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.
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The exercise of an housholder with his familie to praie in the Morning.

O Our God, Father & Sauiour, seeing it hath pleased thee to giue vs grace to passe this night, to come vnto this daie present, vouch∣safe now also to bestowe this goodnesse vpon vs, that we may emploie our selues altogether to thy seruice, in such wise, that we neither thinke, saie, or doo anie thing, but onlie to please thee, and to obey thy good will: to the end that by this means, all our works may be to the praise of thy name, and to the edifieng of our neighbours. And as it hath pleased thee to cause thy Sunne to shine vpon the earth, to lighten vs corporal∣lie; vouchsafe also by the cleerenesse of thy spirit, to illu∣minate our vnderstandings, and our hearts, to direct vs vnto the streight waie of righteousnesse. Euen so, to what thing soeuer we may applie our selues, let our chiefe end & purpose be alwaies to walke in thy feare, to serue and honour thee: looking for all our wealth and prosperitie, from out of thy holie blessing, to the end we enterprise nothing which shall not be agreeable vn∣to thee. Moreouer, let vs so trauell for our bodie, and for the life present, that we alwaie haue a further re∣gard; namelie, to the life of heauen, which thou hast promised vnto thy children. Neuerthelesse, let it please thee to be our protector, both touching the bodie, and touching the soule, strengthening vs against all temp∣tations of the diuell, and deliuering vs from all the dangers that may come vnto vs. And because there is nothing well begun, which doth not continue, vouch∣safe to receiue vs into thy holie gouernance, not onlie for this present daie; but for our whole life, continuing and increasing dailie thy grace in vs, till thou hast brought vs vnto the full coniunction of thy sonne Ie∣sus Christ our Lord, who is the true Sun-light of our Page  226 soules, shining daie and night without end perpetual∣lie. And to the intent that we may obteine these graces of thee, O vouchsafe to forget all our faults past, par∣doning vs them through thine infinite mercie, as thou hast promised vnto all them that seeke thee with a good heart. Heare vs O father of mercie, for thy sonne our Lord Iesus Christ his sake: So be it.


Out of the 143 Psalme.

8 Let vs heare thy louing kindnesse in the morning, for in thee is our trust. O shew vs the waie that we should walke in, for we haue lift vp our hart vnto thee.

9 Deliuer vs O Lord, from our enimies, for we haue cried vnto thee.

10 Teach vs to doo thy will, for thou art our God.