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 third Psalme.

TO thee, O Lord, I lift vp my mind, in thee I trust, O Lord God; let me not be confoun∣ded, least mine enimies make me a iesting stocke, and a matter to laugh at.

O Lord make thy waies knowne vnto me, and trade me in thy paths.

Direct me in thy truth, and instruct me; for thou art God my Sauiour, I looke after thee euerie daie.

O Lord thou art sweet and rightfull, and bringest Page  109 againe into the waie them which went out.

Thou leadest strait into thy iudgement, them that be mild and tractable, and teachest them that be meeke thy word and testimonies.

Thou healest them that be contrite in hart, and as∣swagest their paines and griefe.

Thou holdest vp all them which else should fall, and all that are fallen thou liftest vp againe.

Thou giuest sight to the blind, and loosest them that be bound.

Thou art nigh vnto all them that call vpon thee, so that they call vpon thee faithfullie.

Thou fulfillest the desire of them that doo feare thee, and hearest their praier, and sauest them.

Haue mercie vpon me, O God, haue mercie vpon me, for in thee my soule trusteth.

Uerelie my soule hath a speciall respect to thee. For my health, my glorie, and all my strength cōmeth from thee.

For thine owne sake, oh Lord God, laie not my sins to my charge.

I vnderstand not all mine errours, innumerable troubles doo close me round about, my sinnes haue ta∣ken hold vpon me, and I am not able to looke vp.

Put to thy hand to helpe me, and leade me right in all my works.

Make me to walke perfectlie in thy waies, that no kind of sinne ouercome me.

Set a watch before my mouth; and keepe the doore of my lips.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my hart be euer pleasant and acceptable in thy sight.

Let the word of truth neuer go awaie from my mouth, and suffer no malice to dwell in my hart.

O Lord deliuer my soule from lieng lips, and saue me from the deceitfull tongue.

Page  110 Put into my mouth thy true and holie word, and take from me all idle and vnfruitfull speech.

Deliuer me from false surmises and accusations of men: rule me euen as thou thinkest good, after thy will and pleasure.

Turne awaie mine eies, that they behold no vaine things; fasten them in thy waie.

Take from me fornication and all vncleannesse, and let not the loue of the flesh beguile me.

Yea deliuer my soule from pride, that it doo not reigne in me, and then shall I be cleane from the greatest sinne.

Staie and keepe my feete from euerie euill waie, least my steps swarue from thy paths.

Mine eies looke euer vnto thee, O Lord, bicause thou art nigh at hand, and all thy waies be the truth.

Thy mercies be great and manie, O Lord, blessed is he whosoeuer trusteth in thee.

For when I said vnto thee, My feete be slipped, thy mercie, O Lord, by and by did hold me vp.

Teach me to doo thy will, and leade me by thy path-waie, for thou art my God.

Oh Lord, saue my soule, and deliuer me from the power of darknesse.

Let the brightnesse of thy face shine vpon thy ser∣uant, for vnto thee, O Lord God, I haue fled for succor.

Looke vnto me, and haue mercie vpon me; for I am desolate and poore.

Keepe my soule and deliuer me, that I be not con∣founded. For I haue trusted in thee.

O Lord God, forsake me not, although I haue done no good in thy sight.

For thy goodnesse grant me, that at the least-wise now I may begin to liue well.

O Lord shew thy seruants thy works, and their chil∣dren thy glorie; and the gratious maiestie of the Lord Page  111 our God be vpon vs. Oh prosper thou the works of our hands, oh prosper thou our handie works.

Glorie be to the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and euer shall be, world without end,

Amen.