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.
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¶ The first Lampe of Virginitie, contei∣ning the diuine PRAIERS, HYMNES, or SONGS, made by sundrie holie women in the Scripture: something explaned in the hardest places, for the better vnderstan∣ding and edifieng of the vnlearned Reader: and first,

The praier of Hagar the handmaid of Sarai, which she made in hir trouble and banishment; wherein she rebuketh hir owne dul∣nesse, and acknowledgeth Gods graces, who was present with hir euerie-where.


Genesis. 16, 13.

THou GOD lookest on me: haue I not also looked here after him that seeth me?

The song of thankesgiuing of Moses, which Myriam the Prophe∣tesse and sister of Aaron, together with all the women, sang vpon Timbrels to the praise of God, for the people of Israëls deliue∣rance out of the hands of Pharao, &c.


Exodus. 15, 1.

SIng ye vnto the Lord, for he hath trium∣phed gloriouslie: the horse and his rider hath he ouer throwne in the sea.

The Lord is our strength and praise, and he is become our saluation: he is our God, and we will glorifie him: hee is our fathers God, and we will exalt him.

The Lord is a man of war, Iehouah is his name: [in battell he stil ouer commeth, & is euer mindfull of his promise.]

Pharaos chariots and his host hath hee cast into the sea: his chosen captaines also are drowned in the red sea.

The deepe waters haue couered them: they sunke to the bottome as a stone.

Thy right hand Lord is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath all to dashed the enimie.

And in thy great glorie thou hast ouerthrowne them Page  2 that rose vp against thee: thou sentest foorth thy wrath which consumed them as the stubble.

Through the blast of thy nostrils the waters gathe∣red together, the fluds stood still as an heape, and the deep waters congealed together in the hart [or depth] of the sea.

The enimie said, I will pursue them: I will ouer∣take them, I will diuide the spoile, and my lust shall be satisfied vpon them: I will drawe my sword, mine hand shall destroie them.

Thou didst blowe with thy winde: the sea couered them, they sanke as led in the mightie waters.

Who is like vnto thee, O Lord, among the gods, [or mightie men of the world?] Who is like thee so glori∣ous in holinesse, fearefull in praises, shewing woon∣ders?

Thou stretchest out thy right hand, the earth swa∣lowed them.

Thou in thy mercie hast caried this people, which thou hast redeemed and deliuered: and thou wilt bring them in thy strength vnto thine holie habitation [the land of Canaan, or Mount Zion.]

The people and nations shall heare, and be afraid: sorowe shall come vpon the inhabitants of Palestina.

Then the Dukes of the Edomites shall be amazed, and trembling shall come vpon the great and mighti∣est men of the Moabites: all the inhabitants of Ca∣naan shall waxe faint harted.

Feare and dread shall fall vpon them, bicause of the greatnes of thine arme or power; they shall be as still as a stone, till thy people passe through: O Lord till this people passe through, which thou hast gotten, or purchased.

Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountaine of thine inheritance, which is [Mount Zion] the place Lord that thou hast made and prepa∣red Page  3 for to dwell in, euen the sanctuarie, O Lord, which thine hands shall establish.

The Lord shall reigne for euer and euer.

For Pharao on horsebacke went with his chariots and horsemen into the sea: and the Lord brought the waters of the sea vpon them: but the children of Is∣rael went on drieland in the mids of the sea.

Sing ye [therefore] vnto the Lord: for he hath tri∣umphed gloriouslie: the horse and him that rode vpon him hath he ouerthrowne in the sea.

The song or thankesgiuing of Deborah and Barak, after the victo∣rie giuen of God by the hands of Iaël, against Sisera. Iudges. 5, 2.

PRaise ye the Lord, for the auenging of Isra∣el: and for the people [of Zabulon and Nepthali] that offred themselues [gladly,] and became so willing [to resist their enimies.]

Heare O ye kings, harken O ye princes: I, euen I will sing vnto the Lord, I will sing praise vnto the Lord God of Israel.

Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou departedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trem∣bled, and the heauens rained, the clouds also dropped water.

The mountaines melted before the Lord, euen as did Sinai before the Lord God of Israel.

In the daies of Samgar the some of Anath, in the daies of Iael, the high waies were vnoccupied [for feare of the enimies,] and the trauellers walked through bywaies.

The townes were not inhabited, they decaied (I say) and the inhabitants thereof were gone in Israel: vntill I Deborah came vp, which [miraculously mooued by God to pitie & deliuer them] rose vp a mother in Israel.

They chose new gods, and then had they war, or the Page  4 enimie in the gates: was there a shield or speare seene among fortie thousand of Israel? [they had no hart to re∣sist their enimies.]

My hart is set on the gouernours of Israel, and lo∣ueth them that are willing among the people: praise yee the Lord.

Speake yee [gouernours] that ride on faire Asse s[or Moiles,] yee that dwell by Middin [in danger of your eni∣mies,] and that walke by the waies.

For the noise of the archers among the drawers of water ceased. There shall they rehearse the righteous∣nesse of the Lord, his righteousnesse in his vnfenced townes in Israel: then did the people of the Lord go downe to the gates [without feare of the enimie.]

Up Debora, vp, arise and sing a song. Arise Barak, and lead thy captiuitie [or them that kept thy people in bon∣dage and captiuitie] captiue, thou sonne of Abinoam.

For they that remaine, haue dominion ouer the mightie of the people: the Lord hath giuen mee domi∣nion ouer the strong.

Of Ephraun their roote [Iosua first] arose [and fought] against Amalek: and after thee [Iosua] Beniamin [that is Saule] shall fight against thy people, O Amalek, Of Machir came rulers, and of Zebulun they that handle the penne of the writer, [euen the learned did helpe to fight.]

And the princes of Issachar were with Debora, and [the whole tribe of] Issachar, and also Barak, he was sent on foote into the vallie: for the diuisions of Ruben were great thoughts of hart.

Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to heare the bleatings of the flocks? For the diuisions of Ru∣ben [that came not ouer Iordan to helpe their brethren in their necessitie] were great thoughts of hart [and much mar∣uelling.]

Gilead abode beyond Iordan [& yet came to helpe their brethren: therefore thou Ruben canst haue no excuse,] and why Page  5 doth Dan remaine in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and taried in his desolate & decaied places.

But the people of zebulun and Nepthalie haue ieo∣parded their liues vnto the death, in the hie places of the field.

The kings came and fought, then fought the king of Chanaan in Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo, and wan no monie [but lost all.]

They fought from heauen, euen the starres in their courses fought against Sisera, [and by Gods power his people were holpen to ouer come their enimies.]

The riuer of kishon swept them away [as a béesome doth the filth of the house,] that ancient riuer, the riuer Ki∣shon: O my soule, thou hast marched valiantly.

Then were the horse hoofes broken with the praun∣sing and oft beating together of their mightie men.

Curse ye the citie of Meros [where ye fought] (said the Angel of the Lord,) curse the inhabitants thereof, bi∣cause they came not to helpe the Lord, to helpe the Lord against the mightie.

Iael the wife of Heber, the Kenite, shall be blessed aboue other women: blessed shall she be aboue women dwelling in tents.

He asked water, and she gaue him milke: she brought foorth butter in a lordlie dish.

She put hir hand to the naile, and hir right hand to the workmans hammer: with the hammer smote she Sisera: she smote off his head, after she had wounded and persed his temples.

He bowed him downe at hir feete, he fell downe, and lay still at hir feete, he bowed himselfe downe, and fell, & when he had sunk downe, he lay there dead & destroied.

The mother of Sisera looked out at a windowe, and cried through the lattise: Why is his chariot so long a comming? Why tarie the wheeles of his chariots?

All hir wise Ladies answered hir, yea she answered Page  6 [or comforted] hir selfe with hir owne words.

Surely they haue gotten, and found, they diuide the spoile: euerie man hath a damsell or two. Sisera hath a praie of diuers coloured garments, euen a praie of raiment died with sundrie colours, and that are made of needle worke; raiment of diuers colours, and of nee∣dle worke on both sides, which is meete for him that is chiefe in distributing of the spoiles.

So let all thine enimies perish, O Lord: but they that loue him, shall be as the sunne when hee riseth in his might [and growe dailie more and more in Gods fauour.] And the land had rest fortie yeeres.

The praier or blessing of Naomy for hir two daughters in lawe, Ruth and Orpah.


