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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THE Fourth LAMPE of VIR∣GINITIE.
Conteining the most pure sacri∣fice of Euangelicall deuotion, or an exercise of holie praiers, and Christian Meditations for sundrie purposes, dige∣sted as it were in a Diall of degrees, to direct all godlie men and women daie and night, readilie and plainlie to the holie mount of heauenlie con∣templation, and true sanctification of the Lords daie our Sabboth, and so consequentlie of all other principall feasts, daies, houres, times, and seasons of the yeere, priuatlie both at home, and also in the Church, at conuenient times permitted: ¶Compiled out of seuerall works of the best approo∣ued Authors in our age, to the glorie of God, and profit of his Church. By Tho. Bentley Gent.

Ephesi. 6, 18.Praie alwaies with all maner praier and supplication in the spirit, and watch therevnto with all perseuerance.

Philip. 4, 6.Be nothing carefull, but in all things et your requests be shewed vnto God in praiers, and supplication with giuing of thanks.

Imprinted at London by Henrie Denham, dwelling in Pater noster rowe.

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¶ The sacrifice of Euangelicall deuoti∣on, conteining Christian Praiers and Meditations, to be vsed as speciallie vpon the LORDS daie: so gene∣rallie at all other times and seasons, to the comfort of the soule, and glo∣rie of God, and first:

So soone as ye awake in the morning, meditate thus, and saie:

AWake out of thy heauie sleepe and slumber, O my soule; shake off the deathfull slouth of this earthlie trunke. Up, I saie, O sinfull soule, and watch for the Lord, who is at hand prepared to iudgement. Arise, get thee before the Lord of grace and mercie, in lowlinesse and repentance, and cease not to praie for the forgiue∣nesse of thy sinnes. Labour perseuerantlie in thy du∣tie, then shalt thou find mercie and righteousnesse, and be made woorthie to enter in as a faithfull virgin, and beautifull ghest, with that ioifull bridegroome, to the feast of eternall mirth and delicacie, there to dwell in ioies for euer,

Amen.
Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall shew light vnto thee.

Ephes. 5, verse, 14.
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Being well wakened, before you arise, praie thus.

WIth eies, hart, and hands lifted vp, O blessed God, and glorious Trini∣tie, I most entirelie thanke thee for all thy bountifull benefits bestowed vpon me, and all mankind: especial∣lie for that it hath pleased thee now in mercie to awake my bodie, to in∣lighten mine eies, to quicken my senses; and to reuiue and renew me whole againe, as it were from the death of sleepe, and that by the same spirit that raised Iesus from the dead. I thanke thee that thou hast not couered me with a spirit of slum∣ber, nor shut vp mine eies in obscure darknes, to cause me to sleepe a perpetuall sleepe, neuer to awake a∣gaine, nor to rise from the euils wherein I laie, as by my sinnes I haue iustlie deserued.

O good Father, grant also, I beseech thee, that as thou hast awaked my body from sleepe, and made mine eies to preuent the morning light: so vouchsafe in like mercie, thoroughlie to awaken, quicken, lighten, and deliuer my soule from all drowsinesse, & sleepe of sinne, securitie, and darknesse of this world, that from hence-foorth it neuer become emptie, faint, dead, or irksome, with longing after the vanities of this brittle life: but liuelie, quicke, and readie to serue and glorifie thee, to∣gether with my bodie, with all good works of true chri∣stianitie.

Oh deere God, that is but sleepe to thee, which is death to vs; I hartilie beseech thee therefore after death to restore to life that, which now is awaked out of sleepe; and in the meane while to make my bodie such a minister of godlinesse to my soule, in this present life, that at the last, when in the bessed resurrection it Page  365 shall be awaked vp after thy likenesse, out of the long sleepe of death, and called to appeare before thee, and all the holie Angels, it may ioifullie arise, and be par∣taker with the same of euerlasting happinesse in the life to come, and ioifullie behold thy face among the righteous, that so I maie be fullie satisfied both in bo∣die and soule, with thy glorious presence, and ioies e∣ternall, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
Awake and sing ye that dwell in the dust: for the deaw is as the deaw of herbes, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Esaie. 26, verse, 19.
Awake (I saie) to liue righteouslie, and sinne not.
1, Cor. 15, verse, 34.

Meditation.

HEre call to mind the great mirth and blessednesse of the e∣uerlasting resurrection; and remember to muse vpon that most cléere-light, bright morning, and new clearnesse of our bo∣die, after the long darknesse they haue béene in: all then shall be full of ioie.

Hearing the clocke strike, praie thus with your selfe.

GRant vnto me, O Lord God, I be∣seech thee, both an happie & health∣full houre of liuing, and a ioifull and blessed houre of dieng. And whatso∣euer I doo, or whatsoeuer I am, let the houre of thy sudden comming so runne in my mind, and keepe me watching, that I may euer thinke, I heare this voice sounding in mine eares: Arise yee dead, and come to iudgement.

In all time of our tribulation, in all time of our wealth, in the houre of death, and in the daie of iudge∣ment, good Lord deliuer vs,

Amen.
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Let your loines be girt, and your lamps burning; and be ye alwaies watchfull, and readie prepared. For at an houre, when ye thinke not, will the Sonne of man come to iudge both the quicke and the dead.

Luke. 12, verse, 40.

Meditation.

CAll oft to thy mind the houre of thy death, and be carefull so to liue euerie houre in Gods fauour, as though euerie houre were indéede to thée the last houre to die in his faith.

Remember also, that as there is no houre or instant of time in all our life, wherein we haue not the vse of Gods great benefits, so ought there to be no moment, wherein we are not bound to haue him in perpetuall remembrance before our eies, to serue, loue, and praise his name, and that to the vttermost of our po∣wer, with all our hart, soule and strength.

So soone as ye see the daie breake, and light appeare in the skie, praie.

O Day-star most bright: O light most glorious and true, from whence this light of the daie dooth spring: O light which lightest euerie man that commeth into this world: without whome, all is most hor∣rible darkenesse. How is light gi∣uen to them that are in miserie? and life to a wretch that hath a heauie hart? I looked for light, and behold, I haue found it: I wished for daie, and lo, the starres of the twy-light doo appeere; and I see (I thanke thee) the dawning of the daie. Darkenesse dooth no longer possesse the night, nor the shadowe of death staine the daie. For the blacke man∣tell is gone, and the thicke clouds are dispearsed, so that the light dooth begin to shine, and spread it selfe a∣broad to our comfort.

O that the night of perturbations being ouerpas∣sed, Page  367 the morning light of comfort and grace might like∣wise spring in our hart! O that darkenesse might so be expelled, that light might be kindled, and the daie of gladnesse and ioie luckilie shine vpon vs: that beeing translated from darkenes to light, from perishing in∣to safegard, from death to life, from hell to heauen, we might continuallie praise thee, who onlie hast immor∣talitie, and dwellest in the light that none can attaine vnto,

Amen.

Or saie thus.

BLessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath redeemed his people, and deliuered vs out of the hands of all our enimies, and giuen vs free remission of all our sinnes, through the tender mercie of our God; whereby also the daie spring from an high, doth now visit vs, to giue light to them that laie in darkenesse, and in the shadowe of death, and to guide our feete into the waie of peace: that we might serue him without feare, in holinesse and righteousnesse before him, all the daies of our life,

Amen.
Ye shall doo well, if ye take heed vnto the word, as vnto a light that shineth in a darke place, vntill the daie dawne, and the daie-star appeare in your harts.

2. Peter. 1, verse, 19.

Meditation.

MUse a little how much the light and eie of the mind and soule is better than of the bodie. And remember that we ought therefore much more to care for the soule, that it may sée well, than for the bodie. Thinke also that beasts haue bodilie eies as well as men: but men onlie haue eies of the mind, and that such as are godlie wise.

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At the Sun-rising, praie.

O Lord Iesus Christ, which art the true Sunne of the world, euermore arising, and neuer going downe; which by thy most whole some appe∣ring and light, dooest bring foorth, preserue, nourish, and refresh all things, as well that are in heauen, as also that are on earth: I beseech thee mercifullie & fauourablie to shine into our harts, that the night and darkenesse of sinnes, and the mists of errors, on euerie side driuen awaie; thou brightlie shining within our harts, we may all our life space go without anie stumbling or offence, and may decentlie and seemelie walke as in the daie time, and cleare sun∣shine, being pure and cleane from the works of darke∣nesse, and abounding in all good works, which GOD hath prepared for vs to walke in,

Amen.
The Lords name be praised, from the rising of the sunne, vnto the going downe of the same.
Psal. 113, verse, 3.
To you that feare my name, shall the sunne of righteous∣nesse arise and shine.
Mala. 4, verse, 2.

Another.

O Mightie God, which hast created the heauens, and all the beautifull ornaments of the same, roiallie to set vp thy glorie, & to declare eueri∣where all the wonderfull works of thy hands, wrought through thy sonne Iesus Christ; whome as the bright shining Sunne of righte∣ousnesse and vnderstanding, thou hast assigned to haue his residence in those heauens. Suffer I beseech thee, that by the beames of his grace and beneuolence, Page  369 most louinglie shining and spread abroad, he may cast his light into the world, and kindle in the harts of men a feruour of spirit. Let him come foorth as a bride∣groome from his chamber; yea, let him appeare cou∣ragious as a valiant champion, to run through his course and iournie, euen till he haue conducted vs vnto the highest heauens, and holie citie Ierusalem, where shall be no need either of sunne or moone to shine, and where we shall walke with those that are saued in the light of the Lambe, and glorie of God,

Amen.
They that loue the Lord shall be as the sunne, when he ariseth in his might.

Iudg. 5, 31.

Meditation.

REmember thy maker, that knew thée before thou wast, and knowe, that the eies of the Lord are tenne thousand times brighter than the Sunne (than the which though nothing be more cléere, yet shall it faile.) For God, which liueth for euer, beholdeth all the waies of men, and the bottomlesse depth; looking euen in∣to mens harts, be they in neuer so darke and secret corners. And therefore, wheresoeuer thou art, and whatsoeuer thou dooest, feare thou the eies of God, more than the eies of men.

Now also, while the light is swéet, and it is a pleasant thing to sée the Sunne, remember the daies of darknesse that followe, and are manie. And looke that béetimes, before the Sunne set, or that the light of the moone and starres be darkened, thou feare GOD, and vse the light, walking therein as a child of light: knowing that he that maketh the Sunne to shine, and arise, both vpon the good and bad, will call thée to an account for thy works done both in darknesse and in light.

Putting off your neerest garment, praie thus.

MOst gratious and mercifull Sauiour Iesus Christ, thou knowest how we be borne, cloa∣thed, and clogged with the greeuous & hea∣uie burden of the first woman Eue, who fell Page  370 awaie vnto fleshlinesse, through disobedience; vouch∣safe therefore, I beseech thee, to strip me out of the old corrupt Eue, which being soked in sinne, transformeth hir selfe to all incombrances and diseases of the mind, that they may lead vs awaie from thee. Rid me also quite and cleane of that hir tempter, the deceitfull ser∣pent, which turneth vs awaie from the obedience of the Father, So be it.

I haue put off my cloathes, how shall I put them on?

Cantic. 5, 3.

Beholding your nakednesse, praie thus.

LOrd how wretched, miserable, poore, blind and naked am I! I am naked, O Lord, yea euen starke naked, for that thou seest me in my bloud and corruption. Open mine eies also, I beseech thee, that I may more and more see my nakednesse; feele my mi∣serie, and confesse my wretchednes; that thou of verie pitie and compassion maist cloath me with thine innocencie, and holie vertues; and so couer my filthinesse, that mine enimies neuer behold the same to my reproch. Finallie, giue me the grace of perfect charitie, to doo the works of faith acceptable to thee, especiallie so to cloath the naked, and after my power to releeue the needie: that when I shall depart hence naked and bare, as euer I was borne, and shall carie awaie nothing of all my labours; yet in thy sight, at the generall iudgement daie, I may not appeere na∣ked of good works, or void of the marriage garment of faith, and the gifts of grace, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
Naked came I out of my mothers wombe, and naked shall I returne thither. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Iob. 1, 21.
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Putting on your neerest garment, praie thus:

PUt vpon me, O Lord, the pure gar∣ment of the innocencie and holines of Christ my Sauior. O couer thou my nakednesse and shame with the fine linnen robe of his righteous∣nesse and vertue; so shall not my fil∣thinesse be discouered vnto mine e∣nimies, for them to gaze and laugh at; as cursed Cham did at the nakednesse of his father Noah. Yea, make thou my linnen cloaths as white as snowe, and shining like the light, that I maie be of the number of those that haue beene called from the be∣ginning of the world, and shall be sanctified, that haue departed from the shadowe of the world, and shall re∣ceiue glorious garments; euen of those holie ones, I saie, that haue put off the mortall cloathing, and haue put on the immortall, which haue confessed thee, O God, and thy Christ, and are alreadie crowned with glorie, and haue receiued palmes of victorie in their hands, triumphing ouer all their enimies, and poli∣cies of this world, So be it.

Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments cleane and white; least he walke naked, and men see his fil∣thinesse.

Reuel. 16, 15.

Or praie thus:

LOrd, send me a ioifull resurrection; and while I liue, giue me grace so to ouercome the temptations of flesh and bloud, and Christianlie to confesse thy holie name, that in the last generall daie of thy iudgement, I maie be found among the num∣ber of thine elect seruants, which Page  372 shall stand on thy right hand, and being clad with the long white robes and shining raines of the righteous∣nesse of thy Saints, who haue hated euen the gar∣ments spotted by the flesh, and kept their consciences vnpolluted with sinne, and haue made their long gar∣ments white and cleane in the bloud of the Lambe Christ, I may togither with them enter into the ho∣lie citie, and remaine in the presence of the throne of God, and serue thee ioifullie daie and night in thy holie temple, for euer and euer,

Amen.
At all times let thy garments be white, and thy works please God.

Eccles. 9, 7.

Meditation.

THinke now how the children of GOD, while they are bur∣dened in this earthlie tabernacle, sigh, desiring to be clea∣thed, that mortalitie might be swallowed vp of life. For if they be found cloathed, and not naked, mortalitie shall be swallowed vp of immortalitie, and they shall walke with GOD, in white araie.

Being about to arise, and sitting vpright in your bed, praie.

O LORD Iesu Christ, which diddest vouchsafe to die for our sinnes, and diddest rise againe for our iustifica∣tion: haue mercie vpon me, and by that thy glorious resurrection, I beseech thee, raise me vp out of the bed of vices, and sepulchre of all my sinnes, wherein I haue long lien, to newnesse of life. For except I be raised vp by thee, I shall lie still for euer in darkenesse, shame, and miserie. O therefore put foorth thine hand, Page  373 and mercifullie raise vp againe, not onlie my bodie, but my mind and hart also, to the true knowledge and loue of thee: that my conuersation may be in heauen, where thou art. And giue me dailie part in the first resurre∣ction, to the intent that I may receiue some part in the latter resurrection, and be in the number of those thy faithfull ones, ouer whom the second death shall haue no power, but are receiued into life euerlasting.

Arise & depart, for this is not your rest. Mich. 2, verse 20. I will arise now out of my bed, to open to my beloued that, knocketh; and I will go about the citie by the streets, and by the open places, and will seeke him whom my soule lo∣ueth.

Cantic. 3, verses 1, 5.

Meditation.

COnsider how fowle the fall of Adam and Eue was, by reason of their sinne and transgression: and so of euerie one of vs by them, from the high, excellent, and honourable estate of Gods grace, into shame and miserie. Againe, thinke vpon the inestima∣ble benefits of Christ Iesus, by whose helping hand we dailie arise againe from our naturall and originall declining and fallings: and be thankfull vnto him therefore.

In your arising, as you step out of your bed, praie:

I Arise, and enter into this daie, to doo all things in the name of the Father, and of the Sonne, and of the holie Ghost, who hath made me, redeemed me, sanctified me, and pre∣serued me. He rule me, keepe, blesse, and lead mee into all good works; and so direct and confirme me there∣in, that after ths fraile life ended, I may obteine a ioifull resurrection, with blisse perpetuall,

Amen.
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I laid me downe and slept, and rose againe: for the Lord sustained me.

Psal. 3, verse, 5.
If you be risen with Christ, thinke vpon those things that be aboue.

Col. 3, verse, 1.

Being risen, blesse and praie thus:

GOd be mercifull vnto me, and blesse me this daie and euer; and shew me the light of his countenance, and be mercifull vnto me; that I may knowe his way vpon earth, and his sauing health among all nations. God, euen our owne God giue mee his continuall grace, peace, mercie, and blessing.

And I beseech thee, O Lord Iesu Christ, which being reuiued from death to life, broughtest againe to mor∣tall men, that most desired and greatlie longed for daie which the Lord made. Grant that I, being now raised vp from the death of sinnes, to the life of grace, may walke in all Christian obedience: and at the last daie of the resurrection of all flesh, when thou shalt be made manifest in our life, I also may then be openly known, and appeere before thee in glorie; and ioifullie triumph ouer sinne, death and hell; saieng: O death, where is thy sting? O graue, where is thy victorie? Thanks be vnto GOD, which hath raised me from the death of sleepe, and giuen me victorie ouer all mine enimies, through our Lord Iesus Christ, So be it.

Blessed, holie, and happie for euer is he, that hath part in the first resurrection: for on such the second death hath no power.
Reuel. 20, verse 6.
The vngodlie shall not be able to stand in iudgment, nei∣ther the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psal. 1, verse 6.
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In apparelling your selfe, praie:

CLoath mee, O Christ, with thine owne selfe, that I may be so farre from making prouision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof; that I may cleane put off all my carnall desires, and crucifie the kingdome of the flesh in me. Be thou vnto mee a garment to keepe me warme, and to defend me from the cold of this world. If thou be absent, deere Lord, all things will be vnto me foorth∣with cold, weake, and dead: but if thou be with me, all things will be warme, liuelie, fresh, and cheerefull. Grant therefore, that as I compasse this my bodie with this garment, so thou wouldst cloath me wholie; but especiallie my soule with thine owne selfe, So be it.

Put vpon you as the elect of God, bowels of mercie, meekenesse, loue, peace.
Col. 3, verse, 12.
Let not him that putteth on his harnesse, boast himselfe, as he that putteth it off.
1, Kings 20, verse, 11.

Meditation.

CAll to mind a little how we are incorporate into Christ, and how he dooth cloath vs, gouerne, and nourish vs; and vnder his wings, protection, and prouidence preserueth vs.

A consideration of our inward corruption, by the outward easement of the bodie.

OH wretch that I am, what am I but a rotten carcase, woorms meat, a stinking coffin, and food for fire? Againe, what am I, O Lord? Euen a darke dongeon, wretched, earth, a child of wrath, a vessell meet for dis∣honour; begotten in vncleannesse, liuing in miserie, and dieng in di∣stresse. Page  376 Out vpon me vile wreth! What am I? Wo is me, Lord. O Lord spare me. Alas, my maker; what shall become of me? I am a sacke of doong, a coffin of rottennesse, full of lothsomnesse and stinch; blind, poore, naked, subiect to manie exceeding necessities, woting neither when I came into the world, nor when I shall go out, mortall and miserable; whose daies passe and glanse swiftlie awaie, as a shadowe, or bubble of wa∣ter, now flourishing, and by and by withering; now aliue, now dead. Oh spare me a little, Lord; for my daies are nothing: and be mercifull vnto a wretch, that is not ashamed to acknowledge hir vilenesse be∣fore thee.

The glorie of mortall man is but doong, and wormes meate.

1. Mach. 2. verse 62.

Meditation.

COnsider the miserable state of the bodie, by the excrements that issue out of the eies, nose, mouth, eares, hands, arme-pits, fundament, féete, and other parts thereof: and thinke that no Bo∣cardo, no little ease, no dungeon, no prison, no sinke, no pit is so irkesome, lothsome, and euill a prison for the bodie, as the bodie is for and of the soule; by reason of sinne and filthie affections that haue their dwelling therein. Thinke also what madnesse it is, thus to pamper our bodies with delicate meats, to obeie the lusts ther∣of, prouoking to euill: and desire continuallie, with S. Paule, the dissolution thereof, and to be out of this stinking prison.

VVashing your hands, praie thus:

WAsh my soule, O God, with the wa∣ter of thy diuine grace, from all the filth and pollusion of sinne, where∣with it is altogither defiled in thy sight. Sprinkle it, Lord, with the hyssope of true repentance, and so∣rowfull contrition; that being clen∣sed in the most cleere fountaine of Page  377 thy grace, I may be whiter than snowe; and also bee able euer hereafter to serue thee, in holinesse and pure∣nesse of liuing, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
Wash your hands yee sinners, and cleanse your harts ye wauering minded.

Isaias, 4, verse 8.
I will wash my hands in innocencie, ô Lord, and so will I go to thine altar.

Psal. 26, verse, 6.

Or else praie thus.

HAue mercie vpon mee, O God, and pardon the wicked deeds which my hands haue committed. Wash my soule with the holie fountaine or well, which I beleeue did flow from thy hart, and naked side; and sanc∣tifie and purifie not onlie my hands and face from filth; but my hart, soule, and conscience also, from all contagion of sinne and iniquitie, that I may be pure both in bodie and soule, and serue thee in holinesse and puritie, all the daies of my life, So be it.

Though I wash my selfe with snowe water, and purge my hands most cleane; yet shalt thou plunge me in the pit, and mine owne cloths shall make mee filthie.

Iob. 9, verse, 30.

Meditations.

THinke now of thy vow and promise made to God at thy bap∣tisme, to forsake Sathan, to renounce the world, and to mor∣tifie the flesh; and how oft since thou hast broken it, and be harti∣lie sorie therefore. Thinke also vpon the vnspeakable loue and mercie of Christ our Sauiour, who hath washed vs from our sins in his owne pretious bloud, and purged our conscience from dead works, to the end we should serue him in holinesse and innocencie of life. And consider, that it shall little auaile thée to haue washed thy selfe, if thou touch filth againe; that is, if thou confesse thy Page  376〈1 page duplicate〉Page  377〈1 page duplicate〉Page  378 faults, and after commit them againe, and so wich the dog re∣turne to the vomit, and with the washed sow to the wallowing in the mire againe.

¶ When you be made readie, first before all things, looke that either by your selfe, or with your familie, with all humblenesse of mind you kneele downe by your bed∣side, in your parlour, or other sweete, cleane, and conue∣nient place; and there taking both time and leasure to serue the Lord, lift vp your hart, hands, and eies, and praie vnto his diuine Maiestie, saieng in manner and forme following.

A premeditation, or first forme of praier to be vsed before praier.

O Mercifull Lord, and louing father, without whose aid and motion I am not able to stir one member to∣ward heauenlie seruice, the bur∣then of this slowe and sinfull flesh doth so ouercharge my weak soule: according vnto thy fatherlie pitie looke vpon me, O God; prepare my hart to praier, and quicken my dull spirit with thy grace, to rise out of this miserable puddle, and to come before thy presence in humble repentance, crauing thy mercie for my miserable sinnes and wickednesse: and being released in the bloud and righteous∣nesse of Iesus Christ, I may ioifullie serue, honor, and praise thine eternall Maie∣stie, through thy deere sonne, my mercifull Lord and redeemer; to whom, with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all glorie and thanks for euer,

A∣men.
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Another meditation before praier.

VNto thee, O heauenlie father, doo I heere prostrate on my knees, lift vp my hart, my hands, mine eies, and praiers; beseeching thy Maiestie, and saieng:

Helpe me, O my Lord, and God, in this my good purpose, and holie worshipping or seruing of thee: and grant vnto me to make a perfect entrance and be∣ginning this present daie, that I maie doo all things in the name of the Father, of the Sonne, and of the holie Ghost. For that which I haue hitherto done, is no∣thing at all.

The Confession and Praier.

O Father of heauen; O sonne of God, redeemer of the world; O holie Ghost, three persons and one God; haue mercie vpon me most wret∣ched caitife, and miserable sinner. I haue offended both heauen and earth, more than my tongue can ex∣presse; my sins are aboue all mens, both in number and greatnesse, which I haue com∣mitted. Whither then may I go? And whither should I flee? To heauen I may be ashamed to lift vp my face; and in earth I find no place of refuge or succour. To thee therefore, O Lord, doo I runne; to thee doo I humble my selfe, saieng: O Lord my God, my sinnes be great and innumerable: but yet haue mercie vpon me, for thy great mercie. The great mysterie that God be∣came man, was not wrought for little or few offen∣ces. Thou didst not giue thy sonne O heauenlie father vnto death for small sinnes onlie, but for all the grea∣test sinnes in the world: so that the sinner returne vnto Page  380 thee with his whole hart, as I doo heere at this pre∣sent. Wherefore haue mercie on me, O God, whose propertie is alwaie to haue mercie: wherefore haue mercie on me, O Lord, for thy great mercie. I craue nothing, O Lord, for mine owne merits, but for thy name sake, that it may be halowed thereby, and for thy deere sonne Iesus Christes sake; and now therefore, Our father of heauen, halowed be thy name, &c.

Another Confession and praier.

OH almightie euerlasting God, and most gratious deere louing father, I beseech thee, for Iesus Christes sake, thy most deere and onlie sonne, to haue mercie, pitie, and compas∣sion vpon me, most vile, wretched, and miserable sinner: whose innu∣merable offenses, both old & new, be most horrible, heinous, and great; where through I haue iustlie deserued thy greeuous wrath, and euer∣lasting damnation. But now, good Lord, heere I do ap∣peale to thy great mercie onlie, which far surmoun∣teth all thy works; as thou hast promised the same in thy holie and infallible word, where thou hast said, yea and sworne, as trulie as thou liuest, that thou wilt not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should con∣uert and liue. Ah deere Lord, I confesse that I am a great and greeuous sinner, and yet now by thy grace, and good working of thy holie spirit something turned vnto thee. Oh let me liue, and not die the euerlasting death of the soule, which I so deepelie haue deserued; but make me a vessell of thy great mercie, that I may liue and praise thy name among thy chosen children for euer. Oh let not my horrible sinnes separate me from the sweet sight of thy Maiestie, but let thy great po∣wer and mercie be magnified in me, as it is in Dauid, Page  381 in Peter, in Magdalen, and in the notable Theefe which was crucified with Christ thy deere sonne, in whose most pretious death and bloud-shedding onlie, O Lord, I put my whole trust and confidence. For he onelie hath taken awaie the sinnes of the world: he came not to condemne the world, but to saue it, that none that trulie beleeue in him should perish, but haue life euerlasting. He saith, he came not to call the righ∣teous, but sinners to repentance.

Oh gratious God, giue me true, earnest, hartie, and vnfeigned repentance, that I may, from the verie bot∣tome of my hart, continuallie lament my manifold sinnes and wickednesse, my great ingratitude and vn∣thankefulnesse towards thee, for all thy mercifull be∣nefits so aboundantlie powred vpon me, through Ie∣sus Christ: which wouldest vouchsafe, he being thine owne deere darling, in whome was and is all thy whole pleasure and delight, to giue him for me to the verie death of the Crosse: yea and that when I was thine vtter enimie, of mercie inestimable, and loue in∣comprehensible. Who euer sawe such a thing? God became man, and was crucified for me, that by his death I might liue. Alas that euer I should become so wicked a wretch, and vnkind a creature, to displease so louing, kind, and mercifull a God and father. Oh for∣giue me, forgiue me, for thy great mercie sake, for thy truth and promise sake; and I will neuer trespasse a∣gaine against thy diuine Maiestie anie more; but will gladlie serue thee in true holinesse and righteousnesse, all the daies of my life, by the grace and assistance of thy good and holie spirit, the which I beseech thee to giue me also, that he may gouerne me, and guide my hart, in thy true faith, feare, and loue: that in all my deeds, words, and thoughts, I may glorifie thy holie name, which liuest, and reignest, with the sonne, and the holie Ghost, three persons and one God, to whome Page  382 be all honour, glorie, praise, thanks, power, rule and dominion, for euer and euer,

Amen.

Another confession of sinnes, proper for the Sabaoth daie.

OH my most mercifull father, the fa∣ther of mercies, and God of all con∣solation and comfort, my God, my father; I most wretched sinner con∣fesse and acknowledge my selfe vn∣feinedlie, with hart, mind & mouth, now before thee, to haue most gree∣noushe offended thy high Maiestie and goodnesse. I recognise and acknowledge my selfe to be full of sinne, full of vnfaithfulnesse, and a seruant vnprofitable. For all thy holie commandements haue I transgressed and broken.

First, I haue not set all my whole beleefe, confidence, trust, and hope in thee. I haue not loued and honoured thee with all my hart, with all my soule, mind, and po∣wers of my soule.

Secondlie, I haue diuided thine honour and wor∣ship from thee, and giuen it to thy creatures, and dead things imagined of mine owne fond fantasie, I meane in the adoring and worshipping of images.

Thirdlie, I haue abused thy most holie name, by false and deceitfull swearing, to the hinderance of my neighbour, and idlelie and vainlie haue I vsed thy ho∣lie name. I haue not said, nor done, neither thought all things to thy glorie.

Fourthlie, in the Saboth daie, I haue not giuen my selfe to hearing, reading, & learning the holie Scrip∣tures; neither haue I giuen meate to the hungrie, drinke to the thirstie, lodged the harbourlesse, clothed the naked, visited the sicke, comforted nor releeued the poore, and men in prison. For I haue not expended of Page  383 how great weight these words of thy sonne my Saui∣our Christ are; neither beleeued him, saieng: In as much as ye haue done these things vnto one of the least of these my brethren, ye haue done it vnto me. Matth. 25.

But I haue bestowed and spent my gold and siluer after my lewd lust and concupiscence, in excesse of meat and drinke, in gorgeous apparell of my bodie, of my children, seruants, and house, &c. where I should not haue bestowed it (or else not so largelie, delicatelie, nicelie, and excessiuelie haue bestowed it,) as I haue; not regarding in the meane time, to suffer the deere beloued brethren of Iesu Christ to go naked, and to pe∣rish for cold and hunger.

I haue, I saie, not ceased from mine owne sinfull will and lusts, praieng at all times, thy will, and not mine, to be fulfilled.

Furthermore, I haue not honoured my father and mother; I haue not so much set by them, esteemed them, and had them in such reuerence, as thou com∣mandest me; nor obeied them, neither comforted, relee∣ned, or helped them. I haue slaine, I haue broken wed∣locke, I haue stolne, I haue sold by false weights and measures, and borne false witnesse: finallie, I haue co∣ueted my neighbours house, I haue desired his wife, his seruant, his cattell, & his other goods vnlawfullie.

Thus most greeuouslie haue I sinned infinit waies, O Lord, omitting and leauing thy commandements, Oh Father, to fulfill the desire of my flesh, the world, and the diuell. Wherefore I crie thee mercie, my God, most mercifull father; and most humblie I desire and beseech thee, for the loue which thou bearest to thy deer sonne, mine onelie, whole, and entire Sauiour Iesu Christ, to haue mercie on me, and to forgiue me most miserable sinner, euen in his bloud, and for his preti∣ous death sake. For when I went about to seeke thee, Page  384 to trust vnto thee, or to doo anie thing to thy glorie; yet would not this lust and concupiscence, that contagi∣ous originall poison, and fleshlie dregges drawne of our father Adam, suffer me perfectlie to doo that I would haue done. Through this naturall concupis∣cence, I striue and fight dailie against the holie Ghost in me, which vnlawfull lust and desire I knowledge to be a greeuous sinne against thy highnes, if thou shoul∣dest iudge me straitlie after thy Lawe, without the which concupiscence I cannot be.

Wherefore I being a wretched, yea a most abho∣minable wretched sinner in my selfe, cleerelie destitute of all righteousnesse, of all godlinesse, of all holinesse, and all deseruings, am come now by faith before thee, vnto Christ his mercie seate and righteousnesse, vnto his goodnesse, deseruings, and satisfactions; desiring thee, O most mercifull father, for his deaths sake, that his righteousnesse, his wisedome, his holinesse, his goodnesse, his merits and satisfactions may be mine, and serue for my forgiuenesse and saluation. For like as thou gauest me him to die for my sinnes; euen so be∣leeue I, that thou hast giuen me with him all his to be mine, and to serue me for my saluation. Wherefore, glorie, honor, worship, empire, and rule be to thee, oh fa∣ther, with the sonne and the holie ghost for euer world without end, So be it.

Another Confession of sinnes for Sundaies, to be vsed in the forenoone or afternoone.

O Most mercifull Lord God, my ten∣der and deere father, vouchsafe, I hartilie beseech thee, to looke downe with thy fatherlie eies of pitie vpon me, most vile and wretched sinner, which lie heere prostrate in heart before the feete of thy bottomlesse mercie. For I haue sinned against Page  385 the throne of thy glorie, and before thee, O most deere Father, insomuch that I am not worthie to be called thy daughter. Yet neuerthelesse, forasmuch as thou art the God and Father of all mercie, and comfort; and againe, desirest not the death of a sinner: but like a true Samaritan takest thought for my sillie wounded soule; make me, I praie thee, by infunding of thy preti∣ous oile of comfort into my wounds, ioifullie to run with the lost sonne into the lap of thine euerlasting pi∣tie. For lo, thou art my hope and trust, in whom I on∣lie repose my selfe, hauing in thee full confidence and faith. And so I saie, with a verie faithfull hart, tru∣sting in thy mercie: I beleeue in thee, O God the Fa∣ther; in thee, O God the Sonne; and in thee, O God the holie Ghost; three persons, and one true and verie God; besides whom I acknowledge none other God in heauen aboue, nor in earth beneath.

Yea, and I poore sinner doo accuse my selfe vnto thee, deere Father, that I haue sore and greeuouslie offen∣ded thine almightie goodnesse, and diuine Maiestie, in committing of mine exceeding, greeuous, and manifold sinnes and wickednesse. For I haue not kept the least of thy most blessed commandements, like as thy righ∣teousnesse may require and demand the same of me.

I haue, I saie, not honoured thee like my God, nor dreaded thee like my Lord, loued thee like my Father; trusted in thee like my Sauiour and Creator. Thy ho∣lie and dreadfull name, vnto which all honour and glo∣rie belongeth, haue I vsed in vaine. I haue not sancti∣fied the Saboth and holie daies with works which be acceptable vnto thee, nor instructed my neighbour in vertue accordinglie. I haue not honoured my father and mother, nor beene obedient vnto them, through whom, as by an instrument, thou hast wrought my comming into this world. The high powers and ru∣lers, which take their authoritie of thee, I haue not Page  386 beene willinglie obedient vnto. I haue not kept my hart pure and cleane from man-slaughter: yea, had not thy mercie and grace defended me the better, I should haue committed the verie deed also. I likewise am not pure from theft, nor from adulterie, nor from false-witnesse-bearing: but haue in my hart and mind wished and desired my neighbours goods and things. I haue folowed the great Prince of the world Satan, which hath beene a lier from the beginning, in concu∣piscence of the flesh, in pride of liuing, in lieng, in deceit∣fulnesse, in lecherie, in hatred and enuie, in backbiting, in despaire, and also in mis-beleefe. My fiue wits also haue I fowlie mis-vsed and spent, in hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and also feeling, which thou hast gi∣uen me to vse to thy honour and glorie, and also the edi∣fication and profit of my neighbour.

But in what maner soeuer I haue offended and sin∣ned against thine eternall Maiestie; (for no man kno∣weth throughlie his sinnes, as the Prophet witnes∣seth) whether it hath beene by daie, or else by night, yea euen from my childhood vnto this daie, were it in works, words, deeds, or thoughts; secretlie or openlie, O my mercifull God; I am sorie for it, euen from the bottome of my hart: yea, my soule mourneth for sor∣rowe, most mercifull Father, that I am not a thou∣sand times sorier than I am. Howbeit, in token of great repentance, though all harts be knowne well inough to thee, I doo knocke and strike my breast, and saie in bitternesse of hart and soule: Lord God Father haue mercie, Lord God Sonne haue mercie, Lord God holie Ghost haue mercie. Spare me of thine in∣finite goodnesse and mercie, good Lord, now and all the daies of my life hereafter; and let me haue part of thine abundant grace, so as I maie change my sinfull life, and put out of me the old man, with all his concu∣piscences, and also that I maie die vnto the world, Page  387 and that the world may be a crosse vnto me, and so go foorth in a new life.

Strengthen me, O Lord, in a true humble hart, in perfect loue, hope, and trust in thee. Giue my soule grace to desire thee onlie, in thee onlie to reioice and re∣pose my selfe, and that I may vtterlie renounce and forsake the vaine affiance of this world: so that thou maist find me readie with the good seruant, and wise virgins, in the midnight of death, which shall sudden∣lie steale vpon me like a theefe, ere I be aware. Be thou vnto me at that time of need, O Lord, a tower of strength, a place of refuge, and a defensible God, name∣lie, against the face of the feend, who like a roring Lion shall be then most readie to deuoure me, and against desperation, which then shall be busie to greeue me. Let then thy comfort cleane fast vnto me; thy mercie keepe me, and thy grace guide me. Fetch then againe, Lord God Father, that which thy puissant might hath shapen. Fetch then againe, Lord God Sonne, that which thou hast so wiselie gouerned, and bought with thy pretious bloud. Take then againe, Lord God holie Ghost, that which thou hast kept and preserued so lo∣uinglie, in this region of sinne, & vale of miserie. Three persons, and one true and also verie God, to whom be all laud and praise for euer and euer,

Amen.

Another confession of sinnes, and praier for mercie and grace, commonlie called, Conditor coeli.

OH maker of heauen and earth, King of kings, and Lord of lords; which of nothing didst make me to thine image and likenesse, and diddest re∣deeme me with thy pretious bloud, whom I a sinner am not woorthie to name, to thinke on, neither to call vpon: I most humblie desire Page  388 thee, and meekelie praie thee, that gentlie thou behold me thy wicked seruant, and haue mercie vpon me, which hadst mercy of the woman of Canaan, & Marie Magdalen; which didst forgiue the Publican, and the theefe hanging on the Crosse. Unto thee I confesse my sinnes, most holie Father, which if I would, I cannot hide from thee. Haue mercie on me, O Christ; for I am a wretch, and haue sore offended thee in idolatrie, in superstition, in blasphemie, in prophaning of thy Saboths, in disobedience to my gouernours, in pride, in couetousnesse, in gluttonie, in lecherie, in vaine glo∣rie, in hatred, in enuie, in murder, in adulterie, in theft, in lieng, in backbiting, and false-witnesse-bearing, in sporting, in dalliance, in dissolute & wanton laughing, in idle words, in vncleane thoughts, in hearing, in ta∣sting, in touching, in thinking, in sleeping, in working; and finallie, in all waies, in which I a fraile woman, and most wretched sinner might sinne: My default, my most greeuous default.

Therefore I most humblie praie and beseech thy gentlenesse, which for my helpe didst descend from hea∣uen, which didst hold vp Dauid, that he should not fall into sinne, haue mercie vpon me, O Christ, which didst forgiue Peter thine Apostle, that did forsweare and forsake thee. Thou art my Creator and helper, my ma∣ker and redeemer, my gouernour, my Father, my Lord and God, my King and my spouse. Thou art my hope, my trust, my strength, my defense, my redemption, my sanctification, my life, my helth and resurrection. Thou art my stedfastnesse, my refuge & succour, my light and onlie hope. I therfore most hartilie and humblie desire thee to helpe me, defend me, and make me strong, com∣fort me, make me stedfast; make me merie, giue mee light, and visit me; reuiue me againe, which am dead: for I am thy making, and thy worke.

Oh Lord despise me not; I am thy seruant, thy bond∣woman, Page  389 although euill, although most vnworthie, and a detestable sinner. But whatsoeuer I am, whether I be good or bad, I am alwaies thine. Therfore to whom shall I flee, except I flee vnto thee? If thou cast me off, who shall or will receiue me? If thou despise me, and turne thy face from me, who shall looke vpon me? Re∣cognise and knowledge me, O Lord, to be thine; al∣though vnworthie comming to thee, although I bee vile and vncleane. For if I be vile and vncleane, as I confesse my selfe in deede to be, thou canst make mee cleane. If I be sicke, thou canst heale me. If I be dead and buried, thou canst reuiue me: for thy mercie is much more than mine iniquitie. Thou canst forgiue me more than I can offend. Therefore, O Lord, doo not consider, nor haue respect to the number of my sinnes; but according to the greatnesse of thy mercie forgiue me, and haue mercie on me most wretched sin∣ner. Saie vnto my soule, I am thy health; which sai∣edst, I will not the death of a sinner, but rather that he liue, and be conuerted, and turne to thee. O Lord bee not angrie with me, I beseech thee; but for thy great mercie sake forgiue and pardon me all my misdeeds, and bring me to the blisse that neuer shall cease,

Amen.

Another forme of Confession and praier to be vsed of the Maister and Mistresse with their families in priuate houses euerie morning.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father; we doo not present our selues heere before thy Maiestie, trusting in our owne merits or woorthinesse, but in thy manifold mercies; which hast promised to heare our praiers, and graunt our requests, which we shall make to thee, in the name of thy beloued Sonne Iesus Christ our Lord: who hath also commanded vs to assemble Page  390 our selues together in his name, with full assurance, that he will not onelie be amongst vs; but also be our mediator and aduocate towards thy Maiestie, that we may obtaine all things, which shall seeme expedi∣ent to thy blessed will for our necessities. Therefore we beseech thee, most mercifull father, to turne thy lo∣uing countenance towards vs; and impute not vnto vs our manifold sinnes and offences, whereby wee iustlie deserue thy wrath and sharpe punishment: but rather receiue vs to thy mercie, for Iesus Christes sake; accepting his death and passion; as a iust re∣compense for all our offences, in whom onlie thou art pleased, and through whome thou canst not be offen∣ded with vs. And seeing of thy great mercies we haue quietlie passed this night; grant O heauenlie father, that we may bestowe this daie wholie in thy seruice; so that all our thoughts, words and deedes may re∣dound to the glorie of thy name, and good example to all men; who seeing our good works, may glorifie thee our heauenlie father. And forasmuch as of thy meere fauour and loue, thou hast not onlie created vs to thine owne similitude and likenesse; but also hast cho∣sen vs to be heires with thy deere sonne Iesus Christ, of that immortall kingdome, which thou preparedst for vs, before the beginning of the world; we beseech thee to increase our faith and knowledge, and to ligh∣ten our harts with thy holie spirit, that we may in the meane time liue in all godlie conuersation, and inte∣gritie of life; knowing that idolaters, adulterers, co∣uetous men, contentious persons, drunkards, glut∣tons, and such like, shall not inherit the kingdome of God.

And because thou hast commanded vs to praie one for another, we doo not onlie make request, O Lord, for our selues, and them that thou hast alreadie called to the true vnderstanding of thy heauenlie will: but for Page  391 all people and nations of the world, who as they know by thy wonderfull works, that thou art God ouer all; so they may be instructed by thy holie spirit, to beleeue in thee their onlie Sauiour and Redeemer. But foras∣much as they can not beleeue, except they heare; nor cannot heare, but by preaching; and none can preach, except they be sent: therefore, O Lord, raise vp faith∣ful distributers of thy mysteries, who setting apart all worldlie respects, may both in their life and doctrine onelie seeke thy glorie. Contrariwise, confound Sa∣than, Antichrist, with all hirelings, whome thou hast alreadie cast off into a reprobate sense, that they may not by sects, schismes, heresies, and errors, disquiet thy little flocke. And because, O Lord, we be fallen into the latter daies, and dangerous times, wherein ignorance hath gotten the vpper hand; and Sathan by his mi∣nisters seeke by all meanes to quench the light of thy Gospell; we beseech thee to mainteine thy cause a∣gainst those rauening Woolues, and strengthen all thy seruants, whom they keepe in prison and bondage. Let not thy long-suffering be an occasion, either to in∣crease their tyrannie, or to discourage thy children; neither yet let our sinnes and wickednesse be an hin∣derance to thy mercies: but with speede, O Lord, con∣sider these great miseries. For thy people Israel ma∣nie times, by their sinnes, prouoked thine anger; and thou punishedst them by thy iust iudgement: yet, though their sinnes were neuer so greeuous, if they once returned from their iniquitie, thou receiuedst them to mercie. We therfore, most wretched sinners, bewaile our manifold siunes, and earnestlie repent vs for our former wickednesse, and vngodlie behauiour towards thee. And whereas we cannot of our selues purchase thy pardon, yet we humblie beseech thee, for Iesus Christes sake, to shew thy mercie vpon vs, and receiue vs againe to thy fauour. Graunt vs, deere fa∣ther, Page  392 these our requests, and all other things necessa∣rie for vs, and thy whole Church, our Queene and Realme, according to thy promise in Iesus Christ our Lord; in whose name we beseech thee, as he hath taught vs, saieng: Our Father, &c.

Almightie and euerlasting God, vouchsafe, we be∣seech thee, to graunt vs perfect continuance in thy liuelie faith, augmenting and increasing the same in vs dailie, vntill we growe to the full measure of our perfection in Christ, whereof we make our confession, saieng: I beleeue in God the Father almightie, &c.

Almightie God, which hast promised to heare the petitions of them that aske in thy Sonnes name, wee beseech thee mercifullie to incline thine eares to vs, that haue now made our praiers and supplications vnto thee: and graunt that those things, which wee haue faithfullie asked according to thy will, may effe∣ctuallie be obteined, to the releefe of our necessitie, and to the setting foorth of thy glorie, through Iesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

The Lord blesse vs and saue vs, the Lord make his face to shine vpon vs, and be mercifull vnto vs; the Lord turne his fauorable countenance towards vs, and graunt vs his peace, Amen.

The grace of our Lord Iesus Christ, the loue of God, and the communion of the holie Ghost, be with vs, and remaine with vs for euer, So be it.

A Morning praier for Sundaie.

AFter due examination of my former life, with an humble and contrite hart, with a sorowfull and repen∣tant spirit, I sue vnto thee, most mercifull father; beseeching thee of mercie and forgiuenesse of mine of∣fences, which in this night, or at a∣nie time heeretofore, I haue com∣mitted Page  393 against thy godlie will and pleasure, by anie manner of vncleannesse of soule or bodie, that I haue fallen into by the illusion of the diuell; or else by frail∣tie of mine owne flesh, trespassing against thy godlie Maiestie, either in thought, consent, delectation, word or deede. And I most hartilie thanke thee for the sweet sleepe, and comfortable rest which thou hast giuen me this night: and that to the innumerable benefits hi∣therto powred vpon my soule and bodie, thou hast vouchsafed to preserue me this night past, from sudden death, and all other euill and mischiefe, spirituall and corporall, that anie person, man or woman, hath beene striken withall, by thy permission and sufferance; kno∣wing of a suretie, that the selfe-same, or such like, had worthilie light on my head also, haddest not thou de∣fended and preserued me, and giuen me time to amend my life, so that I might liue henceforth, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

And now, seeing thou, O almightie God, and most mercifull father, in the tables of the commandements deliuered to the hands of thy seruant Moses, vpon the mount Sina, among other precepts, diddest giue charge vnto thy chosen children of Israel, that in sixe daies they should doo all such works and aaffaires, as they had to doo, and rest from labour the seuenth daie: graunt, I beseech thee blessed father, that siuce I haue by thy mercie, happilie passed ouer this whole weeke, vnder thy gratious protection, I may not onelie rest this daie from my dailie trauels, but that I may ab∣staine also from the works of sinne and iniquitie, and sanctifie this daie wholie vnto thee, with praiers and thankes-giuing, abounding in all works of loue and charitie, as thou hast commanded in thy holie word, that I may be found pure, without spot or blemish, at that daie, when thy Sonne Iesus Christ shall come to iudge the world with righteousnesse and equitie.

Page  394 And forasmuch as thou hast ordeined this daie, a∣mong the rest, wherein we should meete all together with brotherlie loue and affection, to yeeld thee praises for the innnumerable benefits we haue receiued at thy hand; to acknowledge thy fatherlie loue and pitie to∣wards vs, from time to time; and to giue thee thanks in generall for all and vniuersall thy benefits hitherto bestowed vpon vs: I beseech thee to grant me thy holie spirit, that I may be the more zealouslie inflamed to serue thee, in true holinesse and integritie of life: and by the operation of that spirit, I may kill all carnall lusts, vnlawfull pleasures, concupiscence, and all other spots of vncleannesse; whereby I may be made thy child by adoption and grace; and my bodie the temple of the holie Ghost, being throughlie purged and purifi∣ed from the dregs of iniquitie and abhomination. Giue me grace, most mercifull Father, to spend this daie to thy pleasure, in all good works of the spirit; and chari∣tie, proceeding from an vndefiled faith in Christ Iesu; that I fall not into anie kind of danger: but that all my dooings may be ordered by thy gouernance, to doo alwaies that is righteous in thy sight, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another Morning praier on the Lords daie.

O Almightie and mercifull God, eter∣nall Father; Sonne, and holie Ghost; three in persons, one in sub∣stance, God in verie deede, and from euerlasting.

I extoll thy sacred Maiestie; I praise thine vnspeakeable mercie, thy diuine truth I exceedingly com∣mend; for that of thy fatherlie and woonderfull good∣nesse thou hast protected me this night, vnder the sha∣dowe Page  395 of thy wings. Yea, thou also hast made me quiet∣lie to take my rest, notwithstanding the dangerous snares of my deadlie enimie the diuell.

Thou art the God, which exaltest vs from the gates of the shadowe of death; and from the power of dark∣nesse thou deliuerest vs.

Therefore I will acknowledge thee for thy goodnes, and for the woonderfull things, which thou dooest a∣mong the sonnes of men.

I will magnifie thee in the great congregation, and among much people will I praise thee.

My hart is readie, O my God, my hart is readie. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people, and sing to thee among the nations. For thy mercie is aboue the heauens, and thy truth vnto the clouds.

I will not hide thy mercie and truth in the great congregation; bicause it is a good thing to praise the Lord, and to sing to thee, O thou most high: to declare thy louing kindnesse in the morning, and thy truth in the night.

Blesse the Lord, O my soule; and all that is within me praise his holie name.

Which forgiueth all thine iniquities, and healeth all thine infirmities.

Which redeemeth thy life from destruction, & crow∣neth thee with mercie and compassion.

Which satisfieth thy longing with good things, and protecteth thee from thy youth.

Which also hath kept all my bones this night, not one of them is broken.

To the King euerlasting, immortall, inuisible, and onlie wise God, be honor and glorie for euer and euer, Amen.

VNto thee, O Lord, doo I lift vp my soule.

O God, earlie will I seeke thee; my soule thir∣steth for thee, my flesh lusteth after thee in a barren and Page  396 drie land, where no water is, to see thy strength and glorie.

O eternall God, which hast brought me to the be∣ginning of this daie, defend me with thy mightie pow∣er, that this daie I fall into no sinne, nor run into anie kind of danger: but let all my cogitations, words, and works tend to the setting foorth of thy righteousnesse.

Lighten my mind this morning with the shining and clearnesse of thy wisdome; that in my hart, that true daie-star may rise and shine, as it were a candle in a darke place.

Giue me the spirit of wisdome and reuelation in the knowledge of thee; and lighten the eies of mine vnder∣standing, that I may knowe what my hope is, how great the glorie of mine inheritance, and what the ex∣cellent greatnesse of thy power towards me is.

Fill me with thy mercie in this morning, so shall I be glad and reioice all my life long.

Mercifull God, endue me with thine holie spirit, that I may neither thinke, speake, or doo anie thing this daie, but that which may please thee, and tend to the aduancement of thy glorie, and health of my soule.

Gouerne thou mine vnderstanding and will, and so direct all the cogitations of my hart, that I may who∣lie be thine, and sauour of nothing besides thee my God and redeemer.

Teach mee the waie of thy commandements, O Lord; and I will keepe it vnto the end.

Giue me vnderstanding to keepe thy lawes, and to loue thee, my Lord and God, with all my hart, with all my soule, and with all my strength: and let all thy testi∣monies be my delight, and counsellers.

Comfort the soule of thy seruant; for vnto thee, O Lord, haue I lifted vp my soule. For thou, Lord, art good and gentle, and of great kindnesse to as manie as call vpon thee.

Page  397 Behold, O God, earlie now this morning I doo of∣fer my selfe a morning sacrifice vnto thee, a troubled spirit; a broken, and an humble hart, O Lord, thou wilt not despise.

