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.
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A praier in time of vnseasonable showers, for faire weather.

O God and mercifull Father, wee ac∣knowledge that we, through our manifold sinnes, haue deserued to be sharpelie rebuked and corrected of thee: but if thou shouldest deale with vs after our sinnes, we are not able to abide thy wrath and heauie hand. Wherfore deale mer∣cifullie with vs, O Lord, after the greatnesse of thy goodnesse, and the multitude of thy mercies; that wee rather may reioice, and be thankfull vnto thee, for the abundance of thy great mercie, and louing kindnesse, than be cast downe and discouraged, by the heauie weight of thy hand. In thy hands, O Lord, are both heauen and earth; so gouerne them therefore, we be∣seech thee, for thy name sake; that we may haue sea∣sonable weather, to receiue the fruits of the earth. Staie the unmoderate plentie of raine, and vnseaso∣nable weather: and powre rather vpon vs the plenti∣full dew of thy spirit, that we may dailie growe to the perfection of Christian men and women. Take awaie from vs our stonie harts, and giue vnto vs in stead there of harts of flesh, that we may cease at the length thus to prouoke thy wrath, to bring vpon vs either this so great a plague, as the losse of the fruits of the earth; either else other plagues of thy iust iudgments. Grant that we may so repent vs of our former euils, that hereafter the woorthie fruits of true repentance Page  477 may continuallie appeare therein, and so to passe ouer and to end our mortall liues; that at the last we may attaine vnto the blessed resurrection, and life euerla∣sting, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.