Ruth. 1, 8, 9.

THE Lord shew fauour, and deale as kindlie with you [my good daughters] as yee haue dealt with the dead [your husbands my two sonnes] and with mee. Yea the Lord grant you that you may find rest, either of you, in the house of hir husband.

The praier or vow of Hanna, for a sonne. 1.


Samuel. 1, 11.

O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt looke on the trou∣ble of thine handmaid, and remember mee, and not forget thine handmaid, but giue vn∣to thine handmaid a manchild: then I will giue him vnto the Lord, all the daies of his life, and there shall no rasor come vpon his head.

The song and thankesgiuing of Hanna, after she by praier had ob∣teined a sonne called Samuel. 1.


Samuel. 2.

MIne hart reioiceth in the Lord, and mine horne is exalted in the Lord [for I haue recoue∣red strength and glorie by his benefit:] my mouth is inlarged or wide open ouer mine enimies: Page  7 [so that I can now answere them that reprooue my barrennesse,] for I reioice in thy saluation.

There is none holie as the Lord, yea there is none besides thee, and there is no god like our God.

Speake no more presumptuouslie [against God in con∣demning my barrennesse,] let not arrogancie come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and his purposes come to passe, and by him enterprises are established.

The bowe with the mightie men are broken, and they that were weake, haue girded themselues with strength.

They that were full are hired foorth for bread, [and sell their labours for necessarie foode,] and the hungrie are no more hired, [but cease to haue néede:] so that the barren hath borne seuen [euen many,] and shee that had many children is waren feeble.

The Lord killeth, & maketh aliue: bringeth downe to the graue, and raiseth vp againe.

The Lord maketh poore, and maketh rich: bringeth lowe, and exalteth vp on high.

He raiseth vp the poore out of the dust, and [according to his owne will] lifteth vp the begger from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the seate of glorie: for the pillers of the earth are the Lords, and he hath set the world vpon them: [therefore he may dispose all things at his pleasure, and prefer whom he will to honour.]

He will keepe the feete of his Saints [so that they shall neither walke nor fall into any euill] & the wicked shall keepe silence in darkenesse: for in his owne might shall no man be strong.

The Lords aduersaries shall be destoried, and out of heauen shall he thunder vpon them: ye Lord shall iudge the ends of the world, and shall giue power vnto his king [Iesus,] & exalt the horne of [Christ] his annointed.

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The song of the women of Israël, in the praise of Dauids victorie ouer Goliah.


1. Samuel. 18, 7.

SAule hath slaine his thousand: and Dauid his ten thousand.

The praier or wish of Abigaël for king Dauid, against his enimies.


1. Samuel. 25, 24.

OH my Lord, I haue committed the iniquitie: and I praie thee let thine handmaid speake vnto thee, and heare thou the words of thine handmaid. Let not my Lord I praie thee re∣gard this wicked man Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and follie is with him: but I thine handmaid sawe not the yoong men of my Lord, whome thou sentest. Now therefore my Lord, as the Lord liueth, & as thy soule liueth, the Lord, I say, that hath withholden thee from comming to shed blood, and that thine hand should not saue thee, [nor reuenge thée on thine enimies.] So now, I pray God that thine enimies, and they that intend to doo my Lord euill, may be as Nabal: and I praie thee, forget the trespasse of thine handmaid, &c.

The song of Sion, or the familiar talke and mysticall communicati∣on, or diuine dialogue of the speciall loue betwene the spirituall bridegrome Iesus Christ, and the bride the faithful soule, his san∣ctified, chaste, and holie spouse the Church: commonlie called,


The Song of songs, or Ballat of ballats, made by king Salomon. Cantic. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

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.]

Christ speaketh to his Church, or the faithfull soule.

O Thou the fairest among women: if thou knowe not thy selfe [but art ignorant in my waies:] then go thy way foorth after the footsteps of the flock of sheepe, [euen after the doctrine of the Apostles] and feede thy goates and kids by the tents of the shepheards [and learne of the true pastors and spirituall doctors.]

I haue compared thee, O my loue, vnto the troupe of horses in the chariots of Pharao [bicause that for thy spirituall beautie and excellencie there was no worldlie treasure to be compared vnto thée.]

Thy cheekes and thy neck are beautifull as the tur∣tles, and behanged with spangles, chaines, and goodly iewels: a neckband [also] imbrodered with gold and studs, or buttons of siluer will I make thee.

The Church.

WHen the King sitteth at the table, and is at his repast: hee shall smell my Nardus, or spikenard [for I reioice that I am admitted to the companie of my husband Christ] yea my welbeloued is as a bundle of Mirrh vn∣to mee, and he shall lie betwixt my brests, [for he is most déere vnto me,] my welbeloued [I saie] is as a cluster of Camphire vnto me in the vineyards of Engedi: [wher∣fore so long as I followe my Christ, I can not erre from the true faith of saluation.]

CHRIST.

O How faire art thou my loue? Oh how faire art thou? Thine eies are like the dooues eies. [behold, most acceptable art thou vnto me, and I commend thy beautie.]

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The Church.

OH, how faire art thou [also] my beloued? How wel∣fauoured and pleasant art thou? Our bed [euen the hart of the faithfull: where thou, O Christ, dwellest by thy spirit] is all greene, bedecked with flowers: the beames or seelings of our house are of Cedar trees, and our crosse ioints of Cipresse.

I am the rose of the field, and the lillie of the vallies.

CHRIST.

YEa like as the lillie among the thornes: so is my loue among the daughters: [for my Church is to be preferred before & aboue all other things, yea so am I also among mine enimies.

The Church.

LIke as the apple tree among the trees of the forest: so is my welbeloued among the sonnes of men, [I can not but testifie my loue and great desire towards him,] for my delight is to sit and rest vnder his shadowe, bicause his fruite [and word] is sweet vnto my mouth: [and when my strength faileth me] he bringeth me into his own wine seller: and spreadeth the banner of his loue ouer mee, [and there I desired to be comforted, saieng:] Set about mee cups or flagons of wine, and comfort me with apples, for I am sicke of loue, [and lo, I haue felt it.] For his left hand is vnder my head, and his right hand doth im∣brace mee.

CHRIST.

I Charge you, O daughters of Ierusalem, [yée rulers, which haue to doo in the Church, as it were by this solemne oth] by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that yee wake not vp my loue, nor touch hir, [or trouble hir quietnesse] vn∣till she please, or be content hir selfe.

The Church.

ME thinke I heare ye voice of my welbeloued [spouse Christ] behold, he [hath taken our nature vpon him, and] Page  12 commeth leaping vpon the mountaines, and skipping ouer the little hils [to helpe his Church:] My beloued is like a Roe or a yoong Hart. Behold, he [hauing his diuini∣tie hid vnder the cloke of our flesh] standeth behind our wall looking foorth of the windowes, shewing himselfe tho∣rough the grates, [so that we can not haue full knowledge of him in this life] and my welbeloued spake & said vnto me.

CHRIST.

O My loue, arise, and stand vp, my faire one, come thy waie, and go to thine owne. Behold, the win∣ter [of sinne, error, and infidelitie] is now past, [driuen backe and put awaie by my comming in the flesh, which is compared to the Springtime, when all things flourish:] the raine is chan∣ged and gone awaie: the flowers [of good works] are come vp and appere in the fields: the time of the birds singing is come, and the voice of the turtle dooue [or holie Ghost] is heard in our land. The fig tree bringeth foorth hir figs, and the vines beare blossoms, and haue a good smell.

O stand vp then, and come my loue, arise, I saie, my beautifull one, and come awaie, O my dooue. Thou that art in the caues of the rocks, holes in the wall, and in the secret place of the staires: [thou, I saie, that art ashamed of thy sinnes, come and] shew thy selfe vnto me. O let me see thy countenance, and heare thy voice. For sweete is thy voice, and faire and comelie is thy face.

Take vs the foxes, yea the little foxes, which destroy the vines: [suppresse the heretikes and enimies of my Church whiles they be yoong: that is, when they begin to shew their malice, and destroie my vine, by preaching false doctrine:] for our vines beare blossoms, and haue small grapes.

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.

CHRIST.

I Charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, [ye ru∣lers and Magistrates that haue to doo in my Church, as it were by this solemne oth,] by the Roes and by the Hinds of the field: that ye wake not vp my loue, nor touch hir, [nor trouble the state, quietnesse, or peace thereof,] vntill she please and be content hir selfe.