Make me fit, that I may likewise dailie offer vp my bodie a liuing sacrifice, holie and acceptable vnto thee, which is a reasonable seruice, & gratefull obedience.

Both now and euerie daie, Lord, I commend my soule and bodie into thy hands; thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth.

Compasse me about with the watch of thine An∣gels, which are ministring spirits sent out for their de∣fence, which are the children of saluation; that they may pitch their tents about me, and incounter with Satan the dragon, to defend me from euill.

Giue thine holie Angels charge of me, that they pro∣tect me in all my waies, least happilie I hurt my feete against a stone: so will I praise thee, and magnifie thy name, which liuest and reignest a true and eternall God, worlds without end,

Amen.

Another praier verie effectuall to be vsed vpon the Lords Sundaie, or other holie or festiuall daies.

SEing that the verie solemne times & festiuall holidaies doo vndoubted∣lie greatlie renew the reioicing of the godlie: yea, & that more is, with a certaine heape, as a man would saie, doo maruelouslie augment and increase their spirituall ioie in thee O most holie Lord God of Saboth, and make it greater than it was. For they are kept to continue, and stir vs vp vnto the remembrance and re∣counting of thy woonderfull acts, things, and mira∣cles wrought and done by thine almightie Maiestie, for the conseruation, and saluation of mankind: and by Page  398 that occasion, doo exceedinglie cheere vp and fill the harts of the godlie with spirituall ioies in thee.

Moreouer, bicause good exercises are to be renewed often; but especiallie vpon the Sundaie and holie daies, as though at that time we were departing out of this life, and going to the euerlasting holie daies of spirituall rest, and continuall ioie; and therefore ought we at that time especiallie to prepare our selues with carefulnes; & to shew our selues more godlie, and to doo thy cōmandements more straightlie, as they yt shall re∣ceiue reward of our trauels at thy hand ere it be long.

Behold, I thy sillie creature, desirous to keepe the godlie rest of the new Saboth, better than hitherto I haue done, (for which, as for all other my defaults I crie thee hartilie mercie) doo now therefore most hum∣blie beseech thee, O holie Father, to powre plentiouslie vpon me thy blessed spirit; through whose diuine pow∣er, vertue and grace, I may this daie be throughlie sanctified, clensed, dedicated, and prepared both bodilie and ghostlie, perfectlie to serue and worship thee, accor∣ding to thy will.

O holie God, which hast commanded vs to sanctifie our selues, and to be holie, as thou art; grant me grace with S. Iohn to be in the spirit on the Sundaie: and this daie to be holie with them that be holie, and alto∣gither giuen to serue & please thee in spirit and truth, as becommeth the true worshippers of thee.

Make thou me this daie to refraine my selfe from dooing anie bodilie labour, or seruile worke; and vtter∣lie to forbeare all maner of vngodlinesse displeasant vnto thee: as namelie, not to abuse or mispend this holie daie in pranking, packing, priinting, pointing, frisling, or vaine attiring of my selfe to be gorgious and gaie, and to prance in pride: neither yet in vnlaw∣full plaies, idle sports, games, Ethnicall pastimes, fea∣sting, banketting, bellie-cheere, gluttonie, riot, excesse, Page  399 chambering, wantonnes, nicenesse, contention, pride, couetousnesse, or in anie other fleshlie filthinesse, and vaine pleasures of this transitorie world; but contra∣riwise, to occupie and giue my selfe obedientlie vnto the vertuous works, and holie exercises of thy diuine precepts; namelie, vnto the expending of the spiritu∣all rest, and euerlasting repose of all Christian soules in heauen, vnto the meditation of thy woonderfull works, and vnspeakable benefits, which thou, O God, continuallie bestowest vpon thy Church, and to bee thankefull for the same: to studie the Scriptures, to heare and reade thy sacred word, and followe the same: to call vpon thee by ardent praier, with hartie thankesgiuing, for all thy mercies: to exercise thy holie Sacraments, and to comfort and giue almes gladlie according to mine abilitie, to the releefe of the poore, and comfort of the needie.

Make me (I saie) O Lord, with holie Dauid, both most willing and glad this daie to go foorth with my whole familie, and the multitude, into thy house and temple, in the voice of praise and thankes-giuing, a∣mong such as keepe it holiedaie vnto thee, and at all seasons by common order appointed, diligentlie to fre∣quent the populous resort and Christian assemblie of the congregation in the Church, and to be present with other thy people often in that most sacred place on earth; at the most holie, and alwaies to thee, O God, most acceptable sacrifice of praise, inuocation, di∣uine worship, giuing of thanks, singing of hymnes, hearing of thy word, vsing of thy holie Sacraments, praiers, intercessions, and supplications; which at the comming together of the whole congregation, is vsed ordinarilie to be made vnto thee in the Church, with verie great ceremonie and reuerence: that thus being free from the trauels and drudgerie of this world, and by thy grace cleansed from all mine owne carnall Page  400 affections, and wholie giuen ouer to serue and sancti∣fie thee in true rest and spirituall ease, as also to be∣stowe, consecrate, and hallowe this thy sacred Sab∣both or Sundaie, with all other festiuall holie daies, most glorious vnto thee, in all holie and spirituall exer∣cises of a faithfull and obedient Christian, according to thy will, I may euen heere in this vale of teares, a∣midst all my miseries, be thereby occasioned with cheerefull hart, both outwardlie and inwardlie, excee∣dinglie to reioice and trust in thee my most mercifull God and louing sauiour, and after this transitorie life ended, be worthie, happilie to enter into thy holie Mountaine, the Tabernacle of thine elect, and king∣dome of euerlasting blessednesse; where the soules of all holie folke doo rest, and there with them to be par∣taker of perfect holinesse, and of the vnspeakable bene∣fit of the wished wealefull rest, and eternall endlesse ioie of ioies, in the Paradise of God; to see, loue, and praise thee most ioifullie in happie mirth for euer and euer, through Iesus Christ our Lord: to whome with thee O Father, and the holie Ghost, be immortall glo∣rie, infinite power, euerlasting kingdome, perpetuall praise, and continual thanks-giuing, by all creatures, through all ages & worlds, world without end,

Amen.
See more for Sundaie afterward.

Meditations.

HEere call to mind the commandements of almightie God, concerning the kéeping of the Sabboth daie holie vnto him; as namelie, the third commandement, Remember thou keepe holie the Sabboth daie, &c. Exod. 20, verse 11.

Call to mind also his promises touching the same, who saith, If thou turne awaie thy foote from the Sabboth, from doo∣ing thy will on the Sabboth daie, and call the Sabboth a delight to consecrate it as glorious vnto the Lord, and shalt honor him, not dooing thine owne waies, nor seeking Page  401 thine owne will, nor speaking a vaine word, then shalt thou delight in the Lord, and I will cause thee to mount vpon the high places of the earth, and feede thee with the heri∣tage of Iacob thy father, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Esaie 58, verses 13, 14.

Yea, blessed is he that keepeth the Sabboth, and pollu∣teth it not, and keepeth his hands from doing anie euill, Esaie 56, verse 2. Then his threatenings where he saith.

Yee shall therefore keepe the Sabboth, for it is holie vnto you: he that defileth it, shall die the death: therefore who∣soeuer worketh therein, the same person shall be euen cut off from among his people, Exod. 31, verse 14.

Of going to Church.

AND to the end you may the spéedilier addresse your selfe to frequent the Church often, not alone, but with your whole familie, as you ought; first call diligentlie to your mind some of these sentences of holie Scrip∣ture, following:


¶ Esaie 66, verse 23.

AND it shall come to passe, that from Moone to his Moone, from Sabboth to his Sabboth, all flesh shall come to worship before me, saith the Lord.


¶ Esaie 2, verses 2, 3.

AND it shall come to passe in the latter daies, the hill of the Lords house shall be prepared in the height of the mountaines, and shall be higher than the hilles, and all na∣tions shall prease vnto him, and a multitude of people shall go speaking thus one to another; Come, let vs ascend to the hill of the Lord, &c.


¶ Agge. 1, verses 4, 5, 6, &c. Zach. 14.

THus saith the Lord of hostes: Consider your owne waies in your harts, ô yee people: get yee vp to the mountaine and fetch wood, and build this house, and I will Page  402 take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Is it time for your selues to dwell in seeled houses, and this house lie waste? Ye haue sowne much, but ye bring little in: ye eate, but ye haue not ynough: ye drinke, but ye are not filled: ye cloath you, but ye be not warme: and he that earneth wages, putteth it into a broken bagge: ye looke for much, and lo, it came to little. And when ye brought it home, I did blowe vpon it: and why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that is waste, and you run eue∣rie one into his owne house. Therfore, vpon you is the hea∣uens staied from deaw, and the earth is staied from yeelding her increase; and I haue called for a drought vpon the land, and vpon the mountaines, and vpon the corne, and vpon the wine, and vpon the oile, and vpon all that the earth bringeth foorth, vpon men and vpon cattell, and vpon all the labour of thy hands, &c.

Thus hauing well perused and weied these holie sentences, stir vp your selfe, and exhort all your children, seruants, strangers and neighbours about you, with chéerefull minds, willinglie and dili∣gentlie to resort to the Church; especiallie euerie Sundaie and Holiedaie, saieng vnto them as followeth.

An exhortation to be vsed of Maisters and Dames euerie Sundaie morning.

COme, let vs ascend to the hill of the Lord, to the house of the God of Iacob; and he will there instruct vs of his waies, and teach vs how to walke in his paths. For out of Zion shall come a lawe, and the word of the Lord from Ierusalem, and hee shall giue sentence among the heathen, and shall reforme the multitude of the people. Come therfore, I saie; let vs cheerfullie ascend, and go vp to Ierusalem, the hill and house of the Lord. O let vs go our waies into his gates with thanks-gi∣uing, Page  403 and into his courts with praise; that we may present our selues to daie holie before the Lord, and serue him with gladnesse.

¶ When you be going towards the Church, the better to expell idle thoughts, and noifull cogitations, and to pre∣pare your harts to deuotion; euen by the waie as ye go, meditate and saie with your selfe some of these Psalmes and praiers following; the which also for more readi∣nesse would be learned by hart, and said without booke.

Praiers to be vsed going to Church. A Psalme.

I Was glad when they said vnto me; We will go into the house of the Lord; our feete shall stand in thy gates O Ierusalem.

Ierusalem is builded as a Citie that is at vnitie in it selfe.

For thither the Tribes go vp, e∣uen the Tribes of the Lord, to testi∣fie vnto Israel, and to giue thanks vnto the name of the Lord.

For there is the seate of iudgement, euen the seate of the house of Dauid.

O my soule, praie for the peace of Ierusalem, they shall prosper that loue it.

Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

Another Psalme.

LORD, I haue loued the habita∣tion of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth; yea the zeale of thine house hath euen eaten me.

Therefore will I wash my hands in innocencie, O Lord; and so will I go to thine altar, that I may Page  404 shew the voice of thankes-giuing, and tell of all thy woonderous works in the great congregation.

Behold, I will go with the multitude, that by the motion of the spirit are brought forth into thy house, O God: euen vpon the multitude of thy mercies, & in thy feare will I (among such as keepe holiedaie) worship towards thy holy Temple, & make haste vnto thy Ta∣bernacle, to vnderstand thy worthie wais & diuine wil.

For vnto thee, O God, which hearest the praiers; vnto thee shall all flesh come, to worship thee in Zion: praier shall be made euer vnto thee, and dailie shalt thou be praised in Ierusalem.

O therefore let the congregation of thy people come about thee, O God; that they may shew all thy prai∣ses within the portes of the daughter of Zion, and re∣ioice in thy saluation.

Remember also, I beseech thee good Lord, according to the fauour that thou bearest vnto thy people; and visit me with thy saluation, that I may see the felicitie of thy chosen children, and reioice in the gladnesse of thy people, & giue thee thanks with thine inheritance.

O make me one of the houshold of faith, and congre∣gation of them that seeke thee: euen of them that seeke thy face, O Iacob, saieng; Lo, I come to fulfill thy will O God.

O send out the light of thy truth, that they may leade me, and bring me vnto thy holie hill, and to thy dwel∣ling; and that I may go vnto the altar of God, euen vnto thee, the God of my ioie and gladnesse.

With ioie and gladnesse, I saie, cause thou me to be brought to thy mansion house, and to enter into the Kings palace.

That I may ascend vnto the hill of the Lord, and rise vp holilie in his holie place.

That I may receiue the blessing from the Lord, and righteousnesse from the God of health and saluation.

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Another verie godlie praier, to be vsed going to Church, either at morning, or euening praier.

IAm now entred into the voiage of saluation; conduct me, O Lord, luc∣kilie vnto the port; that deliuered by thee from the verie death, I may es∣cape all dangers, and come to the verie life. Behold Lord, my hart hunteth thee out; and would God I might dailie more and more trace thee out! yea I haue a great while sore longed, with so godlie affection as I could, to celebrate thee in the fre∣quented assemblies of the godlie, which trulie I will now doo accordinglie, by the grace and assistance of thy holie spirit; and that with a most readie and ioifull mind, as it behooueth. And that this mine enterprise and beginning may proceede to a further good successe, and amendment of my maners and imbettering of my life; doo thou finish the thing, O God, which thou hast begun in me, and make me continuallie to increase from faith to faith. Yea, so renew and shape me againe in innocencie and righteousnesse, O grations Lord, I beseech thee; that as a person new borne of thee, I may insearch thee againe and againe, both in the dawning of the daie, morning, noone, euening, and night. Now lead me forooard, O Lord, I beseech thee, in thy righte∣ousnesse: let thy louing spirit direct my feete, and make thy waies plaine before my face; bicause of my mortall and inuisible enimies. And doo thou vouchsafe luckilie to conduct my bodie this daie, vnto thy materiall tem∣ple, and to bring my soule at the last vnto thy holie hill, and blessed mountaine, which thou hast purchased with thy right hand, that I may rest both bodie and soule in heauen, and remaine with thee foreuer,

Amen.
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Or praie thus;

O GOD the word, who art the light; by whom light was made: who art the waie, truth, and life; in whom there is no darknes, ouersight, va∣nitie, nor death: shine foorth, O Lord my light, mine inlightening, and my welfare, whom I will reuerence; my Lord, whom I will honour; my Father, whom I will loue; my Iudge, whom I will feare; my Bridegroome, whom I will cleaue vnto, and keepe my selfe an vndefiled spouse. Shine foorth, O euerlasting light; shine foorth, I saie, and lighten the Lampe of my virginitie, with the oile of thy diuine grace and mercie; that this blind soule of mine, which yet sitteth in darknesse, and shadowe of death, may see the light, and eschew darknesse; see the waie, and es∣chew straieng; see the truth, and eschew leasing; see the life, and eschew death. And guide thou my feete vn∣to the waie of peace, that by thy mercifull protection, I may see the light, walke in the light, and neuer stum∣ble vpon the snares of Sathan, but may now passe thereby, into the palace of thy woonderfull taberna∣cle, and be able to climbe vp euen vnto the holie house and temple, with the voice of gladnesse and confes∣sion, there to abide, and receiue at thy hands both mercie, righteousnesse, health, bles∣sing, and euerlasting saluation, with my fellowe-citizens, thy Saints and houshold menie,

Amen.
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Another godlie praier to be said either going to∣wards, or being in the Church.

LOoke what earnest and feruent de∣sire soeuer the old fathers had, O most mightie GOD, to come vnto the place, wherein thou hadst ap∣pointed a tabernacle to thy selfe for that time; euen the like am I kin∣dled withall, in beholding the repai∣ring of thy sacred Church, and to see therin a very great companie of godlie men & women lawfullie assembled together, for the aduancement of thy glorie; hearing thy holie doctrine, & dulie receiuing of thy blessed Sacraments accordinglie. Wherefore, I humblie beseech thee, which art my God & my King, that I may this daie reioice to be there. For what fe∣licitie soeuer may be attained vnto in this fraile life, I doubt not but it will light vpon the sacred companie of the godlie there assembled. Giue eare therefore, O excellent Father, vnto mine earnest praiers; & grant that I make none other account of thy blessed house, than thy will and pleasure is I should doo. For a more blessed thing it were for me, to haue one daies meeting and abode therein; than if I abide neuer so great a time of continuance in the congregation of the vngod∣lie; or in such a one as is not lawfullie assembled, with the aduantage and ouer-plus of all the pleasures of this transitorie world. Seeing that therefore thou art our most splendent light, and strong defence; cause our assemblies on the earth; O God, so to redound to thine vnspeakable glorie, that our assured hope, by comming in the end vnto thee in the euerlasting tabernacles of the heauens, may be augmented, and verie much in∣creased, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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VVhen you enter into the Church, meditate thus with your selfe, and saie:

LORD, who shall ascend into thy high hill? Or who shall rise vp in thy holie place?

Euen he that hath cleane hands, and a pure hart; and hath not lift vp his mind vnto vanitie, nor sworne to deceiue his neighbour.

He shall receiue the blessing from the Lord, and righteousnesse from the God of his sal∣uation.

This is the generation of them that seeke him; euen of them that seeke thy face, O Iacob.

Lift vp your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift vp ye euerlasting doores: and the King of glorie shall come in, euen the Lord of hosts, most mightie and strong.

Open me the gates of righteousnesse, O Lord, that I (with the righteous nation that keepe thy truth) may go into them, and giue thanks vnto thee. This is the gate of the Lord, the righteous shall enter into it.

Yea, blessed are they that doo thy commandements, O God. For their power shall be in the tree of life, and they shall enter in through the gates, into the holie ci∣tie new Ierusalem.

But without shall be dogs, and inchanters, and whooremongers, and murderers, and idolaters: yea, there shall enter into it none vncleane thing, nei∣ther whatsoeuer worketh abhomination, or maketh lies: but they onlie, which are written in the Lambes booke of life,

A∣men.
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Or thus.

LOrd, who shall enter into thy san∣ctuarie, to consider thy mightie po∣wer; except thou open it vnto him? And who shall open it, if thou shut it? Trulie, O Lord my God, I sillie worme and claie, am not able to en∣ter into thine euerlastingnesse; vn∣lesse thou, which hast made all things of nothing, doo lead me in. Yea, I knowe, Lord, I knowe and confesse, that I am vnwoorthie to enter vnder thy roofe: but yet I beseech thee, let a blessed en∣trance to the house of eternall felicitie, whither I haue dailie a feruent desire to come, be set open, and made as a free passage vnto me, O God. And giue mee leaue now, I praie thee, though a dog, and an vnwoor∣thie wretch, euen for thine owne honour sake, to enter into thy holie house, and to approch thy sacred pre∣sence, and confound not thy seruant that seeketh thee, and putteth all hir trust and confidence in thy mercie.

Oh suffer me not, I saie, good Lord, to knit vp and fi∣nish my last daies with malefactors, and wicked per∣sons: but grant that after my long and dailie trauell, in this transitorie world, I may in the end at length be permitted, through thy mercie, to enter the courts of thy diuine presence, and with thine elect and chosen seruants for euer inhabit the hauen of eter∣nall felicitie, through Ie∣sus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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Or saie thus, as you enter into the Church.

O How amiable are thy dwellings, thou LORD of hosts! My soule hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord, my hart and my flesh reioice in the li∣uing God.

When shall I enter in, to behold thy face? When shall I come to appeare before thy presence, O God?

For one daie in thy courts, is better than a thousand else where? I had rather be a doore-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the vngodlie.

Yea, like as the Hart desireth the water brookes: so longeth my soule after thee, O God. My soule is a thirst for God, yea euen for the liuing God.

Now therfore I come into thy house, O Lord; euen vpon the multitude of thy mercies: and in thy feare doo I enter thy tabernacle, and will worship thee: God grant it according to thy will,

Amen.

As you passe by the people in the Church vnto your Pue, salute the congregation, and saie:

PEace be within thy wals, O Ieru∣salem; and plentiousnesse within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions sakes I will praie for thy peace, and wish thee now pros∣peritie: yea bicause of the house of the Lord our God, I will seeke to doo thee good, and saie:

Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lord. The Lord prosper you, I wish you good lucke in the name of the Lord: So be it.

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Being placed in your Pue, call to mind these sentences of holie Scripture following.

IT is written, My house shall be called a house of praier vnto all nations: but ye haue made it a den of theeues, and an house of marchandise. Matth. 21, verse 13.

Ye shall keepe my Saboths, and feare with reuerence my Sanctuarie. I am the Lord. Leuit. 19, verse 30.

Holinesse becommeth Gods house for euer. Ps. 93, ver. 5.

The Lord will vtterlie destroie euerie enimie that doth euill in his Sanctuarie, that prophaneth his holie temple, & polluteth the dwelling place of his name. Psal. 74, verse 3.

When thou commest into the house of God therefore keepe thy foote, and drawe nigh, that God which is at hand may heare; that thou giue not the offerings of fooles. For they knowe not but to doo euill. Eccles. 4, verse 17.

Be not hastie with thy mouth, I saie, and let not thine hart speake anie thing rashlie before God. For God is in heauen, and thou vpon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Eccl. 5, verse 1.

A Meditation, wherein is shewed how we ought to be verie intentiue to the Psalmes and praiers in the Church.

WHen thou entrest the temple to pray or sing Psalmes; leaue behind thee the heapes of wauering thoughts, and forget vtterlie the care of out∣ward things, that thou maist giue all thine attendance to diuine mat∣ters. For it is vnpossible for him to speake with God, that talketh with the whole world in silence. Intend thou him that in∣tendeth thee; heare him when he speaketh to thee; that he may hearken to thee when thou praiest to him: so shalt thou shew a carefull and due reuerence in mag∣nifieng Page  412 God, and a christian attendance in giuing heed to his holie word.

Understand not this, as though I performed that I speake of: yet I striue to doo it, repenting the omis∣sion of it in time past, and sorowing that I am not able to attaine it presentlie. But thou, to whom God hath beene more liberall of his graces, inclined his sacred eares towards thee; with hartie praiers, in sighs and teares beseech him most humblie, to pardon thee all thy riots, and excesse. Extoll and magnifie him in the excellencie of his works with spirituall songs. For this is most pleasing to the mightie Iehoua, as him selfe doth witnesse: The sacrifice of praise shall ho∣nour me.

O how happie wert thou, if it were granted thee to behold, with spirituall eies, the araie of the celestiall princes, that go before them that praise God in the midst of the damsels, plaieng with their Timbrels! Thou shouldest see doubtlesse with what endeuour and cheerefulnesse they accompanie them in singing, assist them in praier, in meditation comfort them, pro∣tect them in time of rest, direct them in all their af∣faires and businesse. Uerelie the heauenlie powers doo loue their felowe-citizens, and doo exceedinglie ioie in the societie of those, that are free heires of saluation; they with longing looke for our comming, and earnest∣lie attend, that the ruines and dis-peopling of their heauenlie citie may be filled vp againe, in the multi∣tude of our companies. They doo curiouslie inquire, and willinglie heare all good of vs. They be carefull messengers betweene God and vs, and beare a faith∣full witnesse of our dooing. They disdaine not now to be our seruants, that shall be our felowes: we haue made them reioice in our conuersion and repen∣tance. Let vs haste then to fulfill their ioies ouer vs. Wo be vnto thee then that louest a returne to thy Page  413 vomit and impuritie. Dooest thou thinke to haue those witnesse for thee in iudgement, whom thou hast berea∣ued of so great and long hoped-for ioie? They reioiced ouer vs, when we gaue our names first to Christ; as if they had seene vs pulled out of hell gates. But what will they doo then, when they shall see those turned backe from the gate of Paradise, who had alreadie al∣most one foote in heauen?

Wherefore, though our bodies be on earth, let vs set our harts on the highest heauens: let vs run thi∣ther, not with bodilie members, but with spirituall affections, desires, and longing; where not the angels onlie, but the Creator of angels doth long looke for vs. God the father looketh for vs, as his owne sonnes and heires, to commit the rule of all his treasure vnto vs. God the sonne looketh for vs, as his deere german bro∣thers, and coparteners, that he may present God his father with the fruite of his natiuitie, and price of his owne bloud. The holie Ghost also looketh for vs: for he verelie is that bountie and benignitie, wherein from euerlasting we were predestinate to saluation; and no doubt, he wisheth our predestination accomplished.

Seeing then the whole court of heauen doth so ear∣nestlie looke and wish for vs, let vs with all zealous af∣fection seeke after it. For with great shame, and a large cōfusion, shall he come thither, that is lead with a cold and luke-warme desire: but whosoeuer, in the strength of continuall praier, and dailie meditation, is alwaie conuersant there; shall both from hence depart with securitie, and there be receiued with triumphing ioie.

Therefore, wheresoeuer thou be, still praie within thy selfe. If thou chance to be far from thy closet, seeke no place. For thou to thy selfe art a place. If thou be in thy bed, praie; and praie often in the temple. And in prostrating thy bodie, lift vp thy mind to God. For as there is no time, wherein we doo not vse and enioie the Page  414 goodnesse & mercie of God: so there ought to be no mo∣ment, wherein his almightinesse ought not to possesse our memorie. But thou wilt saie, I praie continuallie, and yet I see no fruit of my praier: as I come vnto it, so I depart; none answereth, or speaketh vnto me; nothing is giuen me, but my labour seemeth vaine. This is the speech of humane follie, not obseruing what truth it selfe promiseth, saieng: Uerelie I saie vnto you, whatsoeuer ye aske in praier with faith, yee shall receiue it; and it shall be performed vnto you. E∣steeme not lightlie therfore of praier. For he to whome thou praiest, hath it in price; and before it proceed from thy mouth, commandeth it to be registred in his owne booke. One of these two we may vndoubtedlie hope for; that either he will giue vs our requests, or better. Thinke of God as highlie as thou art able, and yet be∣leeue more of him, than thou canst thinke. All the time wherein thou thinkest not vpon God, esteeme it lost; all other things be foraigne vnto vs, time onlie is our owne. Attend therefore vpon God; and wheresoeuer thou art, be all with him. Impart, but giue not vp thy selfe to worldlie affaires. Wheresoeuer thou art, cast thy thoughts vpon God. No place is vnfit for medita∣tion. Therefore, with all cheerefulnesse, gather vp thy spirits, dwell at libertie with thy selfe, and out of the largenesse of thy heart measure out a lodging for thy Lord Christ.

A wise mans mind is alwaie with God. He ought to be alwaies in our sight, by whome we haue our be∣ing, life, and knowledge. He is the author of our being, the teacher of our vnderstanding, the treasure of our spirituall and ioifull happinesse. Heerein we may ac∣knowledge the diuine image of the heauenlie Trini∣tie. For as he hath his being in excellencie of wisdome and goodnesse; so we, according to our creation, haue our subsistence; being endued also with reason, and Page  415 delight in knowledge, as a signature and impression of the diuine Maiestie. Esteeme therefore of thy selfe, as of the temple of God; seeing it pleased him to impart his likenesse to thee, as a high renowne, to adore and imitate God. Thou dooest imitate him, if thou be holie, as he is holie. For a holie mind is the temple of God; and a sincere hart, the most acceptable aultar. Thou dooest adore God, if thou be mercifull, euen as he is mercifull to all. For it is a pleasing sacrifice to God, to gratifie all for the cause of God.

Doo all things as the sonne of God, that thou bee not vnworthie of him, that hath vouchsafed to be thy father. Knowe that of all thy actions, God is a wit∣nesse. Beware therefore to fixe thine eie, or settle thy thought in anie vnlawfull delight: neither speake, nor doo anie ill, though thou maist. Offend not God, neither in deede nor purpose. For his almightinesse discoue∣reth thy deeds. Thou hast neede of a great watch, dis∣charging all the actions in the face of the Iudge; yet liue thou maist without securitie, if thou behaue thy selfe so, as he vouchsafe thee his presence. If he abide not with thee in fauour, he will come vnto thee in re∣uenge. And if he come in reuenge, wo be vnto thee; nay rather, wo if he come not. For God is most angrie with him, whose sinne he leaueth vnpunished. His damna∣tion is prepared, whome God reformeth not in father∣lie chasticement.

Another Meditation to the same effect.

GOod Lord bee mercifull vnto mee, that offend worst; where I ought most to mind the reformation of my faults. Praieng in the temple, of∣tentimes I heed not what I speak. I praie, but by the absence of my wandering mind, it is made fruit∣lesse. With my bodie I enter into Page  416 thy temple; but my hart standeth without: there∣fore my praier vanisheth awaie. For the outward sound of the voice, without the inward symphonie of the hart auaileth nothing. Then is it a great follie, naie madnesse, when by praier presuming to speake in presence of the mightie God, we doo brutishlie wander in vaine thoughts, and arrest our minds vpon verie trifles. An heinous offence also, and woorthie a gree∣uous punishment it is, that vile dust should not vouch∣safe audience to the Creator of the whole world spea∣king vnto him. But the woorthinesse of thy heauenlie bountie is vnspeakable, which euerie daie regardeth vs standing in wretchednesse and miserie, turning a∣side our eares, and hardening our harts. Yet he crieth out vnto vs, saieng: Returne into the waie yee trans∣gressours; attend, and see: for I am God. God spea∣keth to me in the Psalme, and I vnto him; yet in re∣peating the same, I regard not whose it is. Heerein I offer God great wrong, in desiring him to harken vnto my praier; which my selfe in making it, doo not heare. I request him to attend me, and I neither in∣tend him, nor my selfe; but that which worsse is, I doo violate his sacred presence with vnpure and vn∣profitable thoughts. Haue mercie vpon me, pardon mine offences, and renew mee with thy holie Spirit; that in all my Praiers, Psalmes, Songs, and Hymnes, I may both saie and sing to the honor and glorie of thy name,

Amen.

¶ Heere, as time will conuenientlie serue, before Com∣mon praier begin, make your priuate petitions vnto Almightie God, and saie:

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A salutation to God the Father, or first forme of praier, when yee kneele downe in the Church.

HAile our Father, GOD Almightie, full of grace, mercie, and comfort. Thy Sonne Ie∣sus Christ, verie God and man, is with thee in heauen. Blessed be thy name, O Father, both in heauen aboue, and in earth amongst all na∣tions, by thine onlie sonne our Lord,

Amen.

Another first forme of praier in the Church at Morning praier.

O Most high and blessed Trinitie, the verie Father, Sonne, & holie Ghost, three glorious and vnseparable per∣sons in Trinitie, and but one God in Deitie, vncreate, incomprehen∣sible, eternall, inuisible, and almigh∣tie, one being power, wisdome, good∣nesse and Lord, of coequall, coeter∣nall, and vndefiled Maiestie: who before all worlds, in all worlds, and by all worlds into euerlasting, dooest liue, and dwellest alone in vnapprochable light: with all my verie hart and mouth doo I, beeing the least member of thy Church, fall downe lowe on my knees heere before thy footestoole; and confesse, praise, blesse, and worship thee, O glorious Trinitie. And now and euer, with all Angels, creatures and Elders, both in heauen and earth, I crie and saie; Holie, Holie, Holie Lord God of hostes, dreadfull, strong, righteous, mercifull, maruellous, praise-worthie, to be beloued. Heauen and earth are full of thy glorie. Glorie be to thee, O God, for euer,

Amen.
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A praier, that God would vouchsafe to heare the praiers of the Congregation afflicted, and graunt their requests.

OH Lord my God, most high; most holie holie holie Lord God of Sa∣baoth, most blessed and glorious Trinitie, Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost, three glorious persons of co∣equall and consubstantiall Maie∣stie, and one almightie and incom∣prehensible God in Deitie, alwais, by all meanes, of all creatures, aboue all things to be woorshipped in Unitie, and glorified in Deitie: looke downe from thy kinglie court and princelie pallace, where thou art placed, in the highest coasts of the hea∣uen of heauens; and sittest in the celestiall throne of eternall glorie, betweene the Cherubins and Sera∣phins. Looke downe, I saie, O most mightie Iehoua, and haue respect now, I beseech thee, vnto thy sacred Sanctuarie, and holie house of praier. Let thine eies I saie, O Lord, be euer open towards thy blessed Ta∣bernacle night and daie; euen towards thy Church, thy Temple, and most sacred place on earth; where thine honor dwelleth, and whereof thou hast said: My house shall be an house of praier for all people and na∣tions, and my name shall be called vpon therein, that thou maist harken this daie vnto the praiers, which we thy poore creatures, and most vnwoorthie seruants make before thee in this place.

Heare thou therefore, O our God, euen from hea∣uen, the place of thy glorious habitation, the supplica∣tions of thy seruants; and also what praiers and sup∣plications soeuer shall be made vnto thee, of anie par∣ticular man or woman, and of all the people. Giue good eare (I saie) O Lord, vnto all the cries, praiers, and petitions of thy people heere assembled, or that Page  419 shall be gathered together in thy name; who with rent harts, bowed knees, and stretched out hands returne vnto thee, and present themselues here this daie, to confesse thee, & call vpon thy holie name in this place. And when thou hearest, pardon the sinnes of thy ser∣uants, and be mercifull vnto the offences and iniqui∣ties of thy people, wherewith they haue sinned and transgressed, or shall offend against thy Maiestie. Heare vs, I saie, O Lord, O holie Lord God heare vs; we praie thee be mercifull vnto thine inheritance, and doo and giue to euerie one of vs, according vnto all and euerie thing that we call and praie for vnto thee, this daie, in this thy holie house, according to thy will, tho∣rough Iesus Christ our Lord:

Amen, Amen.

A psalme of preparation to praier in the morning.

I will giue thanks vnto the Lord with my whole hart, secretlie among the faithfull, and in the congregation, and will saie:

O God, my hart is readie; my hart is readie here now now in thy holie house, to paie thee my vowes, which I promised with my lips, and spake with my mouth, when I was in trouble.

My voice shalt thou heare bee∣times, O Lord; earlie in the mor∣ning will I direct my praiers vnto thee, & will looke vp.

I my selfe will awake right earlie, to sing and giue praise vnto thee, with the best member that I haue.

Unto thee, my God, will I lift vp my hands & hart, in this thy holie habitation, towards the mercie-seat of thy holie temple.

In the voice of praise and thankes-giuing, among such as keepe it holie daie. For this is the daie, which Page  420 thou, O Lord, hast made, I will reioice, & be glad in it.

In this daie of thy power will I offer the free-will offerings, with an holie worship; and magnifie thee in the congregation of the people.

From the ground of my hart will I reioice, and giue thanks vnto thee my God, in the seate of the elders, for a remembrance of thy holinesse.

O let my mouth be filled with thy praise, that I may sing of thy glorie and praise, now and for euermore.

Glorie be to the, &c. As it was in the, &c.

A Psalme to be vsed priuatelie before Euening praier, in the Church.

IN the euening and morning, and at noone daie will I praie, and that in∣stantlie; & he shall heare my voice.

My hart is fixed redie, O God, my hart is fixed redie; I will praise thee and thy faithfulnesse yet more & more with the best member that I haue: euen with all my hart will I thanke thee, and praise thy name for euermore.

My lips be faine to sing vnto thee, and so is my soule, whom thou hast deliuered: yea my soule shall be satis∣fied with marowe and fatnesse, when my mouth prai∣seth thee with ioifull lips.

For it is a good thing to giue thanks vnto the Lord; and to sing praises vnto thy name, O most high; to tell of thy louing kindnesse earlie in the morning, and of thy truth in the euening and night season: yea, a ioi∣full and pleasant thing it is, to be thankfull vnto thee our God alwaie.

Therefore I will sing seuen times a daie, and will praise thy mercie late in the euening, bicause of thy righteous iudgements.

As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, thy glo∣rie, Page  421 thy praise, and woonderous works from time to time. For great art thou, O Lord, and maruelous wor∣thie to be praised, and feared aboue all the gods: yea, thou canst not woorthilie be praised; for there is none end of thy greatnesse nor goodnesse.

Behold now therfore, praise the Lord all ye seruants of the Lord: ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord, euen in the middest of the courts of the house of our God.

Lift vp your hands in the sanctuarie, and praise the Lord together with me. For he is good and gratious, and his mercie endureth for euer.

Yea let euerie good man and woman sing of thy praise, O God: and speake of thine honour in thy tem∣ple, with cheerfull minds, and that without ceasing for euer, and saie:

The Lords name be praised, from the rising vp of the sunne, vnto the going downe of the same: blessed be the Lord God of Israel from euerlasting, & worlds without end,

Amen.
Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

Another preparation of the hart before euening praier in the Church.

LORD behold, mine hart is at this present readie to sing praises more and more vnto thee, and againe and againe to render vnto thee woorthie thanks here now in the assemblie of Saints. Onelie I desire thee to hallowe vs from heauen thy dwel∣ling place, & powre downe vpon vs thy holie sanctifieng spirit, which may so wholie pos∣sesse our soules, and preserue vs from all euill cogita∣tions, and motions of sinne and iniquitie, that we may hallowe thy name this euening, and euermore in all Page  422 things, flowe in thy word, render the sacrifice of praise and thankes-giuing vnto thee, and worship thee onelie in spirit and truth, as our God most mightie in heauen and earth, our righteous maker, and the worker of all goodnesse, in all such as beleeue in thee.

A cleane hart, O God, make thou in me; restore in me a willing and a right spirit; denie me not the holie Ghost. For of my selfe I can performe nothing that is good. Blesse me therefore, O benigne Lord, and indue me plentifullie with thy grace; to the intent I may offer the acceptable euening sacrifice of thankes-gi∣uing, (for nothing else verelie requirest thou) and with glad semblance imbrace and celebrate thy righteous∣nesse, espied in the releasing & forgiuing of my sinnes.

Giue mee of thy goodnesse to this end, that I may continuallie praise thy Maiestie daie and night, with mysticall Psalmes, & spirituall songs. Be thou euer∣more working through thy holie spirit in me, (which presentlie keepeth the godlie rest of the new Saboth) such things as be allowed and pleasant vnto thee; least at anie time cleauing to superstition and hypocrisie, I doo worship thee amisse: but fill my hart with grace, and stuffe it with sweetnesse of spirit, euen as my bodie is stuffed with abundance of meats. Lord rid me out of mine vngodlinesse, plucke from me mine ignorance of thee, banish my slothfulnesse of insearching thee. Compell my flesh through thy spirit to his bounden dutie and obedience, and bring to passe that I may now & alwaies applie my selfe wholie, without weari∣nesse and drinesse of mind, vnto the right sincere wor∣shipping and seruing of thee, here in thy presence. O Lord, open thou my lips, and then shall my mouth ex∣toll thy renowmed name, and publish thy praise, not with fained lips, but with a full glad hart, lustie sto∣mach, and quicke spirit, and saie with the congregati∣on: Our Father, &c. As at euening praier in the Church.

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Another Meditation before Euening praier in the Church.

SEing thou hast beautified all those with a notable promise, O most mightie God, which are knit toge∣ther in the honouring of thy blessed name; so that thou wilt not onlie be present with them, but also be∣stowest excellent gifts and benefits vpon these men, whosoeuer they are that excell in sincere faith, and pure godlinesse, and haue an exceeding desire to be often in the blessed con∣gregation, in so much as there is nothing, which they more couet or desire, than to appeare diuers times in the daie before thee, in the sacred assemblies: yea it ought to be a most pleasant thing vnto vs, to celebrate thy high praises perpetuallie, and shew foorth thy maruellous works without ceasing. For the perfor∣mance whereof, godlinesse would require, that wee should not onlie doo the same in the daie time, but also in the night season. We will therefore lift vp pure hands in all places, touching the publishing of thy glo∣rious name, and render perpetuall thankes (accor∣ding to our bounden dutie) for thine vnspeakable goodnesse, and louing kindnesse extended towards vs. But seeing that this ought to be done in the most sa∣cred and holie assemblies, our earnest request is, to haue thee present heere with vs, and to bestowe thy plentifull blessings vpon thy beloued Israel. First de∣liuer vs, wee humblie beseech thee, from our heinous faults, enorme sinnes, and lewd corruptions, where∣with we haue greatlie defiled our selues. And then let our weake and feeble harts be strengthned in thy bles∣sed waie, and the withered powers of our mind (which are dried vp) watered with the holie Ghost; that we Page  424 being altogither repaired, and wholie renewed, may continuallie celebrate and praise thee, and haue a great desire to direct our praiers vnto thy mercie-seate, with a most holie intent, as Christians ought to doo.

Cause vs now, not constrained and brought there∣to by compulsion, but of a willing hart, to come before thy presence; and become true worshippers of thee: yea and such as doo thinke it a goodlie matter to spend, not onlie houres, but daies and nights; yea and all our yeares and life in the sincere seruice, and right worshipping and honouring of thee, in the sacred Church. Let nothing be so deere and pretious vnto vs, as to continue in the praises, and commendations of thy glorious name, from morning to night; praieng both publikelie and priuatelie for all other, as well as for our selues. Graunt O excellent father, that we in giuing due thanks for thy benefits, may ioifullie sing double praises to thy glorious name for euermore; that our minds, I saie, may dailie more and more bee strengthened, hartilie to confesse, couragiouslie to ex∣toll, and aboue all things to exalt thy wonderfull prai∣ses vncessantlie, through Iesus Christ our Lord and Sauiour,

Amen.

A Psalme of exhortation to praier in the morning or euening.

O Come, let vs worship & fall downe, and kneele before the Lord our ma∣ker; and let vs hartilie reioice in the strength of our saluation.

Let our soules reioice, I saie, in the mercie of the Lord, and not be asha∣med to publish his praise. Let vs doo our duties betimes, both earlie and late, and he will giue vs a reward in his due time.

Page  425 For a good thing it is to giue thanks vnto the Lord, and to tell of his louing kindnesse earlie in the mor∣ning.

O come therefore, praise the Lord with me, and let vs magnifie his name together.

Bring hither the booke, take the Psalter, and sing vnto the Lord a new song. Let vs sing praises, I saie, lustilie vnto him, with a good courage, and shew our selues glad in him with Psalmes; euen now in the time appointed, and vpon our solemne feast-daie.

For great is the Lord, and highlie to be praised in the Citie of our God, euen vpon his holie hill of Zion.

Glorie be to the, &c. As it was in the, &c.

Another Psalme, exhorting all creatures to praise God.

O Praise the Lord of heauen yee An∣gels of his, ye Saincts that excell in strength, and fulfill his comman∣dements, yee seruants of his that harken to the voice of his words, and doo his pleasure. Praise him in the height ye children of Zion, and be ioifull in your King with glorie.

For God is verie greatlie to be feared in the coun∣sell of his Saincts; and to be had in reuerence of all them that are about him.

Praise him all yee heauens, and ye waters that bee aboue the heauens. O God, the verie heauens shall praise thy woonderous works; and thy truth in the congregation of the Saincts.

Yea, let heauen and earth praise thee; the Sea, and all that moueth therein.

O sing vnto the Lord all the whole earth, woorship him, and stand in awe of his iudgements ye multitude Page  426 of Isles.

Praise the Lord, O Ierusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.

Praise the name of the Lord, O yee seruants of the Lord; yee that by daie or by night stand in the house of the Lord, euen in the courts of the house of our God.

O all yee righteous that loue and seeke the Lord, and be true-harted towards him; praise his holie name, and magnifie him all yee seed of Israel that feare and dread his Maiestie.

Praise the Lord also all ye heathen, and nations of the world; worship you him, and glorifie his name. For he is great, passing all praise.

Praise the Lord, O ye Kings of the earth; Princes, and all Iudges of the world: yea, worship him all yee gods. For he is higher than the heauens, and far ex∣alted aboue all gods.

O yee kindreds of the people, ascribe vnto the Lord the worship, power, and honour due vnto his name; bring presents, and come into his courts with praise.

Let the people praise thee, O God; yea let all the people praise thee: both yong men and maids, old men and children; let them all remember thy holie name, and declare thy power from one generation to ano∣ther, world without end.

O speake good of the Lord all yee works of the Lord in all places of his dominion.

Let euerie thing that hath breath, praise the Lord. For his name onlie is most excellent, and his praise a∣boue heauen and earth.

Praise the Lord, O my soule; and all that is within me, praise his holie name.

My mouth shall speake the praises of the Lord; and let all flesh giue thanks vnto his holie name for euer and euer.

Glorie be to the father, &c. As it was in the, &c.
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A Psalme of Gods presence in the Church.

THE Lord hath chosen Zion to be an habitation for himselfe, he hath longed for hir; saieng:

This shall be my rest for euer, here will I dwell. For I haue a delight therein.

Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them; and they shall be his people, and God himselfe shall be their God with them.

The Lord is in his holie Temple, euen among thou∣sands of thine Angels, as in the holie place of Sinai.

Gods seate is in heauen, the Lord is in the midst of the holie place; euen of the Tabernacle of the most high.

This is Gods hill, euen an high hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell; yea the Lord will abide in it for euer.

As the hilles stand about Ierusalem; euen so stan∣deth the Lord round about his people, from this time foorth for euermore.

Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

Another Psalme of the beautie of Gods house, and the soules delight to be therein.

O GOD, wonderfull art thou in thy holie places, euen thou God of Is∣rael.

It is well seene, O God, how thou goest: how thou my God and King goest in the Sanctuarie.

The singers go before, the musi∣cians follow after: in the midst are the virgins plaieng with the timbrels.

Page  428 Thou Lord hast giuen thy word plentiouslie, and great is the companie of the preachers.

The Lord is King, he sitteth betweene the Cheru∣bins, the Lord is great in Zion, and high aboue all people.

Thou, O God, art gone vp on high, thou hast led cap∣tiuitie captiue, and receiued gifts for men: yea euen for thine enimies, that thou, Lord, mightest dwell among them.

Righteousnesse and equitie are the habitation of thy seate, mercie and truth shall go before thy face.

Glorie and worship are before thee, power and ho∣nour are in thy sanctuarie.

This therefore shall be my resting place; here will I dwell, O Lord: euen in the temple and tabernacle of the mightie God of Israel. For I haue a delight therein.

Lord, here is verie good being for vs. For such as bee planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.

They shall bring foorth more fruit in their age, and shall be fat, and well liking; that they may shew how true thou my Lord and strength art, and that there is no vnrighteousnesse in thee.

Yea, blessed is the man, whom thou choosest and re∣ceiuest vnto thee: he shall dwell in thy courts, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, euen of thy holie temple.

Blessed, I saie, are they that dwell in thy house; they will be alwaie praising thee. For in thy temple doth euerie man speake of thine honour; and that bicause holinesse becommeth thine house, O God, for euer.

This therefore shall be my resting place, euen here in thy temple will I dwell. For it is a good thing for me to be here continuallie in thy tabernacle, before thee my God for euer.

Page  429 Yea, here doo I wait for thy mercie and louing kind∣nesse, O God; euen in the mids of thy temple. O when wilt thou come vnto mee! that I may walke in thy house with a perfect hart, and praise thy name for euer,

Amen.
Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

A psalme for the prosperitie of the Church, and that all people may praise and blesse the Lord.

REturne, O Lord, to thy many thou∣sands of Israel. Arise now, I saie, to come into thy resting place, thou and the arke of thy strength, when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms also to serue the Lord.

O thou shepheard of Israel, thou that sittest vpon the Cherubins, be fauourable and gratious vnto Zion: build it vp, and let thy glorie and worship appeere therein, throughout all generations.

Decke hir priests with health, and hir Saints shall reioice and sing.

Let the priests be clothed with the white reines of righteousnesse, and let thy Saints sing Psalmes with ioifulnesse.

Giue vs thy word still plentiouslie, and let the com∣panie of the godlie preachers be great.

Let none touch thine annointed ones, nor doo thy prophets anie harme.

O Lord saue thy people, and giue thy blessing vnto thine inheritance: feed them, and set them vp for euer.

Let the congregation of the people come about thee, O God; that they may offer the sacrifice of righteous∣nesse, and shew foorth thy praises within the ports of the daughter of Zion.

In this daie of thy power let the people make their Page  430 humble supplication before thee, and offer the free-will offrings with an holie worship.

In the Temple let euerie man speake of thine honor, & euerie good man sing of thy praise without ceasing.

O let the nations reioice and be glad: let the people praise thee, O God; yea let all the people praise thee, and all creatures both in heauen and earth blesse thee, and saie:

Blessed be thou, O Lord God of our fathers. For thou art praise and honor-worthie; yea and to be ma∣gnified for euermore.

Blessed be the holie name of thy glorie. For it is wor∣thie to be praised and magnified in all worlds.

Blessed be thou, O God, in the holie Temple of thy glorie. For aboue all things thou art to be praised, yea and more than worthie to be magnified for euer.

Blessed be thou in the throne of thy kingdome. For aboue all thou art worthie to be praised, and well spo∣ken of, and to be more than magnified for euer.

Blessed be thou that sittest vpon the Cherubims, & lookest through the deepe. For thou art worthie to bee praised, and aboue all to be magnified for euer.

Blessed be thou in the firmament of heauen. For thou art praise and honor-worthie for euer.

Blessed be the Lord God, euen the God of Israel, which onlie doth woonderous things: and blessed bee the name of his Maiestie for euer, and the earth shall be filled with thy Maiestie: Amen, Amen.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time foorth for euermore.

Blessed, I saie, be the Lord God of Israel, from e∣uerlasting, and worlds without end: and let all the people saie Amen, Amen.

Blessing, and glorie, and wisdome, and thanks, and honour, and power, and might be vnto our God for e∣uermore:

Amen, Amen, Amen.
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A praier to be vsed at your first comming into the Church, for a pure and cleane soule.

SEeing that by the good motion and happie conduction of thy holy spirit, O gratious God, I am now entred into this thy holy house the Church, and most sacred place on earth, to worship thee; and forasmuch as ho∣lines apperteineth to thee, O Lord; for thou art holie, and nothing vn∣holie may appeare before thee: graunt that both now at this present, and so oft heereafter as I shall enter into this holie place and Tabernacle of the congre∣gation, and appeare before thee; I may be throughlie sanctified, both bodilie and ghostlie, by the diuine gra∣ces of thy spirit, the better therein to serue and wor∣ship thee. The which thing that I may euen now this daie, the better accomplish and doo, according to thy will (as I hartilie desire) and to the glorie of thy name, and the full discharge of my christian dutie: I most entirelie beseech thy Maiestie, first to sanctifie, purifie, cleanse, make happie, and keepe holie my wret∣ched soule and sinfull bodie; the posts whereof, deere father, are sprinkled with the pretious bloud of thy deere Sonne, who most deerelie bought them. O com∣fortable ghest of the soule, leaue not our houses deso∣late; cease not to fill vs by thy continuall presence, with thy life and righteousnesse. Dresse, cleanse, and sweepe the foreletten cottage once againe I saie, good Lord, with the beesome of thy celestiall grace, and hea∣uenlie felicitie, from all the pollution and filth of sinne and wickednesse. Once againe, O Christ, vouchsafe to cast out of the house of my soule, that vncleane spirit, and foule feend Sathan, mine old ghest and enimie, with the finger of God; and when he is cast out of me, Page  432 giue me grace to watch still continuallie, by hartie and earnest praier, that he enter not againe into me. For being once mine old ghest, he knoweth euerie hole and corner of my house. Therefore grant me grace to watch continuallie, I saie, O Lord, by feruent praier, and vertuous works proceeding from a firme faith; least he returne into the house, from whence hee was cast out, and finding it emptie, swept, and garnished, he go and take vnto himselfe seuen other foule spirits, worsse than himselfe, and they enter in also, and dwell there with him, and so mine end be woorsse than my beginning; which God forbid. Oh suffer not the holie house, Lord, of thy Diuinitie, and Temple of the holie Ghost, my bodie and soule I meane, cleansed with thy bloud, and decked with thy righteousnesse, to bee by my mortall enimies defiled, spoiled, or made a cage of vncleane birds, a dungeon of diuels, a den of theeues, a hell of wicked spirits, and a sinke of sinne, through de∣lectation in sinne, and infidelitie. Withdrawe not thy hand from me: let me not returne vnto my vomit like the dog: let not mine end be worse than my beginning, as hapned to Caine, Saule, Iudas, Arius, and manie mo. But as by thy great mercie, my body and soule are made the temple & tabernacle of ye holie spirit: so by the same thy rich mercie, & infinite goodnes, grant that the same may now become thy holie habitation, & sacred seate of euerlasting glorie; and so be purified, cleansed, throughlie sanctified, and made cleane by thy diuine in∣spiration, and gratious presence: that no heapes of soile, dregs of dust, or remnants of filth be to be found in any priuie or secret corner of this thy spiritual temple, to offend ye celestiall eies of thy diuine maiestie, so shall thy holie Hall, which is my clensed soule, in all reue∣rence, deuotion, & godlie worship, this daie and euer re∣sound in the Church, & all places of thy dominion, with thy perpetuall praises, to thine eternall glorie,

Amen.
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Another praier to serue God sincerelie in the Church.

