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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NOthing O Lord I brought into this world, and nothing shall I carie hence with mee. Giue mee grace and power therefore to consider that all world∣lie things are vaine, and shall vanish awaie like smoke. Make me to vnderstand that I am a stranger heere, and far from my countrie, the new Citie of Ierusa∣lem, which thou hast in the fulnesse of thy great mercie ordeined for those, that continue faithfull in thee to the end. And sith that all earthlie things are subiected to consuming, as meere vanities, endue me with such vn∣derstanding, that I may laie my treasure plentifullie in heauen, with Iesus Christ; to whome in the water of baptisme by grace in spirit, I am coupled and knit. Withdrawe me therefore from the delight of worldlie Page  211 pleasures, and giue me streugth to offer my selfe vp wholie into his blessed and heauenlie hands, that my hart, my mind, the powers of my soule, and all that I haue, may depend on him, with whome my treasure resteth, that being vnder the comfortable gard of his defence, I may be deliuered from all danger of bodie and soule. Naked was I borne, and naked to the graue shall I returne againe; the Lord giueth, and the Lord taketh awaie, euen as it pleaseth his maiestie, all things are brought to passe, whose glorious name be praised for euer. No man can escape the sting of death, all flesh must bow vnto the graue. Giue me a feruent faith therefore, O Lord, to continue faithfull in Iesus Christ, that whensoeuer it shall please thee to send thy messenger death to arrest me, I may be readie at his summons, ioifullie to beare his stroke, and by the po∣wer of a liuelie faith, so to withstand sinne and Sa∣than, that death may with the enimies of mans felici∣tie, be vanquished and subdued, and I by him may liue in Iesus Christ.