The Church speaking of hir deliuerance out of the wildernesse; and of the beautie of Salomons Temple, saith:

WHo is this that commeth vp out of the wilder∣nes like pillers or vapours of smoke, perfumed Page  14 as it were with the sweet smell of Mirrh and incense, and with all maner spices or sweet powders of the A∣pothecarie or merchant, [me thinke it is like the comming of the children of Israel, which were led in the wildernesse, and fol∣lowed Christ fortie yéeres.]

Behold the bedsted, [or Temple,] which Salomon made, round about it stand threescore strong men [euen] of the most valiant and mightie men of Israel. They all handle the sword, and are expert in war, euerie one hath his sword vpon his thigh, [watching, kéeping, and de∣fending the Temple by the word of God,] bicause of the feare in the night.

King Salomon made himselfe a palace, or chariot, of the trees and wood of Lebanon, hee made the pillers therof of siluer, and the pauement and couering ther∣of of gold, the hangings thereof of purple, whose mids, or ground, was paued pleasantlie with the loue of the daughters of Ierusalem.

Come foorth, O yee daughters of Zion, [euen all yée that are of the number of the faithfull,] and behold this King Salomon [euen Christ become man] crowned [by the loue of God with the glorious crowne of his diuinitie,] wherewith his mother crowned him in the daie of his mariage, and in the daie of the gladnesse of his hart.

CHRIST.

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.

The Church.

O Fountaine of the gardens! O Well of liuing wa∣ters and the springs of Lebanon! [I confesse that all my glorie and beautie commeth of thée, O Christ, who art the true fountaine of all grace and goodnesse to me the Church thy spouse.]

Arise O north wind, and come O thou south wind, come and blowe on my garden, that the spices & smell thereof may flowe out, and be carried on euerie side: yea let my welbeloued come to his garden, and eate of the sweet and plesant fruits that growe therein. [For this is all my desire to haue thée, O Christ, my beloued spouse, to come and comfort me, and to powre the graces of thy holie spirit from all quarters vpon me.]

CHRIST.

I Am come into my garden, [euen vnto my kingdome and Church, where I prepare the banket for mine elect, and bestowe vpon them my singular benefits.] O my sister, my spouse, I haue gathered my Mirrh with my spice: I haue ea∣ten my honie with the honie combe: I haue drunke my wine with my milke. Eate ye [also] O friends, drink ye, and make you merrie, O welbeloued.

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The Church.

I Sleepe [and am troubled with the cares of worldlie things,] but mine hart waketh: I heare the voice of my wel∣beloued that knocketh, saieng:

CHRIST.

OPen to me, O my sister, my loue, my dooue, my der∣ling, mine vndefiled. For mine head is full of dew, and the locks of my heare are full of the night drops: [hauing long patience towards sinners.]

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.]

The daughters of Ierusalem, or faithfull Christians, to the Church, saie:

O Thou fairest among women, what maner of man is thy welbeloued aboue other louers? or what is he more than other welbeloued? or what can thy loue doo more than other louers, that thou dost so straight∣lie charge vs?

The Church.

MY welbeloued [to describe his perfect beautie and comli∣nesse vnto you,] is white, and ruddie coloured, the goodliest and chiefest person among ten thousand.

His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are cur∣led, and blacke as a rauen.

His eies are like dooues eies, by the water brookes, [which looke] as though they were washed with milke, and remaine by the fullers vessels, and are set like pearles in gold.

His cheekes are like a garden bed, wherin the Apo∣thecaries plant all maner of sweete spices, flowers, and things.

His lips are like lillies, that drop downe pure and sweet smelling Mirrh.

His hands are like gold rings, set with the Chryso∣lite, or pretious stone of Tharsis.

His bellie is like white Iuorie, deckt or couered ouer with Saphyres.

His legs are as the pillers of marble, set vpon soc∣kets of fine gold.

His face or countenance is as Lebanus, and excel∣lent as the beautie of the Cedar trees.

His mouth, and the words thereof are sweet, and he Page  19 is altogither louelie, and wholie delectable, [euen] this or such a one is my loue, O yee daughters of Ierusa∣lem, [and] such a maner of man is this my welbeloued [spouse Christ.]

The daughters of Ierusalem, or the faithfull to the Church, saie:

O Thou fairest among women, whither is [this] thy welbeloued [Christ] gone? whither is thy welbelo∣ued turned aside, that we [also] may seek him with thee. [For hearing of this his excellencie and beautie, we are inflamed greatlie with desire to knowe how and where to find him also,]

The Church.

MY welbeloued is gone downe into his garden, [and is conuersant here in earth among men in his Church, which is directed by his scriptures,] vnto the sweet smelling beds of spices, [is my loue come,] that he may refresh himselfe, and feede in the gardens, and gather lillies.

[I assure my selfe of the loue of Christ, and that] I am my welbeloueds, and my welbeloued is mine, who feedeth among the lillies.

CHRIST.

THou art beautifull, O my loue, as is the place, or strong and faire citie Tirzah: thou art comlie and faire as Ierusalem: fearfull and terrible as an armie of men with their banners.

Turne awaie thine eies from mee, for they haue set me on fire, and ouercome mee: [so excéeding is my loue to∣wards thée my Church, yea I must néeds praise thy spirituall and comlie beautie also in all thy members. For] thy hearie locks are like a flocke of goats, which go downe to be shorne vpon the mountaine of Gilead.

Thy teeth are like a flocke of shorne sheepe, which go vp from the washing place, where euerie one beareth twins, & not one is barren, or vnfruitfull among them.

Thy cheekes, or temples, are like a peece of pomgra∣nate, within thy locks of heare.

There are threescore Queenes, and fourescore con∣cubines, Page  20 or wiues, and of the damsels without num∣ber. [For the faithfull are manie in number, and diuers orders and degrées of men there are therein: or the gifts and graces which I doo giue vnto my Church, are infinit.]

But my dooue is one alone, and mine vndefiled dear∣ling, she is the onlie beloued daughter of hir mother, and deere vnto hir that bare hir. [For diuers particular Churches dispersed, make but one catholike Church.] When the daughters sawe hir, they said she was blessed: ye a euen the Queenes and concubins, or wiues praised hir.

What, or who is she that looketh foorth as the mor∣ning, faire as the moone, pure as the sunne, terrible and fearfull as an armie of men with their banners? [Though the beginning of my Church was but small, yet hath it growne vp to a great multitude.]

I went downe vnto the nut garden, [and looked vpon my Church, subiect to affliction, what fruit it bringeth,] and to see what grew by the brooks in the vallie, if the vine bud∣ded, and if the vineyard & pomgranats flourished: [I went downe, I saie, into the Synagogue, to sée what fruits came of the lawe and the Prophets, but] I knew nothing, [nor found any thing but rebellion therin.] My soule set me as the cha∣riots of my noble people that be vnder tribute: [and I ran as swift as the nobles of my people in their chariots, to call them to repentance, saieng:]

Come againe, turne againe, O Shulamite, thou perfect one: turne againe, O my people of Ierusalem, turne againe, and we will looke vpon thee. What shall ye see in the Shulamite, [that is, Ierusalem, the which was Shalem, that signifieth peace,] but like men of war singing in a companie?

O how pleasant and beautifull are thy goings with shooes, thou princes daughter! The ioints of thy thighs are like a faire iewell, which is wrought by the hand of a cunning workemaister?

Thy nauell is like a round goblet or cup, which is Page  21 neuer without drinke, or wanteth liquor, [but is euer re∣plenished with the rich knowledge of Gods word, and heauenlie desires.]

Thy bellie or wombe is as an heape of wheate that is set about with lillies: [euen full of spirituall treasures.]

Thy two breasts [of the old testament and the new, which came from God,] are like two twins of yoong Roes, [and are of equall authoritie in the Church.]

Thy necke [or preachers,] is like the tower of Iuorie, [and ought to be pure and godlie.] Thine eies also are like the water pooles that are in Nesbon, by the gates of Bath-Rabbin, [euen thy magistrates must be well instructed in Gods word.] Thy nose [or Iudges of good & euill,] is like the tower of Lebanon, which looketh toward Damascus.

Thine head that standeth vpon thee is like Carmel, or skarlet, & the heare of thine head like purple. The king is tied in the gallerie or rafters, or dwelleth a∣mong manie water conduits, [and delighteth to come néere thée, and to be in thy companie.]