O LORD God our celestiall Fa∣ther, whose fidelitie and truth is stablished in the high heauens, a∣mong thy chosen beleeuers, who al∣so art woonderfull in the congrega∣tion of the faithfull, and most migh∣tie, of all power, and present eue∣rie-where, beholding all things done in all places on earth. Forasmuch as thou, O gratious God, hast chosen this house, that thy name might be called vpon therein, and that it should be an house of praier and petition for thy people; merciful∣lie promising therewithall, that wheresoeuer two or three be gathered together in thy name, there thou wouldest be in the middest of them, and whatsoeuer they (beleeuing) asked of thee, it should be done vnto them. Behold, we therefore, whome by thy grace thou hast elected to be thy people and heritage, and with whome thou hast made an eternall couenant and pro∣mise to helpe, heare, assist and confirme in all goodnesse, righteousnesse, and holinesse; doo heere now at this present, through the motion of thy good spirit, assemble and gather our selues together in thy name, with one accord, to make our common supplications vnto thee: and according to our bounden dutie, with one mind and mouth, in spirit and truth, to laud and magnifie thy holie name and maiestie. Humblie beseeching thee, O Lord, to haue mercie vpon vs, miserable sinners, to purge vs and iustifie vs through faith, from all our of∣fences old and new: to inflame and lighten the lamps of our harts with the oile of sanctification, which is thy holie spirit: and so there-through to sanctifie our soules, to prepare our harts, and dispose all our mem∣bers Page  434 wholie to true pietie, godlinesse and deuotion; that we may be woorthie continuallie to lift vp in this holie place of thy glorious presence, and diuine habita∣tion, pure harts, innocent hands, and most feruent praiers vnto thee in heauen.

Grant also, O gratious God, that we with one hart and voice, in all holinesse and godlinesse, trembling, dread, Christian reuerence, humble obedience, spiritu∣all worship, and diuine seruice, may incessantlie giue all honour and glorie vnto thee, and for euer to cele∣brate thy most holie name and Maiestie, in this thy holie temple, as it apperteineth: euen by offering vp dutifullie vnto thy diuine Maiestie, the most sweet and acceptable sacrifice of broken and contrite harts, of zealous and true repentance, of humble and vnfeined confession, of pure and incessant praier, and of most woorthie and condigne lauds and praises: that so wee may continue blessed in thy holie mountaine for euer, and in the end, according to thy faithfull promise, ob∣taine euerlasting life, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

How the soule should rightlie worship and praise the Lord in all places.

O GOD, the true and the souereigne life; of whom, & in whom all things doo liue, whatsoeuer things doo liue trulie, and in happie state. O God, euen goodnesse and goodlinesse, from whom, through whom, & in whom are all good & goodlie things, which art good and goodlie. God, whose faith quickeneth, hope erecteth, and loue linketh vs. God, who hast commanded vs to praie vnto thee, and makest thy selfe to be found, and openest to him which knocketh. God, whom none seeketh, but the admoni∣shed; Page  435 and no man findeth, but the purged. God, whom to knowe is life; whom to serue, is to reigne; & whom to loue, is the saluation and ioie of the soule. Thee, both with my lips, and with mine hart, and with all my strength I doo praise, blesse and worship. To thy clemencie and goodnesse I doo yeeld humble thanks, for all thy benefits; and to thy Maiestie doo I sing, holie, holie, holie.

O blessed Trinitie, I beseech thee, vouchsafe to come vnto me, and to make me a meet temple for thine holi∣nesse. I doo praie the Father, through the Sonne; I praie the Sonne, through the Father; I praie the ho∣lie Spirit, by the Father and the Sonne; that all wic∣kednesse may be set far awaie from me, and that all the holie vertues may be implanted within me.

O infinite God, of whom, through whom, and in whom are all things made, both visible, and inuisible; which inclosest thine outward works, and fillest thine inward; gouernest them aboue, and bearest them be∣lowe; keepe me the worke of thine hands, which trust in thee, and hope onlie in thy mercie. Keepe me, I be∣seech thee, both here and euerie-where; now and al∣waie; within and without; before and behind; aboue and beneath; round about: so that there be no place for the snares of the enimie against me.

Thou art God almightie, keeper and protector of all that trust in thee; without whom none is in safetie, no man is free from danger. Thou art God, and beside thee there is none other, either in heauen aboue, or in earth belowe; which doost great things, and vnsearch∣able, and maruellous things without number. Meete it is therefore that thou be praised, that thou be hono∣red, that thou be magnified with commendations.

To thee, the whole troupe of Angels; to thee the heauens and the powers doo sing, and continuallie yeeld praises, as creatures to their Creator; seruants Page  436 to their Lord, souldiers to their King. Euerie creature doth extoll, and euerie soule doth glorifie thee the holie and vndefiled Trinitie. To thee the holie and humble men of hart, to thee the spirits and soules of the righ∣teous, to thee doo all the supernall citizens, together with all the orders of blessed spirits yeeld humble praise and glorie, and exalt thee aboue all things for euer. O Lord, gloriouslie and honourablie doo those heauenlie citizens adorne thee with praises. Man al∣so, the most excellent among thy creatures, doth mag∣nifie thee: yea, and I too, a miserable sinner, doo excee∣dinglie desire to praise thee; and greatlie doo I loue to loue thee aboue all things.

O my God, my life, my strength, and my praise; giue me grace to praise thee. Put thy light in my hart, and thy word into my mouth; that both my hart may thinke vpon thy glorie, and my tongue sing and speake out thy praises euerie daie. But for as much as praise is not seemelie in the mouth of a sinner, and I am a woman of polluted lips; purge mine hart, I beseech thee, from all iniquitie; sanctifie me both within and without, O almightie sanctifier, and make me worthie to sound foorth thy praise. Receiue in good part, from the hand of the hart, and from the loue of the mind; re∣ceiue, I praie thee, the sacrifice of my lips; and let it be acceptable in thy sight, and ascend vp vnto thee, like a sweete smelling sauour,

Amen.

Another.

MY soule praise thou the Lord; and all that is within me praise his ho∣lie name. My soule praise thou the Lord, and forget not all his bene∣fits. Praise the Lord all yee his works, in all places of his domini∣on. My soule praise thou the Lord. Praise we the Lord, whom Angels Page  437 praise, dominions adore, powers doo reuerence, to whom the Cherubins and Seraphins continuallie doo crie, Holie, holie, holie. Ioine we therefore our voi∣ces to the voices of the holie Angels; and according to our abilitie, let vs praise the God which we both haue. For they, whose eies euermore be fixed vpon the Lord, whom they behold not through a glasse darklie, but face vnto face, they doo most purelie, and without cea∣sing praise the Lord.

O Lord, that immortall people of thine Angels doo praise thee; and the celestiall powers doo magnifie thy name, who haue no need either to read this our scrip∣ture, or to seeke after the knowledge of thee the holie and glorious Trinitie. For they alwaies behold thy face, where they read without syllables of time, what thine eternall pleasure is, they read, they choose, and they loue, yea alwaies they read, and what they read they forget not. By choosing, and louing, they read this constancie of thy counsell; and their booke shall at no time be shut and folded, bicause thy selfe art, and wilt euerlastinglie be this to them.

O much blessed are those heauenlie powers, that can religiouslie and purelie, with an exceeding delight, and vnspeakable ioie, magnifie thee with praises. Thence they praise, whence they reioice; forsomuch as alwaies they behold that, which offereth them continuall occa∣sion, both to praise and reioice. But we, pressed downe with the weight of flesh, and placed far awaie from thy countenance, in this exile, and distracted through varieties of the world, we (alas) are not able woorthi∣lie to praise thee, through faith. We praise thee not of perfect knowledge, but these angelicall spirits praise thee of knowledge, not through faith. For our flesh is the cause why we praise thee, otherwise than they doo. Notwithstanding, albeit we sing praises to thee after diuers sorts, yet thou art but one God, Creator of all Page  438 things, to whom is offered the sacrifice of praise, both in heauen and in earth. But one daie we shall come vnto their companie, with whom alwaies we shall see thee, and praise thee without ceasing.

Now then, O Lord, grant that whiles I doo liue in this fraile bodie, both mine hart and my tongue, and all my bones may glorifie thee, and saie: Lord, who is like vnto thee? Let thine holie memorie, and thy bles∣sed sweetnesse possesse my whole soule, and rauish me with desire of inuisible things. Let my soule, I beseech thee, passe from visible vnto inuisible, from terrestriall vnto heauenlie, from transitorie things vnto eternall; let it passe, I saie, and see thy woonderfull vision. Thou art God almightie, three in persons, yet but one in the substance of the Godhead, whom we serue and wor∣ship: namelie, the Father vnbegotten, the Sonne onlie begotten of the Father, the holie Spirit both proceeding from and remaining in them both, an holie & glorious Trinitie, one God almightie; which when we were not, didst mightilie make vs: and when tho∣rough our owne default we were lost, mercifullie and maruellouslie hadst deliuered vs.

Oh suffer vs not to prooue either vngratefull for so great benefits, or vnwoorthie so manifold mercies. Unto thee doo I praie, sue, and beseech; increase my faith, increase my hope, yea and increase my loue also. Through the same thy goodnesse make vs to be euer∣more stable in faith, and fruitfull in all good works, that by a right faith, and works agreeable vnto faith, we may come through thy mercie vnto euerlasting life, where seeing thy perfect and full glorie, euen as it is, we may worship thy Maiestie; and being made woor∣thie to behold thy glorie, may sing:

Glorie to the Father, who hath made vs.

Glorie to the Sonne, who hath redeemed vs.

Glorie to the holie Ghost, that hath sanctified vs.

Page  439 Glorie to the souereigne and blessed Trinitie, whose works are vnseparable, and whose kingdome hath none end. Unto thee belongeth all praise, all commen∣dation, all honour, blessing and loue. Glorie, power, and might be vnto thee, our God, for euermore,

Amen.

Another praier verie forceable to mooue the mind vnto the praises of God.

O Iesus, who art our redemption, our loue, and desire; GOD of God, helpe me thy seruant. Upon thee doo I call, vnto thee doo I crie from the verie bottome of mine hart: for thee doo I call into my soule, O enter thereinto, and ioine it to thee, that thou maist possesse the same without spot or wrinkle. For a most cleane Lord must haue a cleane habitation. O then sanctifie me thy ves∣sell, which thou hast made; purge me from all wicked∣nesse, fill me with thy grace, and being replenished, keepe me so, that I may be a meete temple for thy dwelling, both here and foreuer.

O most good, most gratious, louing, deere, mightie, desired, pretious, amiable, and glorious God, thou art to me sweeter than honie, whiter than milke or snowe, more pleasant than Nectar, more pretious than gold and iewels, and deerer than all the wealth and promo∣tions of the world. What doo I saie, O my God, mine onlie hope, and so infinite mercie? What doo I saie, O happie and quiet sweetnesse? What doo I saie, when I saie these things? I saie what I am able, but I saie not all that I should. Would to God I could saie as the melodious quiers of Angels doo saie!

O how willinglie would I powre out my selfe who∣lie in thy praises! How deuoutlie without ceasing would I sing foorth those Psalmes of heauenlie mu∣sicke, Page  440 vnto the laud and praise of thy name, in the mid∣dest of the congregation! Notwithstanding, because I cannot doo so, shall I be still? Wo to them which talke not of thee, who openest the mouth of the dumbe, and makest the tongues of babes eloquent. Wo to them which talke not of thee; for they which babble much, are dumbe when they sing not thy praises. Who can praise thee woorthilie ynough, O vnutterable po∣wer, and wisedome of the father! And albeit I cannot find words, wherewithall I maie sufficientlie expresse the almightie and all-skilfull word, yet vntill thou call me vnto thee, where I may praise thee as I should, and ought; I will saie what I am able. Wherefore, mine humble request is, that thou wouldest respect, not that which I now doo saie, but that which I desire to saie. For indeed I doo mightilie desire to speake of thee, as I ought, and as becommeth me, bicause to thee praise, to thee Psalmes, to thee honor and glorie is due.

A complaint that we be not moued nor pricked in our contemplations and praiers, like as the An∣gels be, which tremble at the sight of GOD.

PArdon mee, O LORD, pardon mee, mercifullie forgiue mee, and haue mercie vpon mee: spare mine ignorance, and my great vnperfect∣nesse: doo not reprooue me as a rash woman, bicause I dare be so bold, which am but thy seruant. But would to God I were either a good seruant, or none vnprofitable or euill seruant! And therefore am I an euill woman, because I praise, blesse and worship thee, not as I ought to doo, which art our God almightie, terrible and verie much to be feared: I worship thee, I saie, without contrition of Page  441 hart, and without a well of teares. For if so be that the Angels, when they worship and praise thee, doo tremble, beeing fulfilled with maruellous gladnesse: I which am a sinner, whiles I stand before thee, saieng praises, and offering sacrifice, why am I not affraid in my hart? why am I not pale in my countenance? why doo not my lips quake, and tremble? why is not all my bodie afraid? and why doo I not mourne and bewaile before thee, after such a sort, that teares might spring out of mine eies? I would faine, but I am not able, bicause I cannot doo that which I desire to doo. This maketh mee trulie woonderfullie to maruell, that I am no more mooued, when I see with the eies of my faith, thee which art so fearefull.

But who can doo anie thing without the helpe of thy grace? Except thou make our stonie harts to relent, we of our selues are not able to mollifie them. For all our helth dependeth vpon thy great mercie. O wretch that I am! How is my soule made without anie fee∣ling or perceiuerance; that it is not afraid with ouer∣much feare, whiles it standeth before God, and singeth to him his owne praises? Alas, how is my hart so hard∣ned, that mine eies doo not gush out great flouds of teares without ceassing; when I, which am but a ser∣uant or bondwoman, doo commune, & talke in my Lord & maisters presence? Yea a woman with God, a crea∣ture with a Creator. I that am made of the slime of the earth, doo speake with him that made all things of nothing.

Put me before thee, O Lord; and whatsoeuer I perceiue of my selfe, in the secrets of my hart, I doo not keepe it close from thy gratious eares. Thou art rich in mercie, and liberall in rewards. Giue me of thy goods, that with them I may serue thee. For with no∣thing else can we serue or please thee, but with thine owne gifts, which thou hast vouchsafed to bestowe Page  442 vpon vs. Fasten, I beseech thee, thy feare in my flesh. Let my hart reioice and be glad to feare thy name. Would God my sinfull soule feared thee so much, as that holie man, the which said: I alwaies feared God, as though it were great swelling flouds should come and tumble vpon me.

O God the giuer of all good things, giue me among thy praises, a well of teares, with the purenesse of hart and reioicing of mind; that I louing thee per∣fectlie, and worthilie praising thee, may feele, taste, and fauour, in the palate of my hart, how sweete and plea∣sant thou art, O Lord, as it is written: Doo ye taste and see how sweet and delectable the Lord is. Blessed is the man that putteth his trust in him. Blessed is that people which knoweth glad and ioifull praising. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, in whose hart are thy waies, which going through the vale of miserie, vseth it for a well. Blessed are the cleane in hart, bicause they shall see God. Blessed are they that dwell in the house of the Lord, they shall praise thee world without end,

Amen.

A verie deuout praier for grace to praise God, and to be thankfull for his benefits.

O LORD Iesus Christ, which art the word of the father, which ca∣mest into this world to saue sin∣ners: I beseech thee, by the most lo∣uing bowels of thy mercy, to amend and repaire my life. Make better my deeds, take thou the ordering of my manners. Take from mee that that noieth & hurteth me, and displeaseth thee: and giue me that which thou knowest will please thee, and profit me. Who can make cleane that which is con∣ceiued of an vncleane seed, but thou alone? Thou art Page  443 the God almightie, of infinite pietie; which dooest iu∣stifie and make righteous, euen those that are wicked men; and raisest againe to life them that were dead in sinne; thou changest sinners, and they are, while they liue here, no deadlie or damnable sinners.

Take awaie therefore from me whatsoeuer is in me that pleaseth not thee. For thine eies doo see much vn∣perfectnesse in me. Laie the hand, I beseech thee, of thy pitie, on me, & whatsoeuer offendeth the eies of thy pi∣etie, remoue it from me. In thy sight is both my health & my disease: the one I beseech thee to preserue, the o∣ther to cure. Doo thou heale me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: do thou make me safe, & I shall be saued. Thou, I meane, which dooest make whole them that be disea∣sed, and dooest preserue them that be cured; which on∣lie with a becke dooest restore and repaire things that be decaied, and fallen into ruine. For if thou wilt vouchsafe to sowe anie good seed in the feeld of my hart, of necessitie thou must plucke vp first, with the hand of thy pittie, the thornes of vices which be in it.

O most gratious, most gentle, most louing, desired, amiable, and louelie of all others; powre in my hart, I beseech thee, so great plentie of delectation in thee, that I may desire no earthlie or carnall thing, nor yet thinke vpon them; but that I may loue thee alone, that I may haue thee onlie in my hart, & in my mouth. Write with thy finger in my brest, the delectable re∣membrance of thy sweet name, and so, that it may not be blotted out with anie forgetfulnesse. Write thy will in the tables of mine hart, and also thy iustificati∣ons; that I may alwaies, and in euerie place haue thee, O Lord, before mine eies, and in my sight.

Inflame my mind with that fire, which thou diddest send into the earth, and willedst it to be kindled, that I might offer vnto thee dailie, with teares, a sacrifice of a troubled spirit, and a repentant hart. O sweet Page  444 Christ, O good Iesu, euen according vnto my desire, and euen as I hartilie require thee with my whole mind, giue me thy holie and chast loue, which may re∣plenish and keepe me, and also fullie possesse me. Giue me an euident signe and token of thy loue, euen a flo∣wing well of teares, which will continuallie runne, that those teares may somewhat testifie thy loue in me; that they may shew foorth, and declare how much my soule loueth thee, whiles for the great delectation it hath in the sweetnes of thy loue, it may not refraine from shedding teares.

O good Lord, I call to my remembrance sometimes that vertuous woman Hanna, which came to the Ta∣bernacle to praie, that God would send hir a sonne; of whom the scripture maketh mention, that hir coun∣tenance, after hir teares and praiers, was not againe changed, or altered. But when I thinke vpon so great vertue, constancie, and stedfastnesse of that woman, I doo blush, and am vexed, with sorrowe, and confounded with shame; bicause I a wretch, doo perceiue my selfe to be fallen ouermuch from thee. For if that good wo∣man did weepe, after such a sort, and continued so in weeping, which did search for nothing else but a sonne, how ought my sinfull soule to mourne, and to persist and abide in weeping, that seeketh and looueth God, and hath a desire to come vnto him? How ought such a soule to mourne and weepe, which seeketh God daie and night, which will loue nothing but Christ? My teares now trulie should be made meate vnto me daie and night.

Looke vpon me therefore, O Lord, and take pittie on me; bicause the dolours and sorrowes of my hart are manie in number. Giue me thy heauenlie consolation, and doo not despise nor cast awaie a sinfull soule, for the which thou didst die. Giue me inward teares, I beseech thee, from the bottome of my hart, which may wash a∣waie Page  445 the spots of my sinnes. Replenish my soule al∣waies with heauenlie delectation and myrth, that I may obteine some little portion or part in thy king∣dome; although not amongst the perfect men, whose steps I cannot followe, yet at the least among the reli∣gious women and inferiour sort.

And heere now the maruellous deuotion of another woman, called Marie Magdalen, commeth into my mind, which with vertuous loue, and godlie affection, did seeke thee lieng in the sepulchre; which, when thy Disciples went awaie, and departed from thee, did re∣maine with thee hir selfe; which sate there sad and so∣rowfull, weeping long and verie much; and when she did arise, she searched with a diligent eie, and with ma∣nie teares the corners of the sepulchre, which was left emptie, if she might espie thee out in anie place, whom she with a feruent desire sought. Yea and moreouer, she went againe and againe to the sepulchre, but that was not inough vnto hir, neither did it satisfie hir de∣sire. For the grace of a good worke, is to perseuere and continue in the same. And bicause she did loue more than other, and that in louing she wept, and in wee∣ping she searched, and in searching she continued: ther∣fore was it thy pleasure, that she should first find thee, see thee, and talke with thee before all other. And not onelie this, but also shee was a tidings-bearer of thy glorious resurrection, vnto thy Disciples, when thou didst command and bid hir, saieng: Go, and tell my brethren, that they go vnto Galilie; there they shall see me, &c.

Seeing therfore that that deuout woman did weepe after such a sort, and continued in weeping, which did seeke thee that wast aliue among the dead, and touched thee with the hand of hir faith; how ought a soule to mourne and to continue in mourning, which belee∣ueth in thee, & with hir mouth doth acknowledge thee, Page  446 to be hir redeemer, that sittest now in heauen, and reignest euerie where? How much therefore ought such a soule to mourne and weepe, which loueth thee with all hir hart, and with hir whole desire dooth co∣uet to see thee?

Oh onlie refuge, the onlie hope of wretches; vnto whom no man or woman needeth at anie time to praie, without hope of mercie: grant vnto me this grace, for thy sake, and for thy holie name sake, that as oft as I thinke vpon thee, as oft as I speake of thee, write of thee, read of thee, confer of thee; as oft as euer I re∣member thee, stand before thee, offer vp praises, praiers, and sacrifice vnto thee; so oft I may weepe abundant∣lie with teares in thy sight, so that my teares may be to me in stead of bread daie and night.

Thou trulie, O King of glorie, and maister of all ver∣tues, hast taught vs with thy word, and with thine ex∣ample, to mourne and weepe, whereas thou saiest: Blessed be they that mourne, for they shall be comfor∣ted. Thou didst weepe for thy frend Lazarus that was dead: and didst let teares fall downe plentiouslie for the Citie, which should perish. I beseech thee, O good Iesu, by those most pretious teares, and by all thy mercies and pities, wherewith thou didst vouchsafe maruellouslie to helpe and succour vs that were lost, giue me the grace to weepe, and to be earnestlie repen∣tant for my sinnes; which grace my soule desireth and coueteth verie much: and except it come of thy gift, I cannot haue it, but by the holie Ghost, which dooth mollifie the hard harts of sinners, and prouoketh them to weeping.

Giue me the grace of teares, like as thou gauest to our forefathers and mothers, whose examples wee ought to followe; that I may bewaile my selfe in all my life, like as they did bewaile themselues daie and night. Giue me the deaw of thy grace from aboue, and Page  447 also a deaw of teares beeneth: that my teares may be vnto me in stead of bread daie and night: and that I may be made in thy sight, O Lord my God, by the fire of thy prouocation, a fat & acceptable sacrifice. Make me to be mortified and killed vpon the altar of mine hart, and that I may be receiued of thee, as a fat and a sweet smelling sacrifice. Giue vnto me, O good Lord, a plentifull, flowing, and cleere well of teares, in the which I may wash continuallie this fowle and spotted sacrifice. For although I haue offered vp my selfe who∣lie vnto thee, by the helpe of thy grace: yet neuerthe∣lesse, in manie things I offend thee dailie, bicause of my great fragilitie and weakenesse.

Giue me therefore the grace of teares, and continu∣all repentance, O blessed God: and most especiallie through the great sweetnesse of thy loue, and the re∣membrance of thy mercies, prepare this table for thy seruant, in thy sight; and giue me power, that as oft as I list I may be satisfied of it. Grant vnto me for thy goodnesse and pittie, that this thy cup, replenished and filled full, may satisfie my thrist, that my spirit may co∣uet thee, and that my mind may burne in thy loue, for∣getting all vanitie and miserie.

Heare, O my God; heare, O light of mine eies, thou that art the stirrer vp and quickener of my dull eares, heare what I desire and aske: and giue me grace to aske that which thou hearest. O pittifull Lord, which art woont to be easilie intreated, be not hard to be intreated of me, bicause of my sinnes, but for thy goodnesse receiue the praiers of thy seruant, and grant me the effect of my petition and desire,

Amen.
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A godlie and diuine Meditation of the ioies of the celestiall pa∣ra dise, to be vsed at conuenient times in the church, that is, either before, or after publike seruice: for to that all men present ought to be attentiue.

O My soule, let vs returne to the hea∣uenlie citie, wherin we be registred, & made free citizens. For like as we be fellowe-citizens of the Saints, and houshold-meanie of God; and like as we be the heires of God, and coheires with Christ: so let vs a lit∣tle consider the happie roialtie of our citie, so far foorth as it is possible for vs to consider it. Let vs saie with the Prophet, O how glorious things are spoken of thee thou citie of God! For thou art the dwelling place of all them that reioice, the ioie of the whole earth is founded vpon thee. There is not in thee anie age, nor miserie of age: there is not in thee anie maimed person, anie lame man, anie crooke backe, nor anie mishapen bodie. For all be growne vp to per∣fect men, after the full measure of the age of Christ.

What blesseder thing can there be, than such a life; where there is no feare of pouertie, nor weakenesse of diseases? No man is harmed there, no man is displea∣sed there, no man enuieth there. There is no burning of couetousnesse, no desire of meate, no ambitious su∣ing for honour and authoritie. There is no dread of di∣uell, no snares of feends, no feare of hell fire. There is no death, neither of bodie nor of soule: but pleasant life assured of immortalitie. Then shall there be no mi∣series, then shall there be no debates: but all things shall be at agreemeut, bicause all the Saints shall agree in one. Peace and mirth hold all things togither, all things are there calme and quiet.

There the seuen lamps of Gods spirits are still bur∣ning, before the throne of God: and there is continu∣all Page  449 light, not such as is now heere, but so much the brighter, as it is much happier. For as we read, that citie shall need no sunne, nor moone, nor light artificiall, because the Lord almightie shall shine in it; and the Lambe, as a lampe, shall be the light of it; where the Saints and wise Uirgins shall shine as the stars, for euer without end: and such as haue taught manie in the waie of righteousnesse, shall be as the brightnesse of the skie. Where there shall be no night, no darke∣nesse, no meeting of clouds, no painfulnesse of heate or cold: but there shall be such a temperatnesse as neuer eie hath seene, eare heard, nor hart of anie man concei∣ued. There shall be no companie, sauing onlie of them that are accounted woorthie to enioie the same, whose names are written in the booke of life.

But yet it is far aboue all these things, to be in fel∣lowship with the companies of Angels, Archangels, and all the heauenlie Powers, to behold the Patri∣archs and Prophets, to see the Euangelists and Apo∣stles, to woonder at the hosts of Martyrs and Confes∣sors, to view the companies of Uirgins, and to see all the Saints; yea and also to see our owne parents and kindred. Glorious are these things, O my soule; but much more glorious is it to behold the present counte∣tenance of God.

O happie plesantnesse; O plesant happinesse, to see the Saints, to be with the Saints, and to be a Saint! Yea, a passing excellent glorie shall it be, when we shall see God in himselfe; and when we shall both see, and haue him in our selues for euer and euer, of whom we shall neuer haue seene ynough.

O my soule, let vs thinke vpon this, I saie, with a diligent mind; let vs long after this with our whole hart, let vs sigh hartilie, desire earnestlie, and wish continuallie, that we may soone come vnto them, vnto that citie aboue, whereof so glorious things are spo∣ken, Page  450 and wherein is the habitation of all that reioice,

Amen.

Another diuine Meditation, of the happinesse of the soules that are with God, especiallie to be vsed, when you haue sung a Psalme, after a funerall Sermon.

HAppie is the soule, which being let loose from the earthlie prison, flieth vp freelie into heauen, and there be∣holdeth thee hir most sweete Lord face to face, and is no more disquie∣ted with anie feare of death, but re∣ioiceth in the euerlastingnesse of incorruptible glorie. For it is safe and out of perill, and hencefoorth feareth neither eni∣mie nor death. It possesseth thee hir mercifull Lord, whom she hath long sought, and euer loued. And ac∣companieng hir selfe with the quiers of Psalme-sin∣gers, she singeth continuallie the sugred songs of e∣uerlasting mirth, to the glorie of thee, O King Christ, O gratious Iesu. For she is, as it were, made drunken with the bountifulnesse of thy house, and thou makest hir to drinke of the streame of thy pleasures.

Happie is the fellowship of the heauenlie citizens, and glorious is the solemnitie of all them that returne from the sorrowfull trauell of this our pilgrimage, to the pleasantnes of beautie, to the beautie of all bright∣nesse, and to the flower of all excellencie; where thy ci∣tizens behold thee continuallie, O Lord. Nothing that may trouble the mind is offered there to the eare. What songs, what instruments, what Carols, what melodie, what musicke soundeth there without end? There sound alwaies most pleasant tunes of Hymnes and Psalmes, most sweet melodie of Angels, and most woonderfull ditties of songs; which are sung to thy glorie, by the celestiall inhabitants, with heauenlie Page  451 harmonie.

No harshnesse, no gallie bitternesse, nor iangling discords haue anie roome within thy realme. For there is neither naughtie person, nor naughtinesse. There is none aduersarie, nor impugner, neither is there any inticement of sinne. There is no needinesse, no shame, no bralling, no mis-vsage, no excusing, no feare, no vn∣quietnesse, no penaltie, no doubtfulnesse, no violence, no discord or contention. But there is perfect peace full of loue, continuall reioicing and praising of God, carelesse rest without end, and euerlasting gladnesse in the holie Ghost.

O how luckie should I sillie wretch be, if I might heare the most pleasant Psalmes, Hymnes, and Ca∣rols of thy citizens, and their sugred songs, aduancing the praises of the souereigne Trinitie with due ho∣nour: but ouer happie should I be, might I once at∣taine to sing a song my selfe, I saie, to sing one of the sweet songs of Zion, to our Lord Iesus Christ.

Another longing after the ioies of heauenlie Zion.

O Lightsome and glorions house of God, I haue loued thy goodlinesse, and the place where the glorie of the Lord God, who both enioieth and hath created thee, doth dwell. In mine exile I sigh after thee both night and daie, mine hart longeth; my mind coueteth, and my soule de∣sireth to come vnto the societie of your happinesse.

My praier vnto him which made me, is, that he would possesse me in thee; bicause he hath made both me and you. For I desire your holie fellowship, and woonderfull glorie; not for anie merit of mine owne; but I trust to attaine therevnto, through the price of Page  352 his bloud; namelie of Iesus Christ, whereby we be re∣deemed.

I confesse, I haue gone astraie like a lost sheepe, and haue too long dwelled out of my natiue soile, and am far awaie cast from the face of the Lord my God, into this blindnesse of banishment, who driuen out of the ioies of paradise, I bewaile with my selfe dailie the miserie of my captiuitie; and sing a wofull song with great lamentation, when I remember thee, O mother Ierusalem, while my feete doo but stand in thy courts, O sacred and comlie Zion; and I am not able plainlie to looke into thine inner places.

Notwithstanding, I haue good hope, vpon the shoul∣ders of my good shepheard, thy Creator, to be brought back vnto thee, that I may triumph againe with that vnspeakable ioie, where withall they be cheered, which dwell with thee before God his Maiestie, and our Sa∣uiour Christ, which hath abrogated, through his flesh, the hatred; and pacified all things, both which are in heauen, and which are in earth, by his bloud. For he is our peace, which made of both one, and ioining the two contrarie wals together, hath promised that he will giue the euerlasting felicitie of your happinesse in himselfe, after the like maner and measure, when he said: They shall be like the Angels of God in heauen.

Another longing or desire of the soule after the supernall Ierusalem.

O Mother Ierusalem, the holie citie of God, and the deerly beloued spouse of Christ; after thee dooth mine hart couet, and my soule exceedingly is in loue with thy beautie. Oh how com∣lie, how glorious, how honourable art thou! Thou art all faire, & there is no spot in thee. Triumph and re∣ioice, Page  453 O beautifull daughters of the Princes. For the King hath a pleasure in thy fairenesse, and loueth thy goodlie personage. O thou fairer than the children of men! But what is my beloued, O thou fairest among women, of the welbeloued? My welbeloued is white and ruddie, the chiefe of ten thousand. Like as the ap∣ple trees of the forest; so is my welbeloued among the sonnes of men. Under his shadowe had I delight. Lo now I sit, and his fruit is sweet vnto my mouth. My welbeloued put in his hand by the hole of the doore, and mine hart was affectioned towards him. In my bed by night I sought him that my soule loued; I sought, and I found him. I hold, and will not let him go, vntill he bring me into my mothers house, into the chamber of hir that conceiued me. For there thou wilt giue mee thy teates most abundantlie, and perfectlie; and wilt satisfie mine hart with a maruelous satietie, so that I shall neither hunger nor thirst anie more.

Oh happie shall my soule be, yea happie and alwaies happie shall I be; could I once get to behold thy glo∣rie, thine happinesse, thy beautie, thy gates, thy wals, thy streets, thy manifold mansions, thy noble citizens, and thy mightie King in his Maiestie. For thy wals are of pretious stones, thy gates of the richest pearls, and thy streets of the pure gold; wherein is soong the ioifull Halleluiah without intermission. Thy manifold buildings are founded vpon squared stones, builded vpon Saphyres, inclosed with golden wals; wherein∣to none shall enter, but the cleane; neither shall anie vncleane person inhabit it. Beautifull art thou be∣come, O mother Ierusalem, and sweete in thy com∣forts. No such thing is in thee, as we suffer in this world, and as we behold in this wretched life. There is neither darknes nor night, nor anie change of times in thee. There shineth not in thee either the light of the lampe, or the brightnesse of the moone, or the glittering Page  454 of the starres: but the God of God, light of light, euen the sunne of righteousnesse euermore doth enlighten thee. The white and vnspotted lambe is thy pure and cleare light, thy sunne, the cleerenesse, and euerlasting contemplation of this most glorious king is all thine happinesse.

He is the King of kings in the middest of thee, and you are his ministers about him. There be the singing quires of Angels, there be the companies of supernall citizens, there the solemnitie of all, which haue re∣turned from this wofull peregrination vnto thy ioies. There be the prudent Prophets, the twelue Apostles, the victorious host of infinite Martyrs, and the sa∣cred conuent of holie Confessors is there. There be both vpright men, and holie virgins, which haue ouer∣come the pleasures of this world, and the weakenesse of sexe. There be those yoong men and maidens, old men & matrons, which haue spent their time in godlie conuersation. There be the sheepe & lambs that haue escaped the snares of this world, where they now triumph in their seuerall mansions. The glorie of each particular man differeth; but common is the ioie of them all. There full and perfect charitie doth reigne. For God there is all in all, whome they doo alwaies behold, and by beholding him, continuallie they burne the more in loue towards him. They loue, and they praise him; they praise, and they loue him: all their worke is to praise God without ending, without fain∣ting, without toiling. O happie, yea and euermore happie shall I be, if after the resolution of this mor∣tall bodie, I may heare those celestiall songs of melo∣die, which are sung vnto the praise of the eternall King by those citizens of the supernall countrie, and by the companies of the blessed spirits! Happie then, yea much happie should I be, might I be counted woor∣thie to sing those sugred songs, and to wait on my Page  455 King, my God, and my Captaine, to behold him in his glorie, according as he hath promised, saieng: Father, I will that they, whome thou hast giuen me, be with me, euen where I am; that they may behold my glo∣rie, which I had with thee before the foundation of the world. And in another place. If anie man serue me, let him followe me. For where I am, there shall also my seruant be. And againe, He that loueth me, shall be lo∣ued of my father, and I will loue him, and will shew mine owne selfe vnto him.

Another godlie and Christian praier for the Church and congregation presentlie assembled.

ALthough the holie Scriptures doo teach vs euerie where, that the hea∣uen, O most good and mercifull God, is thy dwelling place; yet the same doth in such wise set out thine infi∣nite goodnesse, as the Church is both called, and also is in deede, thy sanctified house, wherein thou most frequentest; wherein also thy blessed name is lifted vp with high praises, the faithfull instructed in thy sa∣cred words, and the holie Sacraments dulie receiued. And therefore the godlie, hauing an especiall regard to the honour of thy glorious name, most earnestlie, with a feruent mind, and vehement affection, doo con∣tinuallie stir vp one another, to make holie assemblies, with woonderfull exhortations; to the intent the pure worshipping, and holie inuocating of thy blessed name, might onlie be therein practised. Now therefore, and at what time so euer we shall come together in the ho∣lie congregation, our earnest request is, that wee may be there with cheerefull and verie desirous minds. For thou trulie hast, of an exceeding liberalitie, adorned thy holie Church with most flourishing & right excellent gifts; neither is there anie thing pretermitted, that Page  456 apperteineth to hir garnishing, which may either be∣long to the spirituall decking and beautifieng thereof, or to the plentious enriching of it, in abundance of all heauenlie good things. Which seeing they haue pro∣ceeded most fullie from thee; this onlie remaineth, that thou wouldest be present with vs and them, which are assembled together in the name of Iesus Christ; and so condescend vnto our feruent praiers, who thereby doo call vpon thee, as the members thereof may be an∣nexed together with a perpetuall concord. Cause all our meetings (I saie) good father, to be in such sort, as we may render due honour vnto thee. Let the sacred Scriptures be heere purelie and sincerelie interpre∣ted, and let thy glorious kingdome from daie to daie be more and more inlarged, making all these things to be established with thy ioious peace, and the tranquillitie of thy holie spirit, yea so long as we praie for the quiet∣nesse and felicitie heereof. Let vs procure substantiall and perfect good things, both to our neighbours, and also vnto thy blessed house, and holie sanctified Church. And cause that those Citizens, which doo credit the sa∣cred doctrine of thy holie Church, may by thy excellent benefit become frends and faithfull brethren one to a∣nother; and in the end beeing quite deliuered from thrall, bring thou to passe that one daie we may alto∣gether repose our selues in the true and most holie Ie∣rusalem; through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another praier for the increase of the Church.

THE Church is vnto thee, O most good and mercifull GOD, as a most roiall Queene espoused; to the intent she may bring foorth vnto thee a most plentifull and holie seede. Wherefore, forasmuch as thou hast coupled hir vnto thee, to be thy wife by faith; and that she is reputed of the vn∣godlie as a barren woman, because shee seemeth to Page  457 haue left off child-bearing: grant hir to be made vnto thee, through thy sacred word, and holie spirit, afruit∣full and ioifull mother of manie holie and vertuous children, by whome thy glorious name may be exalted with perpetuall praises, in thine holie house, euen as it becommeth them. Let hir be glad with a perfect and substantiall ioy, for the great number of hir most faith∣full & religious sonnes and daughters. Multiplie & in∣crease the issue of thy sacred Church (I saie) O God, with a plentifull and an innumerable issue; and let hir ingender godlie children vnto thee dailie more and more, euen such as are worthie of such a father & mo∣ther, and to be partakers of thy blessed spirit. Grant that we may altogether aspire vnto the loue of thee, our most delectable bridegroome, and that throughour labour laid together, in stead of our forefathers, who are now alreadie gathered vnto thee, manie mo faith∣full, religious, and holie children may be begotten vn∣to thee anew, with whom we may alwaies, in our po∣sterities, set out & celebrate thy famous honour, & most noble praises. Shine thou downe out of Zion, O God, euen from thine exceeding high & vnapprochable light, vpon the virgin thy blessed Church; & preserue hir from the number of perils, which she is in cōtinuall danger of. Let hir not fall to ruine, nor be as a lampe despised in the opinion of the rich & welthie men of this world; but let thy mountaines glister, and giue their light as lamps of fire. Yea let righteousnes & saluation breake forth out of zion, as a shining light and burning lamp; that all men may see it, and glorifie thee. Let the lamps of hir loue, I saie, O God, be as coales of fire, and a verie vehement flame of the Lord, to dazell, ouercome, and consume hir enimies after a woonderfull and mi∣raculous manner; and cause the seuen lampes of the Uirgins, euen all thy spirituall gifts and graces O GOD, in the Saincts to burne bright and cleere, Page  458 without anie quenching before thy throne for euer.

Let thy Church be as a flourishing Uine, spreading it selfe far abroade; so that Antichrist, with all his craft and industrie, may not be of force to cut and hew it downe. And euen as thou, O Lord, hast euerie where maruellouslie replenished the earth with thine inesti∣mable goodnesse, so in like manner, be so good, as to let the number of thy true and faithfull suppliants, bee dailie more and more greatlie enlarged. Let there bee continuall labouring in thy beloued Church, by do∣ctrine and example, to nurture the blessed children, so that their works may be a singular ornament thereof, to thy glorie, and the increase of all manner of vertue. Let hir (I saie) be made dailie like vnto a most fruite∣full woman, that may be compared to the ranke O∣liues, and exceeding fertile Uines: and grant, that a continuall ofspring of thy deere children, may be mul∣tiplied in thy blessed Church, and become notable in peace, in praises, and in puritie of life and doctrine, to the renowmed honour of thy glorious name, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another praier for the preseruation of the Church.

O Celestiall God, and Father of infi∣nite mercie and compassion, which not onelie gatherest to thy selfe an holie Church in this world, out of mankind, through the operation of the holie Ghost, and preaching of thy word; but also preseruest the same being gathered, and adornest it with all kind of temporall things, and which more is, with eternall blisse: we humblie beseech thee, gra∣tious Lord, that of thy goodnesse, thou wouldest vouch∣safe euermore to mainteine this thy little flocke, em∣bracing, Page  459 preaching, and professing thy word, through thine especiall grace. Continue thy fauour toward the same, keepe it in sound doctrine, constant in confessing, in the lawfull vse of thy holie Sacraments, and in purenesse of life; that neither the gates of hell, the rage of Sathan, nor yet the rigorousnesse and tyran∣nie of this world oppresse the same. Protect and keepe this thy boate and little barke, tossed among manie perillous tempests, and miserable surges, in the ra∣ging sea of this trouble some world, that it perish not being ouerwhelmed. Uphold thy Church, which is builded vpon a sure rocke, and dependeth vpon Christ a sound and vnmoueable foundation.

O Lord of hostes, returne; looke downe from hea∣uen, and behold; visit thy Uine, and make it perfect, which thy right hand hath planted, and thou hast cho∣sen to thy selfe. Hedge the same about with thy strong defence, that the branches thereof being spread out and pruned, may bring foorth aboundance of fruite. Raise vp thy power, come, O God, and saue vs. Con∣uert vs, shewe foorth thy countenance, and we shall be saued. Encrease thy sheepe within thy hardels, so shall we be quiet from all inuasion and scatterings, nei∣ther can anie drawe vs by force out of thy hands. De∣fend vs from such as seeke the vtter ouerthrowe of pure religion, and in place thereof labour to bring in the shamefull instauration of blasphemous idolatrie. Suffer not thy word, that most cleere and vnchange∣able light to be corrupted, or put out by our meanes: but gather to thy selfe, through the sound of the Gos∣pell, such a Church, as may harken vnto thee, honour and sanctifie thy name, as well in word, as in honest conuersation, that so thou maist haue a righteous and holie generation, celebrating thy goodnesse for euer∣more. O ioine vs vnto that companie, which doth worship thee continuallie, that we may be citizens of Page  460 thy kingdome among thy Saincts.

Grant that we erre not frō the foundation of whol∣some doctrine, answering to the rules of the sacred Scripture; and that we offend not against our con∣science: but separate vs from the companie of the vn∣godlie ones, and from the damned crue of the repro∣bate. Let vs not so much as take their names into our mouths, which powre out heapes of blasphemies to thy great dishonour, and defacing of thy truth; vn∣to whom thy sonne is a destruction and stone of of∣fence. For they despise his base estate, and the foolish preaching of thy Gospell; and the deformed shew of the Church, placed in the midst of all kind of miseries, they loath and abhor; preferring vncertaine riches, lordlie authoritie, and the vaine pleasures of this transitorie world, before the profession of the truth; & so making warre with thy sonne, they doo purchase euerlasting destruction vnto themselues.

Keepe vs euermore, that wee may abide in that Church, which is trulie Catholike, consisting of mem∣bers of manie nations; but linked vnto thee in one and the same confession. Sanctifie vs with thine ho∣lie spirit, that our sinnes being forgiuen vs, wee may take another trade of life, in acknowledging thee to be the onlie true God, and Iesus Christ whom thou hast sent. Giue vnto thy Church resting places, and nests, where they may sound thy sacred Gospell purelie, without corruption. Suppresse the diuell, which spre∣deth blasphemies against thy doctrine; that so neither feined gods may be erected, nor superstitious inuoca∣tions confirmed, nor thy glorie defaced. Weaken the power of thine enimies, which boile in hatred against thy truth, and conspire the death of thine elect: so nei∣ther shall stables of woolues be made, nor dennes of theeues established.

O Lord returne and quicken vs; so shall thy people Page  461 reioice in thee. Let all such as trust in thee reioice and triumph for euer. Dwell thou in them, and let those which loue thy name, reioice in thee. O Lord remem∣ber not our offences. Thou which wast somtime mer∣cifull, and forgauest the wickednesse of thy people, and hidst all their sinnes; which withdrawedst all thine anger, and turnedst from the fiercenesse of thine indig∣nation; be mindfull of thy woonted mercie, and receiue vs into thy fauour. For we depend vpon thee alone, be∣ing destitute of all worldlie aid; our trust wholie is in thee, and all our confidence resteth in thy stretched-out arme. O Lord, couer vs with thy grace, as it were with a shield, that so we may be blessed; and abiding in the house of thy congregation, may acknowledge and call vpon thee, according to thy word reuealed, and praise thee euermore, through our Lord Iesus Christ,

Amen.

A praier for vnitie in faith and religion.

O Eternall God, and most mercifull Father, which hast called vs to the vnitie of the true Catholike faith, and gathered vs by thy word into the lap of the Christian congrega∣tion, that wee may be all of vs one bodie, and one spirit; euen as wee are called in one hope of our cal∣ling; one Lord, one faith, one baptisme, one God, and Father of all, which is aboue all, and through all, and in vs all. For euen as thou, O Father, art in thy sonne, and he in thee; so should we also be one in thee our God. And therefore we crie vnto thee, O almightie Father, and eternall God; teach vs thy waies, that we may walke in thy truth. O knit our harts vnto thee, that we may feare thy name. Grant that all the faithfull Page  462 may be like affected, and of one mind as thou art, thin∣king the same thing after the ensample of Christ our Sauiour; and that as well in minds, as with mouth, we may agree among our selues, both in true doctrine, and in outward behauiour of conuersation. For the scope of the Churches felicitie consisteth in the vnitie of true faith and religion.

Keepe vs in the true vnderstanding, and right know∣ledge of thy sacred Scriptures; that without strife and contention, we may speake one thing. Let there be no dissentions nor schismes among vs. Let nothing be done through contention, or of vaine glorie: but let vs be one bodie, indued with one mind and iudgment, ac∣cording to thy word reuealed; vntill we attaine to the vnitie of faith, and knowledge of thy sonne, into a per∣fect man, according to the measure of the age of the fulnesse of Christ, which is the head; by whom the whole bodie being coupled and knit together, by eue∣rie ioint, for the furniture thereof, according to the ef∣fectuall power, which is in the measure of euerie part, receiueth increase of the bodie, vnto the edifieng of it selfe in loue.

O most holie Father, keepe vs by thy name, that wee may be one in thee; and that among vs, which are be∣leeuers, there may be one hart and one mind. O Christ our onlie Sauiour and Mediatour, which before thy passion didst praie, that we might be one in thee, euen as thou art in thy Father: grant that thy Church may be at concord, and agree in one true faith and confessi∣on. Let there continue among vs a godlie counsell, let there be one agreement in faith, one mind in praier; that we may growe vp in thee, and that all our harts may be coupled togither by the bond of the spirit, vsing thy gifts as they should be, to the aduancement of thy glorie, and to the common profit both of thy Church and Common-weale; and walking woorthie our cal∣ling, Page  463 wherevnto we are called, with all humilitie and gentlenesse, with all lenitie, forbearing one another, through charitie, being carefull to keepe the vnitie of the spirit in the bond of peace.

Represse the furiousnesse of Satan, which soweth dissention among thy flocke, to weaken our faith, and to hinder our praiers, whereby thy glorie is defaced. Grant therefore, that we prooue not desirous of vaine glorie, prouoking one another, and enuieng one ano∣ther, that we bite not one another to our destructi∣on. For of emulation springeth contention, which being once inflamed, boile out into mortall diuisions. And as manie as maintaine emulations, conten∣tions, and factions, are carnall, and walke as men. Wherefore, take from vs the zeale of the flesh, which is foolish: and let all enuie, wrath, pride, and arrogan∣cie be far from vs. Likewise let vs auoid foolish and vn∣learned questions, knowing that they engender strife and contention, and serue for nothing, but to the sub∣uerting of the hearers, & ingraffing of errors. Where a desire of strife is, there certainlie God dwelleth not: and they which raise tumults of nothing, and disquiet thy flocke: those wilt thou, O sonne of God, destroie.

Come holie spirit, replenish the harts of the faith∣full here assembled, and else where: and inflame in them the fire of thy loue, which once didst gather the nations into the vnitie of the faith, through the diuer∣sitie of tongues. Ioine our harts togither, that wee may nourish christian concord among vs, and that wee all glued as it were together in louing harts, may be of one mind in thee: so shall thy pure doctrine zealouslie be mainteined, and no false interpretation of the scrip∣ture obstinatelie be defended. Bring home to thy fold all such as are turned from the vnitie of true religion, that thrre may be one pastor, and one fold. To such as are gone out from vs, grant constancie; that they may Page  464 continue with vs, teaching the Gospell to the saluati∣on of the hearers. And if it happen that anie, contra∣rie to the doctrine which they haue learned, raise dis∣sention and offences; grant that we may auoid them, least the harts of the simple, through their sweet per∣suasions and flatterie, be deceiued. O God, author of peace and concord, giue grace, that euerie of vs may thinke the same thing, acording to our Sauior Christ,

Amen.

❧ The Letanie.

O God the Father of heauen: haue mercy vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the Father of heauen: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the Sonne redeemer of the world: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the Sonne redeemer, &c.

O God the holie Ghost, proceeding from the Father & the Sonne: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O God the holie Ghost, proceeding from, &c.

O holie, blessed, and glorious Trinitie, three persons and one God: haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

O holie, blessed, and glorious Trinitie, &c.

Remember not Lord our offences, nor the offences of our forefathers, neither take thou vengeance of our sinnes: spare vs good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most pretious bloud, and be not angrie with vs for euer.

Spare vs good Lord.

Page  465 From all euill and mischiefe, from sinne, from the crafts and assaults of the diuell, from thy wrath, and from euerlasting damnation.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From blindnesse of hart, from pride, vaine glorie, and hypocrisie; from enuie, hatred, and malice, and all vn∣charitablenesse.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From fornication, and all other deadlie sinnes; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, & the diuell.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From lightening and tempest; from plague, pesti∣lence, and famine; from battell, and murther, and from sudden death.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

From all sedition, and priuie conspiracie; from all false doctrine and heresie; from hardnesse of hart, and contempt of thy word, and commandement.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

By the mysterie of thy holie incarnation, by thy ho∣lie natiuitie and circumcision, by thy baptisme, fasting, and temptation.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

By thine agonie and bloudie sweat, by thy crosse and passion, by thy pretious death and buriall, by thy glori∣ous resurrection and ascension, and by the comming of the holie Ghost.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

In all time of our tribulation, in all time of our wealth, in the houre of death, and in the daie of iudge∣ment.

Good Lord deliuer vs.

