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 thankesgiuing after trouble.

O Lord, I most humblie render lauds, thanks, and praises vnto thee. For thou hast set me vp, and not made my foes to triumph ouer me. O Lord my God, I cried vnto thee, and thou hast heard me: yea thou broughtest my soule out of trouble, and girded me with ioie and gladnes. Sing praises vnto the Lord with me, Oye Saints of his, & let vs all giue thanks vnto him, for a remembrance of his holinesse. For his wrath indureth but the twink∣ling of an eie, and in his pleasure is life euerlasting. Heauinesse may endure for a night, but ioie commeth in the morning. Thou didst turne thy face from me, O Lord; and lo, I was sore troubled: then cried I vnto thee, O Lord, and praied vnto my God right humblie, saieng: Heare, O Lord, and haue mercie on me. Lord be thou my helpe in all my trouble: bow downe thine eare to me, and make haste to deliuer me: for thou art my strong rocke and deliuerer. Into thy hands, Lord, I commit my spirit, for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God most high.

Oh what reward should I giue vnto the Lord for all the maruellous benefits, that he hath done vnto mee: which I can not woorthilie expresse? For in my trouble I called vpon the Lord, and he heard me at large; and in my temptation, with his holie spirit he mightilie preserued me. Therefore I knowe that the Lord is on my side, and I will not feare what man can doo vnto me. For it is better to trust in the Lord, than to put anie confidence in Princes; for with the Lord there is Page  220 mercie, and with him there is plentious redemption. The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercie, therefore will I talke of thy praise all the daie long, and sing Psalmes of thankesgiuing vnto thee. It is good for me that I haue beene in trouble, else should I not haue learned thy statutes. If my delight had not beene in thy lawes, I should surelie haue perished in my trouble. The lawe of my God is more deerer vnto me than thousands of siluer and gold, yea all the riches in the world is nothing woorth in comparison of thy word. For it is more comfortable, than the most costliest and pretious restoratiue that anie Physician can make. For it comforteth, nourisheth and preser∣ueth the soule, leading it vnto life euerlasting. Oh Lord God of hosts, who is like vnto thee? Thy truth most mightie God endureth for euermore. I will alwaies giue thanks vnto thee for the great benefits that thou hast bestowed on me. The righteous shall heare there∣of and reioice with me; yea, and the vnrighteous shall feare the Lord, and saie, Doubtlesse there is a GOD that defendeth his seruants; and he also doth punish the wrong dooers. Thou art the God that dooest woon∣derous things: O Lord, who may be compared vnto thee? For thou deliuerest me thy poore oppressed seruant from the hand of my strong enimie; yea from such a one as was too mightie for me to deale withall. Thou hast (I saie) mightilie defended me, and now, O Lord, be mindfull of me: and command my spirit to be receiued in grace, when it is thy good pleasure,