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.
Another Euening praier.

O Souereigne, dreadfull, and most louing Lord my God, who neuer ceasest to shew thy mer∣cie towards sinners, yea when they offend and trespasse against thee, such is thine in∣finite clemencie and loue. As then thou forbearest not Page  119 to heape thy benefits vpon them; I most sinfull and wretched wretch, yeeld thee humble thanks, for thine inestimable goodnesse shewed towards me, in creating me to thine owne likenesse, and making me capable of thine euerlasting glorie: for the creation of so manie other creatures for my behoofe and sustenance, for that inestimable worke of my redemption, whereby thou deliuerest me from the slauerie of Sathan, and pur∣chasest mee free entrance into thy celestiall region: for hauing singled me amongst so many millians that knowe thee not, and lie drowned in ignorance, super∣stition, and miserable errours, to be thy seruant and a true faithfull Christian: for both thy blessed Sacra∣ments, especiallie for that Sacrament aboue all Sa∣craments, wherein thou thy selfe art spirituallie con∣teined. Finallie, for hauing preserued me so manie times from hell, wherein I had beene long since plun∣ged, hadst not thou of thine vnspeakeable goodnesse su∣steined and deliuered me from my foes. For these and all other thy benefits: namelie, for those thou hast this daie most bountifullie bestowed vpon me, O my soue∣reigne Lord, I yeeld thee such sincere & dutifull thanks as my poore hart can possiblie affoord thee: beseeching thee to haue mercie vpon me, & in supplie of my wants to accept the mediation and thankesgiuings of Iesus Christ thy onelie sonne, and mine onelie Sauiour and intercessour.

And now mine onlie redeemer and Sauiour I hum∣blie craue the light of thy grace, to knowe wherein I haue this daie anie waies offended thee by nature; and that by sound discussion, and through examination of my conscience, I may see mine owne sinnes with sor∣rowe and detestation; and thine ineffable mercie with a zealous & firme purpose of amendment of life. Thou seest, O Lord, my lewdnesse, and wotest my miserie, much better than I my selfe doo. Sorie I am with all Page  120 my hart, that I should still offend so louing a Lord, and wish to God my sorowes were greatlie multiplied. I purposed earst, to doo better by thy grace, which wan∣ted not, & yet haue I transgressed in my former trespas∣ses: neither yet may I despaire, O Lord, but will con∣tinuallie trust to thy mercies in all euents, & purpose firmelie, as I now doo, euerie daie to amend my life.

Deliuer me, my gratious God, from all mortall sinne for euer, and giue me grace to persecute my vices with sorowe during life. And for the satisfaction of these and all my former sinnes, as also for all thine ineffable be∣nefits bestowed vpon me and all mankind; I offer vn∣to thee the merits of thy bitter passion, those most pre∣tious drops of bloud thou sheddest for me; and that in∣flamed charitie, wherewith thou wholie resignedst thy selfe to all thy torments, for my sake; and in the vnion of this thine oblation on the crosse, I offer vp my selfe, soule, bodie, and all I haue of thine, within or without me, to thine honour and euerlasting glorie. I retaine nothing to my selfe: but giue all to thee, whose it is; and make that thine by my will, which is thine of iu∣stice. Giue me thy grace, O my God, to liue better her∣after, and to confesse my sinnes in due time vnto thee. Giue me true humilitie, continuall repentance, and grace both to knowe thee, and also my selfe. Giue me puritie of hart in all my dooings, patience, chastitie, and perfect charitie. Giue me a good life, and a good death, and in the dangerous houre of my departure, the assistance of thy blessed Saints and Angels, with whom I may, through thy mercie, in another world praise and glorifie thee euerlastinglie,

Amen.