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 first Chapter, Of praiers to performe Gods will in patience.

MOst benigne Lord Iesu, grant me thy grace, that it may alwaie worke in mee, and perseuere with me vnto the end.

Grant me, that I may euer de∣sire and will that, which is most pleasant, and most acceptable to thee.

Thy will be my will, and my will be to followe al∣waie thy will.

Let there be alwaie in me one will, and one desire with thee, and that I haue no desire to will, or not to will, but as thou wilt.

Lord, thou knowest what thing is most profitable, and most expedient for me.

Page  81 Giue me therefore what thou wilt, as much as thou wilt, and when thou wilt.

Doo with me what thou wilt, as it shall please thee, and as shall be most to thine honour.

Put me where thou wilt, and freelie doo with me in all things after thy will.

Thy creature I am, and in thy hands, leade and turne me where thou wilt.

Lo, I am thy seruant, readie to all things that thou commandest. For I desire not to liue to my selfe, but to thee.

Lord Iesu, I praie thee grant me grace, that I ne∣uer set my hart on the things of this world: but that all worldlie and carnall affections may vtterlie die, and be mortified in me.

Grant me aboue all things, that I may rest in thee, and fullie quiet and pacifie my hart in thee.

For thou Lord art the verie true peace of hart, and the perfect rest of the soule: & without thee all things be greeuous and vnquiet.

My Lord Iesu, I beseech thee, be with me in euerie place, and at all times; and let it be to me a speciall so∣lace, gladlie for thy loue to lacke all worldlie solace.

And if thou withdrawe thy comfort from me at any time, keepe me, O Lord, from desperation, and make me patientlie to abide thy will and ordinance.

O Lord Iesu, thy iudgments be righteous, and thy prouidence is much better for me, than all that I can imagine or deuise.

Wherfore doo with me in all things as it shall please thee. For it may not be but well, all that thou dooest.

If thou wilt that I be in light, be thou blessed: if thou wilt that I be in darknesse, be thou also blessed.

If thou vouchsafe to comfort me, be thou highlie blessed: if thou wilt I liue in trouble, and without comfort, be thou like wise euer blessed.

Page  82 Lord giue mee grace gladlie to suffer whatsoeuer thou wilt shall fall vpon me, and patientlie to take it at thy hand: good and bad, bitter and sweete, ioie and sorrowe: and for all things that shall befall vnto me, hartilie to thanke thee.

Keepe me Lord from sinne, and I shall then neither dread death, nor hell.

O what thanks ought I to giue vnto thee, which hast suffered the greeuous death of the crosse, to deli∣uer me from my sinnes, and to obtaine euerlasting life for me!

Thou gauest vs most perfect example of patience, fulfilling and obeieng the will of thy father, euen vnto the death.

Make me wretched sinner, obedientlie to vse my selfe after thy will in althings, and patientlie to beare the burden of this corruptible life.

For though this life be tedious, and as an heauie burden to my soule: yet neuerthelesse thorough thy grace, and by example of thee, it is now made much more easie and comfortable, than it was before thine incarnation and passion.

Thy holie life is our waie to thee, and by following of thee we walke to thee, that art our head and Saui∣our: and yet, except thou hadst gone before and shew∣ed vs the waie to euerlasting life; who would endeuor himselfe to followe thee? Seeing we be yet so slowe and dull, hauing the light of thy blessed example and holie doctrine to leade and direct vs.

O Lord Iesu, make that possible by grace, that is to me impossible by nature.

Thou knowest well that I may litle suffer, and that I am anon cast downe and ouerthrowne with a little aduersitie: wherfore I beseech thee O Lord, to streng∣then me with thy spirit, that I may willinglie suffer for thy sake, all maner of trouble and affliction.