The praier of King SALOMON for Wisdome to gouerne well. Wisd. 9.
O GOD of my fathers, and Lord of mer∣cie, which hast made all things with thy word, and ordeined man through thy wis∣dome, that he should haue dominion ouer the creatures which thou hast made, and gouerne the world according to equitie and righteousnesse, and execute iudgement with an vpright hart. Giue me wisdome, which is euer sitting aboue thy seate, and put me not out from among thy children. For I thy seruant and handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and yet lesse in the vnder∣standing of iudgements and the lawes. And though a man be neuer so perfect among the children of men; yet if thy wisdome be not with him, he shall be no∣thing regarded. Thou hast chosen me to be a QVEENE vnto thy people, and the Iudge of thy sonnes & daugh∣ters. Thou hast commanded mee to maintaine thy Church, which from the beginning thou hast chosen.
Oh send out of thy holie heauens therefore vnto me, that thy wisdome, wherewith thou madest the world, gouernest thy works, and knowest what is accepta∣ble in thy sight, & right in thy commandements. Send hir, I saie, from the throne of thy Maiestie, that shee may be with mee, and labour with me, that I may knowe what is acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandements. For she knoweth and vnderstan∣deth all things, and she shall leade me soberlie in all my works, and preserue mee by hir power and glorie: so shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I gouern thy people righteouslie, and be well and woorthie to sit in my fathers throne,