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 praier that we may liue so vprightlie in this life, that at the last we may dwell in the euerlasting tabernacle.

O Lord, seeing that the righteous shall dwell in thy tabernacle, graunt me I beseech thee, a pure and vndefiled soule. O what is the shape of the earth, wherein Gods enimies Page  160 haue abiding; in comparison of the woonderfull beau∣tie of heauen, wherein righteousnesse doth dwell; in comparison of that place, wherein Angels, Archan∣gels, all good men, yea and God himselfe is abiding! What are the pleasures of the world, wealth, honour, companie of our parents and friends, wherein all our pleasure and sweetenesse is mixed with sowrenesse and sorowe; wherein euerie perfection hath his imperfe∣ction▪ What is all this to the vnspeakeable ioie in the kingdome of God? What is the companie of friends heere, in comparison to the companie of Abraham, I∣saac and Iacob, the Patriarches and Prophets, and all the Saints of God?

Oh the felicitie of euerlasting life, which is with∣out all discommodities; perpetuall, without all perill and molestation! Oh the glorious maiestie, the singu∣lar mirth, and passing ioies of the life to come! The eie hath not seene, nor the hart of man is able to conceiue in anie part, the happie estate of the blessed soules in heauen. Oh how amiable are thy tabernacles! My soule hath a desire to enter into the courts of the Lord. My hart and my soule reioice in the liuing God; blessed be they that dwell in thy house, they may be al∣waies praising thee. One daie in thy courts, is better than a thousand elsewhere. I had rather be a dore-kee∣per in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of vngodlinesse. The Lord God is a light and defence. My soule is athirst for God, euen for the liuing God. When shall I come before the presence of my God? My flesh longeth after thee in a barren and drie land, where no water is. Good Lord remember me, and graunt that I may weare the white gar∣ments of innocencie with thine e∣lected, in thine euerlasting kingdome,