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.

The Praier.

SO great and manifold are thy benefits O most good and mercifull God, towards mankind, as all people in euerie place ought greatlie to laud, woorthilie to praise, and highlie to extoll & magnifie thy blessed name. For what thing can be more pleasant to men, Page  614 than that thou dooest easilie heare them at what time they call vpon thee, for such things as they stand in need of? In what other good things ought we more to re∣ioice of, than this, for that thou yeeldest thy selfe ap∣peased and fauourable to our iniquities? Or why bee we not right happie and blessed, whome thou diddest vouchsafe to annexe vnto thy selfe in thy sacred con∣gregation, in feeding our hungrie stomachs with spi∣rituall good things, and heauenlie deinties, and refre∣shing vs continuallie with the most exquisite and well furnished banket of thy blessed Sacraments, making vs to eate aboundantlie of thy heauenlie Manna and food of Angels, and to drinke plentiouslie of the full cup of thy holie spirit and diuine grace, to our endlesse comfort and consolation in thee?

Oh Lord, thou dealest fauourablie euen with all o∣ther creatures also for thine elects sake. Thou stabli∣shest the mountaines; stillest the raging of the sea; ap∣peasest the madnesse of the people, and dooest refresh and lighten with great ioie the vttermost parts of the earth, through the brightnesse of the heauenlie fires. Thou sendest seasonable weather, and timelie sho∣wers, whereby onlie commeth fertilitie of the feelds, woonderfullie garnished with all kinde of fruites, whereby both men and beasts haue aboundantlie wherewith to feed. Grant thou therefore thus much also vnto vs (who art the author of so manie good things) that we may alwaie be mindfull thereof, to render most condigne thanks vnto thee, and that an alteration of our old leauen being now made through the vertue of this blessed Sacrament, which we haue receiued, we may like the eagle from time to time, re∣new our youth in godlines of life, and vse to our health and comfort those things, which thou so louinglie be∣stowest vpon vs, thorough Iesus Christ our Lord,