O how faire and louelie art thou my loue! How pleasant art thou O my dearling in pleasures!

This thy stature is like a palme tree, [which the more it is pressed & persecuted, the more it groweth and increaseth,] and thy breasts are like the clusters of grapes.

I said, I will climbe vp into the palme tree, and take hold of hir high boughes. Thy breasts also shall now be like the clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy no∣strils like as the sauour of apples.

And the roofe of thy mouth like the best wine, which is meet for my best bloud, and causeth the lips of the ancient to speake.

The Church.

I Am my welbeloueds, and his desire is to turne to∣wards me. O come on my welbeloued, let vs go forth into the field, and take our lodging in the villages, and there remaine.

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CHRIST.

IN the morning will we get vp earelie, and go see the vineyard, we will see if the vine be sproong forth, if the grapes be growne, and if the pomegranates flourish, and be shot out. [I will call them that professe my word to an account, what fruit they doo bring foorth in my Church.] There will I giue thee my loue, or my breasts: [euen my graces to the faithfull that are in my Church.]

The mandrakes haue giuen their smell, and in our gates are all sweet things, new and old, which I haue kept for thee, O my beloued.

The Church.

O That I [that is, the fathers of the old testament,] might find thee without, [that is, sée the incarnation of Christ,] and kisse thee, whome I loue as my brother, which suckt my mothers breasts, then they should not despise thee nor mee.

I will leade thee, and bring thee into my mothers house, that thou [O Christ] mightest teach me, and that I might giue thee drinke of the spiced wine, and of the sweet sap of my pomgranats.

His left hand shall be vnder my head, and his right hand shall imbrace me. [His gratious fauour shall preserue me from desperation in aduersitie, and from presumption in pro∣speritie.]

CHRIST.

I Charge you, O ye daughters of Ierusalem, [ye magi∣strates or elders, which rule in my Church;] that ye stir not vp [contentions, or wars therein,] nor wake my loue, [by tu∣mults and troubles,] vntill she please.

Who is she that thus commeth vp from out of the wildernesse, leaning vpon hir welbeloued? I waked, or raised thee vp among the apple trees, where thy mo∣ther conceiued thee, where thy mother, I saie, that bare thee, brought thee into the world.

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The Church.

O Set me as a seale vpon thine hart, and as a signet vpon thine arme. [For I thy spouse desire to be ioined in perpetuall loue with thée, O Christ, by the seale of the holie Ghost.] For loue is strong as death, and ielousie is cruell as the graue.

The coales thereof are fierie coales, and a verie ve∣hement flame of the Lord: so that manie waters are not able to quench loue, neither may the streames of fluds drowne it: yea if a man would giue all the sub∣stance of his house for loue, he should count it nothing: [but] would greatlie contemne it.

We haue a little sister, [namelie, the Church of the Gen∣tils,] she is but yoong, and hath no breasts, [but wanteth both the old and new testament.] What shall we doo for our sister, when she shall be spoken for?

If she be [sure and firme as] a wall, we will build vpon hir a siluer palace: and if she be a doore, we will keepe or fasten hir with boords of Cedar trees. [If the Church be sure and fast, she is méete for the husband to dwell in, and we the Apostles will preach to them that are called inwardlie of God to saluation.]

[Yea] I am a wall, and my breasts are as towers. [For I doo promise fidelitie & constancie vnto my spouse Christ.] Then was I as one that hath found fauor and peace in his sight.

Salomon [the Lord Christ] hath a vineyard at Baal∣hamon, and this vineyardlet he out vnto kepers, that euerie one, for the fruit therof, should giue him a thou∣sand peeces of siluer.

But my vineyard, which is mine, is in my sight be∣fore me: to thee O [Christ the spirituall] Salomon apper∣teine a thousand peeces of siluer, and two thousand to them that keepe the fruit thereof: [euen the greatest profit, which is life euerlasting, obteined by the grace of God, and not by our merits.]

Page  24 O thou that dwellest in the gardens, [thy Church, where] thy companions [or faithfull ones,] hearken vnto thy voice. O let me heare it [also,] that my companions may hearken vnto the same.

O my welbeloued [Christ, if thou] flie awaie, and [de∣part from vs thy faithfull ones for a while, yet we beseech thee] be like vnto the Roe, or as the yong Hart vpon the sweet smelling mountaines of spices, [and make haste (we praie chae) to come againe, and helpe vs in our troubles, Amen.]

The foure lamentations of the daughter of Zion, the Church, wher∣in with weeping, sighing, howling, and with an heauie and wo∣full hart she sorowfullie bewaileth hir miserable estate, being plagued of God, and forsaken of hir spouse Christ, for his sinnes, vnfaithfulnesse, and rebellion.


Lament. 1.

The first Lamentation.

ALas, how doth the citie [Jerusalem] re∣maine so solitarie and desolate, that sometime was full of people? How is she become like a widowe? How is she brought vnder tribute, that was great among the nations, & ruled the lands and prouinces as princesse?

She weepeth sore continuallie in the night, and the teares run downe by hir cheekes: [so that shée taketh no rest.] For among all hir louers she hath none to com∣fort hir, yea all hir next friends trangresse against hir, and haue dealt vnfaithfullie with hir, and are become hir enimies.

Iuda is caried away captiue, bicause of [hir crueltie] affliction and great bondage, or seruitude, [and oppressi∣on of their seruants, and the poore:] she dwelleth [now] among the heathen, and findeth no rest: all hir persecutours tooke hir in the strait places, where shee could not es∣cape.

Page  25 The waies and streets of Zion mourne and lament, bicause no man commeth anie more [with mirth and ioie as they were woont] to the solemne feasts: all hir gates are desolate: hir priests sigh and make lamentation: hir virgins are discomfited, hir maides are carefull, and she hir selfe is in great heauinesse.

Hir aduersaries are the chiefe [rulers ouer hir,] and hir enimies prosper. For the Lord hath chastened and afflicted hir for hir great wickednesse, and hir children are gone into captiuitie before the enimie, for the mul∣titude of hir transgressions.

And from the daughter of Zion all hir beautie is gone and departed, hir princes are become like harts that finde no pasture, [euen as men pined awaie with sorowe, and haue no courage,] and they are driuen awaie, and gone without strength before the enimie and pursuer, so that they haue no more power.

Now Ierusalem remembred, in the time of hir mi∣serie and affliction, bare estate and rebellion, all hir toie and pleasure that she hath had in times past: see∣ing hir people is brought downe vnder the power of the enimie, and there is no man for the helpe hir. The enimies stand looking at hir, and laugh and mocke hir Sabboth daies [that is, hir Religion and seruing of God,] to scorne.

Ierusalem hath greeuouslie sinned, therefore is she come in decaie, and had in derision: all they that had hir in honour [now] despise hir, because they haue seene hir filthinesse: yea she sigheth and turneth backward, as she that is ashamed of hir selfe.

Hir filthinesse is in hir skirts [and manifest,] yet she [was not ashamed of hir sinne, nor] remembred hir last end: therefore is hir downe-fall so woonderfull, and there is no man to comfort hir. O Lord, behold mine afflicti∣on, and consider my trouble, for mine enimie hath the vpper hand, and hath proudlie magnified himselfe.

Page  26 The enimie hath put his hand to all the pretious things that she had: yea euen before hir eies came the heathen, and entred in and out of hir Sanctuarie, whome thou (neuerthelesse) didst command and for∣bid to come within thy Church and congregation.

All hir people sigh, and seeke their bread with heaui∣nesse: and looke what pretious or pleasant thing euerie man hath, that giueth he for meate to saue his life, and refresh his soule. Consider O Lord, and see, how vile I am become.

Haue ye no regard [to pitie me] all yee that passe by this waie? Behold and see, if there be anie sorowe like vnto mine, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted or trou∣bled me, in the day of his fierce and fearefull wrath, [and learnc to beware by mine example.]

From aboue hath he [euen GOD] sent downe a fire into my bones, which preuaileth and burneth them cruellie: he hath spred or laid a net for my feete, turned me backe, and throwne me wide open: he hath made me desolate, so that I am dailie in heauines, and must euer be mourning.

