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.

Another praier in trouble and aduersitie.

HAue mercie vpon me, O Lord, haue mercie vpon me most miserable creature, which doo that which I ought not, & feare that which I haue most iustlie deserued. If I weigh Page  189 with my selfe the wickednesse that I haue done; the punishment thereby deserued is not halfe so great, as the sinne that I haue committed. But thou art a mer∣cifull God, and thy iudgements are right, neither doo∣est thou at anie time punish vs vniustly. Thou almigh∣tie God madest vs, when as we were not; and when as we were lost and damned, thou didst miraculouslie re∣store vs. I knowe and I am sure, that our life is not led by sudden and vncertaine motions; but is disposed and directed by thee; thou hast a fatherlie care of vs all, but especiallie of such as doo put their whole trust and confidence in thy mercie.

Therefore I humblie praie and beseech thee, that thou wouldest not deale with me after my deseruings; but according to thy great mercie, which doth exceede the sinnes of the whole world. And as often as thou dooest punish me outwardlie, giue me grace inwardlie with patience to beare the same, and that thy praise neuer depart out of my mouth. Order my dooings, euen as shall be most necessarie both for my bodie and soule. Thou onlie hast power ouer all things, thou knowest all things, to thee be all honour for euer,

Amen.