We sinners doo beseeth thee to heare vs, O Lord God; and that it may please thee, to rule and gouerne thy holie Church vniuersallie in the right waie.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

Page  466 That it may please thee to keepe and strengthen in the true worshipping of thee, in righteousnesse and ho∣linesse of life, thy seruant Elizabeth, our most gratious Queene and Gouernour.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to rule hir hart in thy faith, feare, and loue, and that she may euermore haue affi∣ance in thee, and euer seeke thy honour and glorie.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to be hir defender and kee∣per, giuing hir the victorie ouer all hir enimies.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to illuminate all Bishops, Pastors, and Ministers of thy Church, with true knowledge and vnderstanding of thy word, and that both by their preaching and liuing, they may set it foorth, and shew it accordinglie.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to indue the Lords of the counsell, and all the Nobilitie, with grace, wisdome, and vnderstanding.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to blesse and keepe the Ma∣gistrates, giuing them grace to execute iustice, and to mainteine truth.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to blesse and keepe all thy people.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue to all nations, vni∣tie, peace, and concord.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue vs an hart to loue and dread thee, and diligentlie to liue after thy com∣mandements.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

Page  467 That it may please thee to giue all thy people in∣crease of grace, to heare meekelie thy word, and to re∣ceiue it with pure affection, and to bring foorth the fruits of the spirit.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to bring into the waie of truth, all such as haue erred and are deceiued.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to strengthen such as doo stand, and to comfort and helpe the weake-harted, and to raise vp them that fall, and finallie to beate downe Sathan vnder our feete.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to succour, helpe, and com∣fort, all that be in danger, necessitie, and tribulation.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to preserue all that trauell by land or by water, all women labouring of child, all sicke persons, and yoong children, and to shew thy pitie vpon all prisoners and captiues.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to defend and prouide for the fatherlesse children and widowes, and all that bee desolate and oppressed.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to haue mercie vpon all men.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to forgiue our enimies, per∣secutors, and slanderers, and to turne their harts.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue and preserue to our vse, the kindlie fruits of the earth, so as in due time we may enioie them.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to giue vs true repentance; Page  468 to forgiue vs all our sinnes, negligences, and ignoran∣ces, and to endue vs with the grace of thy holie spirit, to amend our liues according to thy holie word.

We beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

Sonne of God, we beseech thee to heare vs.

Sonne of God, we beseech thee to heare vs.

O Lambe of God that takest awaie the sinnes of the world.

Grant vs thy peace.

O Lambe of God that takest awaie the sinnes of the world.

Haue mercie vpon vs.

O Christ heare vs.

O Christ heare vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Christ haue mercie vpon vs.

Christ haue mercie vpon vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Lord haue mercie vpon vs.

Our father which art in heauen, &c.

The Versicle.

O Lord deale not with vs after our sinnes.

The Answere.

Neither reward vs after our iniquities.

Let vs praie.

O God mercifull father, that despisest not the sighing of a contrite hart, nor the desires of such as be so∣rowfull, mercifullie assist our praiers, that we make before thee, in all our troubles and aduersities, when∣soeuer they oppresse vs; and gratiouslie heare vs, that those euils, which the craft and subtiltie of the diuell or man worketh against vs, be brought to naught; and by the prouidence of thy goodnesse, they may be disper∣sed; that we thy seruants being hurt by no persecuti∣ons, Page  469 may euermore giue thanks vnto thee in thy holie Church, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord arise, helpe vs, and deliuer vs for thy name sake.

O God, we haue heard with our eares, and our fa∣thers haue declared vnto vs, the noble works that thou diddest in their daies, and in the old time before them.

O Lord arise, helpe vs, and deliuer vs for thine honour.

Glorie be to the Father, and to the Sonne, &c.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and euer, &c.

From our enimies defend vs, O Christ.

Gratiouslie looke vpon our afflictions.

Pitifullie behold the sorrowes of our harts.

Mercifullie forgiue the sinnes of thy people.

Fauourablie with mercie heare our praiers.

O sonne of Dauid haue mercie vpon vs.

Both now & euer vouchsafe to heare vs, O Christ.

Gratiouslie heare vs, ô Christ,

Gratiouslie heare vs, ô Lord Christ.

The Versicle.

O Lord let thy mercie be shewed vpon vs.

The Answere.

As we doo put our trust in thee.

Let vs praie.

WE humblie beseech thee, O Father, merciful∣lie to looke vpon our infirmities, and for the glorie of thy name sake turne from vs all those euils, that we most worthilie haue de∣serued; and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercie, and euer∣more serue thee in holinesse and purenesse of life, to thy honour and glorie; through our onlie mediator and aduocate Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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A praier for the Queenes Maiestie.

O Lord our heauenlie father, high and migh∣tie, King of kings, Lord of lords, the onlie ru∣ler of princes, which dooest from thy throne behold all the dwellers vpon earth, most har∣tilie we beseech thee with thy fauour to behold our most gratious souereigne ladie Queene Elizabeth, and so replenish hir with the grace of thy holie spirit, that she may alwaie incline to thy will and walke in thy waie. Indue hir plentifullie with heauenlie gifts, graunt hir in health and wealth long to liue, streng∣then hir, that she may vanquish and ouercome all hir enimies: and finallie after this life, she may attaine e∣uerlasting ioie and felicitie: through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

A praier for Bishops and Curates.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, which onlie workest great maruels, send downe vpon our Bishops and Curates, and all congre∣gations committed to their charge, the healthfull spirit of thy grace; and that they may trulie please thee, powre vpon them the continuall dewe of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Aduocate and Mediatour Iesu Christ,

Amen.

A praier of Chrysostome.

ALmightie God, which hast giuen vs grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications vnto thee, and dooest promise, that when two or three be gathered together in thy name, thou wilt grant their requests, fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy seruants, as may be most expedient for them, granting vs in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life euerlasting,

Amen.
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2. Corinth. 13, verse 13. THE grace of our Lord Iesus Christ, and the loue of God, and the fellowship of the holie Ghost, bee with vs all euermore,
Amen.

¶ Other godlie Collects and praiers to be v∣sed after the Letanie, as occasion serueth, and first:

In time of drought for raine.

O GOD heauenlie father, which by thy sonne Iesus Christ hast promi∣sed to all them that seeke thy king∣dome, and the righteousnesse there∣of, all things necessarie to their bo∣dilie sustenance; send vs, wee be∣seech thee, in this our necessitie, such moderate raine and showers, that we may receiue the fruites of the earth to our com∣fort, and to thy honor, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another.

ALmightie God mercifull Father, who in thy holie word hast promised to heare the praiers of thy people, which they shall make in this place of thy holie temple: behold now that thou hast shut vp heauen, and there is no raine giuen vnto the earth, but a drought doth vtterlie destroie the fruites of the earth, for our sinnes and iniquities; we come vnto thee, and confesse our sinnes, where∣with we haue prouoked thee thus to anger against vs, and thy creatures, for our sakes. We, I saie, whome thou dooest iustlie thus afflict with drought and bar∣rennesse Page  472 of the earth, returne vnto thee with all our harts, in fasting, weeping, and mourning, beseeching thee, by hartie and earnest praier, to haue mercie vpon vs, and deale not with vs as we haue righteouslie de∣serued. Heare thou now in heauen, and pardon the sinnes of thy seruants, and giue raine vnto the land, that thou hast giuen the people to inhabit. Heare, O Lord, I saie, the crie of man and beast, and open the treasures of the heauens, and giue vnto vs moderate showres to water the earth, that our cattell may bee satisfied, and our drought ceasse. Oh Lord hast thou vt∣terlie reiected vs, or doth thy soule abhorre thy people for euer, that thou hast so long plagued vs with drought and want of water? Our iniquities in deede testifie against vs, and our rebellions are more than can be numbred. For we haue sinned against heauen, and against thee, and haue beene verie noisome to the earth, and all thy creatures therin. But, O Lord, thou hope of Israel, thou comfort, helpe and sauiour of all that are in trouble; haue mercie vpon vs, haue mer∣cie vpon vs; and doo not abhorre vs, nor cast vs off for euer. O Lord, are there anie among the gods of the Gentiles, that can send raine? Or can the heauens of themselues giue showres to the earth? Is it not onlie thou, O Lord our God, which hast made heauen and earth, and dooest all things by thy mightie power that must doo it? O saue the people therefore that call vpon thee. O let the daie come, wherein thou wilt vouchsafe to heare vs, O Lord; when I saie thou wilt heare the heauens, and the heauens may heare the earth, & the earth heare the corne, and the wine, and the oile, and they all heare one another, and thou heare Israel, that thou maist haue mercie vpon vs, and cause to come downe for vs the raine, euen the first raine, and the latter raine, in the first and second moneths, in due sea∣sons vpon the earth, that our barns may be full of Page  473 wheate, and our presses abound with wine and oile, & our cattell serue to labour by thy blessing, & that both man & beast may cease their mourning, and haue cause to reioice in thy mercie. Graunt vs this, O father, for Iesus Christs sake, our onlie mediator and aduocate, to whome with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honor and glorie, now and for euer,

Amen.

Another praier for the fruits of the earth.

O Lord God almightie, King of hea∣uen and earth, which of thine a∣bundant goodnesse doost adorne and replenish the earth with all kind of fruit and graine, whereby the life both of man and beast is susteined: we beseech thee, euen for thy free mercie, that thou wouldest vouch∣safe to blesse our feelds, and ground, and to make them prosperouslie to yeeld their corne and increase. For without thy blessing and fauour, neither can the earth of it selfe bring foorth anie whit, nor we by our paines make the same to prosper. Wherefore, grant to all things, springing from the earth, a meet temperature of aire; that luckilie they may take and increase. Keepe our fruit vpon the face of the earth from all infection of the aire; from thunder, haile, from vntimelie show∣ers, from too great drinesse, and ouermuch heate, from woormes hurtfull, and beasts deuouring it before their prime, and from all other corruption; that our land in thine anger be not desolate, and denie vs fruit, enioi∣eng hir wofull Sabboth.

Shut not vp the heauens in thine indignation for our sinnes, that it be not as iron, nor the earth as brasse, wherby it can not be tilled, ploughed, nor sowne, and so come to a verie plaine and vtter wildernesse: Page  474 but of thy goodnesse giue vs both the earlie and latter raine, that we may haue abundance of all fruit, and a ioifull haruest with a plentifull vintage. O God, send a gratious raine vpon thine inheritance, and giue thy blessing, that our ground may bring foorth hir fruit. Cause thy raine to powre downe in due season, that it may be raine of blessing; whereby both trees may giue their fruit, & the ground yeeld foorth hir graine. Grant also that the aire be pure from infection, our bodies free from sicknesse, to our whole Realme peace and quietnesse, that safelie without trouble we may enioie thy gifts. Driue awaie and repell from vs maledicti∣on, and the destroier. Giue vs not in stead of raine, dust and ashes; but open thy good treasures, and visit the land with thy blessing, make it drunken, and enrich it abundantlie.

Thy riuer, O Lord, is full of water; prepare our corne, and dispose our earth to prosper; water abun∣dantlie the furrowes of the same, and cause the raine to descend into the vallies thereof; make the same soft with showers, and blesse our buds. Crowne the yeere with thy goodnesse, and let thy clouds drop fatnesse; let them drop vpon the pastures of the wildernesse, and make the little hils reioice on euerie side. Let the plaines be replenished with sheepe, and the vallies with corne, that the inhabitants of the earth may re∣ioice and be merie.

O Lord, thou causest grasse to growe for cattell, and herbs for ye vse of man; thou bringest foorth bread out of the earth, & wine to make glad the hart of man; oile to make the countenance cheerfull, & bread for to streng∣then the hart. Haue therefore a care, O heauenlie Fa∣ther, of the seed, and other things springing from the earth: keepe them both in cold, raine, ice, and snowe, from the beating of winds, and iniurie of weather. Preserue them in extreame heat, drinesse, moistnesse, Page  475 and such like; that they perish not afore their time. Roote out the destroier, that there be neither blasting, mildew, nor grashopper, neither caterpiller hurting the fruits of the earth.

Keepe vs, O Lord, in the time of dearth; that we pe∣rish not for hunger, nor be confounded in the perilous time. For thou art our God and Creator, which satis∣fiest the thirstie soule, and fillest the hungrie with good∣nesse, which hast said; I will not faile, neither forsake thee; whereby being faithfull, we may saie; The Lord is with vs, therefore we will not feare what man can doo vnto vs. Behold, we miserable & great sinners doo confesse our wickednes, with groning & griefe of hart, crieng vnto thee which art in heauen. Heare our prai∣ers in thy dwelling place, & be mercifull to thy people, which haue sinned against thee; and forgiue vs all our iniquities, wherein we haue transgressed against thee. By our sinnes wee haue brought all these miseries, which hang ouer our heads; but blot out all our of∣fences, O God, after thy manifold mercies; and take awaie from vs the curse of our ground, that the peo∣ple may praise thee, O God; yea that all the people may praise thee, and the earth bring foorth hir increase; through our Lord Iesus Christ, thine onelie sonne, which liueth and reigneth with thee, in the vnitie of the holie spirit, a God for euermore,

Amen.

For faire weather.

O Lord God, which for the sinne of man didst once drowne all the world except eight persons; & afterward of thy great mercie didst promise ne∣uer to destroie it so againe: we hum∣blie beseech thee, that although we for oure iniquities haue woorthi∣lie deserued this plague of raine and waters; yet vpon our true repentance thou wilt Page  476 send vs such weather, whereby we may receiue the fruits of the earth in due season; and learne both by thy punishment to amend our liues, and for thy cle∣mencie to giue thee praise and glorie, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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.

In time of thunder, lightening, raging tempests, and vnseasonable weather, praie thus:

O Most wise & mightie God, thou art a glorious King in all the world; thy woonderfull maiestie doth shine and is knowne also by raine, thun∣dering, lightening, and other me∣teors ingendred in the aire. Thy throne is among the clouds, thou hast made darkenesse thy secrete place and thy pauilion about thee, euen darknesse of water, and clouds of the aire. At the brightnesse of thy presence the clouds doo passe awaie; so doo the haile-stones and firie coales. Thou dooest thunder from the heauens, and giuest thy voice; hailestones and coales of fire. Thou sendest thine arrowes, and scatterest them; thou increasest lightenings, and destroiest them. Who is so great a god as thou our God? Thou art the God which dooest woonders, and declarest thy pow∣er among the nations. Thou redeemest thy people with thine arme. The waters sawe thee, and were afraid; the depths trembled. The clouds powred out water, the aire thundered, and thine arrowes went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was heard round about the world, the earth trembled and shooke. The foundations of the earth shooke and were discouered, at thy rebuking, O Lord; at the blasting of the breath of thy nostrels.

Therefore shall the verie heauens extoll thy woon∣derous works, and the Saints set foorth thy truth in the congregation. For who is equall to thee in hea∣uen? Page  478 And who like thee among the sonnes of the gods? Thou art verie terrible in the assemblie of the saints, and to be reuerenced aboue all that are about thee. O Lord God of hosts, who is like vnto thee; which art a mightie Lord, and thy truth is about thee? Thou ru∣lest the raging of the sea, thou stillest the waues there∣of, when they doo arise. Thou onlie art of power to re∣solue into vapours the drops of the sea, by the heat of the sunne; thou takest the same vp being turned into airie substance, and againe turnest it into meere wa∣ter, and makest it to come powring downe vpon the face of the earth. Whatsoeuer thou wilt, thou dooest in heauen, and in earrh, and in the sea, and in all deepe places. With thy power thou madest the earth, with thy wisdome thou hast established the world, and with thy discretion stretchest out the heauens.

As soone as thou lettest thy voice be heard, the wa∣ters in the aire waxe fierce. Thou drawest vp the clouds from the ends of the earth, thou turnest the lightening into raine, and bringest foorth the wind out of thy treasures. Thou couerest the heauens with clouds, and preparest raine for the earth. Thou makest the grasse to growe vpon the mountaines, and proui∣dest herbs for the vse of man. Thou giuest to beasts their food, and to the yoong rauens that crie. Behold, so great art thou, that thou passest our knowledge; neither can the number of thy yeeres be searched out. When thou restrainest the drops of water, the raine powreth downe by the vapours thereof, and falleth abundantlie vpon man. Thou bringest foorth the winds out of thy treasures; that is, from thy secret places, where thou diddest hide them in great abun∣dance, that they might be readie at thy commande∣ment, and come foorth when thou thinkest good. Thou makest the clouds to labour to giue water to the earth, and scatterest the cloud of thy light; thou tur∣nest Page  479 it about by thy gouernement, that they may doo whatsoeuer thou commandest them vpon the whole world.

O God, mine hart is troubled verie sore, when I be∣hold the immoderate showers, and heare the terrible thunder: yea it forsaketh his place, when I heare the noise of thy voice, and the speech proceeding from thy mouth. O God, which rulest heauen and earth, I most humblie beseech thee, mercifullie to driue awaie, or at¦least to mitigate these mightie streames, and most ra∣ging tempests. Restraine the thunderbolts, and thy firie darts, that they hurt vs not. Keepe vs, and our nests, that we perish not through lightenings, nor be destroied by thy thunderclaps. Protect our houses and vs, that we be neither consumed by thy firie meteor, nor drowned by thy sudden floud. O mercifull God, raine not, I beseech thee, hailestones vpon the face of the earth; neither strike such as are in the fields, be they man or beast. Strike not thou therewith all the herbes of the feeld; neither breake thou, gratious Lord, the trees of our land. Destroie not our corne with hailestones, nor with hailestones smite thou our cattell, and deliuer our flocks from the thunderbolt. Cast not the feercenesse of thy wrath, anger, and dis∣pleasure vpon vs. Giue vs not hailestones for raine, neither flames of fire in our land; but of thy mercie conuert the thunder into gentle raine, whereby it may bring out fruit aboundantlie. Send not among vs either vntimelie or vntemperate showres, which be either noisome to the fruits, and bring the mil∣dew, or destroie the corne. Restraine in like sort the winds and violent tempests, that they bring none hurt, neither to vs or our goods, euen for Christes sake, our Lord and Sauiour,

Amen.
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In time of dearth, or famine.

O GOD, heauenlie father, whose gift it is that the raine doth fall, the earth is fruitfull, beasts increase, and fishes doo multiplie; behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people; and graunt that the scarsi∣tie and dearth, which we doo now most iustlie suffer for our iniquitie, may through thy goodnesse be mercifullie turned into cheapenesse and plentie, for the loue of Iesu Christ our Lord, to whome with thee, and the holie Ghost, bee praise for euer,

Amen.

Another praier in time of anie plague or sicknesse, warre, penurie, orscarsenesse, &c.

O Eternall and euerliuing God, most mercifull father, which of thy great long suffering and patience, hast hi∣therto suffered and borne with vs, most miserable offenders, who haue so long straied out of thy waie, and broken all thy lawes and comman∣dements; and haue neither by thy manifold benefits bestowed vpon vs vnworthie and vnthankefull sinners; nor by the voice of thy seruants and preachers by continuall threatnings out of thy holie word hitherto bin moued, as the children of loue, to returne vnto thee our most gratious father; either for feare of thy iudgements, as humble and lowlie ser∣uants, to turne from our wickednesse. And therefore, most righteous iudge, thy patience being as it were ouercome at the last, with our obstinate repentance, thou hast most iustlie executed those thy terrible threats, now partlie vpon vs, by plaguing vs so with Page  481 most dreadfull and deadlie sicknesse, with troubles of warres, with penurie and scarsenesse of foode and victuall, whereby great multitudes of vs are dailie af∣flicted, and consumed.

We beseech thee, O most mercifull father, that in thy wrath thou wilt remember thine old great mer∣cies, & to correct vs in thy iudgements, and not in thy iust anger, least we be all consumed, and brought to naught. Looke not so much vpon our deseruings, O most righteous Iudge, to take iust vengeance on our sinnes; but rather remember thine infinit mercies, O most mercifull father, promised to vs by thy deerelie beloued sonne our Sauiour Iesus Christ; for whose sake, and in whose name, we doo earnestlie and humblie craue mercie, and forgiuenesse of our sinnes, and deli∣uerance from this horrible sicknesse, wars, dearth, &c. being thy iust punishment, and plague for the same. And as thy holie word doth testifie, that thy people of all ages, being iustlie plagued for their sinnes, and yet in their distresse, vnfeinedlie turning vnto thee, and su∣ing for thy mercie, obteined the same: so likewise we, most worthilie now afflicted with greeuous and dread∣full plagues for our iniquities, praie thee, O most mer∣cifull father, to grant vs thy heauenlie grace, that we may likewise both trulie and vnfeinedlie repent, and obtaine thy mercie and deliuerance, from the same; which we beseech thee, O father of all mercies, & God of all consolation, grant vs for the same Iesus Christs sake, our onlie sauiour, mediator, and aduocate,

Amen.

In time of anie common plague or sicknesse.

ALmightie God, which in thy wrath, in the time of King Dauid, diddest slea with the plague of pestilence threescore and tenne thousand; and yet remembring thy mer∣cie, didst saue the rest; haue pitie vpon vs Page  482 miserable sinners, that now are visited with great sicknesse and mortalitie: that like as thou didst then command thine Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdrawe from vs this plague and greeuous sicknesse, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

A forme of meditation and praier, verie meete to be vsed dailie of all honsholders in their houses, especiallie in the dangerous and contagious time of the plague.

The Maister & Mistres kneeling with their familie, in some conuenient place of their house well perfumed before with frankincense, or some other wholesome thing; as iuniper, rosemarie, rosewater, and vineger, &c. shall with feruent harts saie, or cause to be said that that followeth. The seruants and familie to euerie petition shall saie Amen.

Maister or Mistresse.

WE reade in thy holie word, O Lord, what blessings thou hast of thy mercie promised to them that liue obedientlie, according to thy blessed will and commandements. Wee reade also the cursses that thy in∣stice hath pronounced against such as despise thy word, or negligentlie passe not to liue thereafter. And among the rest of thy heauie cursses, thou threatenest by name, the plague and the pestilence, with other noisome and most pain∣full diseases, to such as forsaking thee, worship strange gods, and followe their owne vaine fantasies, in stead of thy sacred ordinances.

We find also, how extreamelie thine owne people, the Iewes, haue oftentimes fealt the performance of Page  483 these thy bitter threatenings, and that for sundrie and diuers offences: bicause they loathed Manna, and were not contented with thy miraculous prouision; but would haue Qualies, and other daintie victuals, to content their luxurious appetites, thou slewest so manie with a sudden and mightie plague, that the place of their buriall was named thereof, and called The graues of lust.

Also, for murmuring against the ministers of thy word, Moses and Aaron, thou destroiedst with a sud∣den plague xiiij. thousand and more; besides those traitors, whom the earth swallowed for their rebelli∣on. And had not Aaron intreated for them, and gone betweene the quicke and the dead, thou wouldest haue consumed them all; as thou wast minded to haue done before, when they despised the plentifull land, which thou hadst promised them; had not Moses staied thy wrath, when thou saiedst, I will strike them with the pe∣stilence, and vtterlie destroie them.

Furthermore, when they had lost thine Ark, through their owne sinnes, and the sinnes of their priests, the keepers therof, after that the Philistines were forced, through thy plaguing hand, religiously to send it home againe; thou strookest with the plague fiftie thousand of the Beth-samites thy people, for rashlie presu∣ming to looke into the same, not hauing thy warrant so to doo.

In the time of King Dauid thou destroiedst three score and ten thousand of thy people, in three daies, with thy wasting plague of pestilence; mooued there∣to by the transgression of Dauid the King, whom for the sinnes of the people thou sufferedst to be tempted, and subdued with a vaine curiositie to number the people.

Also, shortlie after the death of that immaculate Lambe our Sauiour, thou sufferedst the plague to Page  448 reigne among the members of his bodie, the Church of the Corinthians; for not worthilie preparing them∣selues, and for misvsing the Sacrament of the bodie and bloud of our Sauiour Iesus Christ: and manie died thereof, as thine holie Apostle Saint Paule hath taught vs.

Since which time, O Lord, as the Monuments of thy Church, and other Chronicles doo declare, thou hast from time to time so plagued with pestilence, not onelie cities, but also whole countries for these and other like causes, that we may iustlie looke for the com∣ming of our Sauiour; so manie and so horrible pesti∣lences haue beene among vs alreadie.

All which causes, O Lord, for the which thou hast so afflicted thy people, are through the malice of Satan, and our wilfull consenting vnto him, growne so ripe in vs; that were it not for the exceeding greatnes of thy mercie and compassion, we should all presentlie perish, and that woorthilie; so horrible and outragious are our iniquities.

For we loath, not onelie the plentifull prouision of wholesome victuals and apparell, which thou hast gi∣uen vs for our bodies, more abundantlie than to ma∣nie nations; trauelling by all meanes to get where∣with to pamper our flesh with wines, spices, silks, and other vaine, costlie, and delighting things: but the pre∣tious Manna of our soules, thy holie word and Sa∣craments, we can not awaie with; we are so full, that we are glutted therewith.

We so little esteeme the heauenlie kingdome, which our Sauiour hath so deerlie prepared, and kindlie pro∣mised to vs; that we abhor it, and are readie to stone those few that commend it, and exhort vs for our owne good to trauell thitherward: better liking and credi∣ting those false prophets the Epicures, and Atheists, that with their lies discourage vs therefrom.

Page  485 What murmuring and grudging make we against the ministers of thy word, which thou of thine especi∣all goodnesse hast in mercie giuen vs? How despise wee our bishops, preachers, and other ministers of thy ho∣lie Sacraments, whom thou hast commanded vs to reuerence and honour?

Did not we, through our wicked liues, wretchedlie leese the Arke of thy holie word, and the true ministra∣tion of Sacraments, not manie yeeres agone, which the popish Philistines tooke from vs? And now, when thou through thy plagues laid vpon them hast mira∣culouslie sent it againe; see how hold we be with the Beth-samites, vnreuerentlie to receiue it. For manie make of it a gazing-stocke, to serue their eies and tongues; rather than a lawe, to obeie and followe in their liues.

Yea, the knowledge of thy truth, goodnesse, and mer∣cie, breedeth in manie of vs a carelesse securitie, and a contempt of thy holie ordinances. For we presume vp∣on thy mercie and promises; not regarding the condi∣tions, nor anie of thy commandements, which in our baptisme we vowed to obserue. Yea, we make thy Gos∣pell a cloke of our couetousnesse, vnder colour whereof we seeke our owne lucre, and hide all our wicked and filthie practises.

If the Corinthians deserued to be plagued for abu∣sing thy holie Sacraments, how much more are wee woorthie of fierce wrath, that not onelie abuse it; but also abhor & contemne it: bicause it is ministred as it ought? For thou knowest, O Lord, what a sort there are, which bewitched with the diuell, and the Popes doctrine, doo vtterlie abhor Christs holie communion; and sauing for feare of the lawe, would neuer come at it. In what sort these receiue, and how they be prepa∣red, is not vnknowne vnto thee. How rashlie also, and vnaduisedlie, and vnprepared the common multitude Page  486 doo frequent it; partlie appeareth, in that manie of them neuer forgiue old offences, nor reconcile them∣selues, nor in anie thing doo amend their old sinnes and vices.

Seeing then that we, Lord, the common sort and multitude doo thus abound in all kind of wickednesse; how can it be, but that thou of thy iustice, must suffer our magistrates to offend also in somewhat, to the end thou maist iustlie take vengeance of our sinnes?

For these manifold heapes of sinnes and wicked∣nesses, O Lord, thou hast iustlie at this present sent this dangerous pestilence among vs; as thou hast of∣ten and long time threatened by the mouthes of thy faithfull preachers, who continuallie haue called vpon vs, to staie thy wrath, by earnest repentance & amen∣dement of life: but we haue alwaies beene deafer and deafer. The delight in our sinnes not onlie stopped our eares, but also hardened our harts against their har∣tie and friendlie admonitions. And in that we now, O Lord, doo begin to feele and acknowledge our sinnes; it commeth more of thy rigour in plaguing vs, than of anie good inclination of our selues. Mollifie therefore, O Lord, our flintie harts, with the suppling moisture of thy holie spirit. Make vs to reuerence thee, as chil∣dren, for loue of thy mercies; and not to dread thee like slaues, for feare of punishment.

Seruants:

Amen.

Maister or Maistres.

O deere Father, reclaime vs thy lost children. O mercifull Sauiour, pitie vs thy pu∣trified members. O holie Ghost, repaire vs thy de∣caied temples. O holie and glorious Trinitie, haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

Seruants:

Amen.

Maister.

Grant vs, O Lord, such true repentance, as may, through the bloud of our Sauiour, blot out the staines of our heinous iniquities. Forgiue vs our Page  487 sinnes, O Lord; forgiue vs our sinnes, for thine infi∣nite mercies sake.

Seruants:

Amen.

Maister.

Forgiue vs our blasphemies, idolatries, and periuries. Forget our vaine and outragious oths. As thou hast by thy rigour and plagues, forced vs to ac∣knowledge thee, to be our iust and righteous Lord: so let vs, through thy mercie and forgiuenesse, feele thee to be our mild & louing Father, and giue vs grace for euer hereafter to reuerence this thy glorious name.

Seru.

Amen.

Maister.

Take from vs, O God, the care of worldlie vanities. Make vs content with necessaries. Plucke awaie our harts from delighting in honours, trea∣sures, and pleasures of this life. And ingender in vs a desire to be with thee in thine eternall kingdome. Giue vs, O Lord, such taste and feeling of thine vnspeake a∣ble ioies in heauen, that we may alwaie long therfore, saieng with thine elect; Hasten thy kingdome, O Lord; take vs to thee.

Seru.

Amen.

Maister.

Make vs, O Lord, obedient to thy will re∣uealed in thy holie word. Make vs diligent to walke in thy commandements. Forgiue vs our contempt and murmuring against the magistrates and mini∣sters, whom thou hast in thy mercie appointed: make vs obedient vnto their godlie lawes & doctrine. Saue and preserue, O Lord, thine annointed our QVEENE ELIZABETH: that she, in thy grace and feare, may long reigne amongst vs. Giue peace to all Christian nations. Mooue vs by thy spirit to loue one another, as the members of our bodie; that we may all doo thy will in earth, as it is in heauen.

Seru.

Amen.

Maister.

Dig out of vs, O Lord, the venemous roots of couetousnesse and concupiscence; or else so represse Page  488 them with thy grace, that we may be contented with thy prouision of necessaries: and not to labour, as we doo, with toile, strength, guile, wrong, and oppression to pamper our selues with vaine superfluities. Feed our soules, O Lord, dailie with the true Manna of thy heauenlie word, and with the grace of thy holie Sa∣craments. Giue vs grace continuallie to read, heare, and meditate thy purposes, iudgments, promises, and precepts; not to the end we may curiouslie argue therof, or arrogantlie presume thervpon; but to frame our liues according to thy will, that by keeping thy co∣uenants, we may be sure of thy promises: and so make our election and vocation certaine, through our con∣stant faith, vertuous and godlie liuing.

Seru.

Amen.

Maister.

Confirme vs, O Lord, to the image of our Sauiour. So lighten the lamps of our harts with the fire and burning flames of thy loue, that no enuie, rancor, hatred, or malice doo remaine in vs, to quench it: but that we may gladlie forgiue, whatsoeuer wrong is, or shall be, either maliciouslie or ignorantlie done or said against vs. And here, Lord, in thy presence; for thy Maiestie is euerie where; we forgiue whatsoeuer hath beene, by anie man or woman practised against vs: beseeching thèe, of thy goodnesse likewise to forgiue it. And further, for thy mercies sake; and for our Sa∣uiour Iesus Christs sake, we beseech thee, O deere Fa∣ther, to forgiue vs these horrible and damnable sinnes, which we haue committed against thy Maiestie; for which thou hast now iustlie brought the pestilence and plague vpon vs. Let the ceasing thereof, we beseech thee, certifie vs of thy mercie and remission.

Seru.

Amen.

Maister.

We knowe, O Lord, the weakenesse of our selues; and how readie we are to fall from thee. Suf∣fer not therfore Satan to shew his power and malice Page  489 vpon vs. For we are not able to withstand his assalts. Arme vs, O Lord, alwaies with thy grace; and assist vs with thy holie spirit in all kinds of temptations.

Seruants.

Amen.

Maister.

Deliuer vs, O deere father, from all euils, both bodilie and ghostlie. Deliuer, O Lord, from trouble of conscience, all that are snarled in their sins. Deliuer, O Lord, from feare of persecution and tyran∣nie, our brethren and sisters, that are vnder the crosse for profession of thy word. Deliuer, O mercifull father, those that for our sinnes and offences, are alreadie tor∣mented with the rage of pestilence. Recouer those, O Lord, that are alreadie striken; and saue the rest of my houshold, and else-where, from this greeuous infection.

Seruants.

Amen.

Maister.

Finallie, O Lord God, which for our innu∣merable sinnes, dooest heere fatherlie correct vs, to the end we should not feele the rigour of thy seueare iudge∣ment, in eternall condemnation: we humblie submit our selues vnto thy grace and pitie; beseeching thee, for our Lord Iesus Christes sake, that although we haue iustlie deserued this plague now laid vpon vs; yet it may please thee, in the multitude of thy mercies, to withdrawe thy rod from vs. Grant, O Lord, true repentance of our sinnes, which (as it did in that good King Ezekias) may deliuer vs from the plague laid vp∣on vs; and cause those that be sicke heere in my house, or otherwhere, to recouer. Or, if thou haue determined to take a number of vs out of the miseries of this pre∣sent euill world, giue vs the comfort of thy holie spirit, that may make vs glad, and willing to come vnto thee. Giue vs grace, O Lord, so to prepare our selues, that we may be readie with the wise virgins, to enter into life with our sauiour Christ, whensoeuer it shall please thee to call vs.

Seruants:

Amen.

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Maister.

Grant this, O deere father, for Iesus Chri∣stes sake, our onlie Mediator, Aduocate, Lord, Redee∣mer, and Sauiour; to whome, with thee, and the ho∣lie Ghost, be all honor and glorie, world without end: and in whose name we, altogether, with one hart and voice, crie furthermore, and praie vnto thee, as he in his holie word hath taught vs, saieng:

Maister and seruants altogether.

Our Father, &c.

Other Psalmes and praiers to be said in the time of anie common plague, sicknesse, or other crosse and visita∣tion of God, by the Maister and Mistresse, with their familie.

O Come, let vs humble our selues, & fall downe before the Lord with reuerence and feare.

For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheepe of his hands.

Come therefore, let vs turne a∣gaine vnto our Lord, for he hath smitten vs, and he shall heale vs.

Let vs repent and turne from our wickednesse, and our sinnes shall be forgiuen vs.

Let vs turne, and the Lord will turne from his hea∣uie wrath, and will pardon vs, and we shall not perish.

For we knowledge our faults, and our sinnes be e∣uer before vs.

We haue sore prouoked thine anger, O Lord; thy wrath is waxed hot, and thy heauie displeasure is sore kindled against vs.

Thou hast made vs heare of the noise of warres, and hast troubled vs by the vexation of enimies.

Thou hast in thine indignation striken vs with gree∣uous sicknes, and by and by we haue fallen as leaues beaten downe with a vehement wind.

Page  491 Indeede we acknowledge, that all punishments are lesse than our deseruings: but yet of thy mercie, Lord, correct vs to amendment, and plague vs not to our de∣struction.

For thy hand is not shortened, that thou canst not helpe: neither is thy goodnesse abated, that thou wilt not heare.

Thou hast promised, that afore we crie thou wilt heare vs: and whilest we yet speake, thou wilt haue mercie vpon vs.

For none that trust in thee, shall be confounded; nei∣ther anie that call vpon thee, shall be despised.

For thou art the onlie Lord, who woundest and doo∣est heale: againe, who killest, and reuiuest; bringest e∣uen to hell, and bringest barke againe.

Our fathers hoped in thee, they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliuer them.

They called vpon thee, and were helped; they put their trust in thee, and were not confounded.

O Lord rebuke vs not in thine indignation: nei∣ther chasten vs in thy heauie displeasure.

Oh remember not the sinnes and offences of our youth: but according to thy mercie thinke vpon vs, O Lord, for thy goodnesse.

Haue mercie vpon vs, O Lord, for we are weake: O Lord heale vs, for our bones are vexed.

And now in the vexation of our spirits, and the anguish of our soules, we remember thee: and we crie vnto thee; heare Lord, and haue mercie.

For thine owne sake, for thy holie name sake, in∣cline thine eare and heare, O mercifull Lord.

For we doo not powre out our praiers before thy face, trusting in our owne righteousnesse: but in thy great and manifold mercies.

Wash vs throughlie from our wickednesse, and cleanse vs from our sinnes.

Page  492 Turne thy face from our sinnes, and put out all our misdeeds.

Make vs cleane harts, O God, and renew a right spirit within vs.

Helpe vs, O God of our saluation, for the glorie of thy name. O deliuer vs, and be mercifull vnto our sinnes, for thy name sake.

So we that be thy people, and sheepe of thy pasture, shall giue thee thanks for euer; and will alwaies bee shewing foorth thy praise from generation to genera∣tion.

Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

Another praier to be said in the time of the plague, sicknesse, and mortalitie.

O Lord our God, great and fearefull art thou, keeping couenant and mercie with them that loue thee, and keepe thy commandements. We haue sinned, O Lord, and haue committed iniquitie. We haue don wickedlie; yea wee haue rebelled, and haue departed from thy iudge∣ments. We haue not obeied thy seruants the Pro∣phets, which spake in thy name, to our kings and prin∣ces, to our forefathers, and to all the people of the land.

O Lord, righteousnesse belongeth vnto thee; but vn∣to vs open shame and confusion; as it is come to passe this daie, by the plague and sicknesse reigning among vs, and among all the dwellers of this land, because of the sins which we haue done against thee. Unto thee, O Lord and God, pertaineth compassion, and forgiue∣nesse; though we haue rebelled against thee. We haue not obeied thy voice, to walke in the lawes which thou hast laid before vs. We haue hitherto despised thy di∣uine Page  493 word, yea we haue loathed preaching, and haue loased the bridle to all beastlinesse of desires.

Therefore the cursse and oth, which is written in the lawe of Moses thy seruant, is powred vpon vs; and we, through the plague and corrupt aires, with burning feauers, and greeuous sicknesse, are lamen∣tablie consumed euerie daie. Yea in our knees and legs are we smitten with most lothsome botches, and those incurable, from the sole of the foote vnto the top of the head. Because we repent not, neither obserue all the words written in thy lawe, nor feare thy glorious and dreadfull name, thou doest, according to thy threat∣nings aforetold, increase our plagues, & the plagues of our seed. Thou sendest great plagues, and of long continuance; euill sicknesse, and of long durance. Thou bringest vpon vs vncurable diseases, all maner of sick∣nesse, and all kinds of plagues, besides those written in the booke of the lawe.

All these plagues, according to thy word, are come vpon vs, yet haue we not praied vnto thee our Lord, that we might euerie one turne from our vngodlie waies. Therefore hast thou bin wrathfull in punishing vs, and in bringing these euils vpon vs. Thou art righteous, O Lord, and true is thy iudgement. O God Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, thou hast got thee a glorious name, as may appeare this daie. O Lord our God, we haue sinned; we haue done wickedlie: we haue behaued our selues vngodlie in all thine ordinan∣ces. Turne thy wrath away from vs, we beseech thee: for we are but a few left in this place.

O Lord God, which hast promised, that when either pestilence among vs, or the aire infected, or anie other plague or sicknesse is hot; thou wilt heare the praiers, and grant the requests of anie man or woman among the people, praieng from the bottome of his hart, ac∣knowledging his sinnes vnfeinedlie, and lifting vp his Page  494 hands vnto thee, thorough Iesus Christ, before the throne of grace. Be thou mercifull, giue vnto euerie man according to all his petitions. For thou alone knowest the harts of all the children of men. Heare thou our praiers and petitions, and deliuer vs from this contagious and deadlie pestilence. Command thine Angel, which striketh vs, to put vp his swoord into the sheath; that he strike not to our finall and vt∣ter destruction. Proceede not in thy wrath, spare vs from death, & bring not our end by the plague. Let the heauens be mild, and our dwelling places healthfull; least the aire being infected, powre downe the contagi∣on thereof vpon vs, to our destruction.

O Lord turne awaie thine hand, it is sufficient: let now thine hand cease, that all the earth may knowe, how that thou Lord art our GOD, and that we doo call vpon thy name. O Lord looke downe from thine holie house, vpon vs: incline thine eare and heare: o∣pen thine eies, and behold the affliction and mortalitie of thy people. For the dead, whose spirits are taken a∣waie, giue vnto thee neither praise, nor righteousnes: but the soule that is vexed for the multitude of hir sins, which goeth on heauilie, and weaklie, whose eies begin to faile; yea, the hungrie soule is it that ascri∣beth due praise and righteousnesse vnto thee, O Lord.

For we powre out our praiers before thee, and re∣quire mercie in thy sight, O Lord our God; not for a∣nie woorthinesse either of our owne, or of our fathers: but in the name of thy sonne Iesus Christ, in whome thou art well pleased: we beseech thee be mercifull vn∣to vs, and helpe vs in necessitie. Turne thee againe, O Lord, at the last, and be mercifull vnto thy seruants, that this poisoned infection maie be taken from vs. Notwithstanding, if it be thy pleasure to visit our of∣fences with the rod, thy blessed will be done; and giue vs grace to beare thy fatherlie correction laid vpon vs Page  495 patientlie; remembring alwaies, that we are chasti∣ned of thee our Lord in this world, that we be not con∣demned with the reprobate in the world to come,

Amen.

A fruitfull Praier, verie necessarie to be hartilie said at the appearing of monsters, and in anie earthquake, or other plagues, that God would turne awaie his ven∣geance hanging ouer vs for our sinnes.

OH Lord God, strong and mightie, great and dreadfull; which dwellest in the heauens, and workest great woonders: we thy miserable children here, prostrate vpon the earth, doo most humblie beseech thee to be mer∣cifull vnto vs, to pardon our offen∣ces, and to forgiue vs all our sinnes. O Lord enter not into iudgement with thy seruants; for if thou doo, there shall no flesh be saued in thy sight. We confesse and acknowledge, O Lord, that it is our sinnes which haue mooued thee to wrath, and to shew such fearefull tokens of thy displeasure towards vs in these our daies. First with fire from heauen, betoke∣ning thy hot burning indignation, and wrathfull dis∣pleasure for sinne, which aboundeth at this daie: and then with such horrible and monstrous shapes against nature, as it was neuer seene here in our daies, nor in anie time before vs; which betoken to vs none other thing, but thy plagues to come vpon vs, for our dege∣nerate and monstrous life and conuersation: and of late, by the strange & terrible earthquake that shooke, or rather that euen vomited vs with fearfull trem∣bling harts, and amazed spirits out of our houses, which we so shamefully haue polluted and defiled with our vile sinnes and wickednesse: and now last of all, by the long and great mortalitie, plague and pestilence, Page  496 thou doost & hast terribly threatened vs, fatherlie war∣ned vs, and mercifullie called vs to repentance. The axe is set to the roote of the tree, and if we be not as rotten members, without all sense and feeling, we may perceiue our fearefull destruction and desolation to be at hand, vnlesse we speedilie repent and turne to thee: bicause we haue beene so long taught out of thy most holie and sacred word, and yet no fruits of true repen∣tance or Christian life will appeare.

Wo and alas to these our daies, that neither prea∣ching by word most comfortable, nor preaching by monsters most ouglie, nor preaching by fire most strange, nor preaching by earthquakes most terrible, neither yet by plagues and pestilence most horrible, will stirre vp our stonie harts, and awake vs from our sinnes.

We feare, oh Lord, that the Turks, with all the rest of the vnbeleeuing will condemne vs in the last daie, which if they had beene so long instructed by the com∣fortable preaching of thy word, and sweete promises of thy Gospell; or thy woonders both in heauen and earth, which we haue seene, no doubt their righteous∣nes would haue shined at this day to our great shame and confusion. Thou hast no lesse warned vs, oh Lord, of thy fearefull displeasure, & heauie plagues at hand for our great wickednesse; than thou didst the Israe∣lits of the horrible destruction, which came vpon them, whom thou first in mercie didst call to repentance by the preaching of thy word: but when no warning would serue, thou didst send them monstrous and fear∣full signes and tokens, to declare that thy visitation was not farre off. But they, like vnto vs at this daie, did alwaies interpret these things after the imagina∣tion of their vaine harts, promising to themselues peace, when destruction was ouer their heads.

Which things, when we doo call to mind, (for as Page  497 much as they are written for our learning, example, & warning) it maketh vs to tremble and quake for feare of thy iust iudgments. For if thou hast thus dealt with thine owne deere and chosen children, in token of thy great wrath against sinne: what shall we looke for, who doo no lesse deserue thy fearfull scourge; (and of mercie it is, that thou dooest thus long forbeare vs:) but liue as though there were no God at all to be re∣uenged vpon our sinnes? It maketh vs to feare and crie unwardlie in our soules; Come Lord Iesu, holie and true in all thy dooings, and shorten our daies: bring this our pilgrimage to an end: suffer vs not to heape sinne vpon sinne vnto the daie of vengeance, least we be caught vp amongst the number of the wic∣ked and reprobate, which shall neuer see thy louing countenance.

It maketh vs to crie to thee, O Lord, let thy king∣dome come, and end this our sinfull life, wherein we doo nothing but prouoke thee to wrath. Correct vs not, O Lord, in thine indignation; neither chasten vs in thine heauie displeasure. And though to vs belongeth nothing but shame and confusion; though our offen∣ces haue deserued to be visited with the rod, and our sinnes with scourges: yet in mercie, Lord, and with fatherlie correction chasten vs; and thy louing kind∣nesse take not awaie from vs. To thee we flie for suc∣cour, vnder the wings of thy mercie shall be our re∣fuge, vntill thou turne thy wrathfull countenance from vs. We knowe that thy mercie is aboue all thy works, and euen as great as thy selfe: therefore will we saie with holie Iob; Though thou kill vs, yet we put our trust in thee.

Thou camest to comfort and plucke out of the dun∣geon of hell, such wretches as we are. Thou art the good Samaritane, that camest to heale our deadlie wounds. Thou art that good Physician, that camest to Page  498 cure our mortall infirmities. Thou art the good shep∣heard, that camest to seeke vs wandering & lost sheepe; and to bring vs to thy fold againe. And more than that, thou art our brother; flesh of our flesh, and bone of our bones; which hast tasted of our infirmities, felt our temptations, & borne the burden of our sinnes. There∣fore at thy hands we looke for mercie, against the daie of vengeance. And though thou punish vs, yet our hope is, and euer shall be, that thy rod shall no further touch vs, than shall make to thy glorie, our commoditie, and the strengthening and increase of our faith.

Let this thy preaching sundrie waies, O Lord, be sufficient for our warning: and grant that we may speedilie, and from the bottome of our harts repent, endeuour to doo thy righteous and blessed will reuea∣led in thy word; and frame our liues according to the same: that we may here liue in thy feare all the daies of our life, and after this our sinfull course is ended, may dwell with thee in thy blessed kingdome, through the death and merits of Iesus Christ our onelie redee∣mer,

Amen.

A Psalme of thankes-giuing for deliuerance from the plague, or anie other kind of sicknesse, trouble, or affliction.

LOrd, thou art become gratious vn∣to thy land; thou hast turned awaie the afflictions of thy seruants.

Thou hast taken awaie all thy displeasure, & turned thy selfe from thy wrathfull indignation.

For if thou, Lord, hadst not helped vs; it had not failed, but our soules had beene put to silence.

But when we said, Our feete haue slipped; thy mer∣cie, O Lord, helped vs vp.

Page  499 In the multitude of the sorowes that we had in our harts, thy comforts haue refreshed our soules.

Our soules waited still vpon the Lord, our soules hanged vpon his helpe, our hope was alwaies in him.

In the Lords word did we reioice, in Gods word did we comfort our selues.

For the Lord said; Call vpon me in the time of trou∣ble, and I will heare thee, and thou shalt praise me.

So when we were poore, needie, sicklie, and in hea∣uinesse, the Lord cared for vs; he was our helpe, and our sauiour, according to his word.

In our aduersitie and distresse he hath lifted vp our heads, and saued vs from vtter destruction.

He hath deliuered our soules from death, he hath fed vs in the time of dearth, he hath saued vs from the noisome pestilence.

Therefore will we offer in his holie temple the ob∣lation of thankes-giuing, with great gladnesse; wee will sing and speake praises vnto the Lord our Sa∣uiour.

We will giue thanks vnto the Lord, for he is gra∣tious, and his mercie endureth for euer.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercie, long suf∣fering, plentious in goodnesse and pitie.

His mercie is greater than the heauens, and his gratious goodnesse reacheth vnto the clouds.

Like as a father pitieth his owne children; euen so is the Lord mercifull vnto them that feare him.

Therefore will we praise thee, and thy mercies, O God; vnto thee will we sing, O thou holie one of Is∣rael.

We will sing a new song vnto thee, O God; we will praise the Lord with Psalmes of thankes giuing.

O sing praises, sing praises vnto our God; O sing praises, sing praises vnto our King.

For God is the King of the earth, sing praises with Page  500 vnderstanding.

We will magnifie thee, O God our King; we will praise thy name for euer and euer.

Euerie daie will we giue thanks vnto thee, and praise thy name for euer and euer.

Our mouth shall speake the praises of the Lord, and let all flesh giue thanks to his holie name for euer and euer.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for euer, and bles∣sed be the name of his Maiestie world without end,

Amen.
Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c.

In the time of anie particular or generall earthquake, praie:

OH eternall, mightie, and most louing Father; which hast no desire of the death of a sinner; but that he con∣uert and liue; and vnto whom no∣thing is so pleasant as the repen∣tant, contrite, and sorowfull hart of a penitent person. For thou art that kind father that fallest most louing∣lie vpon the necke of the lost sonne; kissest, imbracest, and feastest him, when he returneth from the puddle of pleasures, and swill of the swine; and disdainest not the repentant praier of thy poore and sinfull seruants, whensoeuer with true faith they returne and call vp∣on thee, as we haue most comfortable examples in Da∣uid, Manasses, Magdalen, Peter, and the theefe vpon the gibbet.

We most hartilie and humblie beseech thy fatherlie goodnesse, to looke downe from the throne of thy mer∣cie-seate, vpon vs most miserable and sinfull slaues of Satan, which with fearfull and trembling harts doo quake and shake at the strange and terrible tokens of Page  501 thy wrath and indignation, appearing most euidentlie vnto vs, by the shaking & moouing of the earth, which is thy footestoole; whereby (if we be not vtterlie desti∣tute of grace) we be warned that thy cōming-downe amongst vs, to visit our sinnes in most terrible maner, can not be farre off; seeing thou treadest so hard vpon this thy footestoole the earth, which we most shameful∣lie haue polluted and defiled, with our most wicked, sinfull, and rebellious liues; notwithstanding thy con∣tinuall crieng and calling vpon vs, by thy seruants the prophets and preachers, by whome we haue learned thy will; but haue not followed it. We haue heard much, and done little, yea nothing at all: but like most peruerse and vnthankfull children, haue made a mocke of thy word, derided thy ministers, and accounted thy threatenings trifles, and thy warnings of no weight or moment. Wherefore we haue iustlie deserued to taste most deeplie of the bitter cup of thine anger and bengeance, by wars, famine, pestilence; yea and eter∣nall death, if thou shouldest not temper the rigour of thy iustice with the mildnesse of thy mercie. But such is thy fatherlie affection towards vs, that thou shew∣est thy selfe slowe to anger, long suffering, and of much patience and mercie; yea, thou art a thousand times more readie to forget and forgiue, than we to aske and require forgiuenesse.

Therefore, though we be not woorthie of the least mite of thy mercie; yet gratious Lord, looke not vpon vs and our sinnes; but vpon thine owne selfe, and thy sonne Iesus Christ, the fountaine of grace, the trea∣sure of mercie, the salue of all sicknesse, the iewell of ioie, and the onlie hauen of succour and safetie. By him we come to thee, in him and for him we trust to find that we haue lost, and gaine that he hath got. He is the scale of Iacob, by whom we climbe vp to thee; and thou by the Angels of thy mercie cōmest downe to vs. Page  502 Him we present vnto thee, and not we our selues; his death, and not our dooings; his bloudie wounds, and not our detestable deseruings: whose merits are so great, as thy mercie cannot be little; and our ransom so rich, that our beggerlie and beastlie sinnes are no∣thing in thy sight; for the great pleasure and satisfac∣tion that thou takest of his paines and passion.

