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 118. Psalme made by DAVID, when he obteined his kingdome after the death of Saule.

OH acknowledge, & declare yee openlie that the Lord is good, for his bountious goodnesse is for euer.

Let Israel now con∣fesse this thing, for his bountious goodnes and mercie endureth for e∣uer.

Let the stocke of Aa∣ron now confesse, that his louing kindnesse is perpetuall.

Let all the sincere woorshippers of the Lord now confesse this, that his louing kindnesse is perpetuall.

I doubtlesse, being a notable example of his vn∣speakable bountie, haue not ceased (as yee knowe) to call vpon him in my greatest extremities: and he (as you your selues see) hauing heard me, hath exalted me into this most large roome.

Wherefore I, hauing experience that the Lord worketh for me, and that he is so neere at hand vnto me, God forbid that I should feare the power or the threats of anie man.

For the Lord himselfe is the chiefe leader of those that helpe me, so that I can not doubt at all, but that I shall see with mine eies those enimies which re∣maine iustlie punished of him.

Oh how far better is it to trust in the Lord, than in men!

Page  259 How far better is it to trust in the Lord, than in a∣nie men, how excellent soeuer they be!

Behold, manie nations compas me about, but I cal∣ling vpon ye Lord, shal most vndoubtedlie destroy them.

They compasse me in I saie, they beset me round about, but calling vpon the Lord, I shall most vndoub∣tedlie destroie them.

Mine enimies in great multitudes compasse me like swarmes of Bees, but I shall forthwith stiffle them, as though they were cast into the fire, and calling vpon the Lord, I shall most vndoubtedlie destroie them.

For in deede before, the most cruell enimie did so sore thrust at me, that I seemed euen now readie to fall: but as I was falling, the Lord supported me.

Therefore I accompt him mine onlie strength, I acknowledge him to be my Sauiour, and praise him in my song.

Heereof come those voices of those that sing, and re∣ioice together with me, out of their tabernacles, now doubtlesse the Lord hath aduanced the power of his most strong right hand.

The Lord hath now exalted that his right hand, now the Lord hath shewed foorth the power of his most strong right hand.

Behold me then that am yet aliue, and about to set foorth the works of God.

For though he hath striken me verie sore, yet hath he spared me life.

I praie thee therefore, let that gate now at the length be open vnto me, which onlie the louers of righ∣teousnesse must go vnto, that I being entred thither, may praise the Lord.

For it is consecrate vnto the Lord, therefore is it o∣pen to the iust alone.

Heere will I praise thee, O Lord, because thou gi∣uing eare hast deliuered me.

Page  260 For the stone which the verie chiefe builders haue so stubbornelie as yet reiected, as nothing fit, is not onlie now counted in the building: but euen as a prin∣cipall it vpholdeth the whole weight of the verie buil∣ding.

Uerelie, it is a worke of God indeede, which maketh all the beholders thereof to be amazed.

Go to then, seeing the Lord hath commanded this most ioifull daie to shine vnto vs, let vs passe it wholie in mirth becomming Saincts, and saie:

I beseech thee O Lord, preserue the Queene that is giuen vs from heauen. I praie thee, I saie, I praie thee O Lord giue the Queene ELIZABETH all prosperitie.

Let hir haue prosperitie and blisse, that commeth to gouerne vs in the name and commandement of God. We wish prosperitie to you also; that are the neerer inhabitants of the house of the Lord.

Iehoua is the onlie God, who shineth vnto vs, binde the Lambe with cords, that is brought to the hornes of the altar.

Thou art my God, I will praise thee, thou art my God, I will sing thy praises most lowd.

Confesse that the Lord is exceeding good, for his bountious goodnesse is euerlasting.

* Glorie be therefore vnto thee ô blessed Trinitie, the Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost, as alwaies it hath bin, conti∣nuallie is, and euer shall be, worlds without ending: So be it.