A praier against presumptuous pride and vaine-glorie.
WE heare, O heauenlie Father, and are dailie taught and instructed out of thine eternall word, how greatlie the greeuous sinne of presumption, pride, and vaine-glorie displea∣seth thy diuine maiestie. We are learned, that for the practise of this pestilent and heinous euill, thou hast not spared the verie Angels, but hast throwne them in thy displeasure, for their pride, vaine-glorie, and pre∣sumption, from beatitude, to miserie: from ioie with∣out end, to perdurable paine: from brightnesse of thy glorious presence, to vtter extreame and palpable darkenesse: from the glorious fruition, and participa∣tion of thine euerlasting kingdome, to the bottomlesse pit of hell, death, damnation, and endlesse flames of fire. Besides this, we are taught that by the trans∣gression of Adam, whose haughtie presuming, through the entisement of the subtile and perillous allurement of the Serpent, thought to be as thy selfe; but in fine, thy iustice condemned him, and all his posteritie.
This pestiferous sinne of pride drowned him in the flouds of all dangerous euils, as gluttonie, luxurie, and such other perils; that had not thy mercie taken effect, to keepe and hold plea for his and our safegard; and thy sonne Christ embased the glorie and power of his diuine essence, and taken vpon him our flesh and fraile nature, sinne onlie except, who freelie offered his innocent bodie to the death of the crosse, we had peri∣shed euerlastinglie, and beene vtterlie confounded. Print therefore good Lord, and write these examples in my memorie, that I fall not from thy fauour, by the exercise of this detestable sinne. Make me still to con∣sider, that the proud and disdainefull are alwaies ab∣horred in thy sight. And sith it is thy good will, and gra∣tious Page 173 pleasure, to regard the humble and lowlie man, giue me such meekenesse from aboue, that I may con∣tinuallie present thee with the sacrifice of a gentle, meeke, and contrite spirit: that I may auoide the plagues and punishments which thou hast prepared for the proud and haughtie minded. Graunt this good Lord, for Iesus Christ his sake, mine onlie mediator & aduocate, who liueth and reigneth with thee and the holie Ghost, in glorie permanent & euerlasting,