Turne this late earthquake, O Lord, to the bene∣fite of thine elect, as thou didst when thou shookest the prison; loosedst the locks, fetters and chaines of thy seruants Paule and Silas, and broughtst them out of prison, and conuertedst their keeper: so gratious Lord, strike the harts of tyrants with the terrour of this thy woorke, that they may knowe that they are but men; and that thou art that Samson, that for their mocking and spiting of thee, and thy word, canst shake the pillers of their palaces, and throwe them vpon the furious Philistines heads. Turne thy wrath, oh Lord, from thy children that call vpon thy name, to the conuersion or confusion of thine enimies, that despise and abhorre thy name, and deface thy glory. Thou hast knocked long at their doores, but they will not open to let thee in. Burst open therefore the brasen gates of their stonie harts, thou that art able of stones to raise vp children to Abraham. And finallie, so touch our harts with the finger of thy grace, that we maie deep∣ly muse vpon our sinfull liues, to amend them; and call for thy mercie, to forgiue and pardon them; through Christ our Lord, who liueth with thee, and the holie Ghost, three persons and one eternall God; to whome be all dominion and glorie, with praise and thanks-gi∣uing, for euer and euer,

Amen.
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Or else praie thus:

O Almightie God, and most mercifull Father, which willest not the death of a sinner; but rather that hee should returne and liue: we thy ser∣uants most humblie confesse, that we haue most greeuouslie offended against thy diuine Maiestie, and prouoked thy heauie wrath against vs, in that we haue not beleeued and folowed thy Gos∣pell preached vnto vs; nor beene thankfull for thy ma∣nie & verie great benefits bestowed vpon vs: yea and being warned by the dangers of other, haue beene too carelesse to serue thee, oh Lord, the Father of all mer∣cie, and the God of all consolation, which in thy wrath remembrest mercie. We acknowledge, that in the late terrible earthquake, which suddenly shooke vs out of our houses and dwelling places, thou didst warne vs of thy iustice; and that we for our great vnthankful∣nesse and disobedience, haue deserued most iust iudge∣ment. O Lord, we thy seruants, being vile earth, and miserable sinners; yet trembling and quaking at the remembrance of that terrible looke of thy wrathfull displeasure neuer to be forgotten, most humblie craue pardon for our sinnes; and grace to conuert vnto thee in time. Conuert vs, O Lord, and we shall be conuer∣ted. Mollifie our hard harts, grant vs a contrite spi∣rit, and to turne vnto thee vnfeinedlie, in fasting, wee∣ping & praier. Enter not into iudgement with thy ser∣uants; spare thy people, O Lord; spare them, and let not thine heritage be brought to confusion. Haue mer∣cie vpon vs, for thy sonne Iesus Christs sake. Giue vs grace hencefoorth to amend our liues, and to serue thee in holines and righteousnesse. So we acknowledging thy iustice, and remembring alwaies that fearefull Page  504 signe of thy furie, in the memorable earthquake, which thou sentest ye sixt of Aprill, in the yeare one thousand, fiue hundred, fourescore; we shall praise thee for thy mercie, and glorifie thy holie name for euer, through Iesus Christ our Sauiour,

Amen.

At the sight of a blasing starre, or other meteors, or prodigious signes of Gods iudgment in the heauens, praie to preuent the euils foreshewed thereby, and saie:

O Almightie Lord and God, whose workemanship is the whole world, the heauen and the earth, with all the beautie and blessings of the same; at the presence of whose po∣wer all things doo quake and trem∣ble; whose indignation when it threatneth vengeance vnto sinners is vnsufferable, and whose promises of mercie are vn∣measurable: bicause thou art euen the most high Lord ouer all the earth, full of patience, forbearance, pitie and repentance, ouer the wickednesse of sinfull people, declaring the sharpnesse of thy iudgements for their amendment, and deliuerance from punishment. Thou, O Lord, hast promised, according to thy bottomlesse bountie and goodnesse, a penitent spirit, not to iust and righteous Abraham, Isaac and Iacob, which haue not offended against thy Maiestie; but to those that are ouerwhelmed with the tempestuous tides of their transgressions. We, O Lord, haue offended, and our fathers haue committed sinne in thy sight. We haue defiled our selues in the filthie puddle of iniquitie; and therefore beholding in the verie heauens, such dread∣full tokens of thy wrathfull indignation hanging ouer our heads, for our monstrous and prodigious life, we bow before thee the knees of our harts, beseeching thee Page  505 to be gratious vnto vs, and to open thine eares to our praiers. We haue sinned, O Lord; we haue sinned, and we acknowledge our misdeeds, humblie beseeching thee to forgiue vs our offences. O forgiue vs, and deli∣uer vs not ouer to destruction with our iniquities, nei∣ther laie thou vp in store vengeance against the daie of iudgement. O reserue not for vs the whip of wo and wretchednesse; but in mercie pardon our misdeeds: and let not the fierie flames of thy furie and wrath waxe hot against vs, to burne and consume vs in our iniquities,

Amen.

In the time of warre.

O Almightie God, King of all kings, and Gouernor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth iustlie to pu∣nish sinners, & to be mercifull vnto them that truelie repent; saue and deliuer vs, we humblie beseech thee, from the hands of our enimies; a∣bate their pride, asswage their malice, and confound their deuises; that we being armed with thy defence, may be preserued euermore from all perils, to glorifie thee, which art the onlie giuer of all victorie; through the merits of thine onlie sonne Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

In time of rebellion or intestine warre.

O Most mightie and mercifull Lord God, which art King of glorie, and Lord of hosts; the Gouernour of all creatures, the onlie giuer of all vic∣tories; who alone art able to streng∣then the weake against the migh∣tie, and to vanquish infinite multi∣tudes of thine enimies, with the Page  506 countenance of a few of thy seruants, calling vpon thy name, and trusting in thee; defend, O good Lord, thy seruants, and our gouernour vnder thee, our most gra∣tious and souereigne Ladie Queene Elizabeth, and all hir faithfull subiects and people committed to hir charge. And especiallie at this time, O Lord, haue re∣gard to those hir trustie, louing, and obedient subiects; which be sent into the north parts of this Realme; or ouer the seas, to the aid of such as be persecuted for the profession of thy holie name, to withstand the crueltie, force, and power of certaine false and vnfaithfull sub∣iects: yea rather cursed rebels, and wicked traitours, and all those which be common enimies, as well to the truth of thine eternall word, as to their owne natu∣rall Prince and countrie; and manifestlie against the Crowne and Realme of England, which thou hast by thy diuine prouidence assigned, in these our daies, to the gouernement of thy seruant our souereigne Ladie, and most gratious Queene; to the great comfort of all vs hir louing subiects, and faithfull commons: thy most glorious name be praised therefore.

O Lord God of hosts, which by thine Angel there∣vnto appointed, doost minister both warre and peace; and which diddest giue vnto Dauid both courage and strength, being but a little one, vnarmed, and vnexpert in feates of warre, with his sling to set vpon, & ouer∣throwe the great huge giant Goliah: our cause now being iust, and being forced to enter into warre and battell, we most humblie beseech thee, most gratious God, so to turne the harts of these rebels, thine and our enimies, to the desire of peace, that no Christian bloud be shed or spilt. Or else grant, O Lord, that with small effusion of bloud, and to the little hurt and da∣mage of thy seruants, who doo ieopard their liues for the defence of thy holie Gospell, our Queene, & Realme, against the aduersaries thereof, we may to thy glorie Page  507 obteine the victorie, and that the warres being ended, the rebels soone put to flight and vanquished, we may all with one hart and mind knit togither, in godlie con∣cord and vnitie, laud & praise thee which art our God.

O most mercifull Father, if it be thy holie will, make soft and tender the stonie harts of all those, I saie, that exalt themselues against thy truth, and seeke either to trouble the quietnesse of this Realme of England, or to oppresse the Crowne of the same, and conuert them to the knowledge of thy sonne, the onelie Sauiour of the world Iesus Christ, that we and they may iointlie glorifie thy mercies. Lighten, we beseech thee, their ig∣norant harts, to embrace the truth of thy word, or else to abate their crueltie, O most mightie Lord; that this our Christian Region, with others that confesse thy holie Gospell, may obteine by thine aid & strength, suertie from all our enimies, without shedding of Christian and innocent bloud; whereby all they, which be in feare of their crueltie, may be comforted: and fi∣nallie, that all Christian realmes, and especiallie this Realme of England, may by thy defence and protecti∣on continue in the truth of the Gospell, and enioie per∣fect peace, quietnesse, and securitie; and that we, for these thy mercies, iointlie all together, with one con∣sent, hart, and voice, may thankfullie render vnto thee all laud and praise; that we knit in one godlie concord and vnitie among our selues, may continuallie magni∣fie thy glorious name.

And furthermore, for as much as it is thy good will and pleasure, to appoint vs in the number of subiects; we most humblie beseech thee, O heauenlie Father, to giue vs faithfull and obedient harts vnto our dread souereigne Ladie the Queenes most excellent Maie∣stie, and to the high powers and godlie rulers, that are in authoritie vnder hir noble Grace, that there may be found in vs no disobedience, no vnfaithfulnes, Page  508 no treason, no falsehood, no dissimulation, no insurre∣ction, no commotion, no conspiracie; nor anie kind of rebellion, in deede, word, or thought: but all faithful∣nesse, obedience, quietnesse, subiection, and humilitie; and whatsoeuer else becommeth faithfull subiects, vn∣der so good and so gratious a Prince: that we liuing heere in all lowlinesse of mind, may at the last daie, through thy fauour, be lifted vp into euerlasting glo∣rie; where thou, O most mercifull Father, with thy sonne, and the holie Ghost, liuest and reignest one verie true and perfect God, for euer and euer,

Amen.

A thankes-giuing for the suppression of re∣bellion, or insurrection.

O Heauenlie and most mercifull Fa∣ther, the defender of those that put their trust in thee; the sure fortresse of all them that flie to thee for suc∣cour; who of thy most iust iudge∣ments, for our disobedience and re∣bellion against thy holie word, and for our holie profession, whereby we haue giuen occasion that thy holie name hath beene blasphemed among the ignorant, hast of late yeeres sore abashed the whole Realme & people of England, with the terrour and danger of rebellion, thereby to awake vs out of our dead sleepe of carelesse securitie; and hast yet by the miseries following the same re∣bellion, most sharpelie punished part of our countrie∣men, and Christian brethren, who haue most neere∣lie fealt the same: and most dreadfullie hast scour∣ged some of the seditious persons with terrible ex∣ecutions, iustlie inflicted for their disobedience to thee, and to thy seruant their Souereigne, to the example of vs all, and to the warning, correction, Page  509 and amendment of thy seruants; of thine accustomed goodnesse turning alwaies the wickednesse of euill men, to the profit of them that feare thee; who in thy iudgements remembring thy mercie, hast by thine as∣sistance giuen the victorie to thy seruant the Queene, hir Nobilitie, and faithfull Subiects, with so little, or rather no effusion of Christian bloud; as also might iustlie haue ensued, to the exceeding comfort of all sor∣rowfull Christian harts; and that of thy fatherlie pi∣tie and mercifull goodnesse onelie, and euen for thine owne name sake, without anie our desert at all.

Wherefore, we render vnto thee most humble and hartie thanks, for these thy great mercies shewed vn∣to vs, who had deserued sharper punishment; most humblie beseeching thee, to grant vnto vs all that con∣fesse thy holie name, and professe the true and perfect Religion of thy holie Gospell, thy heauenlie grace, to shew our selues in our liuing, according to our profes∣sion; that we trulie knowing thee in thy blessed word, may obedientlie walke in thy holie commandements; and that we being warned by this thy fatherlie cor∣rection, doo prouoke thy iust wrath against vs no more, but may enioie the continuance of thy great mercies towards vs; thy right hand, as in this, so in all other inuasions, rebellions, and dangers, continuallie sa∣uing and defending our Church, our Realme, our Queene, and people of England; that all our posteri∣ties ensuing, confessing thy holie name, professing thy holie Gospell, and leading a holie life, may perpetuallie praise and magnifie thee, with thy onlie sonne Iesus Christ our sauiour, and the holie Ghost; to whome be all laud, praise, glorie, and empire, for euer and euer,

Amen.
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In time of extreame troubles, by reason of the tyrannie of strange and forraigne gouernours.

ETternall and euerlasting God, fa∣ther of our Lord Iesus Christ, thou that shewest mercie, and keepest co∣uenant with them that loue thee, and in reuerence keepe thy com∣mandments, euen when thou pow∣rest foorth thy hot displeasure, and iust iudgements vpon the obstinate and inobedient: we heere prostrate our selues before the throne of thy Maiestie, from our harts confessing, that iustlie thou dooest punish vs, by the tyrannie of strangers; and that more iustlie thou maist bring vp∣on vs againe, the bondage and the yoke, which of thy mercie, for a season, thou hast remoued. Our kings, princes and people, in blindnesse haue refused the word of thine eternall veritie; and in so dooing we haue re∣fused the league of thy mercie offered vnto vs againe, in such aboundance, that none can be excused by rea∣son of ignorance. Yet neuerthelesse, to the iudgement of men, impietie ouerfloweth the whole face of this Realme. For the great multitude delight themselues in ignorance and idolatrie. And such (alas) as appeere to reuerence and embrace thy word, doo not expresse the fruits of repentance, as it becommeth the people, to whome thou hast shewed thy selfe so mercifull and fauourable.

These are thy iust iudgements, O Lord, whereby thou punishest sinne by sinne, and man by his owne in∣iquitie; so that there can be no end of sinne, except thou preuent vs with thy vndeserued grace. Conuert vs therefore, O Lord, and we shall be conuerted. Suf∣fer not our vnthankefulnesse to procure, of thy most iust iudgments, that strangers againe haue empire a∣boue Page  511 vs; neither yet that the light of thy Gospell bee taken from vs: but howsoeuer it be, that the great multitude be altogether rebellious, and also that in vs there remaine perpetuall imperfections; yet for the glorie of thine owne name, and for the glorie of thine onlie begotten sonne Iesus Christ (whose truth and Gospell, thou of thy meere mercie hast manifested a∣mong vs) it will please thee, to take vs into thy pro∣tection and defence; that all the world may know, that as of thy mercie thou hast begun this worke of our sal∣uation, by the publishing and preaching of thy Gospell among vs; so of this same mercie, thou wilt continue it, maugre the heads of all our malicious enimies. Grant vs this, mercifull father, for Christ Iesus thy sonnes sake: So be it.

A thanks-giuing, after our deliuerance from the tyrannie of strange enimies; with praier for continuance of peace betwixt Realmes.

NOW, Lord, seeing that we enioie comfort, both in bodie and in spirit, by reason of this quietnesse of thy mercie, granted vnto vs, after our most desperate troubles, in the which we appered vtterlie to haue beene ouerwhelmed: we praise and glorifie thy mercie and goodnesse, who pitiouslie lookedst vpon vs, when we in our selues were vtterlie confounded. But seeing, O Lord, that to receiue benefits at thy hands, and not to be thanke∣full for the same, is nothing else but a seale against vs, in the daie of iudgement; wee most humblie beseech thee, to grant vnto vs harts so mindfull of the calami∣tie past, that we may continuallie feare to prouoke thy iustice, to punish vs with the like or worsse plagues. And seeing that, when we by our owne power were Page  512 altogether vnable, to haue freed our selues from the tyrannie of strangers, and from the bondage & thral∣dome pretended against vs; that of thine especiall goodnesse, didst moue the harts of our neighbours, of whome we had not deserued so much fauour, to take vpon them the common burthen with vs; and for our deliuerance, not onlie to spend the liues of manie, but also to hazard the state & tranquillitie of their Realme and Common-wealth. Grant vnto vs, O Lord, that with such reuerence we may remember thy benefits receiued, that after this in our default, we neuer enter into hostilitie against those Realmes and Nations.

Suffer vs neuer, O Lord, to fall to that ingrati∣tude, and detestable vnthankefulnesse, that we should seeke the destruction and death of those, whome thou hast made instruments to deliuer vs from the tyrannie of mercilesse strangers. Dissipate thou the counselles of such, as deceiptfullie trauell to stir vp the harts of the inhabitants of either Realme against the other. Let their malicious practises be their owne confusi∣on; and grant of thy mercie, that loue, concord, and tranquillitie may continue and encrease among the in∣habitants of both Realmes; especiallie of this Isle of England, euen till the comming of our Lord Iesus Christ; by whose glorious Gospell, thou of thy mercie dooest call vs both to vnitie, peace, and Christian con∣cord; the full perfection whereof we shall possesse in the fulnesse of thy kingdome, when all offences shall be remooued, iniquitie shall be suppressed, and thy cho∣sen children be fullie endued with that perfect glo∣rie, in the which now our Lord Iesus Christ reigneth: to whome, with thee, O father, and the holie Ghost, be all honour, praise and glorie, now and euer,

Amen.
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In time of inuasion by the Turke and Infidels, that make warre in anie part of Christendome; praie and that earnestlie, as followeth.

OMnipotent and eternall God, fa∣ther of our Lord Iesus Christ; ma∣ker, preseruer, and mainteiner both of heauen and earth, together with thy coeternall sonne, and the holie Ghost: we haue sinned, O Lord, with our fathers; we haue done a∣misse, and dealt wickedlie; and ther∣fore we confesse, that by thy righteous iudgements we are iustlie punished, and haue trulie deserued, that barbarous nations, and cruell Turks, making inua∣sion into Christendome, should spoile vs of our goods, ouerthrowe Schooles, Churches, Common-weales; make pitifull hauocke of the promiscuous, mixt, or con∣fused multitude of sillie weake people, as they were sheepe prepared to the shambles, and carrie miserable men from the sweet bosoms of their deere freends, into far and barbarous nations, to a slauerie more gree∣uous than death.

O God, it is thou which hast repelled vs, yea thou makest vs a shame to the nations for our sinnes, and goest not foorth to war with our armies. Thou makest vs to turne our backs vpon our enimies, so that they which hate vs, spoile our goods. Thou lettest vs to bee eaten like sheepe, and hast scattered vs among the hea∣then. Thou sellest thy people for naught, and takest no monie for them. Therefore he the heathen come into thine inheritance; thy holie Temple haue they defiled; they haue destroied our townes and houses, and brought them into an heape of stones. The dead bo∣dies of thy seruants haue they giuen to be meate to the fowles of the aire; and the flesh of thy Saincts, Page  514 vnto the beasts of the land. Their bloud haue they shed like water on euerie side, and there was no man to burie them. We are become an open shame to our enimies, a verie scorne and derision vnto them that are round about vs.

O Lord, in these mischieuous warres, and in the middest of fatall or mortall punishments, which threa∣ten an horrible mutation of worldlie empires, we flie vnto thee, saieng; Helpe vs, O God of our saluation; for the glorie of thy name. O deliuer vs, and be merci∣full vnto our sinnes. O Lord deale not with vs accor∣ding to our sinnes, neither reward vs after our ini∣quities; but haue mercie vpon vs, and that soone; for we are come to great miserie. Looke vpon our aduer∣sitie and miserie, and forgiue vs all our sinnes. Consi∣der our enimies how manie they be, and they beare a tyrannicall hate against vs. Thou which aforetime didst remit the offences of thy people, diddest couer all their sinnes, and didst turne awaie thine heauie indig∣nation from them; turne vs, we humblie beseech thee, O God our Sauiour, and remooue awaie thy displea∣sure from vs also, that in true repentance wee may please thee, for thy sonne Christs sake. Wilt thou be displeased at vs for euer? Or wilt thou stretch thy wrath from one generation to another? Oh let the so∣rowfull sighing of the prisoners come before thee, ac∣cording to the greatnesse of thy power; preserue thou those that are appointed to die.

Powre out thine indignation rather vpon the hea∣then that haue not knowne thee, and vpon the king∣doms that haue not called vpon thy name; that all na∣tions may knowe that thou takest vengeance of the bloud of thy seruants that is shed. Consider the mor∣tall threatenings of our enimies, that they exercise not their crueltie vpon vs, and saie triumphantlie; Where is now their God? Keepe from our necks the Page  515 greeuous yoke of the Turkish bondage, and represse the furiousnesse of all tyrants, which labour to spoile, and make hauocke of thy Church; to abolish true do∣ctrine, praiers, and pure religion; that they may bring in paganisme, and build vp idolatrie, errours, and blas∣phemous ceremonies.

Defend our Churches, our politike gouernance, our Schooles and Uniuersities, our cities and dwelling places. Suffer not (good studies, learning, religion, and lawes being ouerthrowne) these our townes to be re∣duced into stables, for sauage Mahomets, Turkish ty∣rants, or other bloudie tyrants, which hate thee and vs extremelie. Arme the right arme of our gratious Queene, and hir Nobles (as also all other Christian Emperours, Kings, and Potentates) that they may fight for our lawes, liues, and libertie. Teach their hands to warre, and their fingers to fight. Increase in them an inuincible courage of mind, that inflamed through the zeale of thy religion, they may valiantlie withstand the Turks, which are the mortall enimies of thy deere Sonne, and of his Church.

Guide thou the hands of such as doo fight in the cause of thy religion, and grant them happie successe ouer all their enimies. For a king is not preserued by his great armie, and a giant shall not be saued by the multitude of his host, nor warlike strength: but the victorie proceedeth from the heauens. At thy rebuke, O God, the chariot and horses fall downe. Thou shalt take awaie the courage of princes, and art terrible vn∣to the kings of the earth. O be thou our helpe in trou∣ble, for vaine is the helpe of man. Through thee, O mightie Iehoua, we shall doo great acts, and thou wilt tread our enimies vnder thy feet, that they come to naught; through our Lord Iesus Christ,

Amen.
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A thanks-giuing vnto God, for the Christians victorie had against the Turks.

O Mercifull Father, O Lord God of hosts, the onelie protector and defender of thine heritage; against whome, no might, no power, nor counsell can preuaile; who of thy great mercie, without our merit or de∣seruing, hast at all times protected & defended vs, from the cruell hand of our enimies, and mightilie deliuered vs, euen out of the mouth of the roring Lion: we yeeld vnto thee, O father, for these thy great goodnesses and mercies, most humble & hartie thanks; and especiallie, O father, we praise thy holie name, that at this pre∣sent thou hast saued and deliuered thy people, from the great assaults and dangers of that same professed & mightie enimie of Christian Religion, the Turke; and also hast giuen vnto the people, which fought thy bat∣tels, battelled vnder thy banner, and trusted onlie in thy helpe, so great and notable a victorie: for the which O Lord God, we doo laud and magnifie thy holie name for euer, through Christ our Captaine, Redeemer, and Sauiour; beseeching thee, for thy mercifull goodnesse, that thou wouldest sheeld vs vnder thy mightie prote∣ction for euer, that we hauing the fruition of godlie peace, through thy mercie, may the rest of these few daies which we haue to liue, lead a peaceable and a quiet life, in all pietie and honestie, through Christ our Lord, to whome, with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honour, glorie, and praise, for euer and euer, Amen.

O God, whose nature and propertie is euer to haue mercie, and to forgiue; receiue our humble petiti∣ons. And though we be tied and bound with the chaine of our sinnes, yet let the pitifulnesse of thy great mer∣cie loose vs, for the honour of Iesus Christes sake, our onlie mediator and aduocate,

Amen.
The end of the Letanie.
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Praiers to be vsed before and after the first and second lessons, the Gospell and Pistle: and before and after the Sermon or Homilie.

Before the first or second lesson, praie:

BLessed Lord, which hast caused all holie Scriptures, both in the old and new Testaments, to be writ∣ten and red for our learning; grant vs, that we may now in such sort heare them, reade them, marke, learne, and inwardlie digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holie word, we may embrace, and euer hold fast the blessed hope of euerlasting life, which thou hast giuen vs in our Sauiour Iesus Christ,

Amen.

After the first or second lesson, praie:

GRatious God, and most mercifull father, which hast vouchsafed vs the rich and pretious iewell of thy holie word; assist vs with thy spirit, that it may be written in our harts, to our euerlasting comfort; to reforme vs, to renew vs, according to thine owne image; to build vs vp, and e∣difie vs into the perfect building of thy Christ, sanctifi∣eng and increasing in vs all heauenlie vertues. Grant this, O heauenlie father, for Iesu Christs sake,

Amen.

Or thus:

THanks be vnto thee, O our celestiall father, through Christ our Redeemer; that thou hast so cleerelie by thy Patriarchs, Prophets and Apostls, reuealed vnto vs these so secret my∣steries Page  518 of our saluation in Christ; for whose sake also, we beseech thee, to giue vs the verie feare and faith in thee; that we constantlie beleeuing thy truth, and fol∣lowing that thou commandest vs in thy word, may by no meanes hinder thy glorie, or the course of thy word, by our lewd conuersation, but in all obedience helpe to amplifie and increase thy kingdome, to the perpetuall praise of thy name, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Before the reading of the Epistle or Gospell, praie.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, who by thy holie spirit in thy seruants the Apostles, and the Euangelists, hast left vnto vs the storie of the doctrine and deedes of our Sauiour Christ, that thereby, as he is in deede, so we might be∣leeue him to be thy Sonne, and the Sauiour of the world, & put our trust in thee through him; that so beleeuing, we might attaine to euerla∣sting life: grant vs, we beseech thee, the same most ho∣lie spirit to open our harts, and lighten our minds, that by the reading and hearing of the same, our faith in thee, through him, may continuallie be strengthe∣ned, till we attaine to the end thereof, euen the salua∣tion of our soules, through Iesus Christ our Lord and Sauiour,

Amen.

After the reading of the Epistle or Gospell.

WE giue thee thanks, most mercifull Father, for that it hath pleased thee in great mercie towards vs, to cause the holie writings and traditi∣ons of the Apostles and Euange∣lists, to come to this our time, place, and eares; & that thou hast vouchsa∣fed Page  519 also to open & reueale thy holie will vnto them, to approue thy sonne so manifestlie to the world, and to confirme vnto vs by them the truth of thy Gospell, that in the mouth of so manie faithfull witnesses, we might haue more full assurance in thy mercifull pro∣mises. Helpe vs O good Father we beseech thee, that by thy grace we may doo in deede, that which we now by them doo vnderstand. And least heerein we be, through thy iustice, more greeuouslie condemned and punished, if that we neglect to doo thy will, which through thy grace thou hast reuealed; graunt vs the fruit of this thy care towards vs, in the strength of faith, that ha∣uing read and heard so notable things in this his ho∣lie storie, and acts and writings of the holie Apostles, recorded and left vnto vs by so true and most faithfull witnesses, appointed and ordeined therevnto by thee; we may now, by the effectuall working of thy holie spi∣rit, receiue and acknowledge him for thine onlie sonne, and our onlie sauiour, to the saluation of our soules, and the glorious praise of thy name; and so being lead from one witnesse to another, we may, according to thy holie word, go from faith to faith, till we atteine to the euerlasting life, which thou hast prepared for vs in thy sonne: to whome with thee; O Father, and the ho∣lie Ghost, be all honor, glorie, and praise, both now and for euer,

Amen.

Before the Sermon or Homilie, read some of these sentences of Scripture, exhorting to the atten∣tiue hearing of the word.


Deuteronomie. 18.

THE Lord said to Moses, I will raise them vp a Pro∣phet from among their breethren, like vnto thee; and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speake vnto them all that I shall command him: vnto him shall yee harken. And whosoeuer will not harken vnto myPage  520 words, which he shall speake in my name, I will require it of him.


Psalme. 119.

GReat is the peace they haue, which loue thy lawe, and they are not offended at it.


Prouerbs. 8.

BLessed is that man or woman that heareth me, wat∣ching dailie at my gates, and giuing attendance at the posts of my doores. For he that findeth me, findeth life; and shall obteine fauour of the Lord: but he that sinneth against me, hurteth his owne soule, and all that hate me loue death.


Prouerbs. 28.

HE that turneth awaie his eare from hearing the lawe, e∣uen his praiers shall be abhominable.


VVisdome. 3.

WHo so despiseth wisdome & discipline, is miserable; and their hope is vaine, and their labours are foo∣lish, and their works vnprofitable, and their wiues are vndis∣creet, their children wicked, and their of-spring is accursed.


Ecclesiasticus. 5.

BE humble to heare the word of God, that thou maist vn∣derstand it, and make a true answere with wisdome.

Be swift to heare good things, and followe the word of peace and righteousnesse.


Luke. 11.

THE Queene of the South shall rise in iudgement with the men and women of this generation, and shall con∣demne them. For she came from the vttermost parts of the earth, to heare the wisdome of Salomon: and behold (saith Christ of himselfe) a greater than Salomon is heere (spea∣king vnto you.


Iohn. 8.

HE that is of God, heareth Gods word. Yee therefore heare them not, because ye are not of God.


Reuelation. 2.

LET him that hath an eare, heare what the spirit saith to the Churches, or congregation, &c.

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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.

Another verie Christian praier both of the preacher and auditorie present.

OH Lord, how beautifull are the feete of them that bring the glad tidings of the Gospell of peace, of saluation, & of all good things! Surelie, with∣out preaching we should all perish. Blessed and praised be thou there∣fore, O Father, for that thou hast gi∣uen to vs thy Gospell, life, foode, do∣ctrine and peace in our time. Blessed and praised be thou therefore, O Christ, bicause thou giuest and re∣newest often the light of thy Gospell, and maitainest the ministers of thy word; and preseruest, cherishest, and defendest thy catholike Church, against the diuell, and all thine enimies. Yea blessed, I saie, and praised also be thou therefore, O holie spirit; bicause thou be∣ing powred vpon the Apostles, dooest now also kindle thy light in our harts, rulest, instructest, admonishest, helpest vs, gouernest and guidest o•• labours to a pro∣sperous end, and sanctifiest vs to eternall life.

And now, for as much as the chiefe authoritie of speaking, is indeed of thee, O Lord alone, (for a mortall man hath but a dead hart,) I humblie beseech thee to blesse this thy preacher heere present, with thy diuine grace; that he may doo the worke of an Euangelist, and make thy Gospell knowne vnto vs. Giue vnto him the spirit of feare, godlinesse, fortitude, counsell, zeale, knowledge, discretion, wisedome, vnderstanding, and Page  523 constancie; and let him, as he hath receiued thy gifts, so (like a good and faithfull disposer of thy manifold graces) trulie minister the same vnto vs. Lord, let him come vnto vs with abundant knowledge, and abilitie of the diuine mysteries of the blessings of the Gospell of Christ, to communicate and impart vnto vs. And now that he is about to speake, grant that he may speake in thee; that is, by thy helpe and grace: and as he is allowed of thee, so to vtter the words of God, as he hath receiued them from thee, that thou in althings maist be glorified. Put vpon his hart the breast-plate of perfect iudgement, the Urim of knowledge, and the Thumim of holines and righteousnes of life, and pu∣ritie of doctrine. Let thy word be in his hart, as a bur∣ning fire shut vp in his bones; yea let his bellie be as the wine, which hath no vent; or like the new bottles that burst: that being full of good matter, thy spirit within may compell him to speake his mind effectual∣lie. Yea, doo thou, O Lord, I saie, secretlie speake and worke in him; and let thy secret power and vertue be put here vnto this action, to this his labour and exer∣cise of faith, that he may accomplish that thou requi∣rest to be done, for the conuersion and saluation of thy people present. Giue him the earnest-penie of thy spi∣rit in his hart, and open the doore of vtterance vnto him; that he may make manifest the sauour of thy life and knowledg; vnto vs. Lord, thou hast said; Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Open thou therefore his lips, that his mouth may shew forth thy praise; and shew vs the waie, wherein we may walke straight to thee. O let his mouth, I saie, be filled with thy praise, that he may preach thine vndefiled lawe, to the con∣uerting of soules, and giue wisdome to the simple, and light to the blind. Let vtterance be giuen now vnto him, that he may open his mouth boldlie, to publish the secrets of the Gospell, whereof he is an Ambassa∣dour; Page  524 that therein he may speake boldlie, as he ought to speake, not sparing anie man, nor hauing regard to please anie maner of person. Touch thou, O God, the mouth of this thy preacher, with the hot glowing cole of thy spirit, whereby he being first clensed, may the more feruentlie and purelie preach thy Gospell vnto his brethren, in the discharge of his dutie, as he that first is mooued with the zeale of thy glorie, and then touched with a carefull affection towards thy people, as Esaie was. Giue vnto this thy preacher the auda∣citie of Eliah & Iohn Baptist, that like the true mini∣ster of God, he may stoutlie & boldlie, without anie re∣spect of persons, or desire to please men, as he that fea∣reth God more than the faces of men, reproue the peo∣ple of their sinnes. Let him, as thou hast giuen in com∣mendement, crie alowd, and spare not: let him lift vp his voice like a trumpet, and with all diligence and dis∣cretion shew thy people their transgressions, and re∣prooue vice vnfeinedlie. And bicause, O Lord, in vaine shall he cast the net of thy word, except thou blesse the draught; and his labour yeeld no profit, vnlesse thou prosper it; doo thou therefore luckilie set him on: loose thou his tongue, to speake; and put thou into his hart what to saie. Blesse him, that thy word may be with him; that he may be able thoroughlie to instruct vs what is thy will, that he may catch our soules, and by thy secret & diuine power drawe vnto him the harts, minds, and eares of the hearers: so shall he conuert and win manie vnto thy Christ, and thou thereby be highlie glorified. Let thy spirit speake by him, and thy words be in his tongue; that he vtter nothing rashlie, or vndiscreetlie; but by the motion of thy good spirit, speaking sincerelie and holilie of thee, as in thy sight. Giue to him, and to all such as beare thy word, and are the ministers of the spirituall life, such care, zeale, and diligence, that they may indeuour faithfullie and pain∣fullie Page  525 to fulfill their office, to the vttermost. And final∣lie, let him not defile the euangelicall function by anie meanes, no not with the least suspicion of glorie or lu∣cre; neither let his mouth speake wickednesse, nor his tongue set foorth deceit: but as he dooth preach thy lawes, and take thy couenant in his mouth; so grant he himselfe also may not hate to be reformed, nor at anie time cast thy holie word behind his backe.

And now, bicause thou, O Lord, so mercifullie offe∣rest vnto vs thy saluation; I am to desire thee further∣more, in the behalfe of this congregation present, that we also, for our parts, may of our owne accord willing∣lie receiue the same saluation of the Gospell, now so gratiouslie offered vs: that as thy preachers, for their parts, doo publish thy glorious name: so we, as greene grasse, may receiue the heauenlie dew of thy doctrine: and that the barren earth of our harts, may be there∣by moistened with the liuelie water of thy grace, and holie spirit, to fructifie in the same. Grant that we may receiue these holie things, high mysteries, and most pretious pearles, not as dogs, or swine, to tread them contemptuouslie vnder our feete; as wicked Atheists, and vngodlie contemners of thy Gospell, to our dam∣nation: but as thy children, and those that are of God, and sheepe of his fold, with all meeknesse, obedience, christian feare and reuerence, grant that we may both heare, receiue, and fulfill them; to thy glorie, and our saluation. Furthermore, as thou in mercie openest their mouth to speake vnto vs; so giue vs grace to open our harts and eares, to receiue the wholesome instructions, and fatherlie admonitions, which proceed thereout. O giue vs grace, I saie, to applie our harts to instruction, and our eares to the words of know∣ledge. Let vs be still desirous of thy heauenlie king∣dome. Let the holie bread of thy Gospell, and foode of heauenlie dainties, be onlie sweet vnto vs, and sauorie Page  526 in our mouths; that we may depart well refreshed, and full fraught with the largesse and plentie of thy word, and Euangelike feast. Make thou vs true Con∣uerts, and more and more to increase and growe from faith to faith, & vertue to vertue. Let vs neuer loath this heauenlie Philosophie; but let vs be as the lear∣ned, that are taught of thee, and made meet by this thy preacher to receiue thy doctrine to our health. The preacher heere present is vndoubtedlie thy mouth and messenger, whom thou hast sent. O therfore let vs not dare either barbarously to misvse our selues towards him, in word, deed, or thought; or scornefullie disdaine to be taught of him: but with all feare of thy Maiestie, and reuerence towards him, let vs with all attentiue and ghostlie greedinesse marke his words well, to fol∣lowe whatsoeuer shall be godlie vttered by him. And finallie, touch thou so our harts, we beseech thee, O God, to beleeue thy word, and to repent with speed, that the preaching of thy Gospell may take place in vs, to practise the works of faith, and shew foorth fruits wor∣thie the same; so that we, with this and all other thy preachers, and they togither with vs, leading a right, vertuous, and godlie life, according to the rules pre∣scribed in thy word, may be brought in the end vnto thee, the chiefe shepheard of our soules; where wee may iointlie be partakers of eternall good things, and most excellent felicitie, thorough Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another.

IN this great darknesse of our soules, O Lord, thou shinest vnto vs with the lightsome lampe of thy grace: but in nothing so effectuallie as in preaching of thy word. Great is the haruest, as thou thy selfe hast said; and the worke∣men Page  527 are few. The most part of men are ignorant, and wrapped in miserable blindnesse; and few there are that teach thy word trulie, and as they ought. I be∣seech thee therefore, that thou wilt send foorth worke∣men into thy haruest: send teachers, O Lord, which are taught of thee, and instructed by thy spirit of godlie wisdome and vnderstanding, which by their preaching will seeke not themselues, but thee, because they are godlie; and can so doo, because they are wise, and vnder∣stand. Giue to the preacher of thy word heere present, out of the treasures of thy wisedome, that which he may powre vpon vs to our saluation. And in vs open the windowes of our harts, that they may receiue in∣to them the most holie and wholsome light; and that the good seede, which falleth vpon vs, be not choaked with thornes, or withered awaie with drought, nor be deuoured by the fowles of the aire; but may growe vp in good ground, and that fruitefullie with great in∣crease, to thy glorie, and our saluation,

Amen.

Another praier, to be vsed of anie hearer of Gods word.

I Giue thee most hartie thanks, O e∣ternall God, father of our Lord Ie∣su Christ; for that it hath pleased thee, of thine vnspeakable mercie and goodnesse, in all ages, continu∣allie to send into the world, men woonderfull in the gifts and know∣ledge of thy will, to be renuers and spreaders foorth of thy truth. Like thanks I ascribe vnto thy sacred Maiestie, for allowing vs shepheards and preachers, in these our daies, for the gathering to∣gether of thy Church out of all mankinde, to the buil∣ding of the bodie of Christ. Humblie I beseech thee, gratious God, continue alwaie among vs thy pure Page  528 word, through thy Ministers; gather vnto thy selfe an euerlasting congregation, and so instruct mine hart with thy spirit of truth, that vnfeinedlie I may assent to thy wholesome word, proue a liuelie member of thy bodie, and be incorporated into that societie, which both in this world doth sincerelie confesse thee, and e∣uermore extoll thy holie name.

Keepe those preachers, which thou dooest and wilt giue, in the certaine knowledge of thy blessed will, that they may from time to time both open vnto vs thine intent, concerning the repairing of mankind, the sal∣uation and redemption of our soules, through thy free mercy, and also teach vs how to liue in new obedience, and to abstaine from carnall desires, which fight a∣gainst the soule. Inspire the ministers and preachers of thy word, with thine holie spirit, that they may vt∣ter thy will purelie, as they haue receiued it from thy hands, reteining the forme of whoalsome words, and sounding onlie that doctrine, which is vttered by thy sonne out of thy bosome. For otherwise, departing from the order of faith, and the rule of thy word, they will greatlie obscure the light of thy doctrine, and ob∣trude vpon vs the vanitie of their owne inuentions. Wherefore let them speake thy word, not deceiptful∣lie, but sincerelie, euen as from thee, and in thy sight.

Grant also, that by transforming thy ministerie into policie, they lord not ouer thine elect, neither contend about superioritie and primacie in the Church, but on∣lie to seeke the glorie of thy name, and the saluation both of themselues & vs. Giue them libertie of speech, boldlie without feare, to blame and rebuke all false doctrine, blasphemous superstition, and abuses in the Church. Open vnto them the doore of vtterance, that they may speake the mysteries of Christ, and manifest them as they ought to doo; so shall their dooings bee profitable vnto the godlie. Assist them also with thine Page  529 especiall grace, that they disgrace not their doctrine by impuritie of life, but let their conuersation answer vnto the doctrine which they teach and preach: and e∣speciallie, for the pastor of this parish, and shepheard of my soule heere present, from whose mouth I learne thy blessed will; I hartilie praie, that thou wilt keepe him in religion sincere, and pure from enorme offences in outward conuersation. Endue him with a long and healthfull life, if it be thy good pleasure, that manie a good daie and yeare he may continue in preaching the gladsome voice of thy gratious Gospell, among vs, without contention and strife.

And, O sonne of God, which art the Lord of all the flocke, worke thou effectuallie by thy preachers, speake thou within vs to our harts, the blessed will of thine e∣ternall father, and confirme thy doctrine in our minds by thine holie spirit. Grant that we may trulie knowe and discerne the same, from the howling of woolues, and from the inchanted songs of seducing hirelings. And grant that we may knowe thee, euen as thou kno∣west thine, heauenlie father; and to walke religiouslie and righteouslie in thy sight, shewing our selues to be of that holie seede, which praiseth thy name for euer∣more. Come holie spirit, open mine hart and eares, that I may conceiue the profit of thy whoalesome doctrine, and the sweet comforts reuealed in thy holie word, by the preaching of the Gospell.

O Lord, I acknowledge with teares my sluggish∣nesse, and carelesnes in seeking thy truth; and bewaile the wretched coldnesse and hardnesse of my hart; besee∣ching thee to endue me with an vnfeigned longing, and an ardent desire of holie Sermons. Grant that in this life I may worship the feet of the preachers of peace, and reuerence the true dispensers of thy mysteries, thy faithfull ministers, with double honor, and none o∣therwise to obeie their godlie sermons, than I would, Page  530 if a voice should sound from the heauens. Let me not, for the blemishes and imperfections of some particu∣lar men, vnreuerentlie conceiue of thy whole ministe∣rie. Worke also within me, that despising thy word de∣liuered vnto vs, I neuer seeke after strange reuelati∣ons, or violent rauishings, both besides, and contrarie to thy word; but bearing alwaies in mind the order which thou hast appointed, may constantlie embrace thy word manifested in thy Church. Finallie, impart such grace vpon vs, that we may imitate and followe the good works of holie men, casting off the old man, by putting on the new, which is created after God, in righteousnesse and true holinesse,

Amen.

A praier, that God would both feede and defend his Church; to be vsed before the Communion.

O Heauenlie heardman, and nursse of all things liuing, which of thy meere goodnesse satisfiest all crea∣tures that haue life; suffer not thy Church to pine awaie, and be fa∣mished, for lacke of the food of thy blessed word, but feed vs continu∣allie with thy goodnesse. Suffer not thou, O Lord, which giuest sustenance to all flesh, thy faithfull seruants to be depriued of perfect do∣ctrine, and most pure and sound Sacraments, which are indeede the food of eternall life; but feed vs conti∣nuallie with Angels food, that is, with thy holie word, and with Christ Iesus, whereby our harts may bee made righteous & strong to him-ward. Let vs not like the children of Israel, loath this heauenlie manna, which thou so mercifullie and aboundantlie powrest downe vpon vs; neither let vs lust againe after the flesh-pots of Aegypt, least thy wrath being kindled a∣gainst vs also, thou cause it not onelie to cease, and to Page  531 fall no more from heauen vpon vs; but also thou smite vs with most greeuous plagues, as thou diddest the Israelites.

But rather, as new-borne babes, remembring how it is written, that man shall not liue by bread onlie, but by euerie word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God; let vs hartilie desire the sincere milke of thy word; let our soules delight in fatnesse; let vs come earelie and late to the waters, to buie, and eate, to sa∣tisfie our hunger and thirst: let vs harken diligentlie vnto thee, and eate that which is good, and labour con∣tinuallie without wearinesse, for the meate that peri∣sheth not.

O Lord, let vs neuer see the daie, wherein thou shalt be prouoked to send a famine in our land againe; a fa∣mine, I saie, not of bread; nor a thirst of water; but of the hearing of thy word, O God. Far bee that famine from vs, good Lord. Neither let vs anie more deserue to be cast out of our owne cities, townes, and houses, and to wander in strange lands, from Sea to Sea, from the North to the South, from East to West, running to and fro, like hunger-starued wretches, to seeke the food of thy word, as we sometimes haue done, O Lord, and yet not find it; least by that meanes we doo not onelie perish in bodie, but also in soule, for lacke of thy word, which is the verie food thereof.

But let thy word, O God, be still neere vs, euen in our mouthes, and in our harts; the word of truth, I saie, which now is preached, taught, and receiued; and feed thou vs, whensoeuer the famine either of bodie or spi∣rit vexeth vs. O our father, giue vs this daie our daily bread, that we may walke in the strength thereof daie and night, vntill we come to the holie hill of Horeb. Be∣hold, Lord, according to thy commandement, we doo o∣pen our mouths wide, fill thou it full of thy heauenlie dainties, as thou hast promised. Lord, euermore giue Page  532 vs the bread of life, and of heauen, that we may sted∣fastlie beleeue in thee. For behold, O Lord, we come vn∣to thee, as though we were famished; let vs not ther∣fore go awaie vnfed. We are an hungred, let vs not be sent awaie fasting. Our minds (alas) hunger and thirst greatlie after toies, and gauds of this world; and we haue nothing to set afore it; because wee are poore and beggerlie wretches. But thou, O Lord, art rich in all good things, and the most plentifull giuer of the dainties of heauenlie satietie. O therefore, we be∣seech thee, giue vs somewhat to eate; giue meate, I saie, vnto the wearie wandering souls; yet not such as they lust after, but such as is conuenient for them, that being refreshed of thee, which art the liuing and hea∣uenlie bread, wherewith when we are once well fed, and that our strength is come to vs againe, we may ascend vnto more high things, and neuer heereafter hunger or thirst anie more after vanities,

Amen.

Another praier to be vsed at the Sermon, before a Communion.

THou vsest, O most mightie God, to preserue those thy children, whom thou hast louinglie adopted, with no lesse care and diligence, than if they were sheepe: and the same al∣waies fed & led of thee, being their most louing shepherd, toward their owne health, and perfect commo∣ditie; who, so long as they haue thee for their Maister and Gouernour, they shall be destitute neither of the meate nor drinke of thy most wholesome doctrine and Sacraments. Whereby it is manifest, that if we pine awaie, so long as we liue in this miserable and wretched life, for the hunger and thirst of true and per∣fect goodnesse; it happeneth for this cause, in that wee Page  533 haue forsaken thee, and followed strange guides; wher∣of, and of none other, come the great perils and mise∣rable troubles of mind, which fall vpon vs.

Wherefore, we humblie beseech thee, O most faith∣full and louing shepheard, to call vs backe from er∣rours, into the right and perfect waie. Correct the vi∣ces of the wandering and straieng flocke, with the rod and sheephooke of thy righteousnesse; so that we may feed at length orderlie, purelie, and chastlie, of the most wholsome delicates of thy sacred word, & blessed Sa∣craments; by which meanes the whole head, hart, and all the powers of our mind may be made fat, and well liking; and we alwaies so vnderpropped with thy lo∣uing mercies, as we may finallie enioie, in thy house, the souereigne delights and deinties of euerlasting life, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another praier to be said before the Ser∣mons, at the Court.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, who hast in thine infinite wisedome hidden honour in shame, and life in death; that thou migh∣test make foolish the wisdome of this world; and that hee that glorieth, should glorie in the Lord: giue vs grace, that we stumble not, as some did, at the base estate and small shew that outwardlie appeared in thy sonne: but that rather denieng our owne wisedome, to seeke for our saluation, where thou hast hidden & laid it vp for vs; that is, in the simple mi∣nisterie of thy Gospell; that it may haue such place amongst vs, as it may reforme both Kingdoms and Courts, and our priuate houses and persons: that we may ioie in the present light of that lampe to our feet, Page  534 and followe it whither it goeth; giuing no rest to the dealers of it, till they haue satisfied our hungrie soules withall, assuring our selues, that we shall not want things needfull for this life; but shall be nourished by thee, haue thine assistance and helpe to deliuer vs from all trouble; and finallie, the enioieng of thy presence, where anie trouble shall not come neere vs anie more: but we shall be satisfied, and haue perfect ioie in the sight of thee, our most louing God and Father, in Ie∣sus Christ; to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, be praise and glorie for euermore,

Amen.

Another.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, who hast annointed thy sonne with thy holie spirit, and sent him to preach the Gospell; that we, who before were in prison, and bon∣dage to sinne and to death, might by him be set at libertie, and haue our wounded harts healed by faith of his sweete doctrine: grant vs, that we loue not bon∣dage rather than libertie, nor death rather than life; but that we may so receiue his word, as we may at∣taine to euerlasting freedome, and life by it. And for as much, O Lord, as thou declarest, that for contempt of thy word thou dooest oftentimes withdrawe the prea∣chers of it, euen from those to whom they seemed espe∣ciallie to haue beene sent; grant vs so to receiue the teachers of thy truth, as they may be continued amongst vs, to our euerlasting comfort in thee; to whom with the sonne, and the holie Ghost, be all ho∣nour and glorie for euer,

Amen.
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Another praier against hardnesse of hart, and con∣tempt of the word of God.

FOr as much as thy sacred doctrine, O most mightie God, is especiallie taught in the sacred Church, wher∣by both thou thy selfe art manifest∣lie knowne, singularlie preached, and highlie magnified; and we also thereby still called to heauen and heauenlie things: it behooueth vs, as manie as professe to be of thy schoole, greatlie to re∣ioice to be there; and as thy faithfull Disciples with all our harts to desire for to giue diligent eare vnto thee alone, and thy most wholsome instructions. For thou hast oftener than once, (as thou diddest vnto the Israelites) both by thy sacred Scriptures, and also through the ministers of thy blessed word protested vn∣to vs, on this wise: Giue eare vnto me, O my people, & acknowledge me trulie to be thy God; not in words, I saie, onelie; but in mind verelie, and with a perfect and most pure worshipping.

But we (alas) haue turned our harts from thy ho∣lie words, and so wretchedlie despised the doctrine of thy sacred lawe and Gospell; that we haue alwaies hitherto beene a slander vnto the same. But now are we verie hartilie sorie for it; who trusting in the death and bloudshedding of thy sonne Iesus Christ our Sa∣uiour, doo with great feruencie, and most earnest prai∣ers, lamentablie call vpō thee for pardon of all our sin∣full crimes. And seeing we acknowledge thee to be our onlie God, we earnestlie desire thy gratious goodnesse, to grant vs this request; that we may now, and from hence-foorth for euer, giue eare onelie vnto thy diuine Maiestie, and honour thee alone; neither make anie thine equall, or prefer anie thing before thee.

Page  536 Suffer not our sinfull hart, which of nature is dis∣posed vnto euill, to be hardened at thy fatherlie and friendlie admonitions: make the same soft, we harti∣lie praie thee, with the inspiration of thy good grace and holie spirit; neither suffer vs, whom thou, of thine infinite goodnesse, and not for our merits sake, hast cho∣sen to be thy blessed people, and sheepe of thy pasture, to striue & struggle against thy blessed commandements; like vnto the stiffe-necked Iewes, who wouldest often∣times put therto the traill of thy mightie power. But grant thou, O most deere and excellent Father, who speakest alwaie peaceable matters, and those things which are for our singular commoditie; that we, which haue heretofore beene maruellous rebellious, stub∣borne, burdenous, and troublesome vnto thee; may now become thy tractable, conformed, and obedient children; and euer hereafter haue so great a regard to thy blessed words, that with verie attentiue minds we may giue good eare to those things, which thou spea∣kest and willest vs to doo. So dooing, we shall not onlie be saued, & adorned with glorie; but also, euerie thing of ours shall be replenished with goodnesse, truth, righ∣teousnesse, and peace. Faith shall abound, and through the same shall we be plentiouslie iustified, through Ie∣sus Christ our Lord, Amen.

From all sedition and priuie conspiracie, from all false doctrine and heresie; from hardnesse of hart, and contempt of thy word and commandement: good Lord deliuer vs.

That it may please thee to giue to all thy people in∣crease of grace, to heare meekelie thy word, and to re∣ceiue it with pure affection, and to bring foorth the fruits of the spirit: we beseech thee to heare vs, good Lord.

That it may please thee to bring into the waie of truth, all such as haue erred, & are deceiued; to streng∣then Page  537 such as doo stand, and to comfort and helpe the weake-harted, and to raise vp them that fall; and fi∣nallie to beate downe Satan vnder our feete: we be∣seech thee to heare vs, good Lord,

Amen.

A verie necessarie praier against hypocrites, false teachers, and deriders of the Gospell.

