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.

Another Confession and praier.

OH almightie euerlasting God, and most gratious deere louing father, I beseech thee, for Iesus Christes sake, thy most deere and onlie sonne, to haue mercie, pitie, and compas∣sion vpon me, most vile, wretched, and miserable sinner: whose innu∣merable offenses, both old & new, be most horrible, heinous, and great; where through I haue iustlie deserued thy greeuous wrath, and euer∣lasting damnation. But now, good Lord, heere I do ap∣peale to thy great mercie onlie, which far surmoun∣teth all thy works; as thou hast promised the same in thy holie and infallible word, where thou hast said, yea and sworne, as trulie as thou liuest, that thou wilt not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should con∣uert and liue. Ah deere Lord, I confesse that I am a great and greeuous sinner, and yet now by thy grace, and good working of thy holie spirit something turned vnto thee. Oh let me liue, and not die the euerlasting death of the soule, which I so deepelie haue deserued; but make me a vessell of thy great mercie, that I may liue and praise thy name among thy chosen children for euer. Oh let not my horrible sinnes separate me from the sweet sight of thy Maiestie, but let thy great po∣wer and mercie be magnified in me, as it is in Dauid, Page  381 in Peter, in Magdalen, and in the notable Theefe which was crucified with Christ thy deere sonne, in whose most pretious death and bloud-shedding onlie, O Lord, I put my whole trust and confidence. For he onelie hath taken awaie the sinnes of the world: he came not to condemne the world, but to saue it, that none that trulie beleeue in him should perish, but haue life euerlasting. He saith, he came not to call the righ∣teous, but sinners to repentance.

Oh gratious God, giue me true, earnest, hartie, and vnfeigned repentance, that I may, from the verie bot∣tome of my hart, continuallie lament my manifold sinnes and wickednesse, my great ingratitude and vn∣thankefulnesse towards thee, for all thy mercifull be∣nefits so aboundantlie powred vpon me, through Ie∣sus Christ: which wouldest vouchsafe, he being thine owne deere darling, in whome was and is all thy whole pleasure and delight, to giue him for me to the verie death of the Crosse: yea and that when I was thine vtter enimie, of mercie inestimable, and loue in∣comprehensible. Who euer sawe such a thing? God became man, and was crucified for me, that by his death I might liue. Alas that euer I should become so wicked a wretch, and vnkind a creature, to displease so louing, kind, and mercifull a God and father. Oh for∣giue me, forgiue me, for thy great mercie sake, for thy truth and promise sake; and I will neuer trespasse a∣gaine against thy diuine Maiestie anie more; but will gladlie serue thee in true holinesse and righteousnesse, all the daies of my life, by the grace and assistance of thy good and holie spirit, the which I beseech thee to giue me also, that he may gouerne me, and guide my hart, in thy true faith, feare, and loue: that in all my deeds, words, and thoughts, I may glorifie thy holie name, which liuest, and reignest, with the sonne, and the holie Ghost, three persons and one God, to whome Page  382 be all honour, glorie, praise, thanks, power, rule and dominion, for euer and euer,