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.


O How faire art thou my loue! how faire art thou! [I can not choose but praise and commend all that is in thée, in whom I haue so great delight.] Thou hast dooues eies, [e∣uen a simple and sincere faith,] besides that which lieth hid within thy hearie locks [euen the fruits of a true faith] are like the wooll of a flocke of goates that be shorne vpon Mount Gilead, [so great respect haue I to the multitude of the faithfull ones, which are manie in number.]

Thy teeth, [or faith by the which all the faithfull are made the sonnes of God equallie] are like a flocke of sheepe in good Page  15 order of the same bignesse, which went vp from the washing place, where euerie one beareth two twins; and not one is vnfruitfull or barren among them.

Thy lips are like a rose coloured riband, thy words are louelie, and thy talke comlie: thy cheeks or temples are like a peece of a pomgranate within thy hearie locks.

Thy necke [or preachers] is like the tower of Dauid, builded with costlie stones lieng out on the sides for defence: a thousand shields hang therein: yea and all the weapons and targats of the giants or strong men [are fixed therein.]

Thy two breasts, [the old Testament and the new] wher∣in are knowledge and zeale, [two pretious iewels] are like two twins of yoong Roes, which feede among roses.

O that I might go to the mountaine of Mirrh, and to the hill of frankincense, till the daie breake, and till the shadowes be past awaie!

Thou art all faire, O my loue, and no spot [or blemish] is there in thee [in my sight.]

Come to mee from Lebanon, O my spouse: come to me from Lebanon. Looke from the top of Amanah, from the top of Shenir and Hermon: from the dens of the lions, and from the mountaines of the leopards [euen from all the corners of the world will I call thee, my Church and faithfull vnto me.]

O my sister, [for so I cal thée my Church, in respect that I haue taken the flesh of man vpon me.] O my spouse: thou hast wounded or bewitched my hart with loue. O my sister and spouse, thou hast wounded my hart with one of thy eies, and with a chaine of thy necke, [yea I loue my gifts in thée, whom I haue therewith made so beautifull and rich.]

O how faire are thy brests, my sister, my spouse, how faire is thy loue! Thy breasts or loue are much better and more pleasant [vnto me] than wine, and the sauour of thine ointments passeth all spices.

Page  16 Thy lips, O my spouse, [bicause of thy confession & thankes∣giuing, and through preaching of the Gospell,] drop as the ho∣nie combe, [and bring foorth much consolation and comfort:] yea milke and honie are vnder thy tongue, and the sweet smell or sauour of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

My sister, my spouse is as a garden well locked or inclosed: as a spring shut vp, and a fountaine sealed vp.

The fruits that are planted in thee are like a verie paradise or orchard of pomegranates: with sweete fruits, as Camphire, Nardus, or Spikenard, Saffron, Calamus, and Cinamon, with all sweet smelling trees of incense, Mirrh, Aloes, and all the best spices.