The praier and thankesgiuing of Sarra Tobits wife, which in hir vir∣ginitie, with fasting and weeping for the space of three daies and three nights, she made to be deliuered from the shame and re∣proch, wherewith hir fathers maids vpbraided hir.
Tobit. 3, 11.
BLessed art thou, O Lord my God: and thine holie and glorious name is blessed and ho∣nourable for euer. Let all thy works praise thee for euer, O God of our fathers, which when thou art wroth shewest mercie: and in the time of trouble thou forgiuest the sinnes of them that call vpon thee. Unto thee, O Lord, turne I now my face: vnto thee lift I vp mine eies, and [saie,] I beseech thee, Page 40 O Lord, loose me out of the bonds of this rebuke, or else take me vtterlie awaie from out of the earth, that I may heare no more anie reproch. Thou knowest, O Lord [minc innocencie,] that I neuer had desire vnto man, and that I haue kept my soule cleane from all vncleanlie lusts. Thou knowest, O Lord, [I say,] that I am pure from all sinne with man, and that I haue ne∣uer polluted my name, nor the name of my father in the land of my captiuitie. I haue not kept companie with those that passe their time in sport: neither haue I made my selfe partaker with them that walke in light behauiour. I am the onelie daughter of my fa∣ther, neither hath he anie man child to be his heire, neither anie neere kinsman or child borne of him, to whom I may keepe my selfe for a wife. An husband haue I consented to take, not for my pleasure, but in thy feare: and my seuen husbands are now dead, [one after another,] and why should I liue [to endure so great re∣proch, as to be counted a murtherer of my husbands? Now] per∣aduenture, either I haue beene vnwoorthie of them, or else were they vnmeete for me. But if it please not thee that I should die, [as I desire:] for thou happilie hast kept me to another husband, command [then] to looke on me, & to pitie me, that I doo no more heare reproch. For why, thy counsell is not in the power of man: but euerie one that serueth thee, is sure of this, that if his life be in trieng, he shall be crowned: and if he be in trouble, that God no doubt shall deliuer him: & if his life be in chastening, that he shall haue leaue to come vnto thy mercie. For thou hast no pleasure in our dam∣nation. And why? After a storme thou makest the weather faire and still: after weeping and heauinesse thou giuest great ioie. Thy name, O God of Israel, be praised for euer, Amen.
And at the same time were hir praiers heard before the maiestie of the great God.