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 second Psalme.

OH Lord GOD and father, I beseech thee by Christ our Lord, that of thine infinite mercie thou keepe me, so as at no time I followe the counsell of the vngodlie, which knowe thee not; or of Hypocrites, which with their harts seeke thee not.

O Lord, suffer me not to enter into the waie of sin∣ners, with a mind to fulfill the desires and lusts of the flesh.

But whensoeuer through frailtie of my corrupt na∣ture. I shall chance to run astraie, then O Lord, staie me, and plucke my foote backe againe.

Keepe me, that I sit not in the seate of pestilent scor∣ners, Page  108 which cloaking their Pharisaicall and diuellish intents, condemne in other men thy veritie & Gospell.

Oh Lord, bring to passe that I may burne in the de∣sire of thy lawe, that vpon the aduancement of thy word my mind may alwaies be occupied, that I may euermore choose that which is most pleasant to thee, and hate that both in my selfe and others, which to thee is displeasant.

Make I praie thee that I may be a tree planted by the sweet riuers of thy ghostlie waters, to the intent I may bring foorth fruit to thy glorie, and to the profit of my neighbour, as often as thou shalt minister time and occasion therevnto.

Least my leaues, which are my words and works should fade and fall awaie; but that all things may prosper, whatsoeuer I shall doo in thy name.

Assist me, I beseech thee, and grant O most mercifull father, that for Iesu Christs sake I may take roote in the ground of life; least with the vngodlie, like chaffe and dust I be blowne abrode with the most pernicious winds of this world.

And grant that I may stand in the assemblie of the righteous, and that I may enter into iudgment with∣out punishment; and escape euerlasting damnation.

Glorie be to the father, &c. As it was in the begin, &c.