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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Another praier to be said of the Queenes Maiestie.

BLessed art thou Lord God of Sab∣baoth, for vnto thee apperteineth all magnificence, and power, and glorie, to thee belongeth all honour and authoritie.

For whatsoeuer is either in the heauens aboue, or in the earth be∣neath, it is thine. Thine, O Lord, is the kingdome, thou art aboue all Princes & Kings. Riches are thine, glorie is thine, and thou art Lord o∣uer all. In thee remaineth vertue and power, great∣nesse and gouernement.

O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercie, which hast made all things by thy word, and by thy wisdome appointed man to rule the creatures which thou hast made, and to gouerne the world with equitie and iu∣stice; I praise thee, and extoll thy glorious name, for ap∣pointing me thy seruant, to rule and gouerne this thy people committed vnto my charge.

Now therefore, gratious Lord, fauourablie behold me, that I may treade the path of truth, righteous∣nesse, and sinceritie of hart in thy sight.

Let me not abuse mine authoritie, but gouerne with lenitie and gentlenesse the people vnder me, that li∣uing a godlie and honest life, mankind may enioie their desired peace.

Giue therefore vnto thy seruant an hart desirous of instructions, that I may iudge the people, and discerne betweene good and euill, and neither declining to the right hand, or to the left, stoutelie and valiantlie main∣teine the cause of the righteous.

Grant me counsell and assistance to doo such things as are gratefull vnto thee, good for thy Church, and Page  274 profitable for my people and Common-weale.

Giue me thy wisdome, and reiect me not from thy children: for I thy seruant and handmaiden am a fraile woman of a short time, and full weake in the vnder∣standing of iudgements and the lawes.

Thou hast chosen me a Gouernour of thy people, and a Iudge of thy sonnes and daughters; send mee therefore wisdome from thy sacred heauens, and from the seate of thy magnificence, that it may be with me, and labour with me, whereby I may perceiue what is acceptable in thine eies, and learne that I haue no po∣wer of my selfe, but from thee, which art Almightie, and reignest ouer the kingdomes of men, giuing them at thy pleasure.

Graunt that I neuer conceiue proudlie of my selfe, but may receiue in patience the discipline of thy Lawe.

Make me wise and circumspect, that I neither of∣fer iniurie to anie man, neither suffer anie to be iniu∣ried, that so equitie may be mainteined, and iustice a∣mong men preserued.

Let me at no time, vnder the shew and colour of e∣quitie, vphold or countenance a wicked cause: neither yet without sufficient examination and triall of both parties, giue sentence against anie.

Allow me such Counsellers, Gouernours, and O∣uerseers, as are of courage, fearing God, dealing vp∣rightlie, hating couetousnesse; that by them the bur∣then, charge, and care which I susteine, may be some∣what lightened.

Endue both me and them with thine holie spirit, that with earnest studie, and watchfull minds, we may discerne betweene matters, that no man through our negligence haue the ouerthrowe in a righteous cause, but that sentence be rightlie pronounced betweene a man and his brother, and a stranger, without respect of anie person in iudgement.

Page  275 Let vs heare as well the little as the great, and feare no man, because the iudgement is thine, which standest in the companie of iudges, and among the gods thou plaiest the Iudge; for the iudgement is not of man, but of the Lord, and whatsoeuer we shall iudge it will come vpon vs.

Wherefore, let thy feare be with vs, that we may doo all things with care and circumspection, that we prooue not children in vnderstanding: neither giue our selues to lusts & pleasures, but to eate our meate in due season, and that for strength, not for dronkennes.

For thou wilt make earnest and diligent inquirie of all our works, and search all our cogitations, because we are thy seruants and deputies to gouerne, men of a verie short life: and he which is to daie a King, to morowe may be dead: for we be all mortall, and subiect to one and the same corruption.

Besides, an horrible iudgement is nigh for such as walke not after the will of thee our God: for he that is most lowe, shall finde mercie: but the mightie shall be mightilie tormented: for thou which art the Lord o∣uer all, regardest not the person of anie, neither doest thou feare the greatnesse of the mightie, because as well the great as the small are the workemanship of thine hands; thy care is equall ouer all, & thou giuest to godlie Princes eternall happinesse, which art the Iudge both of the quicke and dead, liuing and reig∣ning with thy Son in the vnitie of the Spirit a God for euermore,

Amen.