The yoke of my transgressions is bound fast to [God] his hand, they are wrapped or wreathen, and come vp vpon my necke, [so that by no meanes it can be shaken off, or remitted, but onlie of his speciall grace and mercie.] He hath made my strength to faile: the Lord hath deliuered me into their hands, neither am I able to rise vp, and quit my selfe from them [that haue me in bondage.]

The Lord hath troden vnder foote, and destroied all my valiant and mightie men, that were in the middes of me: he hath proclauned an appointed time, and cal∣led an assemblie to slaughter and destroie all my best yoong men. The Lord hath troden downe the virgin, the daughter of Iuda, like as it were [grapes] in a wine-presse.

Therefore do I weepe, and mine eies, euen mine eies Page  27 gush out with water, because the comforter that should quicken me and refresh my soule, is far from me. My children are driuen awaie and desolate. And why? Because the enimie hath gotten the vpper hand, and preuailed.

Zion casteth out hir hands, and there is none to comfort hir: the Lord hath laid the enimies of Iacob round about him, and Ierusalem is as a menstruous woman, [who for hir pollution, is separate from hir husband,] and is become abhomination in the middest of them.

The Lord is righteous, for I haue rebelled against his commandements, & prouoked his countenance to anger. O heare I praie you, and take heede all ye peo∣ple, behold my sorowe, and consider my heauinesse: my virgins, my maidens, and my yong men are led awaie [prisoners, and] gone into captiuitie.

I called for my louers, but they deceiued me: for my priests and counsellers, but they perished [and died for hunger] in the Citie, euen whiles they sought for meate to saue their liues, and refresh their soules.

Behold, O Lord, and consider how I am troubled, my bowels swell, my wombe is disquieted, my hart turneth about within me, and I am full of heauinesse, because I rebelled stubbornelie: the sword spoileth me abroade, as death doth at home.

They heare my mourning, but there is none that will comfort me: all mine enimies haue heard of my trouble, and are glad thereof, because thou hast done it: [but] thou wilt bring forth the daie and time that thou hast pronounced, and calledst, when they also shall be like vnto me.

Let all their wickednesse come before thee, and do thou vnto them, as thou hast done vnto me for all my transgressions and trespasses. For my sorowe is verie great, my sighes are manie, and mine hart is heauie.

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The second lamentation of Zion.

ALas, how hath the Lord darkned the daughter of Zion in his wrath, [and brought hir from prosperitie to aduersitie?] How hath he cast the beautie and honour of Israel downe from heauen vnto the earth, and [gi∣uen hir a most sore fall,] not remembring his owne foote∣stoole, [the Temple of Ierusalem,] in the daie of his wrath, when he was angrie?

The Lord hath cast out and destroied all the habita∣tions of Iacob, without anie fauour: all the strong places or holdes of the daughter of Iuda hath he bro∣ken in his wrath, and throwne them downe to the ground, and not spared hir kingdome, and the princes thereof hath he prophaned and polluted.

In the wrath of his fierce indignation he hath bro∣ken all the horne [or power and strength] of Israel, he hath drawne backe his right hand [of succour] from before the enimie: yea a flame of fire was kindled in Iacob, which hath consumed & deuoured vp all round about.

He hath bent his bowe like an enimie, his right hand was stretched vp and fastned as an aduersarie, and euerie thing that was pleasant to the eie to see, he hath slaine, he hath powred out his wrath like a fire into the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion.

The Lord is become as it were an enimie, he hath deuoured Israel, and consumed all his palaces: yea all his strong holds hath he destroied, and filled and greatlie increased the daughter of Iuda with much sorrowe and heauinesse, lamentation and mourning.

For he hath destroied his tabernacle as a garden, his solemne meetings or congregation hath he put downe, yea the Lord hath brought it so to passe, that the high solemne feasts and sabboths are cleane for∣gotten in Zion, and hath despised in the heauie dis∣pleasure and indignation of his wrath [both] the king Page  29 and the priest.

The Lord hath forsaken his owne altar, and hath abhorred his owne Sanctuarie: he hath giuen the walles of hir palaces and towers into the hand of the enimies, who haue made a noise [with blasphemous shou∣tings and criengs] in the house of the Lord, as in the daie of solemnitie and feasting [when the people were accustomed to praie.]

The Lord hath determined to breake downe the walles of the daughter of Zion, he spread out his line, and hath not withdrawne his hand from destroieng: therefore he maketh the [insensible things, euen the] ram∣part turrets, and walles [as it were to take part of the so∣rowe, and to] mourne & lament, because they fell downe and were destroied together.

Hir gates are sunke downe to the ground, hir bars are broken and smitten in sunder, hir king and princes are caried awaie to the Gentiles, they haue not the lawe, neither haue hir Prophets anie vision from the Lord.

The Senatours and Elders of the daughter of Zion sit vpon the ground, and keepe silence, they haue cast vp dust and ashes vpon their heads, and girded themselues with sackcloth: the virgins or maides of Ierusalem hang downe their heads to the ground.

Mine eies do faile through weeping, and abundance of teares: my bowels swell, my liuer is powred vpon the earth, for the great hurt and destruction of the daughter of my people, bicause the children, babes, and sucklings faint and sowne in the streetes of the Citie.

They haue said to their mothers, Where is bread and drinke? when they sowned and fell downe as the wounded in the streetes of the citie, and when they gaue vp the ghost, and died in their mothers bosome.

What thing shall I take to witnesse against thee? Or what thing shal I liken to thee, O daughter Ieru∣salem. Page  30 [Thy calamitie is so euident, that it néede no further proofe.] To whome then shall I compare thee, O thou virgin daughter Zion, to comfort thee withall? For the breach [in thy hart] is like [the breach in] a maine sea. Who may heale thee?

Thy [false] Prophets haue looked out vaine and foo∣lish things for thee, and they haue not discouered thine iniquitie, or shewed thee of thy wickednesse, to turne a∣waie thine affliction, and to keepe thee from captiuitie: but they [to flatter thée in thy sinnes] haue seene or looked out for the false prophesies, and causes of banishment, [and destruction.]

All that passe by the waie, clap their hands at thee, hissing and wagging their heads vpon the daughter Ierusalem, and saie: Is this the Citie that men call so faire, the perfection of beautie, and the ioie of the whole earth?

Al thine enimies gape vpon thee with open mouths, they hisse at thee, and grinde their teeth, saieng: Let vs deuoure it, for certainlie this is the daie, the time that we looked for is come, we haue found, and seene it.

The Lord hath fulfilled the thing that he was pur∣posed to doo, and performed his word that he had deui∣sed and determined of old time long ago: he hath throwne downe, destroied, and not spared: he hath cau∣sed thine aduersarie to reioice and triumph ouer thee, and hath set vp the horne [or power] of thine enimie.

Their hart cried vnto the Lord: O thou wall or ci∣tie of the daughter Zion, let thy teares run downe like a riuer: daie and night take thee no rest, neither let the apple of thine eie cease or leaue off [wéeping.]

Arise, stand vp, and crie in the night, in the beginning of the watches: powre out thy hart like water before the face of the Lord, lift vp thine hands towards him, for the liues of the yong children that faint and die for hunger in the corners of all the streets.

Page  31 Behold, O Lord, and consider to whome thou hast done thus. Shall ye women then eate their own fruit, euen their children of a span long? Shal the Priest and the Prophet be slaine in the Sanctuarie of the Lord?

The yong & the old lie on the ground in the streetes: my virgins and my yong men are slaine, and fallen with the sword: thou hast slaine them and put them to death in the daie of thy wrathfull indignation: yea e∣uen thou hast killed them, and not spared.

My terrours [euen mine enimies whom I feared] that are round about me, hast thou called as it were to a feast-daie, so that in the daie of the Lords wrath none esca∣ped, neither was anie left behinde: those that I haue nourished and brought vp, hath mine enimie destroied and consumed.

The third lamentation of Zion.

HOw is the gold [or the princes] become so dimme? the most fine gold so changed? How are the stones of the Sanctuarie [or the priests] so scattered in the corner of euerie streete?

The noble men of Zion that were alwaie in ho∣nour, and cloathed with the most pretious gold, how are they esteemed, and now become like the earthen vessels, the worke of the potters hand? [of small estima∣tion, and without anie honour.]

The Dragons [though they be cruell, yet for pitie] drawe out their breasts, and giue sucke to [nourish] their yong ones: but the daughter of my people is become cruell, [and the women forsake their children] like the Estriches in the wildernes, [which forsake both egge and bird.]