WHosoeuer they be, O almighty God, that make a true account of sincere goodlinesse, and pure religion, are ex∣ceeding sorowfull, if they see the sa∣cred Church scattered, wholesome doctrine derided, the praises of thy diuine name had in contempt; and such things as appertaine to a de∣uout woorshipping of thee, turned vnto heathenish gewgawes, and voluptuous pleasures. To the intent therfore these things may in no wise happen as now vnto vs, which we see not to be far off; we powre foorth dailie before thee, with great submission, these our dol∣full complaints. That thou wouldest first, of thine ex∣ceeding great goodnesse, and louing mercie, blot out all our heinous sinnes and offences, being in a maner in∣finite and exceeding greeuous; committed, not onelie through weakenesse and ignorance; but also done of∣tentimes both maliciouslie, and of set purpose. Be fa∣uourable, I saie, O God, vnto our greeuous sinnes, and turne awaie from vs, in such sort, the most fierce wiles, and subtil laiengs await of Antichrist; as thy sacred Church be not depriued of all blessed ioie, and spirituall gladnesse. O Lord, I beseech thee, shew some experiment and proofe of thy selfe; declare thy name and thy power amongst those thy spitefull enimies. Bring downe Antichrists kingdome, with all his vn∣godlie sects, and schismaticall factions. Certes, ouer∣long it hath oppressed vs; yea, and at this verie daie it Page  538 still letteth, hindereth, and holdeth vnder foote verie manie, which else speedilie would haue run to the king∣dome of libertie, and beleeued the Gospell. Pull it ther∣fore downe, O Lord, with all his stumbling blocks, euill examples, peruerse doctrine; and neuer suffer it to recouer againe.

Lord, thou both seest, and right well perceiuest, how the cruell, malicious, and vngodlie Antichristians would inuade the Church, being so puft vp with pride, & inflamed with furie, scorning as well diuine lawes, as humane with like statelinesse and equall contempt; dooing nothing with courtesie and faithfulnesse; but practising mischiefe and naughtinesse, and endeuou∣ring so much as in them lieth, that thy blessed word may no where flourish; that true religion might be vtterlie extinguished; that the perfect inuocating and calling vpon thy glorious name might be quite rooted out; and to bring all things to naught by forged tales, mens traditions, politike deuises, diuelish deceipts, and verie much outrage. But as for thy beloued Isra∣el, sith she hath by thy great mercie enioied so long peace, and blessed tranquillitie, let hir be ioined more and more vnto thee hir welbeloued, so as she may con∣tinuallie laie sure hold vpon thy worthie praises. Suf∣fer not the mouths of hir good and wholesome instru∣ctors to be closed vp, and put to silence. Permit not thy due honour to be had in obliuion, nor yet let the hymnes and songs, wherwith thou art highlie praised and celebrated, be vsurped of such as will haue the same in derision and scorne. Finallie, we humblie be∣seech thee, O excellent father, that what wrath or in∣dignation so euer is due vnto vs, by reason of the hei∣nous sinnes we haue wickedlie committed, thou woul∣dest yet, for the glorie of thy famous name, turne it frō thy sanctified Church, thy deere spouse; and powre out the same rather vpon them, who with an enimie∣like Page  539 rage, and most malicious affection, imagine no∣thing else, but quite to marre, and vtterlie laie waste thy blessed heritage; and in deede be no lesse aduersa∣ries to thy blessed name, than of our peace and quiet∣nesse, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

A praier for vnbeleeuers, that all men may embrace the Gospell.

VNto thee doo we crie, O Lord, father and maker of all men, which art rich vnto all that call vpon thee, and which commandest the light to shine out of darkenes. For thou wilt that all men should be saued, and come to the knowledge of the truth. And therfore, of thy great loue thou diddest call vs to the participation of the lot of the Saints in light, which are by nature the children of wrath and of death; aliens and strangers from the testaments of promise, hauing none hope, and without God in the world, but now are fellowe Citizens with the Saints, and of the houshold of God, built vpon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Iesus Christ beeing the head corner stone, which susteineth the whole building by his word of power.

Heare vs thy seruants, making supplication for such as yet haue not hard the sound of thy Gospell, nei∣ther knowe thy name; but sitting in darkenesse, and in the shadowe of death, haue their minds darkened, and are alienated from the life of God, by the ignorance that is in them, and are caried awaie vnto dumbe i∣dols, and fained gods, euen as they are led, and run to worship that which is no God. Giue grace, that thy word may be knowne among them, and preached in e∣uerie land, and the sound there of go out into the ends of the world, that thou also maist be found of them Page  540 which sought thee not, and famous among such as ne∣uer asked after thee. Send foorth thy word, that they may be healed, and walke no more in the vanities of their mind.

O God, father of our Lord Iesu Christ, King of glo∣rie, giue them the spirit of wisedome and reuelation, through the confessing of thee: inlighten their minds, that they may knowe what the hope is, wherevnto thou hast called vs, and how pretious the glorie is of thine inheritance in the Saints, and how excellent the greatnesse of his power is toward vs, which be∣leeue, according to the working of his mightie power, which thou hast wrought in him, when he was raised by thee from the dead, and placed at thy right hand in heauenlie places, aboue all principalities & powers.

Open the harts of vnbeleeuers, that hearing thy word, they may acknowledge thee the onlie true God; and Iesus Christ, whome thou hast sent; and may wor∣ship thee the father in the sonne, and the sonne in thee the father, with the holie ghost, euen as thou hast re∣uealed thy selfe. Take the vaile from the harts of the Iewes, least being blinded in the reading of the old Testament, they stumble at the stone and rocke of of∣fence by incredulitie, and hardnesse of their harts; that thy Sonne Christ crucified and preached, be not vnto them a stumbling blocke, and thy Gospell the sauour of death vnto death; but that being conuerted by true faith, to the knowledge of thee the father in the sonne, their face being vncouered, they may behold thy glorie, knowing by the writings of the Prophets, the Mes∣sias, which thou hast appointed to be the Sauiour of the world. Likewise, gather thou the Gentiles, to whome the Gospell, the word of the Crosse, is meere foolishnesse, into thy congregation, that they may em∣brace thy ministerie, casting off all fleshlie wisedome, and leade all their cogitations captiue to the obedi∣ence Page  541 of the Gospell.

Moreouer, our praier and supplication is, not onlie for those aboue mentioned, but also for such as either, although they resist not thy truth and pure religion o∣penlie and obstinatelie, professe our religion, yet ming∣led with manie superstitions and abuses, worshipping and calling vpon Saints departed out of this life, or be addicted to outward ceremonies, and rudiments of this world, burdening their consciences with mans obseruations, and traditions of their fathers, or tru∣sting to their owne righteousnesse, or rather to the works and deedes of the flesh, refuse and make little ac∣compt of thy righteousnesse, which is the true iustifi∣cation; and go about to establish their owne righte∣ousnesse. But Christ is the end of the lawe for righte∣ousnesse, to as manie as beleeue: and another founda∣tion can no man laie, than that is laid in thy sonne the Messias, which is the waie, the truth, the life, and the end of the lawe. For by his perfect obedience, and fulfil∣ling of the lawe, by his innocent and bitter death, hee hath restored vnto vs saluation, and perfect righteous∣nesse, that euerie one which beleeueth on him, might not perish, but haue euerlasting life.

O God, the sight of the blind, bring them home a∣gaine, which through ignorance either are intangled in doubtfull labyrinths, and grosse errours, or counte∣nance polluted religion; that lightened by thy spirit, they may returne into the right waie. And such as with impudent faces, and stiffe neckes, doo obstinatelie with an affected ignorance withstand thine holie spi∣rit, whose senses the god of this world hath blinded, that the light of thy glorious Gospell shine not ouer them; represse and bridle their malice, that by slaughter and persecutions they neither trouble nor destroie thy Church,

Amen.
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After the Sermon, reade some of these sentences of Scripture, exhorting to the diligent obseruing and following of Gods word beard.


Deuteronomie. 28, verse 1.

IF thou shalt obeie diligentlie the voice of the Lord thy God, walke in his ordinances, and ob∣serue, keepe, and doo all his commandements, which I command thee this daie; then all these blessings shall come on thee, and ouertake thee. Blessed shalt thou be in the citie, and blessed in the field, &c. But and if thou wilt not obeie the voice of the Lord thy God, to keepe and doo all his commandements and his ordinances, which I command thee this daie, then all these curses shall come vpon thee, and ouertake thee. Curssed shalt thou be in the citie, and curssed in the field, &c. as in the whole Chapter.


Ecclesiasticus. 35.

WHO so keepeth the lawe, bringeth offrings inough: he that holdeth fast the commandements, offereth an offering of saluation.


Matthew. 7.

WHO soeuer heareth of me (saieth Christ) these words, and doth the same, I will liken him to a wise man, which hath builded his house on a rocke, &c. But whosoeuer heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be likened vnto a foolish man, which hath builded his house vpon the sands, &c.


Luke. 11.

BLessed are they that heare the word of God, and keepe it.


Luke. 12.

THE seruant that knoweth his maisters will, and doth it not, shall be beaten with manie stripes.

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Romans. 2.

THE hearers of the lawe are not righteous before God, but the dooers of the lawe shall be iustified.


Iames. 1.

WHerefore, be yee dooers of the word, and not hearers onelie, deceiuing your owne selues. For if anie heare the word, and doo it not, he is like vnto a man that behol∣deth his naturall face in a glasse. For when he hath consi∣dered himselfe, he goeth awaie, and forgetteth immediat∣lie what manner of one he was. But who so looketh in the perfect lawe of libertie, and continueth therein, he not bee∣ing a forgetfull hearer, but a dooer of the worke, shall bee blessed in his deed.


Iohn. 15.

NOw are yee cleane, through the word which I haue spoken vnto you. Abide in me, and I in you, &c. I am the vine, yee are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth foorth much fruit. For without me can ye doo nothing. If yee abide in me, and my word a∣bide in you, aske what yee will, and it shall be done vnto you.


Reuelation. 2.

FOR he that ouercommeth, and keepeth my words vnto the end, to him will I giue power ouer nations.


Reuelation. 3.

REmember therefore how thou hast heard and recei∣ued, and hold fast and repent. Hold that, I saie, which thou hast, that no man take thy crowne; and watch.

Then giue thanks, and praie vnto God after the Sermon, and saie:

IMmortall praise and thanks be giuen vn∣to thee, O almightie God, and most merci∣full father, who hast giuen vs so pretious a gift of thy holie word, and vouchsafed vs to heare so glad tidings of thy sacred Gos∣pell, Page  544 by the hand of this thy minister, who presentlie by thy mercy hath vttered it vnto vs. And seeing thou hast delt so gratiouslie with vs, in the free publishing of thy Gospell, amongst vs this foure and twentie yeeres; that it seemeth thou hast euen lifted vs vp to heauen, with the cities, wherein our Sauiour taught most, in his being vpon the earth; and hast now in a manner throwne them downe to hell; and left in them a terri∣ble and a fearfull example of thy iudgements, against those that walke not woorthie the graces offered vnto them. Grant vs so to profit by this their chastisement and correction, that as of thy grace thou hast reuea∣led thy will vnto vs, which otherwise we could neuer haue knowne: so now strengthen vs, O Lord, that we neuer refuse thy Gospell in vnbeleefe, nor seeke in the persons of the preachers of it, anie causes and preten∣ces of our infidelitie; but hauing thy word alwaies in our harts, and thy praises in our tongues, we may walke woorthie thy so great graces bestowed vpon vs, and haue our conuersation in heauen, that after wee may be taken vp thither vnto thee, alwaies to glorifie thee, with thy Sonne, and the holie Ghost,

Amen.

A thankes-giuing for the knowledge of God in his word.

WE giue thee thankes, O Father, Lord of heauen and earth, because thou hast hid the mysterie of thy word, which is the Gospell of our saluation by thy Sonne, from the wise, and men of vnderstanding in this world; and hast reuealed the same to babes of base degree; cer∣teinlie such was thy good pleasure. Thou hast giuen vs all things in thy Sonne, whom none knoweth but thou Father; neither dooth anie knowe thee, except Page  545 thy Sonne, and he to whom thy Sonne shall reueale thee. We worship thee, we praise thee, we glorifie thee, we giue thee thanks for the hid wisedome, which thou didst determine before the world for our glorie, which was neuer knowne to the princes of this world, nor at anie time to the sonnes of men, as it is now reuea∣led by the spirit; to whom the communion of the my∣sterie, which was hid from all ages, but is now ope∣ned to thy Saints, to whom thou wouldst haue made knowne, what be the riches of this glorious mysterie. It is thine owne working, and of thy free mercie, that we are made heires and partakers of thy promise in Christ Iesu, through the Gospell, which bringeth vs tidings, and full assurance of the euerlasting riches of thine infinite goodnesse and mercie.

Blessed be God, euen the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, which hath blessed vs with all spirituall bles∣sings in heauenlie things, by Christ; and hath chosen vs in him before the foundations of the world, that we should be holie, and without blame before him, in loue; who hath predestinated vs, to be adopted through Ie∣sus Christ, vnto himselfe; according to the good plea∣sure of his will, whereby he loueth vs by his beloued, in whom we haue redemption in his bloud, euen the forgiuenesse of sinnes, according to the riches of his grace, wherein he hath abounded towards vs, in all wisdome and vnderstanding; and hath opened vnto vs the mysterie of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himselfe, euen vntill the dis∣pensation of the fulnesse of time; that he might gather in one all things, both which are in heauen, and which are in earth, euen in Christ; by whom also we are cho∣sen, when wee were predestinated, according to the purpose of him which maketh althings after the coun∣sell of his owne will: that we might be to the praise of his glorie, which hoping haue beleeued in Christ, when Page  546 we heard the word of truth, euen the Gospell of salua∣tion. And this grace thou didst extend toward vs, not by the works of righteousnesse, which we had done; but according to thy mercie thou sauedst vs, and didst call vs with an holie calling, not according to our works, but according to thine owne purpose & grace, which was giuen to vs through Christ, before all times; and is now made manifest, by the appearing of our Sauiour Iesus Christ, which hath abolished death, and brought life and immortalitie vnto light, through the Gospell. To thee therefore, which art of power to establish our harts, according to the reuela∣tion of the mysterie, which was kept secret since the world began; but now is opened, and published among all nations, by the Scriptures of the Prophets, at the commandement of the euerlasting GOD, for the obedience of faith; to thee, we saie, God onelie wise, be praise; through Iesus Christ for euer, Amen.

We beseech thee, that according to the operation and working of thy mightie power, we may continue constant in true faith, and wholesome doctrine: and at no time forsaking the wisedome opened in the Gospell, may followe the iudgement of worldlie reason, and fleshlie vnderstanding, which thou hast beesotted, and altogither confounded, in searching thy hidden myste∣ries. For thy spirituall wisedome dooth farre exceed all wisedome and vnderstanding of the creatures, where∣vnto flesh can not attaine: neither can our bloud re∣ueale, nor yet the naturall man, although he be indued with great sharpenesse of wit, and worldlie vnderstan∣ding, perceiue the same. Grant, we beseech thee, that we may be thy simple sheepe, and little-ones, recei∣uing from thee the word of truth, without contradicti∣on and disputation: and that in the articles of faith, we bring not fleshly wisedome, but being made void of our proper vnderstanding, may bring our minds into a Page  547 godlie captiuitie. Let thy Sonne, which descending from aboue, brought with him the eternall wisedome of the Gospell, from thy bosome, and was made a sa∣crifice on our behalfe; but now exalted to thy right hand, bestoweth his gifts: let him, we beseech thee, shine in our harts. Likewise, cause thine holie spirit to instill into vs his diuine light, and breath vpon vs the new flame of thine heauenlie knowledge; till depar∣ting into the eternall life, we may behold thee the on∣lie and true God face to face; which liuest and reignest in perpetuall glorie,

Amen.

Another thankes-giuing after the Sermon.

WE render vnto thee, O heauenlie fa∣ther, most hartie thanks, for this spirituall & heauenlie nourishment of thy blessed word; wherewith our soules are not onelie well refreshed at this present, but also our faith is strengthened, our loue kindled, and our conscience quieted. Wee most humblie beseech thee, to giue vs grace, not onelie to be hearers of thy word, but dooers also of the same; not onelie to loue, but also to liue thy Gospell; not onlie to fauour, but also to followe thy godlie doctrine; not onelie to professe, but also to practise thy blessed com∣mandements; that whatsoeuer we outwardlie heare, and inwardlie beleeue, we may shew foorth the same in our conuersation and liuing, vnto the honour of thy holie name, the comfort of our Chri∣stian brethren, and the health of our soules,

A∣men.
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Another.

O GOD, wee haue heard with our eares, and our fathers and prea∣chers haue declared vnto vs, the noble works that thou hast done of old time for vs. Grant therefore, we beseech thee, O thou heauenlie hus∣bandman, that this seed of thy word now sowne amongst vs, may take such deepe root in our harts; that neither the burning heate of persecution cause it to wither, neither the thornie cares of this life doo choke it: but that as seed sowne in good ground it may bring foorth thirtie, sixtie, and an hundred fold; as thy heauenlie wisedome hath appointed, to the glorie of thy holie name,

Amen.

Another praier, or thankes-giuing after the Sermon.

I Giue thee most humble thankes, Lord Iesu Christ, that thou hast vouchsafed euen now, abundantlie to refresh and feed vs with the food of thy word. And I beseech thee, that the vnderstanding and knowledge of this thy word, may be wholsome, comfortable, and effectuall in vs; that this heauenlie seed now sowne, doo not die or pe∣rish in vs without fruit. Keepe our harts, O Lord; in∣uiron and compasse them about with the inclosure or hedge of thy grace; and by thy holie Angels preserue and watch ouer the same, that the infernall fowle bird Satan pull not out thy sacred word out of our harts. But prepare our breast, and make apt our harts vnto thee, good Lord, that they may firmelie keepe thy word, and that they may alwaie sticke, and be as new and Page  549 fresh in our memories. Giue vs also strength, possibi∣litie, and power, that our life may answere to thy doc∣trine heard. Giue increase also to thy word, O heauen∣lie husbandman, that in vs it may augment & growe; and that by thy holie speech and heauenlie eloquence, it may not onlie bring vs to the knowledge of thy will: but also, that we may execute, accomplish, and fullfill that thou commandest and willest; and so perseuering to the end, may at the last aspire to thy celestiall king∣dome,

Amen.

Another.

O Gratious God, and most mercifull Father, which hast vouchsafed vs the rich and pretious iewell of thy holie word; assist vs with thy spirit, that it may be written in our harts, to our euerlasting comfort; to re∣forme vs, to renew vs, according to thine owne image; to build vs vp, and edifie vs into the perfect building of thy Christ; sanctifieng and increasing in vs all heauenlie vertues. Grant this, O heauenlie Father, for Iesus Christs sake,

Amen.

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.

Another praier for strength speedilie to accomplish Gods diuine lawe.

WHen as we on the one side, doo con∣sider the weaknes of our strength, O most mightie God, and contra∣riwise, the absolutenesse and per∣fectnesse of thy blessed lawe; we e∣uidentlie perceiue, that for the ob∣teining thereof, thy most puissant helpe will stand vs in verie great steed. First therefore, teach vs the true waies of thy ho∣lie commandements; moreouer, illuminate in such sort our mind and vnderstanding, as we may be able to incline, with great feruencie, vnto those things, which Page  551 thou hast both taught and commanded. Furthermore, it is needefull for thee, to graunt vs power and abili∣tie, to performe whatsoeuer we haue learned of thee; otherwise it shall profit vs little or nothing at all, to haue knowledge, vnlesse some part of obedience be ei∣ther performed, or at least-wise begun in vs, which the lewd inclination of our sinfull harts doth greatlie hin∣der; and finallie, our senses and corrupt affections are woonderfull huge aduersaries heerevnto.

Succour thou vs therfore, we humblie beseech thee, with thy good grace, and aboundant fauour, forgiuing whatsoeuer we haue committed, and doo dailie, after a most sinfull manner, against thy sacred lawe; neither let it be imputed vnto vs for our eternall destruction. And in the meane season, O good God, quicken and lift vs so vp with thy vnspeakable louing mercie, which we see offred vnto vs in the benigne promises of thy holie scriptures, that thou wouldest not permit vs to swarue from thy sacred lawe, which thou hast vouchsa∣fed to set before vs, who doo with much feruencie de∣sire to be vnseparablie annexed vnto thee. But grant, that we may execute, with an exceeding feruent de∣sire, the charge which is left vnto vs, so that we may maruellous speedilie bestir our steps and feet towards the fulfilling of thy blessed lawe. Cause thou vs, O ex∣cellent father, we humblie beseech thee, to cut off, and cast aside all delaies; and that contrarie to the expecta∣tion of the vngodlie, who alwaies cast lets to entrap vs, we may be obedient to thy sacred precepts, so that all those, which honour and loue thee purelie, may ac∣companie vs, that like as the earth is euerie-where replenished with thy inestimable goodnes, so the num∣ber of thy true and faithfull suppliants, may be dailie more and more greatlie augmented, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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A praier to be vsed of anie excommunicate person, or notorious sinner, before the dooing of open penance in the Church, for true conuersion and repentance, &c.

ETernall and euerliuing God, Fa∣ther of our Lord Iesus Christ, thou that by the mouth of thy holie Pro∣phets and Apostles hast plainelie pronounced, that thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may conuert and liue: who also hast sent thine onelie sonne to suffer the cruell death of the crosse, not for the iust, but for such as find themselues oppressed with the bur∣then of sinne, that by him and his aduocation, they may haue accesse to the throne of thy grace, being as∣sured, that before they crie, they shall find fauour and mercie. Unto thee, most mercifull God, doo I miserable wretch crie, whome for my filthie life, lewd conuersati∣on, and proud contempt of thee, and thy holy lawe, thou to the griefe & dolour of manie good Christian harts, dooest iustlie scourge and punish, by the censures of thy Church, and hast woorthilie cut off, secluded, and reie∣cted, by excommunication from thy mysticall body, ma∣king me now a spectacle to God, to angels, and to men.

Unto thee, I saie, O Lord, and maister of all power, which callest offenders vnto thee, by waie of iudge∣ment and affliction, and knowest the hardnesse of our harts, which haue no power of our selues to returne and rise vp, doo I come, and that in the name of thy Sonne, my Lord and Sauiour Iesus Christ, to ac∣knowledge before thee, and this congregation, my hei∣nous sinnes, wherewith I haue too shamefullie pollu∣ted my selfe, and offended thee and thy Church. And heere prostrate at the feete of thy Maiestie, I craue Page  553 mercie and pardon of thee, and aske forgiuenesse of all the world, especiallie of this congregation, whome I confesse I haue offended. Most humblie beseeching thee, O father of mercies, to looke vpon me with thine eies of pitie, euen as thou lookedst sometime vpon the sinfull woman taken in adulterie, and vpon Marie Magdalen in the banket, which prostrating hir selfe at thy feet, bitterlie did bewaile hir wickednesse. Like∣wise fauour me, as thou didst the Publicane standing a far off in the Temple, without lifting vp his eies vnto heauen for shame, but striking his brest onelie, said, Lord be mercifull vnto me a sinner.

And first, O God, that thou wilt pierce through my hardened hart, and moue it by the power of thy holie spirit, in such sort, that I may come to a true know∣ledge of my sinnes, and feele in my soule and conscience the terrour of thy iudgement vpon all offenders. Es∣peciallie, O Lord, that as I haue offended thy Maie∣stie, and a great number of this thy Christian congre∣gation, by my detestable fact and greeuous sinne, so (beeing armed by thy grace to endure this mortificati∣on of my flesh, like as my Sauiour Iesus suffered for me in his flesh,) I may now subiect my selfe to the iust ordinance of thy Church, and not refuse openlie heere to acknowledge and confesse my faults (and that with all Christian patience, and true humiliation, giuing to thee the glorie of thy name) before the face of thee and this congregation present, who may be eie-witnesses of the same.

But because, O Lord, the externall confession, and outward acknowledgement of my sinnes, without the inward contrition & dolour of the hart and soule, auaileth nothing in thy presence, which art the sear∣cher of the hart, and sifter of the reines; I most hum∣blie beseech thee, that thou wilt so touch my hart and conscience, and effectuallie worke in me perfect re∣morse, Page  554 and detestation of my former offences, that without anie hypocrisie, and with true compunction of soule, and sincere confession of the mouth, I vtterlie loathing and condemning mine owne impietie, and damning that which the lawe pronounceth vniust and damnable, may attaine to some sense and feeling of thy mercie, which thou hast aboundantlie shewed vnto all mankind in Christ Iesu our Lord.

Conuert me, O Lord, and I shall be conuerted; be∣cause thou art my God, and being conuerted, I will doo penance. Heale me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; saue thou me, and I shall be saued, for thou art my praise. To me, I confesse, shame and confusion of face is due, as I iustlie suffer this daie, but to thee ho∣nor and glorie for my redemption, who by thus iud∣ging and punishing me, dooest by little and little giue me place to amend, and space to repent; and hast not suddenlie, and at vnwares taken me awaie from the face of the earth, and ouerwhelmed me by and by through thy iustice in my wicked deedes dooing, as I deserued, and thou iustlie mightest. For which thy leni∣tie, patience, long-suffering, and mercie, O thou louer of my soule, I most humblie thanke thee; beseeching thee so to mollifie my hart, that I may repent, and e∣steeme greatlie of so great riches, and inestimable treasures of thy goodnesse.

Moreouer, O good Lord Iesus Christ, grant (I be∣seech thee) that among all the feares and terrours of my conscience, I may take hold of thee by a liuelie faith, which hast redeemed me from the cursse of the lawe, and art made for me, wisedome and righteousnesse, sanctification and redemption; and may not, in the fight of conscience, yeeld my selfe a slaue still to Sa∣than, and despaire of thy mercie; but vpholden by the voice of thy Gospell, may flee vnto thee my mediator, and iustified by faith, may haue peace with God, that so Page  555 comming vnto thee by hearing thy word to repen∣tance, the Angels in heauen may continuallie haue occasion to reioice; and I auoiding the fearefull ven∣geance, which most assuredlie shall fall vpon the inobe∣dient, may be restored into the right of thy lawe, and receiued againe into the bosome of thy Church, as a member of thy mysticall body, and from my hart walke in all holie obedience to thee and thy holie word, to the praise of thy name, the comfort of thy Church, and the confusion of Sathan,

Amen.

A thankes-giuing and praier vnto God, of a reconciled offender, or excommunicate person restored into the Church, to be vsed after open penance done at a Sermon, or otherwise.

HEauenlie father, fountaine of all mercie and consolation, I confesse my selfe the chiefest of all sinners, and a wretch most vnworthie to bee counted amongst thy children, or to be a member of thy Church, if thou haue respect to the corruption of my nature, and horror of my mani∣fold misdeeds. But seeing it hath pleased thy fatherlie goodnesse, not onlie freelie to elect and choose me in thy deere sonne our Lord Iesus Christ, by his death to re∣deeme me, by his Gospell to call me, and by his holie spirit (which both are thine) to illuminate me: but also that thou hast commanded thy holie word and sacred Gospell to be preached, not onlie to me, but to all the world, to the end that the penitent may haue an assu∣rance of the remission of all their sinnes, great and small, old and new, not onlie for a time, but euen as oft as they, from sorowfull harts, and broken spirits, in bitter teares, shall bewaile the same, and call for thy grace and mercie.

Page  556 In consideration of this thy fatherlie adoption, and ineffable clemencie shewed vpon mee an vnwoorthie wretch, I can not but highlie praise and magnifie thy fatherlie mercie. A testimonie whereof I not onelie feele now in my selfe; but others also see the same eui∣dentlie in this my conuersion, and confession of my fore-passed faults; in the which my penance dooing, I am assured that I haue not so much shamed my selfe before this godlie congregation, as I haue thereby confounded and ouercome mine enimie Satan, who for a time had me in bondage, and by whose venem and deceiuable entisements, I heretofore haue beene ve∣rie rebellious to the wholesome admonitions of the Church: for the which vile sinnes, rebellion, and con∣tempt, I confesse I haue beene woorthilie excommu∣nicate, and punished by the censures of the same.

But now, O Lord, seeing that the spirit of our Lord Iesus Christ hath so farre preuailed in me, that by the power therof I am now set at freedome; & by thy mer∣cie am returned againe to the societie of thy Saints, and mysticall bodie of thy Church; I beseech thee, for the obedience of our Lord Iesus Christ, so to accept me sorowfull conuert, and to allow of this mine vnfei∣ned repentance and confession, that my former inobe∣dience and faults be neuer laid to my charge. Haue mercie vpon me, O God, haue mercie vpon me, and ab∣solue me thy poore creature, not onelie from the sen∣tence of excommunication, but also from the sinnes by me committed, and from all censures of the Church laid against me for the same, or before: and that Lord, giuen according to this my hartie and vnfeined repen∣tance before thee, and all this congregation; and as I hartilie forgiue all the world, that in anie thing hath offended against me.

O Lord, pronounce thou my sinnes to be cleansed, and they shall be cleansed; absolue thou me from the Page  557 chaine of mine iniquities, wherewith I am fast tied and bound, and I shall be absolued; loose thou my sins in earth, and they shall be loosed in heauen: that being now by thy great goodnesse and mercie acquited, and sent awaie vncondemned of thee, as that sinfull wo∣man taken in adulterie was from hir accusers; and receiued againe to the societie of Iesus Christ, into the bosome of his Church; to the participation of his blessed Sacraments; and finallie to the fruition of all thy benefits; I may, by the perpetuall assistance of thy holie spirit, not onelie more and more be displeased with my sinnes, and bridle hencefoorth my corrupt af∣fections, till Satan be cleane troden vnder my feet, by the power of my redeemer Christ: but also be so condu∣cted in all the course of my life hereafter, that I neuer fall into the like sinnes, impietie, and contempt of God and godlinesse anie more, but that continuallie I may be subiect to the voice of the Church, and to the mini∣sters of the same, and proceed dailie in all maner of good works, and Christian obedience, to the praise of thy holie name, and edifieng of thy Church; by Iesus Christ our Lord and onelie Sauiour, to whom with thee and the holie Ghost be giuen all honour, glorie, praise and thankes-giuing, not onelie of me miserable sinner and vnwoorthie wretch, but also of all men, An∣gels and creatures, both in heauen and in earth, from this time foorth for euermore,

Amen.

Luke 15, verses 6, 7.
Reioice with me, saith Christ. For I haue found my sheepe which was lost; yea I saie vnto you, there is ioie in heauen in the presence of the Angels of God, ouer one sinner that repenteth, more than ouer ninetie and nine iust persons, which neede no repentance.
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A praier to be vsed for the conuersion of anie noto∣rious sinner, that doth open penance in the Church.

PItifull God, omnipotent Lord, and mercifull Father; who for that good will thou bearest vnto vs in Iesus Christ thy deere sonne, wilt not the death and destruction of a sinner; but rather that he by the inspirati∣on and moouing of thy holie spirit conuert and liue, who also doost wit∣nesse, the vertue and strength of thy word to be such, that it causeth the mountaines to shake, the rocks tremble, and the flouds to drie vp: behold we thy chil∣dren and people here prostrate before thee, most hum∣blie beseech thee for Iesus Christs sake, pitifullie to looke vpon all sinners, and especiallie vpon this our si∣ster here present, who once was baptised in thy name, and hath professed hir selfe subiect to this religion, and vnto the discipline of thy Church; though Satan alas now for a while hath so blinded hir, that wilfullie shee hath contemned both the one and the other.

But, O Lord, as thou alone knowest; so maist thou alone change and mollifie the harts of the impenitent sinners: thou, I saie, which by the voice of the prophet Nathan awakedst Dauid from his deadlie securitie; and who without anie prophet didst beate downe the pride of Manasses in the prison, after that he had fil∣led Ierusalem with all kind of impietie: thou which turnedst the hart of Peter at the onelie looke of thy deere sonne our Lord Iesus Christ, after that fearful∣lie with horrible imprecations hee had thrise denied, and openlie forsworne thee: thou which openedst the eies of the blind excommunicate man, and causedst him to beleeue thy saiengs; & which forgauest the wo∣man Page  559 taken in adulterie, & sentst hir awaie vncondem∣ned of thee & hir accusers; thou I saie, O Lord, whose mercies without measure endure for euer. To thee doo we praie for this our sister, heere presentlie punished, and dooing open penance for hir offences, earnestlie de∣siring thee, O father of mercies, first so to pierce and moue hir heart with the feare of thy seuere iudge∣ments, which sufferest no child of thine to go vncorre∣cted in this world, to the end they may escape vnpuni∣shed in the world to come: and so to open hir eies, that she may begin to see and vnderstand, how fearefull and terrible a thing it is to fall into thy hands, and to pro∣uoke thy wrath and indignation against hir.

Let it please thy Maiestie, by the vertue of thy holie spirit, so to mollifie hir hard hart, I saie, that she may now at length feele how greeuouslie she hath offended, both against thee and the Church; and giue hir thy grace to acknowledge, accuse, and damne as well be∣fore vs, whome she hath offended, as before thy pre∣sence, this hir contempt and sinne so notorious and damnable, least that by hir obstinacie and wilfull re∣bellion, thy Church and congregation being further prouoked, be compelled with greefe of harts to cut hir quite off from thy mysticall bodie; whome we, O Lord, vnfeinedlie desire to receiue within the Church, as a liuelie member of thy deere sonne our Lord Iesus Christ. Heare vs, mercifull father; call backe againe this our deere sister from eternall destruction, where-into Sathan would leade hir; that we all, who before thy presence, euen for hir rebellion and transgressions doo mourne, may receiue hir againe with gladnes and ioie, and so render praise and honour vnto thee before this thy holie congregation.

We grant our selues, O Lord, vnworthie, whome thou shouldest heare; because we cease not to offend thee by our continuall transgressing of thy holie pre∣cepts. Page  560 Looke not vpon vs, mercifull father, in this our corrupt nature, but looke downe to thy deere sonne, whome thou of thy meere mercie hast appointed our head, high Bishop, aduocate, mediator, and onlie propi∣tiator. In him, and in the merits of his death, we humblie beseech thee, mercifullie to behold vs; and suf∣fer not the most innocent bloud of thy deere sonne shead for vs, and this our penitent sister, to be prophaned by the tyrannie and sleight of Sathan: but by the vertue of the same, let our sister be brought to vnfeined repen∣tance, and conuersion, that so she may escape that fear∣full indignation, into the which she appeareth to haue fallen.

Grant I saie, O Lord, vnto this our sister, the re∣pentance of the hart, and sincere confession of the mouth, to the praise of thy name, to the comfort of thy Church, and to the confusion of Sathan. And vnto vs grant, O Lord, that albeit we cannot liue altogether cleane from sinne, and void of offences; yet that we fall not into the like horrible crimes of impietie and con∣tempt, to the dishonour of thy holie name, to the slan∣der and offence of our brethren and sisters, and infamie of thy holie Religion and Gospell, which we professe. Let thy godlie power, O Lord, so perpetuallie assist and strengthen our weakenesse, and conduct vs in all the course of our whole life; that neither the craft of Sathan, nor the tyrannie of sinne drawe vs vtterlie from the obedience required in true Christians: but that contrarilie beeing subiect to the voice of thy Church, and to the ministers of the same vnder thee, by holinesse and innocencie of life we may declare to the wicked generation, what difference there is be∣tweene the children of light, and the children of darke∣nesse; that all men seeing our good works, may praise thee in the daie of visitation. This we aske of thee, O heauenlie Father, in the boldnesse of our head and me∣diator Page  561 Iesus Christ, praieng furthermore as he hath taught vs: Our Father, &c.

Another praier to be said of the beholders of anie offender in the Church, or else-where.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull father, whose iudgements are vn∣searchable, and whose waies are past finding out; teach vs to iudge wiselie of this our sister, and all o∣ther afflicted with thy hand; not condemning them, but rather profi∣ting by them, that their example may leade vs to repentance, and bringing foorth such fruits, as thou requirest of all those that are planted in thy Church; least by continuing fruitlesse, we pro∣uoke thee at the last to the cutting of vs downe. And because thou hast giuen vs a sauiour able to heale all our infirmities, deliuer vs by him, O Lord, from all the bonds of Sathan; that being set at libertie by him, we may fore-see the straight doore, and enter into it, leauing the wide gate that leadeth to destruction, that we may be saued with those few that are ap∣pointed therevnto in Iesus Christ, to whome with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honor, praise and glorie, for euermore,

Amen.

A thanks-giuing for the conuersion of an excommu∣nicate person, or other publike offender after penance.

WE thanke the mercie and goodnesse of our God, through Iesus Christ our Lord, for the conuersion & pati∣ent penance doing of this our sister, whereby she hath not so much endu∣red the reproch and infamie of hir owne sinnes, as in deede she hath Page  562 confounded and ouercome Satan hir deadlie foe, who went about to make hir his continuall slaue: and by whose subtile sleights and euill suggestions, she hath heretofore beene disobedient to thy holie lawes, and wholsome admonitions of thy Church. And now, O Lord, seeing that the spirit of our Lord Iesus Christ hath so farre preuailed in hir, that she is returned to our societie; let it please thee for the obedience of the same our Lord Iesus Christ so to accept hir, that hir former disobedience and sinnes be neuer laid to hir charge, but that she may increase in all goodnesse, till Satan finallie be troden vnder hir feete and ours, by the power of our Lord Iesus Christ, to whom with thee and the holie Spirit, be all honor and glorie now and euer,

Amen.

Before the publike administration of the holie sacrament of Baptisme, the better to call to mind our owne vow and promise made long since vnto God, praie priuatelie to your selfe, and saie:

O Most blessed fore-goer and guide of Christian people, Iesu Christ, who submitting and humbling thy selfe, vouchsafedst to be baptised of Iohn in the riuer Iordan, and wast not onlie baptised in water, but also in blood, and in the holie Ghost: vouch∣safe euen so to incline, bow and dis∣pose our outwarde life, with our inward mind, affects, and desires, in the fulfilling of all righteousnesse: so that we being now mortified & dead to the old Adam, through thy holie witnesse of baptisme, by the working and operation of the holie Ghost, may alwaie haue our holy couenant in remembrance, & before our eies, that couenaunt, vow, and promise (I saie,) which we haue taken vpon vs in our baptisme; to the intent that we, Page  563 as faithfull champions, striuing against the world, the flesh, and the diuell, may vanquish and ouercome them with all other, which might be noifull and hurt∣full vnto vs,

Amen.
Or giue thanks for our regeneration and sanctification, as afterward in the praier vpon Whitsundaie.

Or praie thus for the spirituall washing awaie of thy sinnes.

HAue mercie on me, O GOD, accor∣ding to thy great tendernesse of hart. For in wickednesse borne I was, and in sinnes my mother con∣ceiued me: so that of nature all that I am, I am but sin. This my con∣fession of the truth, I knowe well, is right acceptable vnto thee, wher∣as in the most part of others thou hast either hid the same, or made it vnknowne. Purge and sprinkle mee with the bloud of Iesus Christ thine vnspotted lambe. If thou wash me, I shall be as white as snowe: wash me thoroughlie therfore from mine errours, clense me not onlie of my sinnes passed; but also of my whole life to come; so shall I receiue these glad tidings into my hart, that my sins be forgiuen me. With the baptisme of spirit in the fire of thine illumination baptise me, which is the might & efficacie of baptisme, which we receiued in our childhood. Grant that the same spirit might alwaie conduct vs, & let this spirituall washing of baptisme continue with vs, vntill the infection and vice, which we haue by nature of old Adam, be perfectlie taken awaie by the death of the flesh, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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Or praie that the benefits of both the holie Sacra∣ments may be applied vnto our soules health.

O Blessed Trinitie, and eternall God of one essence; giue grace, that in euerie combate, and especiallie at the point of death, being mindfull of thy couenant made with vs at our Christening, & of thy most com∣fortable promise anexed, He which beleeueth, and is baptised, shall bee saued: we may neuer doubt, either of thy mercifull good-will towards vs, or of the free remission of our sinnes: but by often remembring this signe and coue∣nant, may dailie more and more be confirmed in faith, and hope of perpetuall happinesse: and applie thy be∣nefits, which certainlie thou hast promised, and faith∣fullie wilt performe vnto our selues. For thy promises made to such as beleeue and trust in thee, be not vaine, and to no purpose.

Likewise vphold our soules by the Sacrament of thy Supper, that strengthened with the seale of this new testament, we may be the more certaine; and con∣firmed touching our reconciliation, and euerlasting righteousnesse; & alwaies beare it fixed in our minds. For if the testament of a man, which is prooued after the death of the Testator, be not small accounted of; much more should the last testament and holie Sacrament of our Sauiour Christ remaine pure, and in continuall force and remembrance.

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Or praie, that we may rightlie and trulie receiue the blessed Sacraments.

O Most mercifull God, and louing fa∣ther, who by thy son Iesus Christ hast abrogated the superfluous ce∣remonies of the Lawe, and hast de∣liuered vs from the bondage there∣of, giuing vnto vs sure & certaine seals and sacraments of thy grace; and our free redemption through the most pretious bloud of thy deere Sonne Iesus Christ. Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we may euermore vse them according to thy sonne our Saui∣ours institution, who hath left them as pledges of his great loue towards mankind, & as continuall remem∣brances of his most pretious death, which he suffered vpon the wood of the crosse for our redemption: who by the fountaine of water hath regenerated vs, and by his most pretious bloud hath purged vs. Make vs therefore to receiue these holie mysteries without cor∣ruption, to vse them without alteration, to continue them without superstition, to the honour and glorie of thy most holie name, through Iesu Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the holie Ghost, be all honour and glorie now and for euer,

Amen.

After publike baptisme praie, and giue thanks secretlie to yourselfe, as time will serue, saieng:

WE yeeld thee most hartie thanks, O heauenlie Father; for that it hath pleased thee to regenerate vs with the fountaine of water, by faith in the bloud of thy sonne Iesus Christ, and to purge vs from that originall sinne, which we receiued of the old Eue. But who is able, oh Lord, to Page  566 to giue thee sufficient praises? Or who can expresse thy louing kindnesse and great mercies towards man∣kinde, who hast not onlie redeemed him from the yoke of the lawe, the bondage of hell, and destruction of the diuell: but also like a mercifull and louing father, euen in our first entrance into this world, washedst vs from iniquitie, and hast giuen vs the Sacrament of Bap∣tisme, euen as a memoriall of our election, in thy Sonne Iesus Christ our Lord, whereby beeing made thine adopted children, we may by the sanctification of thy spirit, inherit the euerlasting kingdome, through the same Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Or praie for the fruits of Baptisme thus.

MOst heauenlie and eternall father, we thy humble seruants entirelie desire thy fatherlie goodnesse, that as thou hast begun in vs a newe birth, & washed vs with the foun∣taine of regeneration, whereby we are made members of thy bodie, and elected into the number and fe∣lowship of thy Church and congregation: so thou wouldest powre vpon vs the grace of thy spirit, to di∣rect our liues according to this beginning, in holinesse and purenesse, that we may mortifie the lusts of the flesh, resist the assaults of Sathan, and auoide the a∣lurements of the wicked world, remembring alwaies that Baptisme doth represent vnto vs our vocation, quenching those sparks of concupiscence that we all drawe from the old Adam, and quickning vs in those good fruits of Christ our Sa∣uiour, who continuallie preserue vs with his holie spirit for euer and euer,

Amen.
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Or praie for the continuance of the true institution of the Sacraments thus:

O Most mightie and most mercifull God, by whose power the heauens and earth, and all things therein, are created; who hast placed euerie thing in a most excellent order, and hast framed man after thine owne similitude and image, raising him from hell to heauen, from wo to ioie, from damnation to saluation; and hast giuen him through thy sonne Iesu Christ, a most sure bond of thy promise made in the beginning to mankind for the re∣demption of the world, sending thine onlie begotten Sonne Iesu Christ to performe the same, who made one onelie oblation and sacrifice for the sinnes of the whole world, and did ordaine and institute two most holie Sacraments to continue the remembrance of the same; make vs euer mindfull (we beseech thee) of these thine inestimable treasures. Continue, oh Lord, this thy fauour towards vs. Let not tyrants preuaile against thy Church, but let thy mightie power be she∣wed, that the sacred rites may cōtinue in thy Church, that the enimies may be ouerthrowne; as the Turke, who would vtterlie destroie those most holie Sacra∣ments, which thou hast ordeined for our saluation; as the Anabaptists, which like heretikes, alter thy most holie institution; as the Atheists, who bred in them great corruption. Conuert them, we beseech thee, O Lord, and establish vs in the truth of thy holie spirit, by thy mightie power, that both now and euer wee may continue in the right institution of thy Sacra∣ments, which thy Sonne our Sauiour Christ hath left most perfect vnto vs, to the endlesse ioie and conso∣lation of our soules. To whome therefore, with thee, Page  568 and the holie Ghost, be all honour, glorie, and praise, world without end,

Amen.

Prouerbes, 9. verse 1.
WIsedome hath built hir house, and hewen out hir sea∣uen pillers; she hath killed hir victuals, drawne hir wine, and prepared hir table: she hath sent foorth hir vir∣gins, and crieth vpon the high places of the citie, saieng: Who so is simple, let him come hither: and to him that is destitute of wisedome, she saith; Come and eate of my meate, and drinke of my wine, that I haue drawne.

Canti. 5.
I AM come (saith Christ vnto his spouse the Church) in∣to my garden, my sister, my spouse: I gathered my mirrh with my spice, I ate my honie-combe with my honie: I dranke my wine with my milke. Eate ô freends, drinke, and make ye merrie ô welbeloued.

Reuelation, 19.
HAppie and blessed are they, which are called vnto the Lambes supper.

Christian praiers to be said before, at, and after ye receiue the holie Communion, and first: An effectuall meditation of the right Christian beleefe in the holie Sacrament of the Lords supper, and of the woor∣thie and fruitefull receiuing the same, to our comfort and saluation; to be diligentlie read before you receiue.

O My soule, let vs now carefullie con∣sider first, whether we bee come; namelie, to the celestiall table, hea∣uenlie banket, greate feast, costlie repast, and sumptuous supper of the most puissant, glorious, mightie, and magnificent King of kinges, and Lord of lordes, Iesus Christ thy Page  569 most mercifull maker, righteous redeemer, souereigne sauiour, and deere spouse; and that of necessitie, as both forced therevnto by his iust commandement, and also allured and inuited by his mercifull promises.

Secondlie, O my soule, let vs rightlie knowe, and diligentlie marke, what things are heere presentlie set before vs on this holie Table, and prouided for vs in this blessed banket to taste of; namelie, that the dein∣tie dishes, and the refection and meate which we must in verie deede seeke for onelie in this sacred supper, are no vaine ceremonies, no bare signe, no vntrue figure of a thing absent, no earthlie bodie, no carnall meate, nor anie fleshlie substance; but as the sacred Scripture saith, and other holie men doo rightlie tearme and call them, The Bread and Cup of the Lord; a heauenlie refection; the sweet deinties of our sauiour; the nou∣rishment of our soules; an inuisible meate; a spiritu∣all foode; a ghostlie substance: which all are heere now most mercifullie offered, and exhibited vnto vs, and all other faithfull soules, as the soueraigne preseruatiue against death; the conseruatorie to euerlasting life; the comfortable medicine of the soule; the salue of im∣mortalitie; the pledge of eternall health; the defence of faith; the hope of the resurrection; the memorie of Christ; the annuntiation of his death: finallie, the communion of the bodie and bloud of the Lord Iesus, in a maruellous incorporation, which by the holie Ghost (the verie bond of our perfection with Christ) is through faith wrought in the soules of the faithfull, whereby not onlie their soules doo liue to eternall life; but also they surelie trust to win to their bodies a re∣surrection to immortalitie. In the which also, we may not onlie heare, see, taste, and knowe the mercie of God our Creator sealed; the sanctification by Christ our re∣deemer towards vs confirmed; the remission of our sinnes through the holie Ghost our comforter and re∣generator Page  570 fullie satisfied and established: but also most sensiblie and effectuallie to our further comfort, in deed feele wrought in vs; the tranquillitie of conscience; the increase of faith; the strengthening of hope; and the long spreading abroad of brotherlie loue and kind∣nesse, with manie other sundrie maruellous graces and benefits of God, most profitable vnto vs. Which things well considered and weighed, my soule, O with what feruent affection and earnest zeale ought they now to inflame our hart, and kindle our mind, greedi∣lie to couet and desire the participation of these most holie mysteries; yea, often to long and hunger after this healthsome bread, and continuallie thirst for this diuine, heauenlie, and blessed food!

Thirdlie and lastlie, O my soule, let vs aduisedlie call to mind, and well vnderstand the cause, wherefore wee are now come vnto this holie table of the Lord: which indeed is onlie to this end; that we should now be god∣lie ghests, not idle gazers; hungrie eaters; not ster∣uing lookers on; to feede our selues, and not to hire others to feed for vs: that so we may liue by our owne meate, and not perish for hunger, while other deuoure all. We are come togither, I saie, O my soule, with this congregation assembled, presentlie to celebrate a sacrifice, not priuatelie in one kind for the dead, nor to make a mysterie a sacrifice, nor of a communion to make a priuate eating, nor of two parts to haue but one, nor yet to applie it for the dead, and so we to loose the fruit that are aliue. No no, my soule; God forbid that we should come to celebrate this holie mysterie after anie such sort, or to anie such vse or purpose. For that were to declare our selues vnwoorthie of the Lord, yea to be accursed of him, for committing such spirituall blasphemie and robberie. But knowe, that we are come hither now publikely and openly at this the Lords boord, to minister & doo that, which he him∣selfe, Page  571 a little before his death, vouchsafed in his owne person most wiselie, kindlie, and louinglie to inuent, prouide, institute, ordeine, doo, establish, and command; as a most necessarie waie and meane for it, the better to take some place in vs; and not to be frustrate of it end and purpose. Yea, to doo that which his holie Apo∣stles also afterward, togither with the godlie fathers in the primitiue Church both vsed, practised, authori∣sed, and confirmed; according as it was deliuered and giuen by the first author thereof onelie: that is to saie, euen openlie and publikelie to celebrate, in the Lords most happie commemoration and remembrance, at this his holie table, the heauenlie memorie of that most maruellous worke, and deere bought benefit of our redemption and saluation, wrought by Christ Ie∣sus, to our endlesse consolation, profit, commoditie and eternall saluation, in his (with all reuerence named) most pretious death, painfull crosse, & bloudie passion.

And wite thou well, O my soule; that like as Mo∣ses, Aaron, and Phinees long since did somtimes eate Manna in the wildernesse, then spirituallie vnder∣standing those visible things: euen so now, we in like maner spirituallie vnderstanding these holie myste∣ries, (for it is the spirit that quickeneth and giueth life, the flesh profiteth vs nothing, as saith our Saui∣our) must here also spirituallie hunger, spirituallie taste, spirituallie eate the flesh of Christ, and spiritual∣lie drinke his bloud indeed, in these holie mysteries, by faith onlie, and assured constant beleefe; that the bles∣sed bodie of Christ was crucified, and his pretious bloud shed vpon the Crosse for our saluation. And so receiue this the Lords supper, euen for a token, badge, or cognizance of this faith and saluation in Christs merits; declaring therby euermore his death and pas∣sion, with thanks-giuing, vntill he come.

Neither must we now so much as once dreame of Page  572 anie grosse or carnall eating, or fleshlie feeding; or thinke that we are come at this present to feed our sen∣ses and bellie to corruption, (for that were baselie to abiect and bind our selues to the elements and crea∣tures, and so to declare our selues drowned in deed in the dirtie lake of blindnesse and ignorance:) but onlie and in truth to nourish and feed our inward man to immortalitie, and life euerlasting: namelie, that as our outward man is nourished by letting in this bodi∣lie meat into the stomach, that is helthsome and sound to be digested; so our inward man may be spirituallie fed and satisfied, by receiuing the meate thereof into our soule and hart, sound and whole in faith. And ther∣fore we shall not need now at this present time, in doo∣ing these things, to whet our teeth, O my soule; but (as S. Cyprian saith) with sincere faith to breake and diuide this holie bread. For surelie, without faith, (which indeed is the onelie instrument most necessarie, in the right vse of all these holie mysteries) it is impos∣sible to please God heerein; neither can the vnbelee∣uers and faithlesse folke feed vpon the Lords pretious bodie, nor enioie the eating and drinking of this so high and diuine nourishment of spirituall food. Yea, to haue anie other eating, than spirituallie by faith one∣lie, is plaine idolatrie. It behoueth vs therfore, O my soule, diligentlie to ponder, weigh and consider of these things: that now at the last we may, not onelie vnfei∣nedlie and thoroughlie trie, prooue, and examine our selues, our owne consciences and liues: but also hum∣blie acknowledging our faults vnto God, hartilie re∣penting our former sinfull life, asking mercie of GOD the Father for Christs sake, and gladlie forgiuing all our offenders, effectuallie and carefullie there withall plucke vp, euen the verie roots of heathenish infideli∣tie, and all distrust in Gods mercifull promises, to the end we may thereby, in verie deed, shew our selues liue∣lie Page  573 plants of the fruitfull oliue, liuing branches of the true vine, and woorthie members of Christs mysticall bodie; euen such as haue our life, our abiding, our vni∣on, and as it were our incorporation with him.

