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.
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Another praier to be said of the sinfull soule.

MY sinfull life increasing, and my sinnes still a∣bounding, good Lord; to whome shall I flee, or to whome shall I resort for succour? From offending thee I can not cease, neither daie nor night; and my sinnes are heauie vpon me, pressing me downe euen to hell, such is the weight thereof.

Moreouer, when I prepare my selfe to amendment of life, and thinke stedfastlie to serue and please thee, e∣uen soone after doth my corrupt and infected nature of∣fend and displease thy diuine Maiestie: so that I am prone and readie to run headlong into all kind of wic∣kednesse and sin, such is my strength, such is my force, (or rather weakenesse) in perfourming those things, which thou requirest at my hands. So that good Lord, I am readie vtterlie to despaire, and forsake thee, vn∣lesse thou of thy great mercie and pitie, send thine aide from aboue, and powre into me thy most healthfull grace, that I may make hast to flee vnto thee with most bitter teares, a sorrowfull hart, and bowing knees, lamenting my sinfull life, and greeuous offences committed against thee, trusting most assuredlie and faithfullie, in the merits of my Sauiour Iesus Christ, that by his most bitter death & bloud-shedding, which is of far greater force, vertue and effect in preseruing me, than all my sinnes and offences are in condemning and casting me awaie; for whose sake I most assured∣lie Page  154 beleeue all my sinnes and offences are cleerelie for∣giuen, and shall neuer be laid to my charge, but that I shall enter with thee in the last daie into thine euerla∣sting kingdome, there to be with thee for euermore, to whome be all honour, praise and glorie, for euer and e∣uer,

Amen.