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 Morning praier on the Lords daie.

O Almightie and mercifull God, eter∣nall Father; Sonne, and holie Ghost; three in persons, one in sub∣stance, God in verie deede, and from euerlasting.

I extoll thy sacred Maiestie; I praise thine vnspeakeable mercie, thy diuine truth I exceedingly com∣mend; for that of thy fatherlie and woonderfull good∣nesse thou hast protected me this night, vnder the sha∣dowe Page  395 of thy wings. Yea, thou also hast made me quiet∣lie to take my rest, notwithstanding the dangerous snares of my deadlie enimie the diuell.

Thou art the God, which exaltest vs from the gates of the shadowe of death; and from the power of dark∣nesse thou deliuerest vs.

Therefore I will acknowledge thee for thy goodnes, and for the woonderfull things, which thou dooest a∣mong the sonnes of men.

I will magnifie thee in the great congregation, and among much people will I praise thee.

My hart is readie, O my God, my hart is readie. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people, and sing to thee among the nations. For thy mercie is aboue the heauens, and thy truth vnto the clouds.

I will not hide thy mercie and truth in the great congregation; bicause it is a good thing to praise the Lord, and to sing to thee, O thou most high: to declare thy louing kindnesse in the morning, and thy truth in the night.

Blesse the Lord, O my soule; and all that is within me praise his holie name.

Which forgiueth all thine iniquities, and healeth all thine infirmities.

Which redeemeth thy life from destruction, & crow∣neth thee with mercie and compassion.

Which satisfieth thy longing with good things, and protecteth thee from thy youth.

Which also hath kept all my bones this night, not one of them is broken.

To the King euerlasting, immortall, inuisible, and onlie wise God, be honor and glorie for euer and euer, Amen.

VNto thee, O Lord, doo I lift vp my soule.

O God, earlie will I seeke thee; my soule thir∣steth for thee, my flesh lusteth after thee in a barren and Page  396 drie land, where no water is, to see thy strength and glorie.

O eternall God, which hast brought me to the be∣ginning of this daie, defend me with thy mightie pow∣er, that this daie I fall into no sinne, nor run into anie kind of danger: but let all my cogitations, words, and works tend to the setting foorth of thy righteousnesse.

Lighten my mind this morning with the shining and clearnesse of thy wisdome; that in my hart, that true daie-star may rise and shine, as it were a candle in a darke place.

Giue me the spirit of wisdome and reuelation in the knowledge of thee; and lighten the eies of mine vnder∣standing, that I may knowe what my hope is, how great the glorie of mine inheritance, and what the ex∣cellent greatnesse of thy power towards me is.

Fill me with thy mercie in this morning, so shall I be glad and reioice all my life long.

Mercifull God, endue me with thine holie spirit, that I may neither thinke, speake, or doo anie thing this daie, but that which may please thee, and tend to the aduancement of thy glorie, and health of my soule.

Gouerne thou mine vnderstanding and will, and so direct all the cogitations of my hart, that I may who∣lie be thine, and sauour of nothing besides thee my God and redeemer.

Teach mee the waie of thy commandements, O Lord; and I will keepe it vnto the end.

Giue me vnderstanding to keepe thy lawes, and to loue thee, my Lord and God, with all my hart, with all my soule, and with all my strength: and let all thy testi∣monies be my delight, and counsellers.

Comfort the soule of thy seruant; for vnto thee, O Lord, haue I lifted vp my soule. For thou, Lord, art good and gentle, and of great kindnesse to as manie as call vpon thee.

Page  397 Behold, O God, earlie now this morning I doo of∣fer my selfe a morning sacrifice vnto thee, a troubled spirit; a broken, and an humble hart, O Lord, thou wilt not despise.

Make me fit, that I may likewise dailie offer vp my bodie a liuing sacrifice, holie and acceptable vnto thee, which is a reasonable seruice, & gratefull obedience.

Both now and euerie daie, Lord, I commend my soule and bodie into thy hands; thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth.

Compasse me about with the watch of thine An∣gels, which are ministring spirits sent out for their de∣fence, which are the children of saluation; that they may pitch their tents about me, and incounter with Satan the dragon, to defend me from euill.

Giue thine holie Angels charge of me, that they pro∣tect me in all my waies, least happilie I hurt my feete against a stone: so will I praise thee, and magnifie thy name, which liuest and reignest a true and eternall God, worlds without end,

Amen.