking in the Garden, by soft windes Brought to thir Ears, while day declin'd , they heard, And from his presence hid themselves among [ ] The thickest Trees, both Man and Wife, till God Approaching, thus to Adam call'd aloud.
Where art thou Adam , wont with joy to meet My coming seen far off? I miss thee here , Not pleas'd , thus entertaind with solitude, [ ] Where obvious dutie erewhile appear'd unsaught : Or come I less conspicuous, or what change Absents thee, or what chance detains? Come forth. He came, and with him Eve , more loth , though first To offend, discount'nanc't both, and discompos'd ; [ ] Love was not in thir looks, either to God Or to each other, but apparent guilt, And shame, and perturbation, and despaire , Anger, and obstinacie , and hate, and guile.
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Whence Adam faultring long, thus answer'd brief. I heard thee in the Garden, and of thy voice Affraid , being naked, hid my self. To whom The gracious Judge without revile repli'd.
My voice thou oft hast heard, and hast not fear'd , But still rejoyc't , how is it now become [ ] So dreadful to thee? To whom thus Adam sore beset repli'd. O Heav'n! This Woman whom thou mad'st to be my help, And gav'st me as thy perfet gift, so good, So fit, so acceptable, so Divine , That from her hand I could suspect no ill, [ ] And what she did, whatever in it self, Her doing seem'd to justifie the deed; Shee gave me of the Tree, and I did eate. To whom the sovran Presence thus repli'd. Was shee thy God , that her thou didst obey [ ] Before his voice, or was shee made thy guide, Superior, or but equal, that to her Thou did'st resigne thy Manhood, and the Place Wherein God set thee above her made of thee, And for thee, whose perfection farr excell'd [ ] Hers in all real dignitie : Adornd She was indeed, and lovely to attract Thy Love, not thy Subjection, and her Gifts Were such as under Government well seem'd , Unseemly to beare rule, which was thy part [ ] And person , hadst thou known thy self aright.
So having said, he thus to Eve in few: Say Woman , what is this which thou hast done? To whom sad Eve with shame nigh overwhelm'd , Confessing soon, yet not before her Judge [ ] Bold or loquacious, thus abasht repli'd.
The Serpent me beguil'd and I did eate. Which when the Lord God heard, without delay To Judgement he proceeded on th' accus'd Serpent though brute, unable to transferre [ ] The Guilt on him who made him instrument Of mischief, and polluted from the end Of his Creation; justly then accurst , As vitiated in Nature: more to know Concern'd not Man since he no further knew [ ] Nor alter'd his offence; yet God at last To Satan first in sin his doom apply'd Though in mysterious terms , judg'd as then best: And on the Serpent thus his curse let fall.
Because thou hast done this, thou art accurst [ ] Above all Cattle, each Beast of the Field; Upon thy Belly groveling thou shalt goe , And dust shalt eat all the dayes of thy Life. Between Thee and the Woman I will put Enmitie , and between thine and her Seed; [ ] Her Seed shall bruise thy head, thou bruise his heel. So spake this Oracle, then verifi'd When Jesus son of Mary second Eve , Saw Satan fall like Lightning down from Heav'n , Prince of the Aire ; then rising from his Grave [ ] Spoild Principalities and Powers , triumpht In open shew , and with ascention bright Captivity led captive through the Aire , The Realm it self of Satan long usurpt , Whom he shall tread at last under our feet; [ ] Eevn hee who now foretold his fatal bruise , And to the Woman thus his Sentence turn'd.
Thy sorrow I will greatly multiplie By thy Conception; Children thou shalt bring In sorrow forth, and to thy Husbands will [ ] Thine shall submit , hee over thee shall rule. On Adam last thus judgement he pronounc'd.
Because thou hast heark'nd to the voice of thy Wife, And eaten of the Tree concerning which I charg'd thee, saying: Thou shalt not eate thereof, [ ] Curs'd is the ground for thy sake, thou in sorrow Shalt eate thereof all the days of thy Life; Thorns also and Thistles it shall bring thee forth Unbid, and thou shalt eate th' Herb of th' Field, In the sweat of thy Face shalt thou eat Bread, [ ] Till thou return unto the ground, for thou Out of the ground wast taken, know thy Birth, For dust thou art, and shalt to dust returne.
