The first Psalme at Euening praier.
BOw downe thine eare, O Lord, to my re∣quests, and suffer me to exhibit my supplica∣tion vp vnto thee. For behold, night and daie I trace and hunt after thee by all meanes I can. To thee onelie earlie and late doo I still call and crie for mercie, according as thou hast giuen mee in commandement.
For when I call to memorie the time of my life euill dispent, I quake to thinke vpon thee, yea and my spirit faileth me, so sore am I afraid of thy iudgements.
Yet well pondering the processe of thy grace & mer∣cie promised me in Christ, I cease to despaire, knowing that thou, O GOD, hast not forgotten thy gifts of grace, and that thy power to haue compassion is not waxen faint, but that both thou canst and wilt put backe thy wrath most iustlie conceiued against me for my sinne.
Page 123 In full trust whereof O Lord I come vnto thee, be∣seeching thee to hide my life with Christ within thee, and vnder the shadowes of thy wings to defend me, that thy grace & couenant may be with me euermore.
Turne not thy mercie from me O Lord, nor bring me downe to destruction as I haue deserued: but shew thy grace and fauour vnto me, that I may liue, and (being exalted through thy righteousnesse) praise thy name most ioifullie.
Remember my corrupt nature O Lord, how short my life is, and that thou madest not man for nothing. No man can deliuer himselfe from death: no man can saue his owne soule from hell: thou onelie O Lord must do it, namelie, to such as beleeue in thee.
This life passeth as doth a dreame, or grasse in the field, which to daie is greene, and to morrow drie. If thou be displeased, then we be lost: if thou chafe, then we shrinke for feare, for through sinnes we be dead vn∣to thee; with whome a thousand yeares be but as one daie, yea as the least minute of an houre.
Certesse Lord, if thou haue respect to our sins, who shall continue? Shew me therefore how manie be the daies of my life, that I may dispend them wiselie, to the praise of thy name, least that I foolishlie trusting vpon long life, suddenlie might perish & come to death.
Come Lord now vnto vs, and comfort vs. Come O God, and hide not thy face from me, that I be not like vnto those that be hurled into the pit of perdition. And after this night of calamitie ouerpassed, let the plea∣sant morning of comfort luckilie shine vpon me, that betimes I may heare and feele thy goodnesse, for in thee is all my trust.
Deliuer me this night from the snare of Sathans gard, which hunt in the darke how to plucke me from thee.
Let me not stand in the feare of the night-euill of Page 124 vnbeleefe, and of thy strait iudgement, neither let me be afraid of the fleeing arrowe in the daie time.
Let me not be in feare of that horrible pestilence, creeping in through darkenesse, I meane, let me not be ignorant how detestable my sins be, that I dissemble them not, nor qualifie them.
Let me not dread that middaie diuell, which abuseth thy Church vnder a title and pretence of holinesse; neither let Sathan, though he change himselfe into an Angel of light, strike anie feare in me.
But both on the right side and on the left, as well in the night as in the daie, that is, as well in aduersitie as prosperitie, and as well in spirituall businesse, as in corporall, let thy holie Angels diligentlie wait vpon me, that I do not stumble: then shall I tread vnderfoot that hellie dragon.
Yea so shall I of dutie be bound alwaie with coura∣gious spirit, to praise and hallowe thy name: not onlie in the morrowe, when all things shall chance to my harts desire, to ascribe all to thy goodnesse, without a∣nie deseruing on my behalfe: but also in the night of trouble and aduersitie, when I shall call vnto mind thy most faithfull and trustie promises, that I despaire not, thus to praise thy meere and speciall grace, and blesse thee, saieng:
Blessed art thou O Lord God of our fathers, for thou art praise and honour, worthie, and to be magni∣fied for euer.
Blessed be the glorie of thy holie name, for it is wor∣thie to be praised, & aboue all to be magnified for euer.
Blessed art thou, O father, O Sonne, and O holie Ghost, for thou art worthie to be praised, and aboue all to be magnified for euer.
Blessed be thou in the firmament of heauen, for thou art praise-worthie for euer.
O giue thanks vnto the Lord all his creatures, for Page 125 he is kind-harted and mercifull: yea his mercie endu∣reth for euer.
Oh speake good of the Lord all ye works of his in all places of his dominion: and let euerie thing that hath breath praise the Lord, and giue him thanks: for his mercie endureth for euer.
O that all men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodnesse, and declare the wonders that he doth for the children of men!
Praise thou the Lord O my soule, and forget not all his benefits, yea and all that is within me praise his holie name, for his louing mercie and for his truth, which endureth for euer, & worlds without end,