¶ Certaine praiers made by godlie women Martyrs.
The praier of Agnes the Martyr at hir death.
O Eternall Gouernour, vouchsafe to open the gates of heauen once shut vp against all the inhabitants of the earth: and re∣ceiue my soule, oh Christ that seeketh thee.
The song of Eulalia the Martyr at hir death.
BEhold, O Lord, I wil not forget thee. What a pleasure is it for them, O Christ, that re∣member thy triumphant victories, to at∣taine vnto those high dignities?
The praier of Anne Askue the Martyr, before hir death.
O Lord, I haue mo enimies now than there be heares on my head: yet Lord, let them neuer ouercome me with vaine words, but fight thou Lord on my side. For on thee cast I my care. With all the spite they can imagine they fall vp∣on me, which am thy poore creature; yet sweete Lord, let me not set by them, which are against me: for in thee is my whole delight. And Lord, I hartilie desire of thee, that thou wilt of thy most mercifull goodnesse for∣giue them that violence which they doo, and haue done vnto me. Open also thou their blind harts, that they may hereafter doo that thing in thy sight, which is on∣lie acceptable before thee; and to set foorth thy veritie aright, without all vaine phantasies of sinfull man: So be it, O Lord, So be it.
The praier that maister Bradfords morher said and offered vnto God in his behalfe, a little be∣fore his martyrdome.
AH good Father, which dooest vouchsafe that my sonne Iohn Bradford, being a greeuous sinner in thy sight, should find this fauour with thee, to be one of thy sonne Christ his captaines and men of war, to fight and suffer for his Gospels sake, I thanke thee: and praie thee in the same thy deere sonne Christs name, that thou wouldest for∣giue him his sinnes and vnthankfulnesse; and make perfect in him that good which thou hast begun in him. Yea Lord, I praie thee make him worthie to suffer, not only imprisonment, but euen verie death for thy truth, religion, and Gospell sake. As Hanna did applie, dedi∣cate, and giue hir first child and sonne Samuel vnto thee: euen so doo I deere Father; beseeching thee, for Christs sake, to accept this my gift; and giue my sonne Iohn Bradford grace alwaies tru∣lie to serue thee, and thy people, as Samuel did;