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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ABstinence coupled with constant and faithfull praier, is a thing that much pleaseth thy maiestie, and withdraweth from vs the force of thy heauie in∣dignation. Giue me grace then with praier, to exercise such fasting, as may hold downe the man of sinne, that he swell not in pride, excesse, gluttonie, or superfluous Page  210 eating or drinking. Make me alwaies to vse thy gifts so moderatelie, that thy name may be glorified; and I fasting from sinne with hartie praier faithfullie, may beate at the gates of thy grace, and so obtaine the full effects of thy fatherlie loue and fauourable kindnesse. Finallie, abate I beseech thee, the pride of the vngodlie that trouble me. Confound in thy iustice the imagina∣tions of the foolish, which sticke not to saie in their harts, There is no God. Breake the iawe bones of those in sunder, that consult and take counsell togither how they may harme the innocent and weake. From the bloud-thirstie and deceiptfull man, deliuer me O Lord my God. Looke fauourablie vpon me, glad thou my hart with the cheerefull lookes of thy gratious and louing countenance. Saie vnto my soule, I am thy safegard. Be thou euer with me, then shall I not need to feare the power of my subtile and cruell enimies; but at thine appointed will and heauenlie pleasure, I shall be made safe, and with the felowship of thy chosen Saints, enioie the fruition of thine euerlasting king∣dome.