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.
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AS my sins are innumerable, and redder than scar∣let, so giue me grace to acknowledge thy greate mercies, which are surmounting the sands of the seas; and that thou by thy grace, at thy good pleasure canst wash awaie my deformitie, and make me to excell the snowe of Libanus. I beseech thee, O mercifull father, let it be far from my thought, wilfullie, or of a set pur∣pose, Page  208 to fall into the danger of sinne, or to commit anie heinous sinne, or greeuous wickednes against thine e∣ternall maiestie. For by the exercise of such and so great euill, I by meanes of my presumption prouoke thee to displeasure. Giue me grace therefore to stand in awe of thy iustice, least that thy mercie be with-held and kept from me, and thou giue me ouer, as thou didst proud Pharao, to the lust and affections of mine owne hart, and so I be drowned in the dangerous gulph of destruction.