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 praier for the obteining of Gods grace.

O Almightie and mercifull God, shine we be∣seech thee, through the power of our Lord Iesus Christ, and the comfortable working of thy sacred spirit, the heauenlie comforter, vpon our minds and harts, with the glorious beames of thy heauenlie grace. Giue vs such plentie of wise∣dome and vnderstanding from aboue, that through the knowledge of thee, the man of sinne, that is, our fraile and feeble flesh, with the wicked lusts and desire of con∣cupiscence Page  171 may lie dead and buried in vs. Giue vs, good Lord, the feeling of thy grace, that by the vertue and diuine operation of thy word, the eies of our soules may be illumined, and made so light, that the Prince of darkenesse, with all his vnrighteous ministers, may be expulsed and banished from our memories. So e∣stablish vs in thy truth, that our harts, minds, and thoughts, may continuallie be occupied in thy testimo∣nies: that thereby thou good Lord effectuallie shining in our harts, by the vertue of thy good spirit, we may learne to knowe and vnderstand, what is the fulnesse of our calling, and how rich thou art in the glorie of thy celestiall and heauenlie heritage of thy Saincts, and that excellent greatnesse of thy power and louing kindnesse towards vs, which beleeue without faining thy holie Gospell, according to the might and force of thy strength, which thou shewedst in Christ Iesus, when thou didst raise him from the dead, and didst set him on thy right hand, far aboue all empire, power, authoritie and dominion, and euerie name that is na∣med, not onlie in this world, but in the world to come. By whose pretious death, and deerest bloud-shedding, we are assured, that sinne, death and hell are vanqui∣shed, ouercome, and vtterlie destroied. And if we be∣leeue without wauering, we shall in him be able to re∣sist all the power of hell, and in Christ as conquerors, to triumph with victorie ouer sinne, death, and Sa∣than, and at the last to haue and enioie the fruition of his rich and glorious kingdome, which he by most painefull agonie, bloudie stripes, greeuous and blou∣die wounds, and lastlie by his most painefull death, purchased for his chosen and elect. To whome for our sanctification, iustification, redemption, and our salua∣tion be rendred, with his celestiall Father, and the ho∣lie Ghost, all laud, glorie, power, honour and domi∣nion for euer and euer,

Amen.