A Confession to be said of the penitent person.
O Most mercifull Lord God, I haue offended against the throne of thy Maiestie; my sinnes are euer before mine eies: I am not worthie to liue or enioie the fruits wherewith thou hast blessed the earth. Mine owne conscience is my tormenter, bringing testimonie and witnesse against me. The Sunne doth hide his light against me, and the place is the woorsse wherein I become. O Lord what shall I doo? Shall I despaire? No, thou art mercifull, and more readie to forgiue, than we to aske. I will con∣fesse my sinnes to thee. I am wearie of my sinfull life. I am sorie in my soule for mine offences. Wherefore good Lord, thou which dooest ease them that are laden, and refresh them that trauell: thou which hast promised mercie to the penitent, looke on me thy seruant with thy cheerefull countenance: behold me with those piti∣full eies, with which thou didst Marie Magdalen, and Page 149 the woman taken in adulterie. Thou which hast shed thy bloud ou the altar of the Crosse, offering thy most pretious bodie an eternall sacrifice for our sinnes: de∣spise not that which thou hast redeemed. Thou which cammest into the world to call sinners to repentance, and to saue the lost sheepe of Israel, haue mercie vpon me, and leade me by thy grace to the fold, amóng thy sheepe, for they go in sweet pasture, and are not in dan∣ger of Wolues, for thou art their shepheard, and kee∣pest good accompt of euerie one of them. Though I haue gone astraie, wandring from thy flocke, and borne the marks of the world: yet good Lord disclaime not thy right, I beseech thee; but take me vnto thee, that I may be safe vnder the shadowe of thy wings. He may sleepe soundlie whome thou dooest keepe. Thou art the watchman of Israel. All honour and glorie be vnto thee for euer,