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.

Another praier.

O Lord consider my meditation, and complai∣ning. Oh harken thou vnto my praiers that go not out of fained lips. Let my sentence come foorth from thy presence, and let thine eies looke vpon the thing that is equall. O hold thou vp my goings in thy waies, that my footsteps slip not. Page  217 I haue called vpon thee, O God, for thou shalt heare me: incline thine eare to me, and hearken vnto my words. Shew thy maruellous louing kindnesse, thou that art the Sauiour of all them that put their trust in thee. Keepe me as the apple of an eie: hide me vnder the shadowe of thy wings, from the vngodlie that trouble me. Mine enimies compasse me round about to take away my soule. Up Lord, let not man haue the vpper hand: let the heathen be iudged in thy sight, that they may knowe themselues to be but men? Yet of thy mercie, O Lord, forgiue all mine enimies, and turne the harts of such as hate me. Who can tell how oft he offendeth? Oh clense thou me from all my secret offences. Keepe thy seruant also from presumptuous sinnes; least they get the dominion ouer me: so shall I be vndefiled and innocent from the great offence. Let my mourning teares, and the sorowfull sighing of my hart, come before thy presence, and be alwaies accep∣ted in thy sight.

O Lord my strength and my redeemer, let it be thy good pleasure to rid and deliuer me out of all my trou∣bles, I most humblie beseech thee: and shew some token of thy fauor to me poore wretched sinner, which am as a banished woman. Looke vpon me, O Lord, I beseech thee, as thou didst looke vpon Susanna, and Sarai the daughter of Raguel. Those holie women trusted in thee, and thou didst deliuer them; they hoped in thee, and were not forsaken. I knowe Lord, thy strength is not weakened, neither is thy power abated: so that if it be thy good pleasure, O Lord, thou wilt helpe, and make thy power to be knowne. In the meane time, O mercifull and most gratious Lord God, giue me grace thankfullie and patientlie to take all, whatsoeuer it shall be thy good will and pleasure to laie vpon me. O Lord grant me those things, which I hartilie haue praied for euer, for Iesus Christs sake my Lord and my Page  218 redeemer. To whom with thee and the holie Ghost, be all honour, glorie and praise,

When God hath deliuered thee out of thy troubles, sing those

Psalmes: the 9, 30, 33, 34, 116, 145, 146.