The tongs of the sucking children cleaue to the roofe of their mouths for verie thirst, the yong children aske bread, but there is no man that giueth it them.

They that were woont to fare delicatelie, perish in the streets: they that afore were brought vp in purple and scarlet, now make much of doong.

Page  32 For the iniquitie of the daughter of my people is beecome greater than the wickednesse of zodome, that suddenlie was destroied, and not taken with hands, nor anie camps pitched against hir.

Hir Nazarites or absteiners were purer than the snowe, and whiter than the milke: their colour in bo∣die was fresh & red as corall, and their beautie like the polished Saphyr, [so greatly were they once in Gods fauour.]

But now their faces be verie blacke as a cole, in so much that none can knowe them in the streetes: their skinne cleaueth to their bones, it is withered, and be∣come like a drie stocke, [and they are in greatest abhomina∣tion vnto him.]

They that be slaine with the sword, are happier than they that are killed or die with hunger. For they fade [and pine] awaie, as they were striken through for the lacke of the fruits of the field [and foode.]

The women, which of nature are pitifull, haue sod∣den their owne children with their hands, that they might be their meate in the miserable destruction of the daughter of my people.

The Lord hath performed his heauie wrath, he hath powred out the furiousnesse of his wrathfull displea∣sure: he hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath consu∣med the foundations thereof.

Neither the kings of the earth, nor all the inhabi∣tors of the world, would haue beleeued, that the eni∣mie and aduersarie should haue entred and come into the gates of Ierusalem.

Which neuerthelesse [contrarie to all mens expectation] is come to passe, for the sinnes of hir Prophets, and the iniquities of hir Priests, that haue shed the bloud of the iust and innocent in the midst of hir.

As blind men went they stumbling in the streets, and stained or polluted themselues with bloud, so that the heathen would not touch their garments.

Page  33 But they cried vnto them, Depart and flee ye pollu∣ted: Awaie, get you hence, touch not [those priests,] for they are vncleane, and be remoued. Therfore they fled awaie, and wandered, yea they haue said among the heathen, They shall no more dwell there.

The anger, wrath, & countenance of the Lord hath scattered them, and shall neuer looke more vpon them, nor regard them. For they themselues neither regar∣ded, nor reuerenced the face of the priests, nor had compassion or pitie of their Elders.

Wherefore our eies failed, whiles we yet looked for our vaine helpe of man. For in our waiting we haue looked for [the Aegyptians,] a nation & people that could doo vs no good, nor saue vs.

They hunt our steps, and lay so sharpe wait for vs, that we can not go safe in the streets: our end is neere at hand, our daies are fulfilled, for our end is come.

Our persecutors are swifter than the Eagles of the aire, they pursued & followed vpon vs ouer the moun∣taines, and laid wait for vs in the wildernesse.

The verie breath of our nostrels, euen [Iosias the king and] the annointed of the Lord, (himselfe) [in whome stood our hope of Gods fauour, and on whome depended our state and life,] was taken in their nets, [and slaine,] of whome we said, Under his shadowe we shall be preserued aliue a∣mong the heathen.

And thou, O daughter Edom, that dwellest in the land of Huz, [go to,] be glad and reioice [at our destruction and fall: yet be thou sure thou shalt not escape.] For the cup [of Gods wrath] shall passe through, and come vnto thee al∣so: thou shalt be dronken, and discouer thy nakednesse, and vomit [vp thine owne shame.]

[Be of good comfort therefore] O thou daughter Zion, thy sinnes are fullie punished, and thy punishment accom∣plished. [For after seuentie yeres, thy sorowes shal haue an end.] He will no more carie thee awaie into captiuitie: but Page  34 thy wickednesse, O daughter Edom, shall he visit, and will discouer thy sins: [so that the wicked shall be tormented for euer.]

The fourth lamentation or complaint of Zion.

I Am she, that through the rod of his wrath haue expe∣rience of miserie.

He droue me foorth, and led me: yea into darkenesse, but not into light.

Surelie against me is he turned, he turneth his hand dailie against me.

My flesh and my skinne hath he made to waxe old, and my bones hath he brused and broken.

He hath builded against me, and closed me in with gall and trauell.

He hath set me in darke places, as they that be dead for euer.

He hath hedged me in, that I can not get out, and he hath laid heauie linkes and chaines vpon me.

Also, though I crie and call pitiouslie, yet heareth he not my praier.

He hath stopped vp my waies with hewen or squa∣red stones, and made my paths crooked.

He laieth waite for me like a Beare, and as a Lion in a hole, or secret places.

He hath stopped vp my waies, and broken me in pee∣ces, he hath laid me waste, and made me desolate.

He hath bent his bowe, and made me a marke to shoote at with the arrowe.

The arrowes of his quiuer [I saie] hath he shot [at me,] and they are entred euen into my reines.

I am laughed to scorne and had in derision of all my people, and they make songs [or ballets] vpon me all the daie long.

He hath filled me with bitternesse, and made me dronken with woormewood [and with great anguish and so∣rowe Page  35 he hath made me loose my senses.]

He hath smitten my teeth in peeces with stones, and rolled me in the dust.

Thus my soule was farre off from peace, I forgat prosperitie, and all good things.

And I said, My strength and mine hope is perished from the Lord.

O remember yet my miserie, and my trouble, the woormewood and the gall.

Yea in remembring, my soule doth still remember them, and is humbled within me.

I consider these things in my hart, and therefore I get hope againe.

Namelie, it is of the Lords mercies, that we are not vtterlie consumed for our wickednesse: for truelie his pitifull compassions faile not.

New mercies shall the Lord shew vpon thee earlie in the daie springing euerie morning. O Lord great is thy faithfulnesse: [for we féele thy benefits continuallie.]

The Lord is my portion, saith my soule, therefore will I hope in him.

O how good is the Lord vnto them that put their trust in him, and to the soule that seeketh after hun!

The good man with silence and patience doth both trust and waite for the health and saluation of the Lord.

It is good for a man to take and beare the yoke vp∣pon him, in and from his youth vp.

He sitteth alone [and murmureth not, but is patient,] and holdeth him still, and keepeth silence, because he hath taken and borne the Lords yoke vpon him.

He laieth his face vpon the earth [and humbleth him∣selfe, waiting with patience,] if there may happen to be anie hope [of succour.]

He offreth his cheeke to the smiter, he will be con∣tent with reproches.

Page  36 For the Lord will not forsake for euer.

But though he send affliction, and punish, yet will he haue compassion, and according to the multitude of his mercies he receiueth to grace againe.

For he doth not plague willinglie, nor [delighteth to] afflict the children of men, [but doth it of necessitie for our a∣mendment.]

To treade all the prisoners of the earth vnder his feete,

To ouerthrowe the right of a man before the face of the most high,

To condemne a man in his cause: the Lord hath not pleasure in such things.

What and who is he then that saith, And it com∣meth to passe, And the Lord commandeth it not. [For without his prouidence nothing is done.]

Out of the mouth of the most high proceedeth not euill and good: [both prosperitie and aduersitie.]

Wherefore then mourneth the liuing man, [when God afflicteth him?] Let him mourne, and be sorowfull for his owne sinnes, for which he suffereth.

Let vs search and trie, and looke well vpon our owne waies, and remember our selues, and turne againe to the Lord.

Let vs [without hypocrisie] lift vp both our harts and our hands vnto God, that is in the heauens, [and saie:]

We haue sinned, and rebelled, therefore hast thou not spared.

Thou hast couered vs in thy wrath, and persecuted vs: thou hast slaine without anie fauour.

Thou hast hid thy selfe as in a cloud, that our prai∣ers should not passe through.

Thou hast made vs the offscowring and reffuse in the mids of the people.

All our enimies haue opened their mouths against vs, and gape vpon vs.

Page  37 Feare and snare is come vpon vs, yea desolation and destruction.

Whole riuers of waters gush out of mine eies, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Mine eie droppeth without staie, and ceaseth not: for there is no rest,

Till the Lord looke downe from heauen, & consider.

Mine eies breake mine hart, [and I am ouercome with wéeping:] bicause of all the daughters [or people] of my Citie.

Mine enimies hunted and chased me sore like a bird, yea and that without a cause.

They haue shut vp my life in a dungeon, and cast a stone vpon me.

The waters flowed ouer mine head: then thought I, Now I am destroied.

