O Roote of Iesse, my Lord and Sauiour Ie∣sus Christ, which hast redeemed all mankind from sinne, death and hell, thou which hast said: I am the waie, truth, and life. The waie in doctrine, commandements, and examples; truth in promises; life in reward. I praie thee by thine ineffa∣ble loue, wherewith thou hast vouchsafed wholie to bestowe thy selfe for our securitie; that thou wilt not suffer me euer to straie from thee, bicause thou art the waie: nor at anie time to distrust thy promses, which art the truth, and performest whatsoeuer thou pro∣misest: neither let me rest in anie other thing, bicause thou art eternall life, without the which there is no∣thing that ought to be desired, neither in heauen nor in earth.
By thee we learne the sure and expedient passage Page 304 vnto true helth, that we wander no longer in the La∣berinth of this world. Thou hast exactlie taught what to beleeue, and what to doo, what to hope for, and in whom we ought to rest. By thee wee learne how wee were of that first Adam vnfortunatelie borne: by thee we are assured there is no hope of health but through faith in thee: that thou art the onlie brightnesse, which giuest light to all men trauelling the darke desarts of this world, where is nothing but a profound dimnesse, wherby we neither see our calamities, nor frō whence we ought to seeke remedie of our euill. Thou vouchsa∣fedst to descend into the earth, & disdainedst not to take our nature vpon thee, that by thy doctrine thou migh∣test shake off the dimnesse of our ignorance: by thy commandements mightest direct our feete in the waie of truth & peace. By the examples of thy life thou hast shewed vs the waie to immortalitie, and by thy steps hast restored to vs a plaine, easie, & profitable waie, out of an vneeuen and rough waie. So thou art made vnto vs a waie, which knoweth no error, in the which, least we should be wearie, thou hast vouchsafed to vphold vs in thy benignitie with great & sure promises. For who can be wearie, accounting himselfe redie through thy steps to enter thy heauenlie heritage? Therefore whilest we be in this iournie, thou wouldest be a sure hope vnto vs, to be in steed of a staffe vnto vs, where∣with we are sustained. Neither was thy goodnes con∣tent with this, but knowing the weaknesse of our flesh in the meane while, with the comfort of thy spirit doo∣est so refresh our strength, whereby we run cheereful∣lie. And as thou being made vnto vs the waie, dooest driue awaie all errour: so being truth dooest thou take awaie all distrust. Finallie, being made life vnto vs, dooest reuiue the dead in sinne, to liue by thy spirit, re∣leeuing all things, vntill in the resurrection, all morta∣litie vtterlie abolished, we may alwaies liue with thee, Page 305 and in thee, when Christ shall be to vs all in all. For eternall life is, to knowe the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost to be one true God; where now tho∣rough faith we behold onlie in a glasse and riddle. And then seeing more felowlie the glorie of the Lord, wee shall be transformed into the same image.
Therefore I beseech thee, most mercifull Sauiour, that thou wouldest nourish faith in thy seruant, that I may neuer wauer in thy heauenlie doctrine. In∣crease obedience, that I neuer turne from thy pre∣cepts; fortifie constancie, that entring into thy steps, I be not pulled backe, nor through the terrour or intise∣ments of Satan ouerthrowne, but may perseuere in thee, which art the true waie, vnto death. Build my sure trust, that accustomed with thy promises, I neuer waxe old in the exercise of vertue: but forgetting those things which are past, I may cōtinuallie striue to com to perfecter. Accept my contrite hart, the woonted sa∣crifice of thy delight, & the oblation of these my petiti∣ons, granting the summe of my requests. Blot out all mine offences for thine owne sake, and increase thy grace in me, that I may in all things carrie vpright swaie and equall iudgement: gouerne thy people in the light of thy word, and feare of thy lawes, and dailie more and more die to my selfe, and liue and be led by thy spirit, fearing nothing but thee, than the which no∣thing is greater or mightier: louing nothing beside thee, than whom nothing is more to be beloued: glori∣eng in nothing but in thee, which art the glorie of all Saints: requiring nothing beside thee, which art the best: desiring nothing but thee, which art the full and perfect felicitie with the Fa∣ther and the holie Ghost, aboue the starrie firmament: to whome be praise both now and euer,