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.

I Haue put off my cote, [and confesse my nakednesse, hauing of my selfe nothing:] how shall I put it on againe? I haue washed my feete: [and am made cleane,] how shall I defile my selfe againe? [Yea therefore, séeing I am once by thée made cleane, I here promise now vnto thée, neuer to defile or pol∣lute my selfe with sinne againe.]

My welbeloued put in his hand by the hole of the doore, and my hart and bowels were affectioned, or mo∣ued towards him.

I rose vp to open to my beloued, and my hands drop∣ped with Mirrh: and the Mirrh ran downe my fin∣gers vpon the hands of the barre, or locke.

I opened vnto my welbeloued, but he was depar∣ted and gone his waie past me, and my hart was gone when he did speake. [For when I sought him, and would faine haue béene annointed of Christ, I could not find him, bicause I thought to annoint him with my good works.] I sought him, [I saie] and could not find him: I called, and cried vpon him, but he answered mee not. [For he left me for a time, to the end he might stir vp in me a greater desire of him by continu∣all praier.]

So the [wicked] watchmen [and false teachers] that went about the citie found me: they smote me, and wounded my [conscience with their traditions,] yea the watchmen that kept the walles, tooke awaie my vaile or kerchife Page  18 from mee.

I charge you [therefore] O ye daughters of Ierusa∣lem, [ye godlie watchmen of Zion, from whence the lawe & salua∣tion commeth] if ye find my welbeloued, that you tell him that I am sicke of loue, [and that ye direct me vnto him.]