Finallie, O my soule; we must not now, like chatte∣ring Iaies, so much regard or consider these earthlie elements, and terrene creatures, which we see with our corporall eie, and still remaine so: but especiallie and in deed haue respect to the heauenlie graces and benefits, which our faith beholdeth in and by them. Neither must we by anie meanes cleaue to these infe∣riour or base things, which lie here beneath, and are visiblie discerned: but leauing them altogether, wee must rather resemble and plaie the parts of the E∣gles, who flie & mount vp thither, where the dead bo∣die lieth; that is, giuing credit to the words of Christ, who saith: The words that I speake are spirit and life. And againe; remembering that God willeth such as will be true worshippers of him, to worship him in spi∣rit and truth, we must now so behold the bread and wine with our naturall eies, that we may neuerthe∣lesse especiallie lift vp the eies of our mind to heauen, and looke vp by faith vpon the holie bodie and bloud of our Lord and Sauiour Iesus Christ, God and man, as he is there sitting at the right hand of God his Fa∣ther, in equall glorie, power, and maiestie: alwaies see∣king it there, where the sunne of righteousnesse euer∣more shineth; continuallie holding fast, and still clea∣uing by faith onlie to the rocke, whence we may sucke in deed the sweetnes of euerlasting saluatin. So shall we, O my soule, now repenting hartilie our former fowle life, being in perfect loue and charitie with all men, maruelling with reuerence and feare at these sa∣cred things; now touching these holie and fearfull my∣steries with our mind, receiuing them with the hand of our hart, and taking them fullie with our inward Page  572〈1 page duplicate〉Page  573〈1 page duplicate〉Page  574 man by faith onelie, be sure at this holie table euen now presentlie to receiue; not onlie the outward Sa∣crament; but the spirituall thing also; not the figure, but the truth; not the shadowe, but the bodie: and that not to death, but to life; not to our destruction, but to our saluation: which God, euen our owne God, for his mercies sake grant vs now effectuallie to doo, through the onelie merits of our Lord and Sauiour Jesus Christ: to whom be all honour, glorie, dominion, pow∣er and praise, for euer and euer,

Amen.

The praier.

ALmightie and most mercifull God, my heauenlie Father; I thy poore child, and most vnwoorthie bidden ghest to this thy prepared sacrifice and celestiall feast, after due exami∣nation of my former life, with an humble and contrite hart, with a sorowfull and repentant spirit, and with a forgiuing and charitable mind, heere prostrate on my knees before thy throne of mercie, with most lowelie hart, humblie beseech thy Maiestie, (euen for thy deere and onelie sonne Iesus Christs sake, whom thou hast once for all euer, alreadie giuen an oblation and offering for our sinnes) to haue mercie, pitie, and compassion vpon me, most vile, wretched, and misera∣ble sinner; and to forgiue me all mine innumerable and horrible offences, both old and new, committed against heauen and earth, and against thee. And new I praie thee, sanctifie me throughlie, O God; and make me, who hartilie desire in feare & trembling to please thee in all things that I doo, a woorthie communicant, a godlie ghest, and fit partaker heere this daie of thy heauenlie food, in this great and sumptuous Supper of my Lord and my God: by giuing vnto me of thine Page  575 accustomed goodnesse, the right knowledge and vnder∣standing out thy word, of the thing it selfe; these ho∣lie mysteries, I meane, and the manifold fruits and benefites thereof, and also by causing me, through the working of thy mercie and grace, to bring now with me a true and constant faith, the roote and wel-spring of all newnesse of life, as well in praising thee, and lo∣uing my neighbour, as purging mine owne conscience by earnest repentance, and continuall contrition, from dead works and filthinesse of sinne; so that, neither the ignorance of the thing, O gratious God, may cause me to contemne it, nor vnfaithfulnesse make it void of fruit, nor sinne and iniquitie procure me thy heauie plagues; but grant that I may, by faith in knowledge and amendment of life, in faith be heere now so vnited to thy sonne Christ my head, and most deerelie beloued spouse, in these his holie and heauenlie mysteries, to my comfort both in bodie and soule, that afterward I may haue full fruition of him in deede, to mine euerla∣sting ioie and saluation in eternall life, through the same Iesus Christ our Lord, blessed for euer,

Amen.

Another godlie praier.

O Iesu Christ, holy and eternall God, I miserable woman, and wretched sinner, acknowledge and confesse, that I am not woorthie the least of all thy mercies, and most vnwoor∣thie to receiue thee vnder the roofe of my soule, by participating of thy most blessed bodie and bloud. For horrible and infinite are the sinnes, wherewith I am defiled. Wo is me, Lord. For I am a woman of pollu∣ted lips, and dwell among people that haue vncleane lips. And therefore the verie entrailes of my hart are troubled, and my bones doo shake, because I finde my Page  576 soule a most vnworthie ghest for so heauenlie a supper. And yet againe, mine hart is woonderfullie lightned, when I call to mind, that thou, the deere sonne of al∣mightie God, camest not into this world to call the righteous, but sinners vnto repentance. For they that be whole, need not the Physician, but they that are sick. Besides, I knowe right well, and constantlie doo be∣leeue, that notwithstanding my filthinesse, thou canst make mee woorthie; which alone canst make that cleane, which is conceiued of vncleane seed, and righ∣teous men of sinners, when thou forgiuest our sinnes of thy woonted grace, thine holie spirit being powred vpon vs. Through which thy power and mercie, I be∣seech thee, graunt such grace vnto me a sinner, that I may woorthilie approch to this heauenlie sacrament; least otherwise by mine vnwoorthinesse I be made gil∣tie of thy bodie and bloud, and so in stead of life, receiue my iudgement and condemnation.

Giue grace therefore, that afore I presume to come vnto the participation thereof, I may examine my selfe, by calling my sinnes into mind, searching out my waies, and by vnfeigned and hartie repentance retur∣ning vnto thee my Lord; least otherwise, by concealing my sinnes with Iudas the traitor, I eate the bread of the Lord against the Lord; and by abusing thy gentle∣nesse, heape vengeance vnto my selfe against the daie of vengeance. O make me therefore, I saie, to confesse my sinnes, and that with hartie sobs; so thou, being a faithfull and iust God, wilt abandon all mine offences, and cleanse me from my sinnes, and wilt not disdaine to accept me into fauour, when I doo not refraine to acknowledge my wickednesse.

Moreouer, powre into me a true and liuelie faith, that I neuer mistrust thy word annexed to the Sa∣craments, which promiseth vnto mankind the remissi∣on of sinnes. For to eate or drinke with the mouth one∣lie, Page  577 is to no purpose; but faith must come therevnto, and apprehend the word with the promises annexed: for they are the grounds and principles of this sacra∣ment: so that, whosoeuer giueth credit to these words, Which was giuen and shead for you, in the remission of sinnes; the same man hath that, which is promised by them, namelie, eternall life and saluation. For where the remission of sinnes is, there likewise righteousnes, life and saluation is. But he which doubteth of these words, he without doubt is an vnworthie receiuer, and commeth vnprepared. For the doubting man nei∣ther eateth the flesh spirituallie, nor yet drinketh the bloud; though carnallie, and to our eies he seemeth to consume the Sacrament of the bodie and bloud with his teeth and mouth, but his damnation rather; not bi∣cause thy supper is poison, but for that an euill man ta∣keth a good thing naughtilie.

Finallie, grant also, that receiuing this thy Sacra∣ment of the new Testament, I may put off, according to the former conuersation, the old man, which is cor∣rupt according to the lusts of error, and be renewed in the spirit of my mind, putting on the new man, which after God is shapen in righteousnesse and holinesse of truth. And albeit my nature be such, that I can not liue without spots of wickednesse; yet so blesse me, that I may neuer offend willinglie, but altogether depen∣ding vpon thy goodnesse, whose manner is to pardon the true penitent, that sinners may boldlie approch to thine holie supper; especiallie, seeing we haue libertie to enter into the holie places, through thy bloud, by the new and liuing waie, which thou hast prepared for vs, through the vaile, that is, by thy flesh. And seeing we haue an high Priest ouer the house of God, make vs to drawe nigh with true harts, in assurance of faith, sprinkled in our minds from an euill conscience, and washed in bodie with pure water. Cause vs to Page  578 hold fast the profession of the hope without wauering. For he is faithfull that promised: and let vs consider one of another, to prouoke vnto loue, & to good works; not forsaking the assemblie of the faithfull, as the ma∣ner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more as we see the daie approching,

Amen.

Another most Christian and deuout praier, to be said before the receiuing of the holie Communion.

O Christ our Lord and Sauior, which before thy greeuous agonie, and heapes of trouble, thorough the wrath of thine almightie Father lighting vpon thee, commandedst thy Disciples Peter and Iohn to prepare the passouer, that together they might eate the same. Thou longedst for our saluation, and didst eate of the lambe, which was a figure of thy selfe; and expressedst the image of that banket, which thy people the Israelits, vnder the conduction of thy seruant Moses, about to depart out of Aegypt, did celebrate. Hauing finished the supper of the old couenant, thou begannest a new couenant, testifieng of thy presence and benefits in the Church. Mooue thou our harts to thankfulnesse, that with like desire we may desire to come vnto thy table, and seeke the nourishment to eternall life. Suffer vs not to loath thine heauenlie banket, as prophane and curious men doo, which contend with thee, & contemne the order which thou hast appointed. Amend all abu∣ses and prophanings of thine holie table, horriblie de∣formed with filthinesse; for the which we are punished in all places with manifold plagues and diseases. By thy wisedome thou healest our diseases and infirmi∣ties, and by the visible signes of Sacraments thou confirmest our faith. Thou art effectuall by them in Page  579 the beleeuers, according to thy promise. We blesse the bread and wine as thou hast willed; and beleeue that with them we receiue thee in true faith and puritie of mind.

Thou declarest by this thy Supper, that trulie thou tookedst our flesh vpon thee, for our sakes; euen to in∣graffe vs to thine owne flesh, and bring vs to eternall life. This is eternall life, which is begunne in this world, whereby the soule is renewed vnto eternall happinesse.

Moreouer, this blessed meate doth witnesse and te∣stifie, that our bodies, which are replenished with the sense of thy liuing flesh, shall rise againe to perpetuall glorie. Increase and nourish, by the profitable taking of thee, this light within vs. Worke, that thy Sacra∣ments taken and digested, thou maist come into vs, and we into thee. Assist vs thy ghests, O sweet houshol∣der; that woorthilie we may feed vpon thy meate. Trie our soule with earnest and vnfeined conuersion. Let vs not plaie the hypocrites, nor prophanelie dallie with thee and thy holie Sacraments. Cause vs right∣lie to discerne thy bodie and bloud from other common meate. Let vs neuer eate the bodie of the Lord against the Lord. Grant in true and vnfeined faith we may enter into this thy sacred couenant, that we may al∣waies abide in thee, and thou in vs.

Likewise, by thine holie spirit, which is the bond of loue, in this publike and common banket, ioine vs to thine other members of thy Church. Giue grace, that all which feed of this bread, may be one bodie, knit vnto thee, which art the head, working all things in all. Let the diuell at no time disturbe this pleasant concord be∣tweene thee and vs, as is betweene the head and other members of the bodie.

Let vs gather also by the same, the summe of doctrine which is preached in the Church. Let it raise vs vp Page  580 vnto thankfulnesse for thy benefits. Increase our de∣sire to continuall praier, whereby we craue all things which we stand in need of. Continue that custome, euen till thou returnest gloriouslie in the clouds to iudge∣ment. Maintaine some places for preaching, and god∣lie ceremonies, and bring in at no time barbarous ig∣norance.

Furthermore, the dooing herof is a ministerie of our profession, against Sathan and all his instruments. Confirme in our minds, by thy spirit, this sound and pure vnderstanding. Let vs not be oppressed with ido∣latrous darknesse, approouing horrible abuses; in car∣rieng about, in laieng vp, in offring the halowed bread without any vse: not so much as one sillable of all these things can be seene in thy first institution. Wherefore, represse the diuell, blasphemouslie dealing with this thine ordinance. And first consume this world vtterlie with fire, before we be wrapped againe in such horri∣ble darknesse of idolatrie and superstition. Mitigate the punishments, sicknesse, infections, warre and mise∣ries, which for the prophaning of this Supper, the whole world doth endure. Let thine Angel spare such, as with griefe of hart bewaile these abuses. Feed vs, and fill vs thy ghests with thy liuelie presence. Dwell thou in vs. Worke in vs. Sharpen the remembrance of thy benefits within vs. And finallie, at our resurre∣ction from the graue, giue vs a place in thy seat; where we shall find a new taste in the kingdome of thy Fa∣ther: So be it.

Another praier to be said before the receiuing of the bles∣sed Communion, as you kneele at Gods boord.

O Lord, although I be not woorthie to receiue thee into the house of my soule, for mine innu∣merable offences and sins done against thy great goodnesse: yet trusting, good Lord, in Page  581 thy great pitie and infinite mercie, I come to receiue thy blessed bodie; as a sicke creature, to thee that art the health of life; vncleane, to thee that art the well of mercie; blind by ignorance, to thee that art the light euerlasting; needie of thy grace, and poore in vertue, to thee that art the King of heauen and earth; naked of good works, to thee that art the author of grace. I come as a wretch, to thee my Lord and maker; all de∣solate and comfortlesse, to thee my helpe and succour. For besides thee there is no consolation. I come as a sinner, to thee that art the mediatour and meane be∣twixt God and man. I come as a caitife, to thee my most mercifull Sauiour. I come all sinfull, to thee the granter of remission and pardon; dead by sinne, to thee that art the restorer to life; euill, to thee that art all goodnesse; hard-harted, to be releeued by the infusion of thy super-abundant grace; desiring thee meekelie to heale mine infirmities and sicknesse, to wash awaie my sinne and filthinesse, to lighten my blindnesse, to re∣duce me to the right waie, where I am out thereof, to comfort me desolate of goodnesse. Haue mercie on my wretchednesse, pardon my sinfulnes, giue me the light of grace (thus burdened in sinne,) that I may receiue thee the food of all Angels, the King of glorie, the Lord of all lords, with such chastitie of bodie, with such pure∣nesse of mind, and cleannesse of soule, with such contri∣tion of hart, and abundance of weeping teares, with such spirituall ioie and gladnesse, with such dread and reuerence, with such faith, hope and charitie, with such obedience and humilitie, with such loue, deuotion, faithfulnesse and thankfulnesse; as it is beseeming for such a Lord to be receiued, and to my soule most expe∣dient.

And be not displeased, good Lord, that I a sinner, with an vncleane hart and polluted mind come hither this daie, to receiue thy pretious bodie in sacramen∣tall Page  582 bread and wine: but remember, mercifull Lord, that thou refusedst not the sinfull Marie Magdalen, being penitent, from the kissing of thy blessed feet. And in likewise despise me not, nor put me awaie as vn∣woorthie, from the receiuing of thy bodie in the blessed Sacrament, for my sinnes and wickednesse: but grant thou me cōpunction of hart, plentie of weeping tears, to wash awaie my sinnes & wickednesse; so that with a pure hart and cleane conscience, I may this daie re∣ceiue the Sacrament to my soules helth; that I may obtaine and possesse thereby euerlasting life, with all holie Saints in heauens glorie; and in this present life, with the holie spirit to be replenished, and neuer to admit other louer besides thee.

Grant me, blessed Iesu, so to receiue the Sacra∣ment of bread and wine, that I may be woorthie to bee accounted for a member of thy mysticall bodie heere in earth. And though as yet I be not worthie to be num∣bered among the simplest, and lowest of thy seruants; but rather to be reiect and out-cast for my sinfulnesse: yet, good Lord, of thine infinite power thou maist make me able, equall, and like to the meanest of thine elect seruants. Come thou Father of the fatherlesse; come thou comforter of the comfortlesse; come and cleanse my soule from all contagiousnesse of sinne. For it is not conuenient, and according, there to be anie vnclean∣nes, where thou, the spouse of virginall chastitie shoul∣dest come in and dwell. Come therefore, and sanctifie my soule, and make it cleane by thy gratious presence; that no heapes of soile, or remnants of sinne be to be found in anie least cranie or corner of thy spirituall house or temple, (my bodie and soule I meane) to of∣fend the celestiall eies of thy diuine Maiestie: so shall thy holie hall, which is my cleansed soule, ring and re∣sound with thy perpetuall praises to thy glorie. Come, I saie, O God, and apparell my naked soule with the Page  583 rich ornaments of thy vertue and grace, and with the white raines of thy righteousnesse and innocencie; that I may delight thee, therein to abide. And as thou disdainedst not to touch the sore leapers with thy holie hands: so, good Lord, vouchsafe to annoint my simple soule, with the ointment of remission and pardon; that in this life, by stedfast hope, firme faith, and perfect charitie, I may so increase in vertue, from daie to daie, that I may atteine to the glorious fruition of thy Godhead in the kingdome of heauen: where I may see thee face to face, and praise thee with all thine elect and chosen Saints, worlds without end,

Amen.

Another verie deuout praier, before the receiuing of the holie Communion.

O Most sweet and louing Lord Iesu Christ, whom now I deuoutlie and hartilie desire to receiue this daie: thou knowest mine infirmities and necessities, which I suffer; in how manie euils and vices I lie, where∣with I am often greeued, tempted, troubled, and vnquieted, and defiled. Unto thee doo I come for remedie, vnto thee doo I ear∣nestlie praie for comfort and helpe. I speake vnto thee, who knowest all things; vnto whom, euen all my ve∣rie secret thoughts are manifest; and who onlie canst perfectlie comfort and helpe me. Thou knowest what good things I lacke before all things, and how poore and beggerlie I am in vertues. Behold, I stand before thee, requiring grace and mercie. Feed and cherish thy hungrie begger, kindle my coldnesse with the fire of thy loue, lighten my blindnesse with the bright cleere∣nesse of thy presence: turne all earthlie things into bitternesse vnto me; all heauie, greeuous, hard, pain∣full, and contrarie things, into patience to me. Lift vp Page  584 my hart vnto thee in heauen, and suffer me not to wan∣der or go astraie from thee vpon the earth. Thou onlie, from this time foorth for euermore, dooest waxe sweet vnto me, because thou onelie art my meate and my drinke, my loue, my ioie, my sweetnesse. Oh, would to God thou wouldest vouchsafe altogether to enflame, burne, and euen consume me with thy presence; and to change me into thy selfe, that I may be made one spi∣rit with them by grace of the inward vnitie, and soft∣ning of thy feruent loue! Suffer me not to depart an hungred nor thirstie from them, but worke mercifullie with me, as thou hast often heeretofore maruellouslie wrought with thy Saincts. What maruell is it, if I should be altogether set on fire, & inflamed with thee, and should faile in my selfe, and be changed? Sith thou art a fire euer burning, and neuer failing; a loue puri∣fieng the hart, and lightening the vnderstanding.

Behold therefore, I wretched sinner, not presuming of mine owne merits, but trusting onlie of thy mercie and goodnesse, am bold to come in trembling and feare vnto this thy table of most sweete deinties, O most holie Lord Iesu Christ. For I haue an hart and bodie defiled, marred, and polluted with manie faults and offences; a mind and a tongue not chastlie nor wari∣lie kept. Therefore, O holie Deitie, O dredfull Maie∣stie, I wretched caitife, in great perplexitie of mind, taken vnwares betwene many troublsome straights, doo now run againe to thee, the fountaine of all mer∣cie. Unto thee doo I hasten me, to be healed and cured: vnder thy protection doo I flie. And whome I can not endure as a Iudge, I earnestlie desire to haue a Sa∣uiour. To thee, O Lord, doo I open and shew my woundes; vnto thee doo I vncouer and detect my shamefastnesse. I knowe that my sinnes are great, for the which I am sore afraid; but I hope and repose my trust in thy great mercies, which are infinite, surpas∣sing Page  585 number. Turne thine eies of thy mercie towards me, O Lord Iesu Christ, heauenlie King, euerlasting God, man crucified for man; heare me trusting in thee, and haue mercie vpon me full of all miserie and sinne. Thou which art the flowing fountaine, and vndrai∣nable wel-spring of all mercie and pitie, I beseech thee from the bottome of my hart, that thou wilt forgiue me all my sinnes, and in this life so to purge awaie the rust and filth thereof, that in the life to come they may not be imputed vnto me.

O God of vnspeakable pitie, whose power is infi∣nite, without whome I can not possiblie resist sinne, comfort and helpe me so greatlie, that I neuer heere∣after anie more commit anie mortall or deadlie sinne; and from hencefoorth may ouercome all the temptati∣ons of the diuell, that I may direct my whole life, thoughts, words and works altogether vnto thee, and that thou maist in the end of my life, so preserue and keepe me, that Sathan vrge me not with his ter∣rours and feares, and so bring me into desperation. O flowing fountaine of charitie, make my mind free from all the creatures, which might drawe me from thy loue and fauour, that in thy loue I may profit, go for∣ward, and preuaile; that now verelie, and in the end of my life, I may worthilie receiue thee, and so my soule being powred out of the sacke of my bodie, doo thou in mercie bring it vnto the euerlasting palace of thy heauenlie father, to see and behold the cleere renow∣med glasse of the holie Trinitie.

Remember thy creature, O Lord, whome thou hast redeemed with thy pretious bloud. Wo is me that e∣uer I haue offended thee; but now I purpose, by thy grace, to amend my life. Take from me therefore, O mercifull father, all my sinnes and iniquities. Cast out of my soule all the filthie fowle matter of the vene∣mous contagion and infection of sinne, and by thine Page  586 ancient and accustomed mercies, powre thy heauen∣lie medicine, and preseruatiue of thy loue, into my wounds, which may refresh and restore me to my for∣mer puritie and cleannesse, that being purified both in bodie and mind, I may deserue and be made fit tho∣rough Christs merits, woorthilie to tast of these most holie mysteries.

Come this daie, O Lord, and minister vnto my sicke and languishing soule some heauenlie cordiall of com∣fort, not because I am iust, but a sinner; because not the whole, but the sicke haue neede of a Physician. O verie true Charitie, in which is euerlasting felicitie! O the onlie hope of my soule! haue mercie vpon me, and blot out all my misdeeds. Thee doth my hart ex∣pect and desire, fulfill my lust and longing, which thou hast put in me, euen as thou wouldest. I am thine, O Christ, forsake me not as vnmeete, or a stranger. Let thy right hand alwaie preuent me, and defend me from all euill. Come, O Lord, whome I wretch haue sore offended, and forgiue and forget all mine offences, for the which thou hast shead thine owne most preti∣ous hart bloud. Come, sweet Lord, and giue me the meate of eternall health. Come, O vnspotted sacrifice, deliuer me from euerlasting death. Come thou Phy∣sician of the weake and diseased. Come thou food of the hungrie. Come Lord, visit this house dedicated and consecrated in thy name. And behold I come to thee, whome with all my hart I couet and desire, to∣wards whome with all earnest consideration of mind, I aspire, and studie to attaine; whome with all mine entrailes I hartilie loue and embrace; whose blessed bodie and bloud in these holie mysteries I earnest∣lie desire to receiue; that thou maist alwaies abide in me, and neuer forsake me, or de∣part from me, O most sweet father: So be it.

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Another.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, who most louinglie callest vs to the participation of all good things in Christ Iesu, giue vs also grace woorthilie to esteeme the ho∣nour thou vouchsafest vs of, in bid∣ding vs to the marriage feast of thy Sonne, so that we may esteeme of nothing in comparison of it. And seeing few are cho∣sen, though manie be called, giue vs also, O Lord, a liuelie faith, working by loue, as a seemelie garment for so great a solemnitie; that being entred by thy fa∣uour into thy house, we dishonest it not, and so honou∣rable a companie as thou hast called vnto it, by our wicked conuersation, that as vnwoorthie we be not cast out againe, but in all our behauiour, may doo ho∣nour vnto both, that we may alwaies remaine with thee, and enioie the happinesse thou hast prepared for vs in thy Sonne, the full fruition whereof because thou hast deferred to the rising vp againe of the dead, strengthen in vs, O Lord, the blessed hope of this re∣surrection, that according to thy promise thou maist make vs like to thine Angels that are in heauen, and the glorious estate of Iesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honour and praise now and for euer,

Amen.

Another.

O Sonne of God, Lord and Sauiour Christ, which delightest in those bankets, where∣by men approch to the companie of thy ce∣lestiall wel-fare; we beseech thee conuert vs, O Lord, and we shall be conuerted. Graunt that with Marie Magdalen casting our Page  588 selues before thy feete, we may earnestlie with teares bewaile our offences; and againe lifting vp our hand vnto thee, we may laie hold on thee, and embrace thee as she did. Kisse thou vs with thine holie kisse, and by thy spirit powred into vs, stirre vp in vs a new life, which may annoint thee by true confessing of thy good∣nesse, and delight thee with the sweet sauour of true in∣uocation and new obedience.

Grant also, that in this life we may worship thy feet, which bring tidings of peace. And forasmuch as in this last age of this world, the messengers of peace are vitterlie to weepe; assist vs, that we may be tou∣ched with the miseries of thy Church, and studie to our power to mitigate them, and so be made members of that companie, vnto whome thou hast forgiuen much, and which againe entirelie doth loue thee: and againe, being called out of the vale of teares, may come to thy heauenlie banket, which shall be with∣out teares, without grudging, without greefe, sinne, and offences, in the house of thy father, where be ma∣nie ample dwelling places,

Amen.

Another praier to be said a little before you re∣ceiue the Bread.

O God which art rich in mercie and in all good things, the most plenti∣full giuer and bountifull bestower of the deinties of celestiall satietie and heauenlie repast, giue meate to my soule that is wearie and faint; not such as it lusteth after, but such as is conuenient for it. For lo, I a poore wretch come now vnto thee, which art rich, a sinner vnto thee which art mercifull. O let me not returne home contemned and despised with nothing. I begin an hungred, let me not leaue off fa∣sting. Page  589 I come vnto thee as though I were famished, O let me not go awaie vnfed. Although before I eate I sigh and sorowe, yet good Lord I beseech thee, giue mee somewhat to eate.

For behold, with that godlie heroicall matrone of Canaan, Matth. 15, verse 21. I come vnto thee, and saie, Lord helpe me, according to thy promise: for I feele the burthen of thy displeasure, euen my miseries and vncleannesse, and suffer not the sight of mine owne vn∣woorthinesse to withdrawe me from thee. Make me sweetlie and reuerentlie to reason with thee, as thy ho∣lie spirit enforced that good woman to doo, in these and the like words: I am vnwoorthie, I am giltie and vn∣cleane, I am a dog, I was an outcast from thy house and courts, I haue barked against the glorious maie∣stie of thee and thine eternall father, I am defiled with the filth of idolatrie, with fowlenesse of life, with the spots of disobedience against thee, but haue mercie vp∣on me O sonne of God, which appearedst in the flesh, and becamest a worme, to wash vs from our sinnes which were vncleane beasts. Haue mercie vpon me; O Lord haue mercie vpon me. For behold, I am vnto thee euen as the little whelpe nigh famished for lacke of meate and drinke, wearied with seeking about for releefe; and almost dead. I fall downe before thy glo∣rious table, where the sweet ypocrasse, and pretious nectar of immortalitie is tasted. The Fathers & Pro∣phets, Confessors and Virgins, most excellent lights of thy Church, sit alreadie at thine heauenlie table: they feede vpon the meate of eternall glorie. O suffer me to eate of the crums. Thou art the bread of life, re∣pell my hunger, satisfie my desire with thy presence; fill me with thy comfort & spirituall deinties. Make my faith strong to beleeue thy word and promises, that being made holie, as thou art holie, I may now holilie taste and see how sweet thou art in this life by inchoa∣tion, Page  590 and in the life to come, perfectlie, pleasantlie, and perpetuallie enioie thy heauenlie table.

O our Father, giue vs this daie our dailie bread, that we may walke in the strength thereof daie and night, vntill we come to thy holie hill of Horeb. My sweet Lord, let me feed vpon thee. My life enter into my soule. O sweet loue, O louing sweetnesse, let my bellie eate thee, and my soule be refreshed by thee the heauen∣lie Bridegrome. For thou art the bread and fountaine of life, yea all things indeede whereby the righteous liue, which loue thee. Thee doo I couet, loue and woor∣ship, with whome I shall dwell, reigne, and be blessed. Upon thee doo I call for my soule, which thou preparest to receiue thee, through the desire which thou brea∣thest into it. Come therefore, O purger of sinnes, thou which art the curer of wounds, the strength of the feeble, the comforter of the sorowfull, the worship and honour of all them that liue, and the onelie health of the dead. Come I saie, O blessed Trinitie, and enter into my soule; come I beseech thee, and haue mercie vpon me: make me meete for thee, that thou maist pos∣sesse that which thou hast both made and redeemed, sanctified and preserued, that I may haue thee as a seale vpon my hart. Giue me thy selfe O God my God, restore thy selfe vnto me, for nothing else can suffice thy seruant; and mercifullie graunt vnto me according to the multitude of thy great mercies, that my basenesse may please thy Maiestie, & my vilenesse thine almigh∣tie power.

O sweet Christ, O Charitie, my God, dulcet honie, snowie milke, the foode of Angels; make me to growe in thee, that I may eate thee with a sauorie taste. Make me to ouercome the enimie of my saluation, that thou maist vouchsafe to giue me (according to thy promise) to eate of the tree of life, which is in the mid∣dest of the Paradise of God, and of the Manna that is Page  591 hid; and that I may one daie or other be called vnto the Lambes supper, and eate bread at thy table in the kingdome of GOD, among the blessed ones. O deere God, I praie thee, let my mind thus kindeled with the loue of thee, flie euen till it come to the beautie of thy celestiall house, & to the throne of thy glorie, and there let it be fed at the dining table of the heauenlie citi∣zens, in the place of full feeding, by the plentifull run∣ning streames and pleasant pastures. Behold Lord, I stand at the doore and knocke; I beseech thee, by the bowels of thy mercie, wherewith thou being the daie-spring from an high hast visited vs; open the hand of thy pitie to a wretch that knocketh, and vouchsafe mercifullie to bid me enter into thee; that I may rest with thee; dwell with thee, and sup with thee, and thou with me, and that I may be refreshed to the full of thee, which art the liuing sweet white-bread and hea∣uenlie repast: wherewith when I am once fed; and that my strength is come perfectlie vnto me againe, I may ascend vnto the more high things, & neuer from hencefoorth hunger or thirst anie more so greatlie after vanities: So be it.

When ye are about to receiue the bread, lift vp your hart and eies vnto God in heauen, and saie:

O Father, I hartilie thanke thee, who hast giuen thine onlie begotten son to take vpon him our naturall bo∣die; which bodie was once offered to thee vpon the altar of the crosse, for the health, welth, and saluation of all sinners: for whose sake, O fa∣ther, I beseech thee, to haue mercie vpon me; and in remembrance of whose most bitter death and painfull passion, with all possible thanks for all thy benefits brieflie comprised therein; I now in Page  592 trembling and feare receiue this holie bread, to feed therby in my soule on Christs blessed bodie, which was giuen for me, and that onelie by faith: to mine euerla∣sting comfort and saluation, and thine eternall glorie,

Amen.

Or thus.

O Heauenlie Father and blessed God, I render vnto thee most hartie thanks for all thy benefits, which thou hast shewed vnto me most wretched sinner: but especiallie for that most sweet smel∣ling sacrifice, which thine onlie begot∣ten sonne offered vnto thee on the altar of the crosse, by giuing his most pure & vndefiled bodie vnto the death, for the redemption of mankind. In remēbrance wher∣of, according to thy welbeloued sonnes ordinance, I now receiue this holie bread most intirelie, beseeching thee that I may both be partaker of the merits of thy deere sonnes bodie breaking, and also lead a life woor∣thie of so great a benefit vnto the glorie of thy name,

Amen.

When you see the wine, behold it with your corporall eies. For as Christ saith, it is wine: but lift vp your soule vnto Christ in heauen, whose bloud is there alwaie fresh and liuelie before the Father, to sprinkle and quicken thee; and praie, saieng:

O Lord Iesu Christ, Sonne of the li∣uing GOD, which being vpon the crosse, with thy hands spred abroad for the redemption of all mankind, diddest drinke the most bitter cup of thy passion: I beseech thee, vouch∣safe now to drawe the mouth of the soule that thirsteth after thee, vnto the high flouds and flowing streames of thine eternall Page  593 abundance and satietie: yea drawe me wholie vnto thy selfe, which art the liuing well, to the intent I may ac∣cording to my capacitie drinke of that wherevpon I doo liue.

O my God, my life, thou didst saie with thy holie and blessed mouth; If anie man thirst, let him come vnto me and drinke. O well of life, grant vnto my thirstie soule alwaie to drinke of thee, that according to thy ho∣lie and true promise, waters of life may flowe out of my bellie. O well of life, replenish and fill my mind full of the riuer of thy pleasures; make my hart to be drun∣ken as it were in thy loue: that after the maner of them that be drunken with wine, which forget all things saue the cup; so I may forget all vaine and earthlie things, and continuallie haue nothing else in my remembrance, but thee onelie; thy bitter death, thy painfull passion, and pretious bloud-shedding. Come I praie thee, into my hart, and make it drunken with the abundance of thy plentifulnesse, so that I may forget all temporall things; make me, I saie, throughlie drun∣ken with thy cup, that I may forget euen my selfe, and vtterlie renounce all mine owne vngodlinesse & sinne.

O Christ, which art the euerlasting suffisance that shalt be giuen to the hungrie and thirstie: refresh vs continuallie with the most exquisite and well furnish∣ed banket of thy blessed Sacraments, and make vs drinke plentiouslie of the holie cup of thy blessed spirit and grace. Let the inspiration of thy most sweet spirit succeed like springs of water; and let not perpetuall food be wanting to our weakenesse, wherewith to feed and replenish vs. Let me taste of the pleasant riuers of the holie Ghost, that I may be refreshed, and that my soule may be cooled with the sweet liquors thereof; so that I burne hencefoorth with no iniquitie or lust to sinne. Make me to quaffe hartilie the cup of thankes-giuing: yea let my bowels be filled with the pleasant Page  594 wine of thy loue, and refresh me continuallie with the most sweet riuers of thy heauenlie consolation.

Thou art my life, whereby I liue; the hope that I sticke vnto; the glorie that I desire. O giue me vnder∣standing, cheere vp my loue. Lift thou vp my soule, and drawe the mouth of my spirit, which thirsteth after thee, vp to the water streames that are aboue. Uouch∣safe, sweet Iesu, in the midst of my monings, sore com∣plaints, and deepe sighs of my hart, to take vp my sad and sorowfull mind to the top of the high mountains, euen to the beds of sweet spices, putting me in a place of pasture by the riuers of sweet waters, where thou preparest a table, diuerselie furnished for thy friends against they come: to refresh mine appalled spirits; to cheere vp my heauie hart, & make it merie. Through the which deinties, I being at the length well refresh∣ed, may forget my manifold miseries, and the vanities of this life; and rest in thee, which art the true peace euerlasting, passing all vnderstanding.

Lord God, which art the sanctifier of the Saints, I beseech thee, consecrate and make me meete for thy dwelling, and continue thou euer with me: vouchsafe all to besprinkle me with the bloud of thy onlie begot∣ten sonne, by which one souereigne thing both in bodie and soule, I may be reuiued with a maruellous com∣fortable ioie. O Lord, these are thy great benefits, wherewith thou wilt releeue the want of thy thirstie children: grant, I beseech thee, that I may drinke on thy cup with a glad mind, willing hart, pure consci∣ence, and clensed spirit: and bring to passe by thy mer∣cie, that this drinke, which I shall now drinke, may be to my health and saluation. Finallie grant, O good God, that I may, through thy most rich spirit, and his eternall deinties, enioie the princelie palace of hea∣uen, and quaffing verie abundantlie of the well-spring of life, which is with thee, I may by the excellent be∣nefit Page  595 of thy glorious passion, death, resurrection and light, behold the brightnesse of perpetuall felicitie, and see thee face to face, where my mind may be fed and full satiate with the meate and drinke of life without end. For like as the hart thirsteth after the water springs: so thirsteth my soule after thee, O Lord my GOD and King,

Amen.

When you are about to receiue the wine or cup, praie:

I Thanke thee, deere father, that thou didst not spare thine onelie and most deerlie beloued sonne Iesus Christ, to shed euen his most pretious bloud vpon the altar of the Crosse for to wash awaie our sinnes. In remem∣brance whereof, I now in trembling and dread drinke of this cup: hum∣blie beseeching thee, O Father, that the crucifieng of his blessed bodie, and shedding of his pretious bloud may be meritorious to my saluation,

Amen.

Or else thus.

O Blessed and mercifull Father, thy loue towards me sinfull creature is so exceeding great and vnspeakable, that I can not but giue vnto thee most humble thanks: namelie, for the shedding of the most pretious blood of thy deere sonne Iesu Christ; by the vertue whereof, thy wrath stirred vp against me wretched sinner, is pacified, my ransome is paid, the lawe is fulfilled, mine enimies are ourcome, and put to flight. In remembrance of this so noble a victorie, and of so great a benefit, I am come vnto this thy table, O mercifull father, to drinke Page  596 of this cup; desiring thee, that as my outward man is comforted by the drinking of this wine: so likewise my inward man may be comforted, and made strong by true faith in the pretious blood of thy most deere sonne. O Lord, and my heauenlie Father, giue me thy holie spirit, which may so rule and gouerne my hart, that I neuer be vnthankfull, nor forgetfull of this thine ex∣ceeding kindnesse: but to traine my life according to thy blessed will, that whatsoeuer I doo, speake or thinke, may be vnto the glorie of thy blessed name, and the health of my soule, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

After you haue receiued the holie Communion, giue God thanks, and saie:

I Thanke thee, good Lord, of thine in∣finite goodnesse, that thou this daie hast fed me with thy blessed bodie & bloud in the Sacrament; desiring thee meeklie that this Sacrament which I haue receiued, may be to me a purgation and clensing of my sins; a fortitude & spiritual strength against my frailtie; a sure defence against worldlie troubles and aduersities; a purchasing of grace and pardon; a medicine of life; and a continuall remem∣brance of thy blessed passion: so that in the waie it may conduct me; when I stumble it may vphold me; and when I am fallen it may raise me: so that by good con∣tinuance in thy will, to euerlasting glorie it may bring me. And so order the tallage and taste of my hart, that I neuer seeke other sweetnesse, but thee; that I neuer seeke other louer, but thee; nor none other comfort be∣side thee; so that I care for none other delight, but thee; nor anie other honour, but thine. And giue mee such perfect loue towards thee, wherewith I may Page  597 come to as great merit in heauen, as though I had spent all my life daies in the remembrance of thy bles∣sed passion, and gratiouslie deliuer me from all tribu∣lations of bodie and soule, captiuitie, anguish and pe∣rils. This grant not onlie vnto me, but also vnto all thine elect and chosen Christian people heere and else-where, for thy holie name sake,

Amen.

Another thanks-giuing after the Communion.

I Thanke thee O Christ Lambe of God, for offering thy selfe vpon the altar of the crosse to thy Father an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet sauour to God, for our sinnes, to re∣concile vs vnto him: for certaintie whereof, and confirmation of our faith, thou hast instituted on our behalfe this holie Sacrament of the supper, that as oft as we receiue the same, we may celebrate thy me∣morie, and with thankes-giuing remember the merit and fruit of thy passion. I beseech thee by thy bitter death stirre vp our minds, that by often receiuing this thine ordinance and institution, we may consider how bitter a death thou didst suffer on our behalfe, and how great the loue was, which draue thee to take so cruell and shamefull a death to saue vs: and withall conti∣nuallie yeeld, as we are bound, hartie thanks vnto thee for the same, and after the like sort answer to our po∣wer, that vnspeakable good will by our good life, and carefull obseruation of thy commandements; and may when either through frailtie of our flesh, or by anie other fault preuented we sinne, runne by and by vnto thee by repentance, and through consideration of this new and eternall couenant, touching the remission of sinnes made with vs, be erected and vpholden vnto a liuelie and puissant hope.

Page  598 O sweet Iesu grant, that being fast linked vnto thee by this holy mysterie, I may receiue power & strength from thee, beleeuing thy promises, and be wholie addi∣cted therevnto without anie doubting, that so my con∣science in feare and troubles may haue perfect conso∣lation. Suffer me not to be separated from the mem∣bers of thy bodie, which is the Church; whereof thou art head, fulfilling all in all: but graunt, that abiding in thy word and kingdome, I may be without fault in the foundation, and without sinne against my consci∣ence, and walke worthie this Sacrament; forsaking vtterlie, and renouncing the diuell, and all idolatrie, all vices and carnall desires, which fight against the soule. For we cannot be partakers of the Lords table, and of the diuels too. Make me also to remember that by this Sacrament I am bound to doo good vnto o∣thers. For, as manie graines of corne doo make one loafe, and manie grapes make one wine: so being ma∣nie, yet are we but one loafe and one bodie, in asmuch as we all participate of one bread, and drinke of one cup. Ioine vs therefore togither, O Sauiour of the world, at this common banket, through the band of loue, that we may be fastened vnto thee our head, that as thou didst die for vs, so we againe may not feare to suffer, and to giue our liues for the glorie of thy name, that we neuer be separated from thee neither in life nor death. Make vs also hartilie to loue one another, like the true and liuelie members of thy bodie, that if neede require, we may giue our liues for our brethren. Suffer not concord of minds to be broken. For he that receiueth the mysterie of vnitie, and keepeth not the bond of peace, he doth not receiue the mysterie for himselfe, but a testimonie against himselfe.

Giue grace therefore, that leauing aside all wrath, fiercenesse, maliciousnesse and enuie, we may forgiue one another, euen as thou forgiuest vs, and beare one Page  599 with another for the better auoiding of strife, dissen∣tion, sectes and pernicious heresies. Keepe this thine ordinance, and right vse of thy Sacrament amongst vs euermore, that this good worke and diuine ceremo∣nie may alwaies be a note and badge of our publike profession, whereby we are knowne from pagans; and tokens of loue, confession and thankefulnesse. Remoue awaie all abuses, and prophanations of this holie and sacred supper, together with the horrible and idola∣trous adorations inuented by Sathan and his mem∣bers, to the shamefull deforming of thy godlie & goodlie institution: but maintaine, I humblie beseech thee, the true and vnpolluted vse thereof, till thy pleasure is to returne in the clouds to iudgement with great po∣wer and glorie, that it neuer be out of remembrance; and last of all, at our resurrection from death, appoint vs places of thine heauenly table, where we may taste the new wine in the kingdome of thy father, abiding with thine elect, Angels, and blessed Saincts for euer∣more,

Amen.

A meditation of the trust which a Christian soule ought to haue in the passion of our Lord Iesu, with a thanks-giuing vnto God for the manifold benefits thereof.

I Might despaire verelie, because of my manifold sinnes and negligen∣ces without number; if it were not that thy word, O God, was made flesh, and dwelt amongst vs. But I can not, neither dare I now de∣spaire; because that seeing when we were enimies, we were reconciled by the death of thy Sonne, who being obedient vnto thee to the death, yea euen to the shamefull death of the Crosse, hath taken awaie the hand-writing of our Page  600 sinnes, and nailing the same to his crosse, hath cruci∣fied both sinne and death. How much more are we now reconciled, and saued by him? For all the hope, certitude, and surenesse of all my trust is in his preti∣ous bloud, which was shead for vs, and for our salua∣tion. In him doo I take hartening, and by meanes of him, who sitteth at the right hand of God, and sueth for vs, I looke backe with a carelesse eie; and now tru∣sting in him (in whome I am alreadie risen againe and receiued, alreadie mounted vp into heauen, and there doo sit among the Angels) I haue a desire to come vnto thee, not hauing mine owne righteousnesse, but that which I haue through the same thy Sonne our Lord Iesu Christ.

For the which, O most mercifull God, and most gentle louer of mankind, we giue thee thanks; who through Iesus Christ thy Sonne our Lord, when we were not, didst mightilie make vs, and when we were lost through our sinnes, most maruellouslie didst deli∣uer and recouer vs againe. To thy goodnesse, I saie, doo I giue thanks, and manifold praises doo I shew foorth to thee with all my hart & mind, which through the vnspeakable loue (wherewith thou hast vouchsa∣fed of thy maruellous goodnesse to loue vs wretches, and vnworthie to be beloued) didst send the same thine onelie begotten Sonne from thy bosome, vnto our Common-weale, to saue vs sinners, which were at that time the children of perdition and damnation. I render vnto thee all possible thanks for his holie incar∣nation, and natiuitie, and for the blessed virgin Marie his mother, vpon whom he did vouchsafe to take flesh for vs, and for our saluation, to the intent that like as he is verie God of God, so he might be verie man of man. I giue thee condigne thanks for his passion and crosse; for his death and resurrection; for his ascen∣sion into heauen, and his seate of his Maiestie on thy Page  601 right hand. I giue thee thanks, I saie, for that most sa∣cred shedding foorth of his pretious bloud, wherewith we are redeemed; and also for the most holie and quic∣kening sacrifice of his blessed bodie & bloud, which this daie, and dailie in thy Church we feed of, and drinke of, wherewith also we are washed, cleansed, and sancti∣fied, & are made partakers of the onelie high diuinitie. Finallie, I giue thee thanks for the maruellous and vnspeakable charitie and loue, wherewith thou didst loue vs vnwoorthie persons, and didst saue vs by thine onelie and beloued sonne. For so thou didst loue the world, that thou gauest thine onlie begotten sonne, to the intent that none, which trulie beleeue in him shuld perish, but haue euerlasting life. And this thing verilie is euerlasting life, to knowe thee, and also Iesus Christ whom thou hast sent, to be verie God, by an vpright faith, and works woorthie for such a faith. Wherefore with all my hart and mouth I doo confesse, praise, and blesse thee, O God the father vnbegotten, and thee O God the sonne onlie begotten; also thee O holie Ghost and comforter. To thee O blessed trinitie be all glorie, and praise, & thanks, togither with all power, domini∣on, and might, in the world of worlds for euer,

Amen.

A meditation to be vsed after the receiuing of the holie Communion, to stirre vs vp through the consideration and knowledge of so great a benefit, to giue God thanks therefore, and to be gratefull for his goodnesse.

BLesse the Lord O my soule, and all mine entrailes laud his most holie name. Forget not O my soule the infinite mercies and continuall be∣nefits receiued of his most liberall hand; amongst the which, well maist thou reckon that which hath been this daie giuen thee, that so in∣finite Page  602 a Maiestie should vouchsafe to visite thee, to en∣ter into thy homelie habitation, and with surpassing clemencie, wholie to giue himselfe to thee in this most maruellous Sacrament.

O thou incomprehensible God, no lesse pitifull than puissant, what shall I saie, seeing the depth of thy bot∣tomlesse mercies hath vouchsafed to impart it selfe to the depth of mine vnspekable miseries! What thanks can I yeeld thee for so great kindnesse and loue, who wot right well, that if all the members and muscles of my bodie were turned into tongues, yet could I not condignelie thanke thee for the least of all thy benefits. How much lesse able shall I then be with one tongue to laud and thanke thee for this present gift, being of so great and inestimable a value?

If Elizabeth the mother of the fore-runner Saint Iohn Baptist, being visited of the most sacred virgin Marie thy mother, when she perceiued thy presence, illuminated with the holie Ghost, was so astonished thereat, as she cried out alowd, and said; Whence haue I this, that the mother of my Lord dooth come to me? How much more iustlie am I to be astonished, and to crie out; Whence haue I this, that the onlie sonne of that most blessed virgin, euen my Lord himselfe, and Lord of all Angels, heauen and earth, and of all the creatures of the world, hath visited me, entred into me, honoured me, fostered me, and filled me in this most woorthie Sacrament? Whence haue I this, that a Lord so high, so puissant, so woorthie of all worship, hath vouchsafed to come vnto mee a most wretched worme; to me the most heinous sinner of all sinners; to me that haue so manie times offended him, to me that with my lewdnesse and abhominations haue so oft banished and expelled him out of me?

Woorthilie did the holie Prophets Iob and Da∣uid, woonder at thy diuine clemencie, at what time Page  603 they said; What is man that thou so magnifiest him? What is the sonne of man that thus thou visitest him? But much greater reason haue we most wret∣ched caitifs to saie the same in these our daies; What is man that thou hast thus extolled him: as for man, to make thy selfe man, and to giue thy selfe in foode to man, wherewith he may euerie daie be visited and re∣freshed? And albeit all men may maruell at this thy diuine clemencie vsed towards man: much more yet may I maruell, which of all men am the basest and vn∣woorthiest.

If Dauid, when king Saule would haue chosen him for his sonne in lawe, reputed himselfe vnwoor∣thie, and said; What am I, or what is my life, or my fathers linage, that I should be a sonne in lawe to a king? How much more cause haue I now to saie the same; seeing the King of all kings hath admitted mee to so high a dignitie? What am I: or what is my fa∣thers offspring? What other am I, than a vessell of corruption, a sacke of doong; and filth ingendred of a most vile & stinking matter, touching my flesh, which ere long shall yeeld food to woormes: and am concer∣ning my soule all soiled with sinne, fraught with igno∣rance and forgetfulnesse, with manie mo defects, and wicked inclinations?

What other is my life than a vanitie, a puffe of wind, a smoke, and shadowe that quicklie vanisheth, a confusion and disorder, a continuall exercise of sinne and transgressions of thy commandements? Such hath my life, mine exercises, and mine inclinations beene; such also is my father Adams offspring, and all his ancient familie; sith all that descend of him are ge∣nerallie borne thus blemished, thus bent, and all like children of a traitour, as he was adiudged to suffer death.

Wherefore, O most puissant Prince, and dreadfull Page  604 King aboue all kings, thou knowing me and my life to haue been such, & much woorse than I either knowe or can imagine, hast vouchsafed to receiue me; not for a sonne in lawe, but for thine owne child, and as a yoon∣ger one right tenderlie beloued. For such are fathers accustomed most of all to cherish; as now thou hast cherished and fed me with this Angels bread, wherein is found all sauour, and all diuine delight.

S. Luke reporteth, how one of those ghests, that were at table with thee in a prince of the Pharisies house, should saie; Blessed are those that shall eate the bread of life in the kingdome of heauen: but much more happie am I, if I can knowe it, and gather fruit out of it, which in this life rate the bread, wherein is the selfe-same God spirituallie by faith conteined; and therewith receiue a pledge to eate him in his euerla∣sting kingdome. Happie eke are all those that shall dis∣pose themselues to repaire to this most gratious ban∣ket, wherein are found all sweet tasts and sauours, all riches and renowme, and all the things that happilie be to be desired.

Yea, what is it that man may long for, that is not here offered him? If he desire delights and pleasures; here be the sincerest, the choisest, & the sweetest. If he wish for wealth; behold here the treasure that inrich∣eth both heauen and earth. If state and souereigntie be sought for, behold here the highest dignities that can be possiblie atchieued. Sith by meanes of this most venerable sacrament the soule is vnited to God, and resteth associated, and reuerenced with quires of Angels that assist about it.

Wherefore, O ye blind beguiled children of Adam, what other pleasure & profit doo you prowle for? Why doo you (as Esaie saith) spend your monie; and not vp∣on bread? Why imploie you your trauell. and not in this that may satiate and content you? Why loose you Page  605 such satietie, such sweetnesse, and such treasure, as is here conteined in this gift? Doo not thou so, O my soule, doo not thou so; be not thou henceforth anie more blind; see thou seeke not anie carnall contentations, hauing meanes to be a partaker of this meere spiri∣tuall and celestiall delight.

