A godlie praier to be said of euerie Christian, espe∣ciallie at burials.
GOod Lord, which with thy hands doest staie the frame & engin of the earth, and rulest the course of the swift heauens, disposing and or∣dering all things by thy diuine prouidence, which hast apointed bounds to our life, which we can not pas: I besech thee that by my liuing, I learning to die, mortifieng by thy spirit the affections of the flesh, though not expelling them, yet subduing the rage of them, it may at the last, by the hauen of death, land in the most glorious citie of euerlasting life; where our bodies which are now darke, miserable and corrupti∣ble, shall be most bright, glorious and incorruptible, like to the immortall and shining bodie of our Lord Iesus Christ. We shall be like to Christ our Sauiour; euen as he is, so shall we be. And as we haue borne the image of the earthlie, so shall we beare the image of the heauenlie, and shine like to the sunne, as the face of Christ did in his transfiguration.
Oh Lord Iesus, blessed Sauiour, which by thy death hast triumphed ouer sinne and death; thou hast troden on the sting of the monster, our hidious enimie; the gates of hel haue not preuailed against thee: grant to me a true and liuelie faith, by which men passe from earth to heauen, from death to eternall life. This can we not doo without thee, thou must be our mediatour. For a child of a nights birth is not pure in thy sight. In sinne were we borne, and by nature we are the children of perdition, and firebrands of hell: but thou, O blessed Sauiour, art the perfection of the lawe to them that beleeue. As death came by sinnes; so by thy death and pretious bloudshedding is death conquered and exiled; and we that beleeue washed and clensed of our sinnes. All the Prophets beare witnesse, that they Page 169 which beleeue in thy name shall receiue remission of their sinnes. If we confesse our sinnes, thou art righ∣teous to forgiue vs our iniquities. Whosoeuer cal∣leth on thy name shall be saued. Thou hast no pleasure in the death of a sinner, but rather desirest that they should liue, and be conuerted. Thou hast so loued the world, that thou not onlie didst become man, and tooke our nature vpon thee, but wert content also to suffer most cruell death on the Crosse, to purge our nature from mortall sinne and corruption, and adorne it with immortalitie and eternall glorie; not onelie in thine owne person, but in vs also, to satisfie the iustice of the Father for our sinnes.
Oh blessed shepheard, thou doubtedst not to spend thy most pretious blood to saue thy beloued sheepe from rauine and spoile. Good Lord, so increase thy grace in me, that thy holie word may take roote, and flourish in me, that the good seed may not be choked with thornes. So order my liuing, that when by course of nature I shall be dissolued from the prison of my bodie, I may come to thee, that when thou more bright than the sun shalt come in the midst of the legions of Angels, in thy shining glorie and Maiestie to iudge the quicke & the dead, I may be in the number of the blessed ones, whom thou shalt call to possesse the kingdome prepa∣red for them, by thy Father, saieng: Come ye blessed children of my Father, receiue the kingdome prepared for you before the beginning of the world. Thou which didst die and rise againe, wilt raise and bring to life all those that are dead beleeuing in thy faith: So be it.