Psalme 51, verse 4.
TO thee onlie O Lord it is proper to forgiue, and to be mercifull, for through mercie and for∣giuenesse thou dooest declare thine almighti∣nesse. I graunt therefore Lord, and confesse, that a∣gainst thee onlie I haue offended, and haue done that which is euill in thy sight. Haue mercie therefore on me O Lord, haue mercie. Expresse and shewe foorth thine omnipotencie in me, that thou maist be iustified in thy words. For it is written, Thou camest not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Graunt me therefore good Lord a true repentant hart, and iu∣stifie me according to thy words. Call me, receiue me, and giue me thy grace; so that thereby I may do the works of repentance. Thou saiedst, When I am lif∣ted vp from the earth, I will drawe all vnto my selfe. Uerifie Lord the words on me, drawe me after thee, and let me run with thee in the sweetenesse of thine ointments. Againe, thou saiedst, Come vnto me all yee that labour, and are loden, and I will ease you. Behold Page 287 my Lord and my God, I a sinner do come vnto thee, all loden with sinnes, daie and night, labouring in the so∣rowe of my hart for thy grace and mercie. Refresh and ease me therefore good Lord, that thou maist be iusti∣fied and proued, when thou art iudged. For there are manie, which saie, There is no helpe for him in his God. Ouercome Lord these persons, when thou art thus iudged of them, and forsake not me at anie time: but giue to me thy creature thy mercie and pardon, and then are they vanquished which saie, There is no helpe for him in his God,