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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At the buriall of anie, meditate and praie, as followeth:

O Lord Iesu Christ Sonne of God, which art the giuer of eternall life; we hartilie thanke thee, because thou art inwardlie touched with mercie towards vs, oppres∣sed both with temporall and euerlasting Page  616 miseries: thou hast tasted death, and with thy flesh thou hast touched the graue, and earth, wherby it is sanctified and made light to the godlie, so that it can not keepe them in etternall death. According to thy commandement, there stand the bringers and mini∣sters of death, euen sinne and Satan: but thou pluck∣est the faithfull out of the iawes of death; bringest them to a new life; through the comfort of thy Gospell teachest them to speake, and sound foorth thy glorie; cōmendest them in this life to the mother the Church, and at length, death and all euils being subdued, thou wilt bring them into thy kingdome.

Wee humblie beseech thee, take mercie vpon thy Church in these miserable daies. For she is as a wi∣dowe destitute of all worldlie helpe, and dependeth on∣lie vpon thy mercifull aid and protection. Speake vnto hir with cheerfull voice, and saie; Weepe not: powre vpon thine, the true light of faith and comfort; lift vs vp in the mids of death with a confidence of thy pre∣sence, and hope of eternall life. Driue awaie the gard of death; teach vs to set foorth thy truth, and at the length, let vs be placed with the sweet mother of all Saints, in the true countrie of that happie citie Ie∣rusalem, where we shall for euermore enioie the bles∣sed sight both of thee, and thy heauenlie congregation,

Amen.