A praier against the felowship of the vngodlie.
PRotect and defend me, O heauenlie Father, and most mercifull God, from the felowship of the vngodlie men, which dailie imagine mischiefe in their harts to harme the inno∣cent. Keepe me from the counsels of the foolish and vn∣godlie, which speake proud things against the glorie of thy blessed name. Defend me from faithlesse and de∣ceiptfull ones, whose guiltie stomaches are gorged with grudge, enuie, malice, hatred, disdaine, and all vncharitablenesse. For their throtes are like vnto an open sepulchre, or swallowing graue: their tongs are giuen to slander and backbite their neighbours: the poison of Adders lieth hidden vnder their lips; and in fine, they as thine enimies blaspheme thy holie and blessed name, and contemne thy testimonies.
O Lord giue me thy grace, to be conuersant with good and godlie men; such as fauour thy glorious Gos∣pell, and doo their indeuour to practise thy precepts, to the glorie of thy holie and blessed name. Make me, by their example, to exercise my selfe in the heauenlie ve∣ritie; that thereby I may be instructed in the liuelie knowledge of thy commandements, and obtaine such wisdome from aboue, that by faith I may cleaue to thee, and the felowship of those that feare thy holie name; and so auoide the companie of the wicked and vngodlie worldlings, which haue laid snares to intrap mee. Graunt this, O most mercifull Father, for thy sonne Iesus Christs sake, who euer liueth and reigneth with thee, and the holie Ghost, to whome be all laude, glorie, power and praise, for euer and euer,