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.

A godlie praier for the true worshipping of God, which may be vsed in the Church before common praier.

STablish our harts and minds, O most gra∣tious God, in the true woorshipping of thy diuine maiestie; make vs to beleeue thy ho∣lie and sacred Gospell, wherein we are dailie and hourelie instructed to loue, feare, honour, and o∣beie thee: to hate sinne and iniquitie, to renounce all superstitious ceremonies, whereby thy worship is de∣faced, thy glorie prophaned, and thine honour greatlie diminished. Giue vs the grace to hate sinne and iniqui∣tie, to renounce and forsake the vanities and wanton pleasures of this wicked and sinfull world. Arme vs, we beseech thee, to mortifie and bring vnder the rebel∣lious appetites and straieng lusts of the flesh. And fi∣nallie giue vs power from aboue, to withstand Sa∣than the prince of darknesse, and all his damnable mi∣nisters, who by diuers temptations prouoke and al∣lure vs from godlie puritie, and perfect integritie, which passeth onlie from Christ Iesus vnto vs, who Page  159 is the fulnesse of our perfection and holinesse, to all kinds of euill, impietie and vncleannesse; by meanes whereof thy worship is greatlie prophaned, and of a set purpose contemned.

Make vs constant to skirmish against the world, sinne, death, and hell; and by the power of a fruitefull faith, giue vs grace to resist and bridle the concupis∣cence of our flesh, in such sort, that our soules may tri∣umph with victorie, and continue constant in woorship∣ping thee; from whom passeth the fulnesse of our ioie. Prepare our harts and minds (good Lord) now and e∣uer to spread foorth the glorie of thy name. Kéepe our tongues from all filthie talke, and vncomelie gesture, least by the exercise of such sinne, we contemne thy worship, and prouoke thee to displeasure and indigna∣tion. Set thou a watch before the gates of my mouth, that my lips by thy grace may be alwaies made open to sound foorth thy praise and euerlasting glorie. Be mercifull to our offences, thinke thou not on our vn∣righteousnesse; but vpon thy clemencie. Forgiue them freelie, and pardon gratiouslie our sinnes, make vs faithfull in Christ Iesus. Shorten the dangerous daies of iniquitie, increase the number of thy chosen and peculiar Saincts. Hasten thy comming, O sauiour Christ, that we with the felowship of the Saints, hea∣uenlie Angels, and the blessed companie of Martyrs, may celebrate thy praise, and worship thee in thy glori∣ous kingdome, before the father our God, and the ho∣lie Ghost, to whome be praise for euer,

Amen.