I called vpon thy name, O Lord, out of the deepe pit, and lowe dungeon.

Thou hast heard my voice: stop not thine eare from my sighings and crieng.

Thou drewest neere vnto me in the daie when I cal∣led vpon thee, and hast said, Feare not.

O Lord, thou hast maintained the cause of my soule, and hast redeemed my life [that was in danger.]

O Lord, thou hast seene my wrong: take thou my cause vpon thee, and iudge it.

Thou hast seene all their vengeance, and all their de∣uises against mee.

Thou hast hard their reprochfull & despitefull words O Lord, yea and all their imaginations against me.

The lips also of those that rise against me, and their deuises and whisperings that they take against me all the daie long.

Behold also their sitting downe, and their rising vp: how I am now their song.

Reward them, O Lord, according to the works of Page  38 their hands.

Giue them sorrowe of hart, and an obstinate hart, euen thy curse to them.

Persecute them, O Lord, with thine indignation, and root them out, and vtterlie destroie them from vn∣der the heauen.

The fift lamentation, or praier of Zion.

CAll to remembrance, O Lord, what is come vpon vs: consider and behold our confusion and reproch.

Our inheritance is turned to the strangers, and our houses to the aliens.

We are vnderlings without fathers, and our mo∣thers are as widowes.

We haue drunken our water for monie, and our wood haue we by sale sold vnto vs.

Our necks are vnder persecution: we are wearie, and haue no rest.

Aforetime we yeelded our selues to the Aegyptians, and now [we haue submitted our selues] to the Assyrians, onlie that we might be satisfied, & haue bread inough.

Our fathers which now are gone haue sinned, and we must beare their wickednesse.

Seruants haue the rule of vs, and no man deliue∣reth vs out of their hands.

We must get our liuing with the perill of our liues, bicause of the drought of the wildernesse.

Our skin is made blacke like as an ouen, bicause of the trouble, famine, and verie sore hunger.

They rauish and defile the wiues in Zion: and the maidens in the citie of Iudea.

The princes are hanged vp by their enimies hand: they haue not honoured the old sage mens faces.

They haue taken the yoong men [for slaues] to grind, and the boies fainted vnder the burden of wood, [not able to abide it.]

Page  39 The elders haue ceased from the gates, [so that there were no more lawes, nor forme of Commonwealth:] and the yoong men from their songs.

The ioie of our hart is gone, our danse and melodi∣ous meeting is turned into mourning.

The garland or crowne of our head is fallen: Wo now vnto vs, and alas that euer we sinned.

Therfore our hart is full of heauinesse, and for these things our eies are dimme [with wéeping.]

Bicause of the hill or mountaine of Zion, which is destroied and desolate, insomuch that the foxes runne vpon it.

But thou, O Lord, remainest for euer, and thy seate & throne from generation to generation, world with∣out end: [and therefore thy couenant and mercies can neuer faile.]

Wherefore dost thou forget vs for euer, and forsake vs so long time?

Turne thou vs vnto thee, O Lord, and so we shall be turned: renew our daies as in old times.

But thou hast vtterlie banished and reiected vs: and thou art exceedinglie angrie and displeased against vs.

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.

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The praier of Iudith, which she made with fasting and teares, for the deliuerance of hir people the Bethulians, out of the hands of Holophernes, and the Assyrians host that besieged their citie.


Iudith. 9, 2.

O Lord God of my father Simeon, which ga∣uest him a sword for a defence against the enimies, and to take vengeance of the stran∣gers, which vsed violence in their vnclean∣nesse, and opened the wombe of the maid [Dinah,] and defiled hir: that rauished the virgine, and discouered the thigh with shame, and polluted the wombe to hir reproch & confusion. (For thou hadst commanded that it should not so be: yet they [the Sichemites I meane,] did things, for the which thou gauest their princes to the slaughter. For they were deceiued, and washed their beds with bloud.) And hast striken the seruants with the gouernors, & the gouernors vpon their thrones. Thou that gauest their wiues for a praie, and their daughters to be captiues, and all their spoiles for a bootie vnto thy children and seruants the Israelites, that thou louedst, which were mooued with thy zeale, and abhorred the pollution of their bloud, and called vpon thee for aid.

O God, O Lord my God, heare me also a widowe, and helpe mee, I beseech thee. For thou hast wrought the things afore, and these; and the things that shall be after: and thou considerest the things that are pre∣sent, and the things that are to come. For the things which thou dost purpose are present, and saie, Behold, we are heere: and looke what thou hast taken in hand and deuised, it came euer to passe. For all thy waies are readie prepared, and thy iudgements are put in thine euerlasting foreknowledge. O looke now vpon the armies of the Assyrians, like as it was thy plea∣sure sometime to looke vpon the host of the Aegyptians, Page  42 when they being weaponed, persecuted thy seruants, and put their trust in their chariots, horsemen, and in the multitude of their men of war: but thou lookedst vpon their host, casting a thicke darknes before them. And when they came into the deepe, the waters ouer∣whelmed them: euen so Lord, behold, and let it go with those Assyrians, which are multiplied by their power, and haue exalted themselues with horses, & horsemen: which glory in the strength of their footmen, that trust in shield, speare, and bowe: and do not knowe that thou only art the Lord our God, which breakest the battels, and destroiest the wars from the beginning. The Lord is thy name, and it apperteineth vnto thee to be called Lord.

O lift vp thine arme now like as euer from the be∣ginning, and breake thou their strength by thy power, & cause their force to fall by thy wrath. For they haue purposed, yea and make their vaunt and boast, to vn∣halowe and defile thy sanctuarie, to pollute the taber∣nacle where thy glorious name resteth: and to waste, spoile, and cast downe with sword and weapons the horns of thine altar. Behold their pride, and bring to passe, O Lord, that the blasphemie of this enimie [Ho∣lophernes] may be cut downe with his owne sword, and send thy wrath vpon their heads. Giue into mine hand which am a widowe, the strength that I haue concei∣ued, that he may be taken with the snare of his eies in me, and that thou maiest smite him with the lips of my loue. Smite (I saie) by the deceit of my lips, the ser∣uant with the prince, and the prince with the ser∣uant.

O giue me a stedfast mind, that I may despise him and his strength, and that I may destroie him. This shall bring thy name an euerlasting remembrance, if thou abate his strength, and ouerthrowe him by the hand of a woman. For thy power, O Lord, standeth Page  43 not in the multitude of men, nor thy might in strong men, neither hast thou anie pleasure in the strength of horses, neither was there from the beginning anie proud persons that pleased thee. But in the praier of the humble and meeke hath thy pleasure beene euer∣more. Thou (I saie) O Lord, art the helpe of the hum∣ble and little ones: the defender of the weake, and the protector of them that are forsaken, and the Sauiour of them that are without hope. Surelie, surelie, thou art the God of my fathers, and the God of the inheri∣tance of Israel: the Lord of heauen and earth: the Creator of the waters: the King and Lord of all crea∣tures. O heare thou my praiers: heare me (I saie) poore woman, calling vpon thee, and putting my trust in thy mercie. Remember thy couenant, O Lord, and minister words in my mouth, and stablish this deuise in my hart, that thy house may continue still in holinesse: yea grant me words, I saie, and craft, and a wound, and a stroke against them that enterprise cruel things against thy couenant, and against thine holie house, and against the top of Zion, and against the house of the possession of thy children. Shew euidentlie among all thy people, and all the tribes, that they and all the heathen may knowe, that thou art the God of all pow∣er and strength, and that there is none other that de∣fendeth the people of Israel, but thou: So be it.

Iudith hir praier that shee made secretlie, or mentallie in hir hart, when she stroke off the head of proud Holophernes.


Iudith. 13, 4.

O Lord God of all power, behold at this pre∣sent, and haue respect vnto the works of my hands in this houre for the exaltation of Ie∣rusalem, that thou maiest set vp thy citie like as thou hast promised. Strengthen me, O Lord God of Israel, and grant that I may performe the thing, Page  44 which in hope that it may be done by thee I haue de∣uised. For now is the time to helpe thine inheritance, and to execute mine enterprises to the destruction of the enimies, which are risen against vs. Streng∣then me therefore this daie, O Lord God of Israel, now strengthen me [I saie] O Lord God, [euen] in this houre.

Iudith hir song of praise and thankesgiuing, which she, togither with all the people, made for their deliuerance from the hands of the Assyrians, by the destruction of Holophernes.


