A praier to be said in time of quietnesse and prosperitie.
GIue vs good Lord, the comfortable & health∣full spirit of thy grace and aboundant fa∣uour, that we may without ceasing make our continuall boast of thy praise. We know, and from the bottome of our harts confesse, that thou hast dealt more louinglie with vs, than thou hast done with our next neighbours, whose painefull miseries, and bloudie broiles may be a sufficient warning vnto Page 177 vs, to hate our sin and iniquitie, least the like calami∣tie or euer we be aware, do compasse and hedge vs round about. Giue vs grace therefore in time of peace and happie prosperitie, so to walke, that thy fatherlie blessings be not withdrawne nor taken from vs, and the rod of thy sharpe correction laid vpon our neckes, euen in such sort as thou hast visited our brethren in o∣ther countries, whose bodies, by the meanes of ciuill dissention, haue beene made a praie to the sword.
We heare and vnderstand, that not far off, but euen hard at the gates of our borders, the father is readie in armes to seeke the destruction of his sonne: the sonne is as greedie to gape for the bloud of his father. We heare how violentlie the brother thirsteth after the bloud of his brother, friend is against friend, neigh∣bour against neighbour, yong men are murthered, old men are suddenlie slaine, manie a wife is husbandlesse, manie a child is desolate and fatherlesse. The cruell harted enimie spareth none, he maketh hauocke, no teares can staie him from his affectioned tyrannie. The tender infants are haled from the earnefull paps of their weeping mothers, and torne to peece-meale be∣fore the sorowfull eies of their carefull parents. Old age is contemned, godlie matrones are abused, vir∣gins are defloured and rauished by violence; a spec∣tacle of extreame crueltie for vs to behold, and a glasse of great carefulnesse for vs to looke vpon, that haue worthilie deserued like or far greater punishments.
Yet with-holdest thou from vs thy scourge, although our offences are so great and diuers, that might heape vp the sentence of thine exceeding iustice against vs. In place of war and bloudie battell, thou hast giuen vnto vs prosperitie, and perfect peace. In place of pe∣nurie, dearth and scarsitie, thou hast giuen vs increase, fulnesse, and great plentie. In stead of discord and dis∣sention, thou hast sent vs vnitie and concord: and by thy Page 178 celestiall prouidence we are defended from the cruell enimie, and from the domesticall and ciuill war. And besides these thy gratious gifts, to heape vp our con∣solation and ioie, thou hast giuen vs thy true and liue∣lie word, as a lanterne to direct vs, and guide our foote∣steps from vanitie to vertue; from wickednes to god∣lie wisdome; from licentious libertie to newnesse of life, and godlie conuersation. Besides all these thine inestimable graces, freelie bestowed vpon vs, thou hast giuen vs godlie and zealous Preachers, which plenti∣ouslie breake vnto vs, out of thine eternall testament, the bread of life; whereon good Lord giue our soules such power to feede by faith, that they may be nourish∣ed to eternall ioie; and we by the diligent obseruing and obeieng of thy commandements, may be preser∣ued from all kind of dissention; and peaceablie enioie the fruits of pure peace & trustie tranquillitie. Grant this, O mercifull Father, for thy son Christs sake, our onelie Sauiour and Redeemer Christ Iesus,