A praier to be said before sleepe. Exhortation.
LEt vs all fall downe, humbling our selues be∣fore the high and soeuereigne Maiestie of our good God and Father, acknowledging vs to be as we are; namelie, poore and mise∣rable sinners, praieng hartilie vnto him, as followeth.
O Lord God, Father eternall, we beseech thee, that it will please thee to cast the eie of thy fatherlie mercie vpon vs thy poore seruants, not laieng to our charge so manie faults and offences, whereby we are worthie to be brought vnto thy iudgement, and whereby wee cease not to prouoke thy wrath against vs. And foras∣much as we are too vnwoorthie to appeare before thy holie Maiestie; vouchsafe to receiue vs in the name of thy welbeloued sonne our Lord Iesus Christ, accep∣ting the merits of his death and passion for a recom∣pense of all our faults: regarding rather the obedience which he hath rendred vnto thee, and not the manifold faults that we dailie commit against thy Maiestie. O Lord God, seeing it hath pleased thee to create the night for mans rest, so as thou hast ordeined him the daie to trauell; grant vs grace so to take our bodilie rest this night, that our soules may alwaie watch vn∣to thee, that our harts be lift vp in thy loue; and that we so renounce all earthlie cares, that we succour our selues according as our infirmitie requireth. Let vs neuer forget thee, but let the remembrance of thy good∣nesse and grace continue alwaie printed in our memo∣rie; and by this meanes our consciences also shall haue their spirituall rest, as our bodies take theirs.
Furthermore, let not our sleepe be excessiue; to ac∣complish the ease of our flesh beyond measure, but one∣lie to satisfie the frailtie of our nature; that we may be disposed to serue thee. Moreouer, let it please thee to Page 231 preserue vs vnderfiled, both in our bodies, and in our spirits, and to keepe vs against all dangers, that our verie sleepe may be to the glorie of thy name. And see∣ing the daie is not so passed, but that we haue offended thee manie waies (according as we are poore sinners) so that all is now hid through the darknesse that thou sendest vpon earth; vouchsafe also to burie all our faults through thy mercie, least we thereby bee taken from thy presence. Let it please thee also, O Lord God, to illuminate vs by thy holie spirit, in the true vnder∣standing of thy holie will: and bring to passe also, that we may yeeld vnto thee the loue and feare that true and faithfull seruants doo owe vnto their masters, and children vnto their parents, seeing it hath pleased thee to shew vs such grace, as to receiue vs into the num∣ber of thy seruants and children,