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.
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A praier for the heedfull hearing of Gods word.

FOR as much, O most mercifull God, as faith, without the which it is impossible to please thee in anie thing we doo, commeth by hearing; and hearing by the word of God: in so much as he or she that turneth a∣waie his eare frō hearing the lawe, euen his praier shall be abhomina∣ble, and turned into sinne: yea, bicause also it is a farre more blessed thing to heare and keepe thy word, than to haue had the honour to haue borne or nursed thine owne sonne: grant vs grace therefore, I most humblie beseech thee, in zeale and loue to doo this one thing, so acceptable a seruice to thee, and most needfull for vs to be done; euen with attentiue and desirous minds to heare thy holie word preached, and so farre to exceed the Queene of Saba, and those which haue sought for wisdome from the vttermost parts of the earth, as the wisdome thou offerest vs in it exceedeth all other: and so much more redilie to practise it, than they did, which heard thy Prophets; as thy sonne is aboue all the Prophets, that we with wise Martha making our choise, by thy grace, of the better part, may be made wise in him vnto saluation, and it neuer be taken from vs; but remaine with vs, till it put vs in possession of that happie life, which in a blessed hope we looke for by it. And grant vs so to be carefull ouer our dutie, which thou hast commanded, that wee especiallie regarding that which is chiefest with thee, and most needfull for our selues; may therby declare our selues to be in deed of God, bicause we heare Gods word; and to be the true sheepe of thy fold, bicause we harken diligentlie to thy voice, and followe thee with Susanna, Ioanna, Page  522 Marie Magdalen, and all other godlie men and wo∣men: and so by this meanes finallie not faile of thy promises; but obteine, to our endlesse comfort, and the glorie of thy name, the blessing and gift of eternall life, among all faithfull beleeuers, in the kingdome of hea∣uen, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.