Iudith. 16.

BEgin vnto my God with Timbrels: sing vn∣to my Lord with Cimbals: O tune vnto him a Psalme, and sing a new song of thankesgi∣uing vnto him, exalt his praise, be ioifull, and call vpon his name.

For it is the Lord that destroieth wars, and brea∣keth battels, euen the Lord is his name.

It is God, which hath pitched his tents, or campe in the mids of his people, and deliuered me and them out of the hands of all the persecutors our enimies.

Assur came out from the mountaines of the north, in the multitude of his strength, he came with thou∣sands in his armie: so that the multitude of his peo∣ple stopped the water brookes, and their horses coue∣red the vallies.

He purposed to haue burnt vp my borders and land, and said that he would kill my yoong men with the sword, & dash the suckling children against the ground, and lead awaie my children, and my virgins as a praie or spoile into captiuitie.

But the almightie Lord hindered him, and deli∣uered him into the hands of a woman, which hath brought him to naught and confusion.

For the mightie [Holophernes] did not fall, nor was destroied by the yoong men. It was not the sonnes of Page  45 Titan that slue him, neither haue the great giants inuaded him, or set themselues against him: but Iu∣dith the daughter of Merari, with hir faire beautie and comlie countenance hath discomfited and brought him to naught.

For she put off, and laid awaie the garment of hir widowhood, and put on the apparell of gladnesse, for the exaltation and reioicing of those that were op∣pressed in Israel.

She annointed hir face with ointment, and bound vp hir heare in a coife, and tooke a new stole or linnen garment to beguile him.

Hir slippers rauished his eies, hir beautie captiua∣ted and tooke his mind prisoner, with the sword or faul∣chin smote she off his head.

The Persians were astonished at hir boldnesse: and the Medes were troubled with hir hardinesse.

But mine afflicted reioiced, and my feeble ones that appeared drie of thirst, showted for ioie: then [the Persi∣ans and Medes] feared, they lift vp their voice and how∣led, and turned backe.

The children of maides, or the sonnes of the daugh∣ters haue pierced them through, and wounded them as they fled awaie like fugitiue children: they perished in the battell for the verie feare of the Lord my God.

I will sing vnto the Lord a song of thankesgiuing: a new song of praise will I sing vnto my God.

O Lord, Lord, thou art a great and glorious GOD, maruellous mightie and inuincible in power, whom no man may ouercome.

Let all thy creatures serue thee. For thou spakest but the word, and they were made: thou sentest thy spi∣rit, and they were created: and there is none that can resist or withstand thy voice.

For the mountaines mooue, and leape vp from their foundations with the waters: the stonie rocks melt Page  46 at thy presence like waxe: yet thou art mercifull to them that feare thee.

For all sacrifices are too little for a sweet sauour, and all the fat is too little for thy burnt offering. But they that feare thee, O Lord, shall be great with thee in all things at all times.

Wo to the people and nations that rise vp against my generation and kindred. For the almightie Lord will take vengeance himselfe of them, and in the daie of iudgement will hee visit them, in sending fire and woormes in their flesh, and they shall burne, and feele them, and weepe for euermore: So be it.

The praier of Queene Hester, which she made for the deliuerance of hir selfe, and hir people, out of the bloudie hands of Haman, that conspired their death.


Hester. 14, 3.

O My Lord, thou onlie art our King: helpe me desolate woman, which haue no helper but thee. For my danger, miserie, and destruction is hard at hand. From my youth vp I haue heard in the kindred of my father, that thou, O Lord, tookest Israel from among all people, and our fathers from their predecessors and foreelders, that they shuld be thy perpetuall inheritance. And looke what thou didst promise them, thou hast performed, and made it good vnto them.

Now Lord, we haue sinned before thee, therefore hast thou giuen vs into the hands of our enimies: bi∣cause we worshipped their gods. O Lord thou art righteous: neuerthelesse, it satisfieth them not that we are in bitter and heauie captiuitie, and oppressed among them. But they haue stroken hands with their idols, that they will abolish and take awaie the thing, that thou with thy mouth hast ordeined and appoin∣ted, and destroie thine inheritance, to shut, and to stop Page  47 vp the mouthes of them that praise thee, and to quench the glorie of thy temple, and worship of thine house and altar: and to open the mouthes of the heathen, that they may praise the power and vertue of the gods or idols, and to magnifie a fleshlie king for euer.

O Lord, giue not thy scepter vnto them that be no∣thing, least they laugh vs to scorne in our miserie and fall: but turne their deuise vpon themselues, and pu∣nish him [this wicked Haman I meane,] and make him an example, that hath begun the same against vs. Think vpon vs, O Lord, & shew thy selfe vnto vs in the time of our distresse & trouble: and strengthen mee, O thou King of gods, and Lord of all power. Giue me an elo∣quent and pleasant speech in my mouth before the li∣on, [king Ashuerus my husband.] Turne his hart to hate our enimies, and to destroie him, [that Hamam I meane,] and all such as consent vnto him: but deliuer vs with thy hand, and helpe me thine handmaid that am soli∣tarie, and haue no defence, nor helper, but onlie thee, O Lord.

Thou knowest all things, O Lord: thou wotest that I hate the glorie and worship of the vnrighteous, and that I abhor the bed of the vncircumcised, and of all the heathen. Thou knowest my necessitie, that I hate this token of my preeminence, worship, and dignitie, which I beare vpon mine head, what time as I must shew my selfe, and be seene, and that I abhor it as an vncleane or menstruous cloth and that I weare it not when I am quiet and alone by my selfe. Thou know∣est also, that I thine handmaid haue not eaten at Ha∣mans table, and that I haue had no pleasure nor de∣light in the kings feast, nor drunke the wine of the drinke offerings. And that I thine handmaid haue no ioie, since the daie that I was brought hither, vntill this daie, but in thee, O Lord GOD of Abraham. O thou mightie God aboue all, heare (therfore) the voice Page  48 of them that haue none other hope, and deliuer vs out of the hand of the wicked: and deliuer me out of my feare: So be it.

Susanna hir praier, which she made, at what time she was condem∣ned by false witnesses, to die for adulterie.


Susanna. 1, 42.

O Euerlasting God, thou searcher of secrets, that knowest all things before they come to passe. Thou knowest that they haue borne false witnesse against me: and behold I must die, whereas I neuer did anie such thing, as these men haue maliciouslie inuented against me.

A praier of the Church made in hir affliction and captiuitie.


Psalme. 123.

VNto thee lift I vp mine eies: O thou that dwellest in the heauens.

Behold, euen as the eies of seruants looke vnto the hand of their maisters: and as the eies of a maiden vnto the hand of hir maistresse: euen so our eies waite vpon the Lord our God, vntill hee haue mercie vpon vs.

Haue mercie vpon vs, O Lord, haue mercie vpon vs: for we are vtterlie despised.

Our soule is filled with the scornefull reproofe of the wealthie: and with the despitefulnesse of the proud.

The song of the blessed virgine Marie, the mother of our Sauiour Christ, which she made at the time that she felt hir selfe concei∣ued of our Sauiour Iesus in hir wombe.


Luke. 1, 46.

MY soule magnifieth the Lord: and my spirit reioiceth in God my Sauiour.

For he hath looked on the poore degree and lowlinesse of his handmaiden and seruant: Page  49 for behold from hencefoorth, now shall all generations call me blessed.

Bicause he that is mightie hath done for me great things: and holie is his name.

And his mercie is on them that feare him, from ge∣neration to generation.

He hath shewed strength with his arme: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their harts.

He hath put downe the mightie from their seates, and exalted them of lowe degree.

He hath filled the hungrie with good things: and sent awaie the rich emptie.

He hath vpholden and helped his seruant Israel, being mindfull of his mercie.

Euen as he spake to our fathers Abraham, and to his seede for euer.

The woman of Canaans praier vnto Christ for hir sicke daughter.


Matthew. 15, 22.

HAue mercie on mee, O Lord, thou sonne of Dauid: My daughter is grieuouslie vexed with a diuell: Lord, helpe me, and vouchsafe I beseech thee, that the whelpes may eate of the childrens crums, which fall from their maisters table.

The praier (but all too late) of the fiue foolish virgins.


Matthew. 25, 11.
Lord, Lord: open to vs.
To God onlie be all glorie,
AMEN.