In time of inuasion by the Turke and Infidels, that make warre in anie part of Christendome; praie and that earnestlie, as followeth.
OMnipotent and eternall God, fa∣ther of our Lord Iesus Christ; ma∣ker, preseruer, and mainteiner both of heauen and earth, together with thy coeternall sonne, and the holie Ghost: we haue sinned, O Lord, with our fathers; we haue done a∣misse, and dealt wickedlie; and ther∣fore we confesse, that by thy righteous iudgements we are iustlie punished, and haue trulie deserued, that barbarous nations, and cruell Turks, making inua∣sion into Christendome, should spoile vs of our goods, ouerthrowe Schooles, Churches, Common-weales; make pitifull hauocke of the promiscuous, mixt, or con∣fused multitude of sillie weake people, as they were sheepe prepared to the shambles, and carrie miserable men from the sweet bosoms of their deere freends, into far and barbarous nations, to a slauerie more gree∣uous than death.
O God, it is thou which hast repelled vs, yea thou makest vs a shame to the nations for our sinnes, and goest not foorth to war with our armies. Thou makest vs to turne our backs vpon our enimies, so that they which hate vs, spoile our goods. Thou lettest vs to bee eaten like sheepe, and hast scattered vs among the hea∣then. Thou sellest thy people for naught, and takest no monie for them. Therefore he the heathen come into thine inheritance; thy holie Temple haue they defiled; they haue destroied our townes and houses, and brought them into an heape of stones. The dead bo∣dies of thy seruants haue they giuen to be meate to the fowles of the aire; and the flesh of thy Saincts, Page 514 vnto the beasts of the land. Their bloud haue they shed like water on euerie side, and there was no man to burie them. We are become an open shame to our enimies, a verie scorne and derision vnto them that are round about vs.
O Lord, in these mischieuous warres, and in the middest of fatall or mortall punishments, which threa∣ten an horrible mutation of worldlie empires, we flie vnto thee, saieng; Helpe vs, O God of our saluation; for the glorie of thy name. O deliuer vs, and be merci∣full vnto our sinnes. O Lord deale not with vs accor∣ding to our sinnes, neither reward vs after our ini∣quities; but haue mercie vpon vs, and that soone; for we are come to great miserie. Looke vpon our aduer∣sitie and miserie, and forgiue vs all our sinnes. Consi∣der our enimies how manie they be, and they beare a tyrannicall hate against vs. Thou which aforetime didst remit the offences of thy people, diddest couer all their sinnes, and didst turne awaie thine heauie indig∣nation from them; turne vs, we humblie beseech thee, O God our Sauiour, and remooue awaie thy displea∣sure from vs also, that in true repentance wee may please thee, for thy sonne Christs sake. Wilt thou be displeased at vs for euer? Or wilt thou stretch thy wrath from one generation to another? Oh let the so∣rowfull sighing of the prisoners come before thee, ac∣cording to the greatnesse of thy power; preserue thou those that are appointed to die.
Powre out thine indignation rather vpon the hea∣then that haue not knowne thee, and vpon the king∣doms that haue not called vpon thy name; that all na∣tions may knowe that thou takest vengeance of the bloud of thy seruants that is shed. Consider the mor∣tall threatenings of our enimies, that they exercise not their crueltie vpon vs, and saie triumphantlie; Where is now their God? Keepe from our necks the Page 515 greeuous yoke of the Turkish bondage, and represse the furiousnesse of all tyrants, which labour to spoile, and make hauocke of thy Church; to abolish true do∣ctrine, praiers, and pure religion; that they may bring in paganisme, and build vp idolatrie, errours, and blas∣phemous ceremonies.
Defend our Churches, our politike gouernance, our Schooles and Uniuersities, our cities and dwelling places. Suffer not (good studies, learning, religion, and lawes being ouerthrowne) these our townes to be re∣duced into stables, for sauage Mahomets, Turkish ty∣rants, or other bloudie tyrants, which hate thee and vs extremelie. Arme the right arme of our gratious Queene, and hir Nobles (as also all other Christian Emperours, Kings, and Potentates) that they may fight for our lawes, liues, and libertie. Teach their hands to warre, and their fingers to fight. Increase in them an inuincible courage of mind, that inflamed through the zeale of thy religion, they may valiantlie withstand the Turks, which are the mortall enimies of thy deere Sonne, and of his Church.
Guide thou the hands of such as doo fight in the cause of thy religion, and grant them happie successe ouer all their enimies. For a king is not preserued by his great armie, and a giant shall not be saued by the multitude of his host, nor warlike strength: but the victorie proceedeth from the heauens. At thy rebuke, O God, the chariot and horses fall downe. Thou shalt take awaie the courage of princes, and art terrible vn∣to the kings of the earth. O be thou our helpe in trou∣ble, for vaine is the helpe of man. Through thee, O mightie Iehoua, we shall doo great acts, and thou wilt tread our enimies vnder thy feet, that they come to naught; through our Lord Iesus Christ,