So judg'd he Man, both Judge and Saviour sent, And th' instant stroke of Death denounc't that day [ ] Remov'd farr off; then pittying how they stood Before him naked to the aire , that now Must suffer change , disdain'd not to begin Thenceforth the form of servant to assume, As when he wash'd his servants feet so now [ ] As Father of his Familie he clad Thir nakedness with Skins of Beasts, or slain , Or as the Snake with youthful Coate repaid; And thought not much to cloath his Enemies: Nor hee thir outward onely with the Skins [ ] Of Beasts, but inward nakedness, much more Opprobrious , with his Robe of righteousness , Araying cover'd from his Fathers sight.
To him with swift ascent he up returnd , Into his blissful bosom reassum'd [ ] In glory as of old, to him appeas'd All, though all-knowing, what had past with Man Recounted, mixing intercession sweet. Meanwhile ere thus was sin'd and judg'd on Earth, Within the Gates of Hell sate Sin and Death, [ ] In counterview within the Gates, that now Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame Farr into Chaos , since the Fiend pass'd through, Sin opening , who thus now to Death began.
O Son, why sit we here each other viewing [ ] Idlely , while Satan our great Author thrives In other Worlds, and happier Seat provides For us his ofspring deare? It cannot be But that success attends him; if mishap, Ere this he had return'd , with fury driv'n [ ] By his Avengers, since no place like this Can fit his punishment, or their revenge. Methinks I feel new strength within me rise, Wings growing , and Dominion giv'n me large Beyond this Deep; whatever drawes me on, [ ] Or sympathie , or som connatural force Powerful at greatest distance to unite With secret amity things of like kinde By secretest conveyance.
But least the difficultie of passing back Stay his return perhaps over this Gulfe Impassable, Impervious, let us try Adventrous work, yet to thy power and mine [ ] Not unagreeable, to found a path Over this Maine from Hell to that new World Where Satan now prevailes , a Monument Of merit high to all th' infernal Host, Easing thir passage hence, for intercourse , [ ] Or transmigration , as thir lot shall lead.
Nor can I miss the way, so strongly drawn By this new felt attraction and instinct. Whom thus the meager Shadow answerd soon. Goe whither Fate and inclination strong [ ] Leads thee, I shall not lag behinde , nor erre The way, thou leading, such a sent I draw Of carnage, prey innumerable, and taste The savour of Death from all things there that live: Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest [ ] Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid,.
So saying, with delight he snuff'd the smell Of mortal change on Earth. As when a flock Of ravenous Fowl, though many a League remote, Against the day of Battel , to a Field, [ ] Where Armies lie encampt , come flying, lur'd With sent of living Carcasses design'd For death, the following day, in bloodie fight.
So sented the grim Feature , and upturn'd His Nostril wide into the murkie Air, [ ] Sagacious of his Quarry from so farr. Why make a point of the fact that he was following Jesus?
Could it be that the complete lack of possessions, even clothing, his young age, and his description as actively following Jesus are meant to point us back to the story of the rich young man? Seems like a pretty valid connection to me. Let us follow this line of thought. Symbolically, this event is the culmination of the story of the rich young man. Unlike the others who desert Jesus and flee immediately vs. His journey of discipleship is complete, he has been utterly dispossessed by following Jesus, right down to his clothing. And finally he has been driven into exile by the powers that set themselves against the mission of Christ.
The rich young man has been dispossessed of everything in following the Messiah, and is left scattered, naked in the dark. The only thing that can make this come out right is a hope beyond hope, a veritable new creation. Discipleship brings the young man to a null point, a point that can only be rendered meaningful by a radical disruption of the status quo. Only resurrection can make dispossessive discipleship of this sort anything more than a pathetic joke. They are all young. I think there is more a case of Mark identifying with the young man rather than being him.
In Matthew the man could easily, from the description and lack of empathy Matthew gives, be a tax collector.
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In Luke's the man is described much like the crowd he and Theophilus his reader would have chummed with as rich men both. Mark seems to be seeing a reflection of himself much as Matthew and Luke see reflections of themselves or their crowd in the man who questions Jesus. That said, it is hard to justify Mark's Jesus looked at him and loved him comment unless this was something personally felt or deeply discussed.
There is another way of explaining this. Jesus had a successor, James the Just, who is hidden under about a dozen overwriting characters, including Judas and naked young man. It is the mystic appearance of the successor, James, that is shown here. He flees UP when they try to "seize" him 'lay hands on' as in spiritually connecting because he feels unworthy.
He was clad in Nazirite linen, and could also have been symbolizing the succession motif with the "sindon" reference. The entire 'Betrayal' scenario this is embedded in is a cover for James' coming as Master. This was the entire reason for the writing and collating of the NT. The details are extensive, in all four gospels, and fascinating. I wrote a book on it, which I give away, and can be seen in excerpt at judaswasjames dot com. Thank you for your interest in this question.
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