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, for the accomplishing of Gods will reuealed in his lawe.

SUCH truelie are to be accounted right happie amongst mortall men, O most good and mercifull God, as haue thy sacred lawe alwaie set out before the eies of their mind, which they make as a patterne to begin their life by, and as a rule to proceed by, when they haue begun: so that if they shall happen to go astraie, their fault may both Page  550 be amended thereby, and they also leade a more vertu∣ous life, according vnto iustice. These shall liue blame∣lesse, and when their dooings shall be examined by vp∣right iudgement, they shall not be ashamed; which will greatlie auaile, if it be diligentlie practised from the tender age. But I hartilie acknowledge, and earnest∣lie confesse, O most deere father, that all mans policie is altogether vnprofitable, and none accompt at all to be made thereof, vnlesse thou be present with thy bles∣sed spirit, and dooest direct our minds. For otherwise, what gaine may we haue, by hearing or meditating of thy holie lawe, than a cold and verie hurtfull know∣ledge? Wherefore, my earnest request is, that thou wouldest not onlie minister strength vnto vs by thy grace, for the accomplishing of these things, which thou commandest in thy diuine lawe; but also to bring this vnto good effect, so that we may haue more felici∣tie in them, than in all our owne deuises, and take a greater delight in the continuall practise, and due exe∣cution thereof, than in anie fleshlie or worldlie plea∣sures, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.