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 praier to be said in the time of the plague, sicknesse, and mortalitie.

O Lord our God, great and fearefull art thou, keeping couenant and mercie with them that loue thee, and keepe thy commandements. We haue sinned, O Lord, and haue committed iniquitie. We haue don wickedlie; yea wee haue rebelled, and haue departed from thy iudge∣ments. We haue not obeied thy seruants the Pro∣phets, which spake in thy name, to our kings and prin∣ces, to our forefathers, and to all the people of the land.

O Lord, righteousnesse belongeth vnto thee; but vn∣to vs open shame and confusion; as it is come to passe this daie, by the plague and sicknesse reigning among vs, and among all the dwellers of this land, because of the sins which we haue done against thee. Unto thee, O Lord and God, pertaineth compassion, and forgiue∣nesse; though we haue rebelled against thee. We haue not obeied thy voice, to walke in the lawes which thou hast laid before vs. We haue hitherto despised thy di∣uine Page  493 word, yea we haue loathed preaching, and haue loased the bridle to all beastlinesse of desires.

Therefore the cursse and oth, which is written in the lawe of Moses thy seruant, is powred vpon vs; and we, through the plague and corrupt aires, with burning feauers, and greeuous sicknesse, are lamen∣tablie consumed euerie daie. Yea in our knees and legs are we smitten with most lothsome botches, and those incurable, from the sole of the foote vnto the top of the head. Because we repent not, neither obserue all the words written in thy lawe, nor feare thy glorious and dreadfull name, thou doest, according to thy threat∣nings aforetold, increase our plagues, & the plagues of our seed. Thou sendest great plagues, and of long continuance; euill sicknesse, and of long durance. Thou bringest vpon vs vncurable diseases, all maner of sick∣nesse, and all kinds of plagues, besides those written in the booke of the lawe.

All these plagues, according to thy word, are come vpon vs, yet haue we not praied vnto thee our Lord, that we might euerie one turne from our vngodlie waies. Therefore hast thou bin wrathfull in punishing vs, and in bringing these euils vpon vs. Thou art righteous, O Lord, and true is thy iudgement. O God Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, thou hast got thee a glorious name, as may appeare this daie. O Lord our God, we haue sinned; we haue done wickedlie: we haue behaued our selues vngodlie in all thine ordinan∣ces. Turne thy wrath away from vs, we beseech thee: for we are but a few left in this place.

O Lord God, which hast promised, that when either pestilence among vs, or the aire infected, or anie other plague or sicknesse is hot; thou wilt heare the praiers, and grant the requests of anie man or woman among the people, praieng from the bottome of his hart, ac∣knowledging his sinnes vnfeinedlie, and lifting vp his Page  494 hands vnto thee, thorough Iesus Christ, before the throne of grace. Be thou mercifull, giue vnto euerie man according to all his petitions. For thou alone knowest the harts of all the children of men. Heare thou our praiers and petitions, and deliuer vs from this contagious and deadlie pestilence. Command thine Angel, which striketh vs, to put vp his swoord into the sheath; that he strike not to our finall and vt∣ter destruction. Proceede not in thy wrath, spare vs from death, & bring not our end by the plague. Let the heauens be mild, and our dwelling places healthfull; least the aire being infected, powre downe the contagi∣on thereof vpon vs, to our destruction.

O Lord turne awaie thine hand, it is sufficient: let now thine hand cease, that all the earth may knowe, how that thou Lord art our GOD, and that we doo call vpon thy name. O Lord looke downe from thine holie house, vpon vs: incline thine eare and heare: o∣pen thine eies, and behold the affliction and mortalitie of thy people. For the dead, whose spirits are taken a∣waie, giue vnto thee neither praise, nor righteousnes: but the soule that is vexed for the multitude of hir sins, which goeth on heauilie, and weaklie, whose eies begin to faile; yea, the hungrie soule is it that ascri∣beth due praise and righteousnesse vnto thee, O Lord.

For we powre out our praiers before thee, and re∣quire mercie in thy sight, O Lord our God; not for a∣nie woorthinesse either of our owne, or of our fathers: but in the name of thy sonne Iesus Christ, in whome thou art well pleased: we beseech thee be mercifull vn∣to vs, and helpe vs in necessitie. Turne thee againe, O Lord, at the last, and be mercifull vnto thy seruants, that this poisoned infection maie be taken from vs. Notwithstanding, if it be thy pleasure to visit our of∣fences with the rod, thy blessed will be done; and giue vs grace to beare thy fatherlie correction laid vpon vs Page  495 patientlie; remembring alwaies, that we are chasti∣ned of thee our Lord in this world, that we be not con∣demned with the reprobate in the world to come,

Amen.