The monument of matrones conteining seuen seuerall lamps of virginitie, or distinct treatises; whereof the first fiue concerne praier and meditation: the other two last, precepts and examples, as the woorthie works partlie of men, partlie of women; compiled for the necessarie vse of both sexes out of the sacred Scriptures, and other approoued authors, by Thomas Bentley of Graies Inne student.
Bentley, Thomas, student of Gray's Inn., Abergavenny, Frances Nevill, Lady, d. 1576., Marguerite, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of Navarre, 1492-1549. Miroir de l'âme pécheresse. English & French., Catharine Parr, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1512-1548. Lamentacion of a sinner., Tyrwhit, Elizabeth, Morning and evening prayers., Catharine Parr, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1512-1548. Prayers or meditacions.

The Church.

My welbeloued is mine, and I am his: hee feedeth among the lillies vntill the daie breake, and till the shadowes be gone.

Page  13 Returne [I praie thée] and come againe, O my beloued [Christ,] and be like a Roe, or yoong Hart vpon the wild mountaines of Bether, [euer most readie to helpe and de∣fend me in all dangers.]

In my bed by night, [or in my troubles] I sought him whom my soule loueth, yea diligentlie sought I him, but I found him not [by carnall reason, but by the scriptures] neither was I incontinentlie heard.

[And bicause we must continue in praier till we féele comfort, though we féele it not at the first:] therefore thought I, I will now rise and get vp, and go about the citie by the streets, and by the hie waies and open places, and will seeke him [by praier continuallie,] whom my soule loueth, [for I desire to be ioined inseparably to Christ my husband.] But when I sought him [by carnall reason] I found him not, [but by the scriptures. Then séeking further vnto all others also, of whom I hoped to haue any comfort & succor, at last] the watch∣men that went about the citie found mee, to whom I said, Sawe ye not him whom my soule loueth?

So when I was a little past them, I found him [by the preaching of his word] whom my soule loueth. I haue gotten hold vpon him, and will not let him go, vntill I haue brought him into my mothers house, [euen] into the chamber of hir that conceiued me, and bare me.