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.

A praier to saie afore one begin to studie his lesson. Out of the 119 Psalme. verses, 9, 18, 34.

WHerewithall shall a yoong man redresse his waie? Euen in taking heede therevnto ac∣cording to thy word.

Open thou mine eies, that I may see the maruellous works of thy lawe.

O giue me vnderstanding, and I shall keepe thy lawe; yea, I shall keepe it with my whole hart.

O Lord, which art the fountaine of all wisdome and knowledge, seeing it hath pleased thee to giue mee the meanes to be instructed in the age of mine infan∣cie, to make mee knowe how to gouerne the whole course of my life holilie and honestlie: vouchsafe also to illuminate mine vnderstanding, (which of it selfe is Page  228 blind) that it may comprehend the learning which shall be taught me. O vouchsafe to confirme my me∣morie for to keepe it well. O let it be thy pleasure to dis∣pose my hart to receiue it willinglie, and with such a desire as is conuenient, that through mine ingrati∣tude the occasion that thou offerest me be not lost. For to doo this, vouchsafe to powre vpon me thy holie spi∣rit, the spirit (I saie) of all vnderstanding, veritie, iudg∣ment, prudence and learning, which may make me able to profit well, to the end that the trauell, which shall be taken to teach me be not lost. And to what stu∣die soeuer I applie my selfe, make me to reduce it vnto the true end; namelie, to knowe thee in our Lord Ie∣sus Christ, to haue full affiance of saluation and life in thy grace, and to serue thee vprightlie & purelie, accor∣ding to thy good pleasure: so as all that I shall learne, may be as an instrument to aid me vnto the same.

And seeing thou promisest to giue wisdome vnto babes, and to the humble, and to confound the proud in the vanitie of their owne minds: likewise to shew thy selfe vnto those that are of a right hart; and contrari∣lie to blind the wicked & peruerse: vouchsafe to bring me vnto true humilitie, whereby I may yeeld my selfe apt to learne; and obedient, first vnto thee, secondlie to my superiours, whom thou hast ordeined to rule and to teach me. Furthermore, vouchsafe to dispose my hart to seeke thee without feinednesse, renouncing all carnall and euil affections, and that in such sort I may prepare my selfe now to serue thee once, in that estate & vocation, to the which it shall please thee to ordeine me when I shall come to age. Heare me, O Father of mercie, through our Lord Iesus Christ: So be it.


Psalme, 25. verse, 13.
THe Lord sheweth his secrets vnto them that feare him, and maketh them to knowe his couenant.