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.
The Praiers made by the right Honou∣rable Ladie Frances Aburgauennie, and committed at the houre of hir death, to the right Worshipfull Ladie MARIE Fane (hir onlie daugh∣ter) as a Iewell of health for the soule, and a perfect path to Paradise, verie profitable to be used of euerie faithfull Christian man and woman.
A necessarie praier in Meeter against vices.
O Lord my God, make thou my hart repentant for to be,
The spirit of contrition, do thou ingraffe in me.
Unto mine eies let there be giuen aboundant teares of wéeping,
And let my hands be occupied with often almes giuing.
O thou my King quench out of me all foule fleshlie desire,
And with the loue of thée alone set thou my hart on fire.
O my redéemer driue awaie the spirit of pride from me,
And graunt to me that great treasure of méeke humilitie.
Take from me O my Sauiour, the furious rage of ire,
The shield of patience giue to me, the which I do desire.
O Creator roote out of me all spitefulnesse of mind,
And graunt in stead thereof againe méekenes that I may find.
O bountifull father giue me a faith that shall endure,
With hope agréeing therevnto, and charitie most sure.
O thou my guide kéepe from my lips all lieng vanitie,
And from my mind driue far awaie all vaine vnconstancie.
All wauering take thou from my hart, & from my mouth scoffing,
With all proud lookes and gluttonie, backbiting & slandering.
Couetousnes wipe cleane awaie, with curiositie,
The fond desire of vaine-glorie, with all hypocrisie.
Let me neuer the poore despise, nor yet the weake oppresse,
And let me not blaspheme, for then I die remedilesse.
O thou which didst me forme & make, take all rashnesse from mée,
And leaue me not such a mind as, will not with peace agrée.
Take from me ydlenesse and sloth, and heauie lumpishnesse,
Take from me disobedience, and eke all stubbornesse.
O my God, for thy déere sonnes sake, I humblie beséech thée,
To graunt me the works of mercie, with aboundance of pitie,
Page 175 That I may thée both loue and feare, and eke pitie the poore,
Make me good men alwaies to loue, and wicked to abhor.
Make me so little to estéeme those things that worldlie bée,
With hart & voice that I may craue in heauen to be with thée: