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.


OAlmightie God, Lord of heauen and earth, which hast appointed me thy seruant to bee a gouernour of thy people, and a ruler ouer men: I most humblie beseech thee send me thy wisdome from aboue, whereby I may vprightlie iudge thy people, rightlie discerne betweene good and euill, and constantlie continue in dooing my dutie, without respect of persons.

Giue me power and wisdome to do that is gratefull in thy sight, profitable for my subiects, and good for the continuance of peace.

Let me alwaies remember that I haue no power of my selfe, but of thee, and that the iudgement is not of man, but of thee my God, which standest among the iudges, and plaiest the Iudge among the gods.

Giue me grace likewise to consider, that one daie, how soone I knowe not, thou wilt bring me to a reck∣ning, and make diligent inquirie, how I haue behaued my selfe in my place and office.

For I thy seruant haue but a short race to run, and such is the state of vs all; he which is to daie a King, to morrowe may be dead.

And forasmuch as an horrible iudgement shall be giuen vpon such as rule not vprightlie, nor walke after thy will; for mightie men shall mightisie be tormen∣ted: thou being Lord ouer all, wilt spare no person, nor feare anie greatnesse, for thou hast made the small and Page  277 great, and carest for all alike.)

I beseech thee gratious and eternall God, giue mee grace to learne what thy will is, and to deale wiselie, to infer none iniurie vnto anie, nor to suffer anie to be iniured, to countenance none euill cause, nor to slide from the path of iustice.

For I thy seruant am a fraile person, of a short time, and full weake in the vnderstanding of iudgments, and the lawes.

Send me therefore wisdome from the throne of thy Maiestie, that she may be with me, & labour with me, that I may knowe what is acceptable in thy sight, and be led by hir in all my dooings, and preserued by hir power, so shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I gouerne thy people righteouslie in Christ my Lord and Sauiour,