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 or faithfull soule speaketh to Christ.

O That thou wouldest kisse me with the kisses of thy mouth [euen with thy peace which passeth all vnderstanding:] for thy loue [O Christ] is bet∣ter and more pleasant [vnto me] than wine: and that bicause of the good and pleasant sauour of thy Page  9 most pretious balmes or ointments, [euen of thy great benefits, which I taste and féele from thée.]

Thy name [O Christ] is as a sweet smelling ointment when it is powred out and shed foorth: [thy mercie is set foorth and published by preaching thy Gospell,] therefore the Uirgins [euen they that are pure in hart and conuersation] doo loue thee.

Drawe thou me [O swéete Christ] vnto thee, and wee will run after thee: [for otherwise I confesse we can not come to thée, except we be drawne of thée.] The King hath brought me into his priuie chambers: [and reuealed vnto me the se∣cret ioies not knowne to the world,] we will [therefore] be glad and reioice in thee, [yea] wee thinke more of thy loue, than of wine. [For] they that be righteous loue thee [aboue all things.]

I am blacke [I confesse through the spots of sinne, persecuti∣on, and troubles] O ye daughters of Ierusalem: but yet comelie, faire, and welfauoured [through faith in the blood of Christ, in whose fauour I haue confidence and trust,] as the fruites or tents of the Kedarens or Arabians: and as the hangings or curtens of Salomon [which within were all set with pretious stones and iewels.]

Maruell not therfore at me, bicause I am so blacke, [nor regard or consider me by the outward apperance,] for why? the sunne [euen the corruption of nature through sinne and af∣fliction] hath looked and shined vpon me. Yea and my mo∣thers children [euen mine owne brethren which should haue most fauoured me] were angrie against me, and hauing euill will at mee, they made me the keeper of the vine∣yards: but mine owne vineyard haue I not kept, [such alas hath béene mine owne negligence.]

[Therefore féeling my faults and imperfections, I flie now vnto thée, O Christ, my spirituall husband onlie for succour, besée∣ching thée and saieng,] Tell me, O thou whom my soule lo∣ueth, where thou feedest the sheepe, [O shew me, I saie,] where thou liest, and makest them rest at the noon day: Page  10 for why should I be like hir that turneth aside, or go∣eth wrong about the flocks of thy companions [whome thou hast called to the dignitie of pastors in thy Church: and yet they like apostataes not onelie set foorth their owne false dreames and traditions in stéed of thy true doctrine: but also are become the domesticall enimies that persecute the Church.]