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.

❧ The Letanie.

O God the Father of heauen: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the Father of heauen: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the Sonne redeemer of the world: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the Sonne redeemer, &c.

O God the holie Ghost, proceeding from the Father & the Sonne: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the holie Ghost, proceeding from, &c.

O holie, blessed, and glorious Trinitie, three persons and one God: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O holie, blessed, and glorious Trinitie, &c.

Remember not Lord our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeance of our sinnes: spare vs good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most pretious bloud, and be not angrie with vs for euer.

Spare vs good Lord.

Page  465 From all euill and mischiefe, from sinne, from the crafts and assaults of the diuell, from thy wrath, and from euerlasting damnation.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From blindnesse of hart, from pride, vaine glorie, and hypocrisie; from enuie, hatred, and malice, and all vn∣charitablenesse.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From fornication, and all other deadlie sinnes; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, & the diuell.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From lightening and tempest; from plague, pesti∣lence, and famine; from battell, and murther, and from sudden death.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From all sedition, and priuie conspiracie; from all false doctrine and heresie; from hardnesse of hart, and contempt of thy word, and commandement.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

By the mysterie of thy holie incarnation, by thy ho∣lie natiuitie and circumcision, by thy baptisme, fasting, and temptation.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

By thine agonie and bloudie sweat, by thy crosse and passion, by thy pretious death and buriall, by thy glori∣ous resurrection and ascension, and by the comming of the holie Ghost.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

In all time of our tribulation, in all time of our wealth, in the houre of death, and in the daie of iudge∣ment.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

We sinners doo beseeth thee to heare vs, O Lord God; and that it may please thee, to rule and gouerne thy holie Church vniuersallie in the right waie.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

Page  466 That it may please thee to keepe and strengthen in the true worshipping of thee, in righteousnesse and ho∣linesse of life, thy seruant Elizabeth, our most gratious Queene and Gouernour.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to rule hir hart in thy faith, feare, and loue, and that she may euermore haue affi∣ance in thee, and euer seeke thy honour and glorie.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to be hir defender and kee∣per, giuing hir the victorie ouer all hir enimies.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, Pastors, and Ministers of thy Church, with true knowledge and vnderstanding of thy word, and that both by their preaching and liuing, they may set it foorth, and shew it accordinglie.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to indue the Lords of the counsell, and all the Nobilitie, with grace, wisdome, and vnderstanding.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to blesse and keepe the Ma∣gistrates, giuing them grace to execute iustice, and to mainteine truth.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to blesse and keepe all thy people.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue to all nations, vni∣tie, peace, and concord.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue vs an hart to loue and dread thee, and diligentlie to liue after thy com∣mandements.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

Page  467 That it may please thee to giue all thy people in∣crease of grace, to heare meekelie thy word, and to re∣ceiue it with pure affection, and to bring foorth the fruits of the spirit.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to bring into the waie of truth, all such as haue erred and are deceiued.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to strengthen such as doo stand, and to comfort and helpe the weake-harted, and to raise vp them that fall, and finallie to beate downe Sathan vnder our feete.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to succour, helpe, and com∣fort, all that be in danger, necessitie, and tribulation.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to preserue all that trauell by land or by water, all women labouring of child, all sicke persons, and yoong children, and to shew thy pitie vpon all prisoners and captiues.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to defend and prouide for the fatherlesse children and widowes, and all that bee desolate and oppressed.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to haue mercie vpon all men.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to forgiue our enimies, per∣secutors, and slanderers, and to turne their harts.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue and preserue to our vse, the kindlie fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enioie them.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue vs true repentance; Page  468 to forgiue vs all our sinnes, negligences, and ignoran∣ces, and to endue vs with the grace of thy holie spirit, to amend our liues according to thy holie word.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

Sonne of God, we beseech thee to heare vs.

Sonne of God, we beseech thee to heare vs.

O Lambe of God that takest awaie the sinnes of the world.

Grant vs thy peace.

O Lambe of God that takest awaie the sinnes of the world.

Haue mercie vpon vs.

O Christ heare vs.

O Christ heare vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Christ haue mercie vpon vs.

Christ haue mercie vpon vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Our father which art in heauen, &c.

The Versicle.

O Lord deale not with vs after our sinnes.

The Answere.

Neither reward vs after our iniquities.

Let vs praie.

O God mercifull father, that despisest not the sighing of a contrite hart, nor the desires of such as be so∣rowfull, mercifullie assist our praiers, that we make before thee, in all our troubles and aduersities, when∣soeuer they oppresse vs; and gratiouslie heare vs, that those euils, which the craft and subtiltie of the diuell or man worketh against vs, be brought to naught; and by the prouidence of thy goodnesse, they may be disper∣sed; that we thy seruants being hurt by no persecuti∣ons, Page  469 may euermore giue thanks vnto thee in thy holie Church, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord arise, helpe vs, and deliuer vs for thy name sake.

O God, we haue heard with our eares, and our fa∣thers haue declared vnto vs, the noble works that thou diddest in their daies, and in the old time before them.

O Lord arise, helpe vs, and deliuer vs for thine honour.

Glorie be to the Father, and to the Sonne, &c.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and euer, &c.

From our enimies defend vs, O Christ.

Gratiouslie looke vpon our afflictions.

Pitifullie behold the sorrowes of our harts.

Mercifullie forgiue the sinnes of thy people.

Fauourablie with mercie heare our praiers.

O sonne of Dauid haue mercie vpon vs.

Both now & euer vouchsafe to heare vs, O Christ.

Gratiouslie heare vs, ô Christ,

Gratiouslie heare vs, ô Lord Christ.

The Versicle.

O Lord let thy mercie be shewed vpon vs.

The Answere.

As we doo put our trust in thee.

Let vs praie.

WE humblie beseech thee, O Father, merciful∣lie to looke vpon our infirmities, and for the glorie of thy name sake turne from vs all those euils, that we most worthilie haue de∣serued; and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercie, and euer∣more serue thee in holinesse and purenesse of life, to thy honour and glorie; through our onlie mediator and aduocate Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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A praier for the Queenes Maiestie.

O Lord our heauenlie father, high and migh∣tie, King of kings, Lord of lords, the onlie ru∣ler of princes, which dooest from thy throne behold all the dwellers vpon earth, most har∣tilie we beseech thee with thy fauour to behold our most gratious souereigne ladie Queene Elizabeth, and so replenish hir with the grace of thy holie spirit, that she may alwaie incline to thy will and walke in thy waie. Indue hir plentifullie with heauenlie gifts, graunt hir in health and wealth long to liue, streng∣then hir, that she may vanquish and ouercome all hir enimies: and finallie after this life, she may attaine e∣uerlasting ioie and felicitie: through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

A praier for Bishops and Curates.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, which onlie workest great maruels, send downe vpon our Bishops and Curates, and all congre∣gations committed to their charge, the healthfull spirit of thy grace; and that they may trulie please thee, powre vpon them the continuall dewe of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Aduocate and Mediatour Iesu Christ,

Amen.

A praier of Chrysostome.

ALmightie God, which hast giuen vs grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications vnto thee, and dooest promise, that when two or three be gathered together in thy name, thou wilt grant their requests, fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy seruants, as may be most expedient for them, granting vs in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life euerlasting,

Amen.
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2. Corinth. 13, verse 13. THE grace of our Lord Iesus Christ, and the loue of God, and the fellowship of the holie Ghost, bee with vs all euermore,
Amen.