A thanks-giuing, after our deliuerance from the tyrannie of strange enimies; with praier for continuance of peace betwixt Realmes.
NOW, Lord, seeing that we enioie comfort, both in bodie and in spirit, by reason of this quietnesse of thy mercie, granted vnto vs, after our most desperate troubles, in the which we appered vtterlie to haue beene ouerwhelmed: we praise and glorifie thy mercie and goodnesse, who pitiouslie lookedst vpon vs, when we in our selues were vtterlie confounded. But seeing, O Lord, that to receiue benefits at thy hands, and not to be thanke∣full for the same, is nothing else but a seale against vs, in the daie of iudgement; wee most humblie beseech thee, to grant vnto vs harts so mindfull of the calami∣tie past, that we may continuallie feare to prouoke thy iustice, to punish vs with the like or worsse plagues. And seeing that, when we by our owne power were Page 512 altogether vnable, to haue freed our selues from the tyrannie of strangers, and from the bondage & thral∣dome pretended against vs; that of thine especiall goodnesse, didst moue the harts of our neighbours, of whome we had not deserued so much fauour, to take vpon them the common burthen with vs; and for our deliuerance, not onlie to spend the liues of manie, but also to hazard the state & tranquillitie of their Realme and Common-wealth. Grant vnto vs, O Lord, that with such reuerence we may remember thy benefits receiued, that after this in our default, we neuer enter into hostilitie against those Realmes and Nations.
Suffer vs neuer, O Lord, to fall to that ingrati∣tude, and detestable vnthankefulnesse, that we should seeke the destruction and death of those, whome thou hast made instruments to deliuer vs from the tyrannie of mercilesse strangers. Dissipate thou the counselles of such, as deceiptfullie trauell to stir vp the harts of the inhabitants of either Realme against the other. Let their malicious practises be their owne confusi∣on; and grant of thy mercie, that loue, concord, and tranquillitie may continue and encrease among the in∣habitants of both Realmes; especiallie of this Isle of England, euen till the comming of our Lord Iesus Christ; by whose glorious Gospell, thou of thy mercie dooest call vs both to vnitie, peace, and Christian con∣cord; the full perfection whereof we shall possesse in the fulnesse of thy kingdome, when all offences shall be remooued, iniquitie shall be suppressed, and thy cho∣sen children be fullie endued with that perfect glo∣rie, in the which now our Lord Iesus Christ reigneth: to whome, with thee, O father, and the holie Ghost, be all honour, praise and glorie, now and euer,