Take no more taste and pleasure in the food of death (whereof thou earst didst feed) hauing this bread of life giuen and granted vnto thee. Regard not the pomps, and most vaine vanities of this world; seeing thou maiest enioie in this Sacrament the true happinesse, and good things, which in the world cannot possiblie be atteined. Imbrace and keepe this treasure, which sufficeth to make thee trulie happie; possesse this good, which exceedeth all good; content and quiet thy selfe in this repose, which may abundantlie satiate thy desire: and be not ingratefull to this thy benefactor; but yeeld him hartie thanks, as well for this, as all other bene∣fits heretofore, from the beginning bestowed vpon thee.

Howbeit, my gratious and mercifull Lord, how can I yeeld thee woorthie thanks; the debt I owe thee be∣ing so great, and mine abilitie to discharge the same so small? With all my hart, and with all my might, and power, I thanke thine infinite liberalitie, for hauing created me to thine owne likenesse and similitude, and for hauing for my conseruation created likewise so great varietie of other creatures: and much more doo I laud & blesse thee, for that with thy pretious death and bloud-shed thou hast redeemed me: ye a O Lord & now I doo with all my bowels and powers of my body & soule thanke thee, blesse thee, & adore thee, for hauing left vs this he auenlie and most woorthie Sacrament; and for giuing me miserable wretch, the grace eftsoons to receiue it, that eftsoones I may thereby be made partaker of the fruit of thy redemption.

Page  606 And bicause these my thanks and praises be slender, weake, and vnwoorthie of such gifts as I haue recei∣ued: I beseech thy sweet sonne Iesus Christ, to supplie my want. Here vouchsafe to sound perpetuall peales of praises for me; euerlastinglie to adore thee for mee: to reuerence thee for me, and to offer the continuall sa∣crifice of thanks-giuing for me. And yet for that, all that I can doo is finite, & is not correspondent to the value of the benefit I haue this daie receiued, being infinite. Those most holie and gratefull thanks, which thou Lord Iesu gauest to thy Father, minding to grant vs this so inestunable a gift, euen those same, which are infinite, doo I offer both to him and thee to∣gether. For verelie beleeue I, that for this cause didst thou yeeld them; that so incomparable a gift should not be destitute of condigne graces, and thanks. And now doo I humblie beseech thee, of thy most bonntifull clemencie, that seeing it hath pleased thee to satiate and honour me with thy most worthie presence in this venerable and redoubted Sacrament; thou wilt also vouchsafe to grant me thy grace to be alwaies grate∣full, and to answere woorthilie to this most happie vi∣sitation.

This hath alwaies beene thy woont, my Sauiour and Redeemer; that where through thy goodnes thou hast vouchsafed to enter, there hast thou departed of thy blessings most abundantlie; heaping grace vpon grace; and mercie vpon mercie. Thou enteredst into Matthew the Publicans house; and from a Publi∣can thou madest him thy Disciple, & an Apostle. Thou enteredst into Zacheus house; when by and by he was changed from his old custome: and health was giuen to all his houshold. Thou enteredst into Sunon Pe∣ters house, & drauest awaie the ague from his wiues mother; leauing hir whole and comforted. Eft soones didst thou enter into Martha & good Marie Magda∣lens Page  607 house; and what tongue can tell the spirituall ri∣ches thou gauest to that house; and the ineffable gra∣ces thou endowedst those two sisters with▪ Finallie, the figure of this Sacrament, to wit, the arke of the old Testament, because it entred into Obed Edoms house, was cause that thy blessings were powred vpon him, and all his, paieng plentifullie for the harborough that in that house was offered thee.

Wherefore, O most sweet and welcome ghest, see∣ing through thy goodnesse thou hast vouchsafed this daie to enter into my poore cottage, send downe with∣all thy holie blessings thereon; by meanes whereof, I may woorthilie answer vnto this thine incomparable mercie. Cleanse and fine this house, Lord, from all the filth thou seest in it. Repaire and doo some cost on it, least it decaie and fall to ruine; driue out the darke∣nesse in it, with the glistering beames of thy light; a∣dorne and decke it vp with the vertues and graces of the holie Ghost; that being thus cleansed, repaired, adorned, and illuminated, it may please thee to dwell therein, and neuer to depart. Tarrie still with me, O Lord, my comforter; the night draweth nigh, & with∣out thee shall I remaine in darkenesse, and so be sore endangered. O therefore, I saie, tarrie thou still with me, and depart not from this lodging. Thou hast affir∣med, O eternall truth, how thy whole delight is to dwell with the children of men, and how thou standest knocking at the doore, ready to euter and sup with such as shall open, and let thee in. Behold how I haue gi∣uen thee free entrance into me; and thou of thy good∣nesse hast admitted me to the sweet supper of thy most sacred bodie. Abandon me not therfore my souereigne Lord, ne depart thou from me; drawe me after thee; knit and tie me fast to thee; yea drawe me quite out of my selfe, sith I am much better in thee, than in me. In thee I liue, in me I die; in thee I remaine firme and Page  608 constant, in me I decaie and come to naught.

Renew me therefore, O my sanctifier, and through loue transforme me into thee, & grant me so to liue in thee, as that I onlie liue to thee, I onlie loue thee, I onlie delight in thee, that thou be mine onlie ioie, mine onlie comfort, mine onlie foode, wherewith my soule may in such sort be refreshed, as that all other meats seeme loathsome and vnsauorie to it. This onlie haue I chosen, this onlie shall suffice me, with this alone will I liue contented, satisfied, and happie; vntill the desired daie come, when I shall feed of thee in another forme, and enioie thee continuallie in the companie of all the elect and blessed Saincts of the celestiall court, where with the Father and the holie Ghost, thou liuest and reig∣nest euerlastinglie,

Amen.

Another fruitfull meditation of the Christian soule, exhor∣ting to thankefulnesse, newnesse of life, and holie conuersati∣on; in deepe consideration of the great benefits of Christ recei∣ued in the Sacrament, to be read after the receiuing of the holie Communion in the Church (if time serue) or at home, especiallie on Easter daie.

THat thou maist not doubt, O my soule, of so great wealth and felici∣tie, as is wrought for thee in these holie mysteries of Christ (whereof now thou hast beene a partaker) by his glorious death and resurrecti∣on; let vs a little refresh our selues with the contemplation thereof, & as it were chaw the cud, by calling them often to our remembrance; that so taking great delite in the sweet taste thereof, we may the lesse feele or perceiue the bit∣ternesse Page  609 of this miserable life. Go to therefore, O my soule, call to mind now, I saie; and wee that therefore thou hast receiued into thine owne possession, the euerlasting veritie, euen our Lord and Sauiour Ie∣sus Christ, to confirme to thy conscience the truth of all this matter.

Thou hast receiued him, if in true faith & repentance of hart thou hast receiued him; if in purpose of amend∣ment of life thou hast receiued him; for an euerlasting gage and pledge of thy saluation. Thou hast receiued his bodie, which was once broken; and his blood, which was once shed for the remission of thy sinnes: thou hast receiued his bodie to haue within thee the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, for to dwell with thee, to indue thee with grace, to strengthen thee against thine enimies, to helpe thy weaknesse, to possesse thee with peace and gladnesse, to make thee thankfull to thy re∣deemer, and carefull to lead a godlie conuersation, and to comfort thee with their presence in weale and wo: thou hast receiued his bodie, I saie, to indue thee with euerlasting righteousnesse, to assure thee of perpetuall blisse, and life eternall. For with Christ, by true faith, art thou, my soule quickened againe from death of sin, to life of grace; and in hope translated from corporall and euerlasting death, to the euerlasting life of glorie in heauen; where now from hencefoorth thy conuersa∣tion indeed should be, and thy hart and desire alwaie fixed and set.

Doubt not therfore, O my soule, of the truth of this matter; how great and high so euer these mysteries and things be. For it becommeth thy God to doo no lit∣tle deeds; how impossible so euer they seeme to thee. But praie to God hartilie, that thou maist haue faith to perceiue these great mysteries; that by faith thou maist certeinlie knowe and beleeue nothing to be im∣possible with God. Onelie bring thou faith, I saie, to Page  610 Christs holie word and Sacraments, and thou shalt well feele and perceiue the benefits of Christ conteined therein to thy comfort. Let thy repentance shew thy faith also; let thy purpose of amendement and obedi∣ence of thy hart to Gods lawe hereafter declare thy true beleefe. And now endeuour thy selfe, O my soule, to saie with S. Paule: From hencefoorth my conuer∣sation is in heauen; from whence I looke for a Saui∣our, euen the Lord Iesus Christ, which shall change our vile bodies, that they may be made and fashioned like to his glorious bodie; which he shall doo by the same power, whereby he rose againe from death, and wherby he shall be able to subdue all things vnto him∣selfe.

For else, what shall it auaile thee, O my soule, to bee escaped, and deliuered from the filthinesse of the world, through the knowledge of thy Lord and Sauiour Ie∣sus Christ, if thou be intangled againe therewith, and be thereby ouercome againe? Certeinlie, it had beene better neuer to haue knowne the waie of righteous∣nesse, than after it is knowne and receiued, to turne back-ward againe from the holie and most righteous commandements of God giuen vnto thee: so shall the prouerbe be verified of thee, where it is said; The dog is returned to his vomit againe, and the sow that was washed, to hir wallowing in the mire againe. Oh what a shame were it for thee, O my soule, being thus so cleerelie and freelie washed from thy sinnes, to re∣turne to the filthinesse thereof againe? What a great follie were it, thus indued with righteousnesse, to loose it againe? Yea, what wilfull madnesse were it, to loose the inheritance that thou art now set in, for the vile and transitorie pleasures of sinne? Finallie, what vn∣naturall vnkindnesse should it be, where thy Sauiour Christ of his meere mercie is come to thee, to dwell within thee as thy ghest; to driue him from thee, and Page  611 to banish him violentlie out of thee; and in stead of him in whome is all grace and vertue, to receiue the vn∣gratious spirit of the diuell, the founder of all vnrigh∣teousnesse, naughtinesse and mischiefe? Oh my soule, how canst thou find in thy hart, I saie, to shew such extreame vnkindnes to Christ Iesus, which hath now so gentlie called thee to mercie, offered and giuen him∣selfe vnto thee, and is now entred into thee? Yea, how darest thou be so bold, to renounce the presence of the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, (for where one is, there God all whole in Maiestie together with all his power, wisedome, and goodnesse is,) and fearest thou not the danger and perill of so traiterous a defi∣ance and departure?

O my soule, aduise thy selfe well what thou dooest, consider the dignitie thou art now set in, and how thou art therfore cleansed, washed, sanctified, and renewed, that thou shouldest from hencefoorth sinne no more; but serue God in true holinesse and righteousnesse all the daies of thy life, that in the end thou maist reigne with him in euerlasting life. If thou refuse so great grace whereto thou art called, what other thing doo∣est thou, than heape vp thy damnation more and more, and so prouoke God to cast his heauie displeasure vpon thee, and by his iust plagues to reuenge this thy moc∣kage of his holie Sacraments, in so great abusing of them? Be verie warie and well aduised therefore I saie, O my soule, how from hencefoorth thou dooest be∣haue thy selfe; and let not follie loose that thing, which grace hath so pretiouslie offered and purchased. Let not wilfulnesse and blindnesse put out so great light as is shewed vnto thee, but applie thy selfe to liue in Christ, that Christ may still liue in thee, whose fauour and assistance if thou haue, then hast thou euerlasting life alreadie within thee, then can nothing hurt thee: whatsoeuer is hitherto done amisse and committed, Page  612 Christ (thou seest) hath offered thee pardon, and cleere∣lie receiued thee into his fauour againe; in full suretie whereof, thou hast him now presentlie inhabiting and dwelling within thee. Onlie take good hart vnto thee, shew thy selfe thankefull in thy life, and determine with thy selfe to refuse, auoid, detest and abhorre all such things in thy conuersation, as should offend the eies of his mercie. Endeuour thy selfe now, I saie, O my soule, that waie to rise vp againe, which waie thou hast fallen into the pit or sinke of sin; as if by thy tong thou hast offended, now thereby rise againe, and glori∣fie God therewithall; accustome it to laud and praise the name of God, as thou hast therewith dishonoured it. And as thou hast hurt the good name of thy neigh∣bour, or otherwise hindered him; so now intend to re∣store it to him againe: for without restitution, God ac∣cepteth not thy confession, nor yet thy repentance. It is not ynough to forsake euill, except thou set thy courage to doo good. By what occasion soeuer therfore thou hast offended, I saie turne now the occasion vnto the honouring of God, and profiting of thy neighbour.

True it is, O my soule, that sin is strong, and affe∣ctions vnrulie; yea and hard it is to subdue and resist thy nature so corrupt and leauened with the sowre bit∣ternesse of the poison, which thou receiuedst by thé in∣heritance of thine old father Adam, but yet neuerthe∣lesse, be of good cheere, for Christ thy Sauiour hath o∣uercome the world, and all other enimies for thee. Sin shall not haue power ouer thee, for thou art now vnder grace: though thy power be weake, yet Christ is risen againe to strengthen thee in the battell; his holie spi∣rit shall helpe thine infirmities. In full trust therefore of this confidence, O my soule, take a good hart vnto thee; I saie, be of a good courage in the Lord, and put vpon thee all the holie armour of God, that thou maist stand fast against the enimies, which would againe as∣sault Page  613 and subdue thee, and bring thee againe into their thraldome, slauerie, and bondage.

Remember now O my soule, that thou art brought from thy vaine conuersation, and that thy freedome is purchased neither with gold nor siluer, but with the deere price of the most pretious hart bloud of that in∣nocent and immaculate lambe Iesus Christ. And e∣uen now at the least O my soule, begin and take in hand in the name and feare of God, to purge the old leauen of sinne and wickednesse, that corrupteth and sowreth the sweetnesse of thy life, before the maiestie of God, that thou maist be as new and fresh dough, void of all sowre leauen of wickednesse; so shalt thou shew thy selfe to be sweet bread to God, that he may haue his delight in thee; so shalt thou declare thy selfe a wor∣thie host for such a ghest, and that Christes gifts and graces haue their effect in thee, and that thou hast the right beleefe and knowledge of his holie mysteries now receiued of thee: finallie, so shalt thou, in applieng thy faith to the vertue of this holie Sacrament, and in thy life and conuersation conforming and fashio∣ning thy selfe to the example and signification meant thereby, be most certaine and sure to liue in this life happilie, & in the world to come to dwell with Christ (whome thou hast now receiued) in euerlasting glorie, which God for his mercies sake, and for the deere and pretious merits of his onelie Sonne our Lord and Sauiour Iesus Christs sake grant vnto vs,

Amen.

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,

Amen.
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At the solemnization of Matrimonie, praie thus:

ALmightie God, and most mercifull father, who hast ordeined marriage to be kept without blame or breach to the end, not suffering that anie should put asunder those, whome thou hast ioined together. Sancti∣fie those, which are called to this estate of life, to keepe it according to thy holie institution and ordinance. And furthermore, as thou requirest that we should loue thee aboue all things, esteeming more thy fauour, than either the ri∣ches or honour of this world, or life it selfe: so we be∣seech thee, O Lord, to teach vs how to vse these transi∣torie things, that we abuse them not in setting our harts vpon them, or delighting more in them than is meete; but that we may so loue our husbands, children, house & lands, and our owne liues, or whatsoeuer thou giuest vs for our comfort heere for a time, that we may keepe still the highest degree of our loue for thee our spi∣rituall husband; so that where the question shall be be∣tweene thee and anie thing else, we may make losse of all things, to abide perfectlie in our loue towards thee to the end; to whome, with the father, and the holie ghost, be all laud and praise for euer and euer,

Amen.
Or as at the solemnization of Matrimonie in the fift Lampe.

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.

Another deuout praier at burials.

LORD, thou art God for euer; short is our life; alwaies some of vs die; & other some come into the world: and with thee a thousand yeeres bee but one daie, yea as the least mi∣nute of an houre. This life passeth awaie as dooth a dreame, euen as grasse in the field; greene to daie, Page  617 and drie to morowe. If thou be displeased, then we be lost; if thou chasten, then shrinke we for feare. For tho∣rough sinnes we be dead vnto thee. Certes Lord, if thou haue respect to our sinnes, who shall continue? Shew vs how manie be the daies of our life, that we may dispend them wiselie to the praise of thy name; least that we falselie, trusting vpon long life, might come vnto death. Oh good God, how fraile and corrupt a worke be we indeed:? Euen but verie dust and ashes; and the length of our daies be as the flower in the field. No man can deliuer himselfe from death; no man can saue his owne soule from the graue: thou onelie, O Lord, must doo it; namelie, to such as beleeue in thee. O my GOD, haue mercie vpon me, and take mee not awaie vnprouided, in the middest of my daies; but let me go to my graue in a full age. Let me remember mine end, that when I shall depart out of this life, I be not depriued of euerlasting life. Let me beare al∣waies before mine eies, the shortnesse of this life; and what a vanitie, and what a thing of naught it is; as well the men themselues, as all their things and af∣faires.

Staie my feete, O Lord, that at no time they slip with some cruell zeale or enuie, that I might haue at the vngodlie, which for the most part passe their liues quietlie, and die more quietlie. I beseech thee, let not thy chosen persons be discouraged, nor offended, by this thy godlie prouidence, in ordering of worldlie things; nor shrinke from thee by reason thereof: but rather let vs remember in what dangers in verie deed these vngodlie be in; and with how vnhappie a conclu∣sion and terme they close & finish their happie course. And againe on the contrarie part, what pleasantnesse of conscience; and what comfort and quietnesse shall followe this our vnquietnesse. Finallie, O good God, in the daie of my buriall, when all my friends shrinke Page  618 from me, doo not thou forsake me: when my father and mother, husband and children forsake me, vouchsafe thou, O Lord, to take me vp, and defend me from the roring lions, that wait for their praie; & lead mee safe∣lie through the vnknown countrie, & bring me happilie to the streets of the heauenlie Zion, wherein is the ha∣bitation of all that reioice in thee; and there set mee amongst thine Angels, before the face of thine owne Maiestie; where with the Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Uirgins; yea and with all my deere parents and faithfull friends, in full measure of happinesse, passing excellent glorie, and su∣perabundant ioie of thanks-giuing and praise, I may magnifie thee, my God, among thy chosen holie ones, for euer and euer,

Amen.
Sée another praier in the Ladie Abur∣gauennies praiers.

Another meditation of death.

O GOD, what other thing doo wee daily in this present life than heape sinne vpon sinne, and hourd trespas vpon trespas? So that this daie is woorse alwaies than yesterdaie; by increasing as daies, so sins; and therefore thine indignation, good Lord, against vs: but when we shall be let go out of the prison of this bodie, and so taken into thy blessed companie; then shall we be in most safetie of immortalitie and saluation; then shall come vnto vs no sicknesse, no need, no paine, no kind of euill to soule or bodie: but whatsoeuer good we can wish, that shall we haue; and whatsoeuer we loath, shall be farre from vs. Oh deere Father, that we had faith to behold these things accordinglie! Oh that our harts were persuaded thereof, and our affections inflamed Page  619 with the desire of them! Then should we liue in long∣ing, for that which now we most loath. Oh helpe vs, and grant that we being ignorant of things to come, and of the time of our death, which to thee is certaine, may so liue and finish our iournie here, that we may be readie; and then depart, when our departing may make most to thy glorie, and our comfort, through Ie∣sus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another sweet meditation, of the longing of the soule to be with God; out of Saint Augustine.

O Kingdome of all worlds eternall, wherein is ioie surmounting all ioies; and the peace of God, which passeth all vnderstanding: wherein also the soules of all holie folke doo rest and reigne with thee, O Lord, in euerlasting ioie, mirth and gladnesse. When shall I enter into thee, that I may see my God, which dwelleth in thee? When shall I go thither, & behold this great sight? What is it that holds me backe? Wo is me, that my soiourning is prolonged: wo is me; how long shall it be said vnto me; Wait, and wait againe? And now to what purpose is my waiting? My Lord God, doo we not wait and watch for the Sauiour, our Lord Iesus Christ, to come and repaire our base bodies vn∣to the likenesse of his glorious bodie? We wait and watch, like wise virgins, with our loines girt, and our lamps burning, for the Lord our Bridegroome, when he should come from the Bridehouse, to fetch vs into his wedding. Come Lord Iesus, and tarie not: come Lord Iesu Christ; come visit vs in peace: come lead vs prisoners out of prison, that we may reioice before thee with a perfect hart: come our Sauiour, thou that art Page  620 longed for, of all nations and people; come shew thy countenance vnto vs, and we shall be safe: come my light, and my redeemer, my GOD, and my spouse, take my soule out of prison, that it may giue praise vnto thy name.

How long shall I be tossed in the waues of my mor∣talitie, crieng vnto thee Lord, and thou hearest me not? Lord heare me how I crie vnto thee out of this huge sea, and bring me to the hauen of endlesse blisse. Happie are they, O God, which are conueied out of this sea, and haue obteined to arriue at thee, the safest harbo∣rough of all hauens. O happie are they indeed, which are escaped alreadie from sea to shore; from banish∣ment home into their owne countrie; and from prison into a palace; enioieng their wished rest! Blessed are they that alreadie haue gained the garland of endlesse glorie, which they sought for here by manie tribulati∣ons; and ioie now in happie mirth for euer. O blessed are they indeed! O treble, and foure-times blessed are they, which being alreadie quite rid of all miseries, haue atteined to the kingdome of beautifulnesse, and euerlasting blissefulnesse, and are assured of their vnappearable glorie! For there is ioie endlesse; mirth sorowlesse; health griefelesse; waie without labour; light without darknesse; life without death. Happie therefore, I saie, are those, that alreadie haue escaped the shipwracke of this present miserable life, and ob∣teined the grace to come to so great ioies in heauen. But alas, we are yet still in the waues of the sea, long∣ing for thee, O Lord, the hauen of our sea. O Ierusa∣lem the heauenlie countrie of ours! O quiet countrie! we looke towards thee, and ken thee a farre off. Wee hale thee from this sea; we sigh vnto thee out of this vale of miserie, and labour with teares, if we may by anie meanes attaine vnto thee. O Christ, God, and the onlie hope of all mankind; our refuge and strength, Page  621 whose brightnesse inlighteneth our eies a farre off, as the beames of the sea-starre dooth in the mistie dark∣nesse of the stormie sea, to guide vs vnto thee our ha∣uen. Lord, gouerne our ship with thy right hand, by the helme of thy crosse, that wee perish not in the waues; that the tempest of the water drowne vs not, and that the deepe swalowe vs not vp: but with the hooke of thy crosse, plucke vs backe out of this vast sea, vnto thee our onlie comfort, whom we see waiting for vs a farre off, as the morning-starre, and as the daie∣sunne of righteousnesse, in maner with weeping eies, vpon the shore of the heauenlie countrie. Behold we, whom thou hast ransomed, doo crie vnto thee, yea euen we, as yet thy banished exiles, whom thou hast redee∣med with thy pretious bloud, doo crie vnto thee: heare vs, O God our Sauiour, the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of all them that be in the sea a farre off. We be conuersant in a troublesome sea, and thou standing vpon the shore, lookest at our perils. Oh saue vs for thy name sake, that we perish not. And Lord, grant vs so to keepe our course betweene Scylla and Charybdis, and to hold so with thee, that we may escape the dangers of both, and come safe to land without losse of ship, or fraight,

Amen.

Another meditation of the happinesse of the good soule hence departing: at burials.

HAppie is the soule, which departing from the earthly bodie goeth direct∣lie into heauen: secure it is and qui∣et, and feareth neither enimie nor death. For it enioieth continuallie thy presence, O God, & vncessantlie beholdeth the most glorious Lord, whome she hath serued and loued, and whom now at the length full ioifullie and glori∣ouslie Page  622 she hath attained vnto.

And this glorie of so great blessednesse, neither time shall diminish, nor anie wicked person take awaie. The daughters of Zion haue seene hir, and counted hir blessed; euen the Queenes and the concubines haue praised hir, saieng: Who is she that commeth vp out of the desert, abounding in pleasure, leaning vpon hir welbeloued? Who is she that looketh foorth as the morning; faire as the Moone; pure as the Sunne; terrible as an armie with banners? How cheerefullie goeth she out, hastneth, runneth, when all amazed shee heareth hir beloued saieng vnto hir on this wise: Arise my loue, my faire one, and come awaie. For behold, the winter now is past, the raine is changed and gone a∣waie, the flouds appeere in our earth, the time of the singing of the bird is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. The fig-tree hath brought foorth hir yong figs, and the vines with their small grapes haue cast a sauour. Arise my loue, my faire one, and come awaie; my doue that art in the holes of the rocke, in the secret places of the staires, shew me thy sight; let me heare thy voice, for thy voice is sweet, and thy sight comelie. Come awaie my chosen, my faire one, my doue, mine vnspotted one, my spouse, come a∣waie, and I will put thee into my bed-chamber, be∣cause I haue longed after thy beautie. Come awaie, that thou maist triumph in my presence with mine Angels, whose companie I haue promised thee. After manie perils and labour come awaie, enter into thy maisters ioie, the which no man shall take from thee,

Amen.

Another which may be vsed on all Saincts daie.

OH happie are all thy Saincts, O Christ, which haue passed ouer the sea of this mor∣talitie, and attained vnto the hauen of per∣petuall quietnesse, securitie and peace, where Page  623 they are at rest, and alwaie ioifull and merrie! Wher∣fore of thy tender loue I beseech thee, O Christ, who art without care of thy selfe, be carefull for vs; who needest not to care for incorruptible glorie, haue thou a consideration of our manifold miseries. O our God, who hast chosen a people to thy selfe, and endued them with glorie, making them both immortall of thine im∣mortalitie, and ioifull through thy blessed sight; I be∣seech thee be thou alwaies mindfull of vs, and helpe vs, who as yet in the salt seas of this life are tossed with the surges about vs. O thou goodlie gate, who art raised into a maruellous highnesse, helpe vs vile pauement, lieng much beneath thee; giue vs thine hand, and raise vp such as lie vpon the ground, that waxing strong out of weakenesse, we may be made couragious in battell. Make thou intercession for vs continuallie, and vncessantlie praie for vs wretches, and most negligent sinners, that through thy praiers we may be conioined to the holie companie of saincts, for otherwise we shall neuer be saued. For alas, we are verie fraile, weakelings of no courage, creatures gi∣uen to the seruice of the bellie and flesh, hauing in vs almost no sparkle of vertue, and yet placed vnder thy confession. O Christ, we are borne by the wood of the crosse through this great and wide sea, where are things creeping innumerable, both small beasts and great; wherein the most cruell dragon is, alwaie pre∣pared to deuour vs, wherein be the dangerous rocks, Scylla and Charybdis with other such like innume∣rable things, whereby the heedlesse and wauering in faith make shipwracke. Wherefore O Christ praie for vs, O good Christ praie thou (we saie) for vs; that through thy good praiers and merits, we may deserue, ship and merchandise being saued, to attaine vnto the port of perpetuall saluation, quietnesse, peace and se∣curitie, which neuer shall haue end,

Amen.
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After the seruice and common praier ended, praie thus:

O Iesu Christ, the verie true Aaron, and onlie high Bishop of our soule, which in thine own name art gone vp into the most holie place, and bearest our names before the Lord vpon thy shoulders for a continuall remembrance. Forsomuch as our offerings and sacrifice cannot be so perfect, but that through our frailtie some fault and imperfection shall be found therein in thy sight; vouch∣safe we beseech thee, O holiest of all holies, and our most perfect high priest, in mercie to beare the iniqui∣ties of our publike praiers, and common sacrifice, which we thy people with one accord, by thy grace, haue heere at this time made, and offered vnto God the Father, in thy name. Pardon, O pardon our dul∣nesse and coldnesse in deuotion; and let this our obla∣tion be alwaies vpon thy forehead, to cause these our burnt offerings to be presented and accepted, for a sweet sauour of rest before the Lord our God; that through thy onelie mediation, he being pacified, our sinnes pardoned, and we gratiouslie reconciled and sanctified, may be woorthie often to haue accesse to thy mercie-seate, to woorship thee in thy holie Temple; and now as thy seruants, to go in peace, to glorifie thee in all holie obedience to thy word, & to doo vnto the poore as much as we can, So be it.

Or else thus.

ALmightie God, which hast giuen vs grace at this time with one accord to make our com∣mon supplications vnto thee: and dooest pro∣mise, that when two or three be gathered to∣gither Page  625 in thy name, thou wilt grant their request; ful∣fill now O Lord the desires and petitions of thy ser∣uants, as may be most expedient for them; granting vs in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come, life euerlasting,

Amen.

When the people arise to depart out of the Church, saie thus to thy selfe.

RIse vp, O Lord, arise, and let thine eni∣mies be scattered; yea, let all them that hate thee, and prophane thine honour, flee before thee: but gather the Saincts togi∣ther continuallie, and let them neuer de∣part from thy Church, So be it.

So soone as you be out of the Church dore saie:

BLessed bee the glorie of the LORD out of his place.

Going homeward from the Church, meditate and praie as followeth.

O Christ, whose home is heauen, and whose house is a place of ioies e∣ternall; I thanke thee for all thy great mercies shewed towards me, especiallie for vouchsafing mee yet time to repent and liue godlie: grant also I beseech thee, that be∣ing trulie humbled before thee this daie, I may by my good life declare, that I haue not come to Church in vaine; and that with the penitent Publicane, I may returne home now to my house vn∣der thy protection, imbettered and iustified both before God and man, and in all holie obedience glorifie thee both at home and abroade, in my life and in my death,

Amen.
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Another.

BEhold me, O Lord, I praie thee, a poore seelie woorme here creeping & walking bodilie on earth for a time in this life, (which is our pilgri∣mage and passage to our home) and make me more mindfull of mine e∣uerlasting home, and very desirous to returne to the house of the li∣uing: that hauing mine affections inflamed by thy ho∣lie spirit, I may vtterlie contemne all earthlie things, and couet euermore to be present with thee: that my conuersatoin may be in heauen, whither grant mee at the length to come, there in my long home with thy children to be partaker of thy glorie, and to reioice as thy child, bicause of this my euerlasting home, and the great glorie thereof.

For I knowe, O Lord, that if mine earthlie house of this tabernacle (my bodie) were destroied, I haue a building of thee, euen an habitation not made with hands, but eternall in heauen; for the which I sigh, desiring to be further clothed with my house, which is from heauen, that mortalitie might be swalowed vp of life; bicause I knowe, that as long as I am at home in the bodie, I am absent from thee; therefore had I rather to be absent from the bodie, and to be present with thee, O Lord: neuerthelesse, whether I be at home, or from home, I am of good comfort, and alwaies of good cheere in thee: beseeching thee in mercie to grant me grace, to endeuour my selfe so to walke by faith in thy feare, after the inward appearance, that when we shall all appeare before the iudgement-seate of Christ, euerie one to receiue the works of his bodie, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad, I may be found accepted vnto thee,

Amen.
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When you enter into your house, praie.

THY fauour and grace, O God, be∣ing my guide, I enter into this my materiall house and home: beseech∣ing thy mercie so to blesse and pre∣serue my comming in, and my going out, both now and euer; that thy peace, O God, which passeth all vn∣derstanding, may be euermore ther∣in, and that I neuer turne back, or be deformedlie scat∣tered abroad from thee, vntill thou bring me home from this painfull pilgrimage, whereas be the first fruits of my spirit: So be it.

Being come home, praie.

LORD blesse vs, and make our hou∣ses, Churches of thy saints, linked in one confession and religion, that being by thee made all of one mind in this house, we may with the de∣uout Galileans praise thee for thy benefits both now and euer.

O Lord, now fashion & conforme me by thy holie spirit in this house of my peregrina∣tion; that herein, enioieng the benefit of perfect peace, most seemelie quietnesse, and comlie order, I may make thy mysteries my songs, vntill it shall please thee to lead me vpward, vnto the peace of thy children; euen into thy holie house, and mansion place, where thou hast placed vs; and where we shall will or desire no∣thing else; but to tarrie and remaine for euer. For whilest we are clad with this bodie, we doo as it were go astraie, and are strangers vnto thee, neither haue we here anie abiding place for euer; but we must seeke for one that is to come. To the which thou bring vs, Page  628 that camest from thence to redeeme vs, Iesus Christ the righteous; to whom with the Father and the ho∣lie Ghost, be all possible praise, and endlesse glorie, now and for euer,

Amen.

Praiers before meate on Sundaie.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, who hast taught vs that outward things defile not a man; but those that proceede from the hart: grant vs so to esteeme cleane, that thou pronouncest cleane, as that by praier and thankes-giuing, the vse of thy creatures made for our benefit, may be sanctified vnto vs: and of the other part, so to abhorre the pollusion of sinne, which onelie thou declarest to be common and vncleane, that wee may auoid by thy grace all murders, adultries, thefts, false-witnesse-bearing, vnlawfull desires, and concu∣piscence, and whatsoeuer thou hast forbidden touching our dutie towards men, or seruice and obedience vnto thee: that being thus sanctified by thy grace, we may alwaies haue free accesse vnto thy sanctuarie, in this life; and be receiued into the heauenlie Ierusalem, where no Canaanite, nor vncleane person shall enter in the life to come, through Iesus Christ our Lord: to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honour, glorie, and praise, for euer,

Amen.

Another.

O Sonne of God, which by thy miracu∣lous multiplieng of a few fishes and loaues of bread, didst feed fiue thousand of thy people in the wildernesse, both inwardlie with spirituall comfort, and outwardlie with corporall food, thereby Page  629 shewing thy selfe in deed to be the Creator & susteiner of all things: we beseech thee, who onelie giuest vs the breath of life, and knowest what we need, and alone canst giue a reason, why after this maner thou wilt feed vs with corporall things; and not as thou dooest the startes without anie nourishment. Giue vnto thy Church, of thy wisedome, such things as are necessa∣rie for the sustentation of this life, wherein the ioies of the life eternall and to come doo begin. And albeit som∣time we lacke diuers things, although thine aduersa∣rie throweth stones at vs for bread, yet by thy power strengthen vs that we faint not. And that we which liue not by bread alone, or by our owne industrie; being armed with thy word and promise, (the spirituall food and sword of our soule) may receiue comfort thereby, and being protected by thee after a woonderfull sort, to liue and glorifie thee both here, and in the world to come,

Amen.

Another praier before meat, to be vsed that daie that you haue receiued the holie Communion.

WE thanke thee, O eternall houshol∣der, for that after the banket of pa∣radise troubled by the diuell & man, thou hast againe of thine infinite goodnesse, through thy sonne, prepa∣red a sumptuous supper, and great feast. And for as much as thy peo∣ple, among whom the tower of thy daily iunkets was placed, togither with the most part of the world, do despise thy holie table, and suffer them∣selues to be caried about vnto the bankets of Satan, and vaine pleasures of this world. Thou hast vouchsa∣fed to call vs, most vnwoorthie wretches, being lame, blind, and beggerlie in this last age of the world, that the number of thine elect may be filled: yea, thou com∣pellest Page  630 some, lieng in the high waies, and about hed∣ges, by reason of the troubles and decaie of kingdoms, through the preaching of thy word, to come to the par∣ticipation of thy banket. We humblie beseech thee bring vs to thine heauenlie table; appoint vs a place therein euermore. Grant that from thy sonne, which is the bread and liuelie wine, we may drawe nourish∣ment and iuice; that the drinesse of our nature may be watered, and we at length taste of thy supper in the table of euerlasting life, and drinke the new wine of thy sonne, enioieng his visible sight in the blessed socie∣tie of all thine elect,

Amen.

When you begin to eate, immediatelie blesse, and saie:

LORD God, which art the sancti∣fier of thy Saints, and the euerla∣sting suffisance that shalt be giuen to the hungrie: blesse thou from heauen these thy good creatures and great benefits, (which thou hast created to releeue the want of thy hungrie children, and to be re∣ceiued with thanks-giuing) with thy celestiall bene∣diction: that they may be as a healthfull medicine or remedie to our humane nature. And grant that by the inuocation of thy holie name, we now soberlie taking, and temperatelie and thankfullie tasting hereof, may therewithall receiue both helth of bodie, and safegard of soule, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Or else praie thus for the sober vsing of your meate and drinke.

GRant, O most mercifull God, that so long as we wander in this wretched world, we may so take our meate and drinke, for the infirmi∣tie of our flesh, that we neuer be corrupted Page  631 by fine fare, (wherein the flesh delighteth) neither yet by anie foolish superstition; nor that we be drawne awaie at anie time from temperance and sobrietie: but let vs alwaies remember so to vse our abundance, that when we abound in all things most plentifullie, we may giue our selues to moderate abstinence conti∣nuallie; as also that we may patientlie beare all po∣uertie and hunger when it commeth: and that wee may so vse libertie in our meates and drinks, that al∣waies the glorie of thy name, O Lord, may be before our eies; and that such frugalitie may appeare in all our life, that we may continuallie seeke that satietie and fulnesse, whereby we shall be satiate for euer most abundantlie, when the glorie of thy countenance shall appeere vnto vs in the heauens, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

When you take salt, meditate a little to your selfe, and saie:

EUerie man shall be salted with fire, and euerie sacrifice shall be seaso∣ned with salt. Salt is good; but if the salt be vnsauourie, wherewith shall it be seasoned? O God, giue vs grace to haue salt in our selues, and to haue peace one with another; & let all our communication now be so well sauoured and powdered with salt; that is to saie, seasoned with godlie wisedome, that we knowing how and when to speake, all our talke may tend to the glorie of thy name, and the edifieng of our owne soules, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

In the meale time.

LET one of your children or seruants, that best can, reade this caution following; and after that, some chapter or portion of the Scripture Page  632 distinctlie and reuerentlie, that all at the boord may giue diligent eare therevnto.

The cautions or remembrances to be said of the child in the meate time.

REmember that these meates and drinkes heere set before you, are gi∣uen you of God to vse; but not to a∣buse in surfeting and dronkennesse.

Remember that they are giuen you to profit your bodies, and not to hurt your soules.

Remember that they are not gi∣uen to you alone, but vnto others also that need the same, by your liberalitie and almes to their releefe.

In eating and drinking, remember that you doo but feed the woormes, and pamper the carcasse, and ouer∣charge your soule if yee surfet with taking too much.

In the midst of your mirth and abundance, remem∣ber the poore prisoners, the sicke; and the afflictions of Ioseph, and his persecuted members, as though yee were in their case.

Finallie, remember the food of your soules, Christs bodie broken, and his bloud shead. Desire the meate, I saie, that lasteth for euer. Labour for it, and harken diligentlie to his word, which now shall be read vnto you. And first let vs praie.

A praier to be said of the child or seruant in the meale time, before the reading of the Chapter out of the Bible.

O Lord, which hast prouided these earthlie creatures for the feeding of our mortall bodies, direct vs carefullie to seeke, and with delight to tast of thy most holie word, that we may by that immortall seed be be∣gotten Page  633 to be thy children, and thereby be nourished and fed, vntill we become perfect men in thy Sonne Christ Iesus, So be it.

Or else thus:

BLessed Lord, which hast not onlie created all things for mans suste∣nance, but also hast caused all holie Scripture to be written for our learning, grant vs to be so conuer∣sant among these thy gifts purelie and holilie, because thou art so, that we may in such sort also now both reade thy word, heare it, marke, learne, and in∣wardlie digest this heauenlie food of our soules, that being well refreshed, and vertuouslie transformed both in bodie and soule, we may holilie walke in the strength thereof, to glorifie thee, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

After the Chapter read, saie thus:

BLessed are they that heare the word of God, and keepe it. Grant there∣fore we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may not onlie be readers and hearers of thy word, but dooers and followers also of the same; that bee∣ing now fed and nourished at thy hands both in soule and bodie, we may heere bee apt and readie to doo all good works, which thou hast prepared for vs to walke in, and in the life to come be receiued to thine eternall king∣dome of glorie, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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Another thanks-giuing after the receiuing of our bo∣dilie sustenance, and reading of some part of Gods holie word, or spirituall food.

O Lord our God, the onlie giuer of all good gifts, who of thy great mer∣cies hast made vs partakers both of the heauenlie gifts of thy holie word, to feed our minds; and of thine earthlie creatures, for the necessa∣rie sustenance of our weake bodies: grant we beseech thee, that through thy grace, these thy gifts may be made perfect vnto vs. Giue strength vnto our meate, that it may be our healthfull nourishment, not to breed in vs anie carnall desire of our vaine life; but to enable our bo∣dies with all good works, during the time of this pre∣sent pilgrimage, that so thy good creatures may be our good releefe so long as thou wilt, and so much as thou knowest to be expedient for vs thy seruants to finish our daies, which thou hast numbred in the edifieng of thy Saincts, and glorifieng of thy holie name.

And because, O Lord, we knowe nothing of our selues, but our ignorant harts are full of darkenesse; therefore we beseech thee, that this thy word (which is thine eternall wisdome) that now we haue read (and wherein we haue had our conference) may be in our minds a burning lampe and shining light of thine on∣lie truth in our harts, and in our soules a fruitefull seed of a new birth: so that thine owne image may be happilie againe restaured in vs; that we may bee made before thee a holie and righteous people, by the inward working of thy gratious spirit, dailie streng∣thening our harts in earnest loue of thy truth, and carefull obedience of thy commandements, through Page  635 Iesus Christ our onlie mediator, who in the sacrifice of his owne bodie, hath purchased vnto vs all thy fa∣uour, and hath giuen vs boldnesse to call vpon thee, vn∣to whome, O father, with thee, and the holie Ghost, bee all honour and glorie, world without end,

Amen.

Another praier after meate on the Lords daie.

SAnctified be thy name, O eternall father, who by thy Sonne Iesus Christ our Lord, dooest euermore protect and prouide for thy Church both spirituall and corporall bles∣sings, bestowing most liberallie vp∣on vs all good things asked accor∣ding to thy will. Lift vp thine eies, O Christ, and behold thy miserable people, which de∣pend altogither vpon thy prouision, and acknowledge our selues to be fed, and defended miraculouslie by thee. Assist vs, that we also may withdrawe our eies from the consultations of flesh and bloud, and looke vp∣on thee our Lord, by whose blessing we eate and store our selues. And albeit, all worldlie helps do faile, yet bee thou a firie wall still about vs, and feed and defend thy Saincts in the feelds of comfort, vntill thou begin that ioifull Passouer, and euerlasting Sabboth, and bring vs out of the wildernesse, out of the sea and pe∣nurie, into the court of ioie, wealth, satietie, and euer∣lasting welfare. In the meane while, make vs thank∣full for the benefits which we enioie. Let vs gather vp the remnants or fragments cast from thy sumptu∣ous and rich banket vnto vs. Preserue our baskets, and blesse our store, euen the arts and schooles of learning, that by them thy doctrine may be spread a∣broade in the world. Make vs not onlie to honour thee for these thy corporall benefits, but much more for gi∣uing thy selfe vnto vs, which art the bread of life. Be Page  636 thou our King, defending vs in this life against the power of Sathan, and feed vs with thy heauenlie bread, which may nourish vs to eternall life and hap∣pinesse,

Amen.

Another praier after meate that daie you haue recei∣ued the holie Communion.

SEeing that of thy free grace and mercie, O almightie God, thou hast made vs partakers this daie of all thy riches, both in spirituall and corporall things in Christ Ie∣su, who of our selues are vnwoor∣thie to haue gathered the crumbs vnder thy table, make vs more and more mindfull of so great mercies, and continuallie thankefull to thee for so manifold benefits, and to walke woorthie the honour and dignitie thou hast done vnto vs, that we may receiue the full accomplishment of thy loue towards vs in the life to come, through the same our Lord and Sauiour Iesus Christ, to whom with thee and the holie Ghost be all honour and glorie world without end,

Amen.

Another thanks-giuing vnto God for our food, to be read and meditated vpon after meate.

WE thanke thee, O King of glorie, Lord of heauen and earth, because thou hast from our youth to this present houre, maruellouslie nouri∣shed vs, giuing vs meate, drinke, & cloathing, with all other things perteining to the sustentation of this present life. Naked and bare came we out of our mothers wombs: wee brought nothing into the world, but whatsoeuer we haue, thou Page  637 gauest the same; yea it was afore we were borne, and in our mothers wombe, didst thou ordeine things ne∣cessarie for this life, and sufferedst vs to enioie all things aboundantlie. Alwaie thou hast a care of vs, as a father vseth his children; neither art thou igno∣rant that we stand in need continuallie of thy bles∣sings, and dailie are destitute of new releefe, all which thou giuest after thy woonted and vnspeakable good∣nesse.

We acknowledge that whatsoeuer we haue or pos∣sesse, it is thy gift, and confesse thee to be the fountaine of all good things, and perceiue thy fatherlie goodnesse to be spread, not onlie ouer all mankind, but also ouer the liuing creatures. Thou giuest meate to all flesh, thou giuest fodder to the cattell, and feedest the yoong rauens that call vpon thee. For corporall goods are not distributed among men by chance, or without thy pro∣uidence; neither be they atteined by the onlie industrie and power of man. Thou giuest, and we gather; thou openest thy hand, and all liuing creatures are filled with thy blessing. For without thee all our endeuours be in vaine, and if thou blesse not our labours, we doo but eate the wind, and receiue no profit.

Great is thy mercie, O Lord, which disdainest not to prouide for sinfull flesh. O Lord our God, great are thy woonderous works, which thou hast done for vs, the which we can not so much as in thought comprehend, muchlesse in words expresse. When we would report and vtter them, we found them more than we could recite: but notwithstanding thine infinite benefits can not be comprehended of mortall man, yet will we not surcease to set foorth thy praise, nor hide thy good∣nesse from the sonnes of men; but will declare it, and speake of thy truth from one generation to another.

Blessed art thou, O our God, for euer and euer; all that is either aboue in the heauens, or in the earth be∣neath, Page  638 is thine. All things come from thee, and from thine hands we receiue whatsoeuer we possesse, and all these things of thy meere mercie, without our me∣rits or woorthinesse. Therefore we will magnifie the Lord, which doth mightie things in all corners of the earth, which dooth nourish vs from our mothers wombs, and giueth vs all good things. Grant vs like∣wise quietnesse of mind, and peace in our time, that thy grace may abound toward vs, continue, and defend vs while we liue.

O almightie and mercifull father, by thy breath we take life, the which through thy blessing doth abide in vs. In thee we liue, moue, and haue our being. For man liueth not by bread onlie, or by his owne wisedome and forecast, neither art thou bound with a fatall chaine of second causes, but by thy decree and will we enioie life, and all things created at thy becke, doo continue, while thou thinkest good. Giue vs not onlie store of all things to the necessitie of life, but grant also to our meate and drinke vertue and power to releeue and strengthen our bodies. For thou alone vpholdest all things by thy word of power. Unlesse thou dailie didst feed vs with the hidden grace, which thou dooest inspire into the bread to feed vs, all the heapes of our yeerelie increase were to small purpose. For be it, that there be aboun∣dance of wheate, wine, and of all other things, yet vn∣lesse they be watered by thy blessing, quicklie would all come to naught, and we should perish for lacke of food in all that aboundance. For all the substance that we possesse, what is it, without thou prosper and fructifie the same with thy blessing?

And albeit we feed on bread, yet we ascribe not our life to the vertue of the bread; neither is thy power tied to the bread; nor mans life included within the same, but altogither it dependeth vpon thy will and good pleasure. We beseech thee for thy most large and Page  639 bountifull liberalitie, cast vs not off in the time of our old age; and when our strength faileth vs, forsake vs not. Likewise, confirme our faith, that we distrust not thy promises; neither be driuen from thee by anie meanes, seeme they neuer so contrarie to naturall cau∣ses: but giue grace that we may withdrawe our eies from all worldlie consultations, and as touching our food, and other necessaries for this life, may wholie de∣pend vpon thee, and at no time go beyond the limits which thou hast prepared, through our Lord Iesus Christ, which liueth and reigneth with thee for euer∣more,

Amen.

At noone-tide, or mid-daie, saie thus:

O Lord my light, my inlightning, and my welfare, from whence all true brightnesse and light doth come: grant I beseech thee, that as of thy goodnesse thou hast giuen me thus plentifullie this corporall light to compasse my bodie on euerie side, so of thy mercie giue me aboundant∣lie the spirituall light of thy grace and knowledge, which may inlighten my mind, and cause mine age to appeare as cleere as the noone daie. And because, O Lord, nothing in this world is so perfect and glorious, but when it is at the full, it will decrease and weare a∣waie: euen as we see in the course of this thy glorious creature the Sunne, which now being at the highest, will begin to drawe downeward. Graunt also, I be∣seech thee, that when at the age of fortie yeeres my bo∣die by little and little shall begin to fade, and the beau∣tie thereof wither, and drawe towards an end, it togi∣ther with my soule, in the daie of iudgement, may shine as bright as the Sunne, being now at the highest, doth; and may then begin to be glorified to the full, in Page  640 the region of the celestiall world, where the Sunne of all righteousnesse, and the brightnesse of perpetuall charitie and felicitie doth euerlastinglie shine, and in∣lighten all the holie companie of heauen,

Amen.

Or else thus:

LOrd let thy fauour preuent vs, as doth the Sunne, which being now in the highest region, spreadeth his beames ouer all the parts of the earth. And as the brightnesse ther∣of shineth now without the clouds: after the same sort giue vs thy cleerenesse, and shewe thy bright countenance ouer vs, that lightened by thy word, wee may walke this daie thorough, circumspectlie and warilie in the waies of thy commandements; that be∣ing blinded in the mid daie, we run not headlong into darkenesse, neither grope at noone daie as in the night, wandering from the paths of thy iudgements. Open thine eies, O God, ouer vs, & be thou vnto vs a mightie protector this daie, a firmament of strength, a coue∣ring against heate & parching, a shadow at noone tide, a defender from offence, an assister from falling, a com∣forter of our soules, a lightener of our minds, and a gi∣uer of health and happines in Christ our Lord,

Amen.
¶ After meate, the better to keepe you from vaine exerci∣ses, and idle cogitations, and to spend the Sabboth daie both wholie and holilie to the Lord as it behooueth; take occasion on Gods name either to cathechise your chil∣dren and familie, or to praie for the preseruation of the Queenes most excellent maiestie, or to reade deuoutlie some of these godlie meditations and praiers of Gods works, and feasts following.
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On Sundaie. A praier for the right keeping of the Sabboth or Sundaie.

O Eternall father of our Lord Iesu Christ, which togither with thy Sonne, and the holie Ghost, didst create man, & of thine infinite mer∣cie powredst into him a similitude of those things, which are most ex∣cellent in thee the fountaine of all goodnesse; and wouldest in that na∣ture, as it were in a Temple (seeing thine image to shine therein) continue, and celebrate the ioifull Sab∣both. When man had defaced thine image, and was pluckt from thee, it was thy will that the Sonne of thine owne substance should take our flesh vpon him, and be made a sacrifice for the sinnes of mankind, bee crucified, die; yea and on the great Sabboth daie of the lawe, lie in the graue, where the word after an vn∣speakable manner rested, that we may receiue againe the societie of the new and celestiall Sabboth.

We beseech thee grant that thy Sonne, which is the Lord of that Sabboth, may begin in this life to rest in vs; to heale the corruptions of our nature by his holie spirit, which is the heauenlie fire; to drie vp the dropsie of our flesh; that he may loue vs, which are bone of his bones, to make vs one with him through his spirit; and finallie, to bring vs into that glorious companie, where the eternall Sabboth is in such ex∣cellencie, as can not be conceiued by the hart of man.

In the meane while, let vs ceasse from this hurlie burlie, this toiling, and drudging, in the vaine trumpe∣rie of this world; so as once at last we may religiouslie halowe, and keepe the godlie rest of the new Sabboth, in doing such things as be allowable and pleasant vn∣to Page  642 thee, and sanctifieng thee in true rest and peace. Drawe vs from the vaine fantasies of present things, that we may attend and await vpon thee, and thy ioi∣full comming. Grant I saie, that we may be humbled vnder thy mightie hand, that we may knowe our in∣firmities, obeie thee in our crosses and correction, looke vnto thee in a liuelie faith and hope of a ioifull deliue∣rance, which then shall be perfect, when thy Sonne by his trumpet shall summon the new Sabboth, and drawe vnto him on high, where he sitteth at thy right hand exalted, thine elect; all thine enimies, which through beastlie arrogancie blushed not to contend and fight against thee, being subdued,

Amen.

Another.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull heauenlie father, who after that in sixe daies thou haddest created all things, didst rest the seauenth daie, and sanctifiedst it; teach vs to keepe holie the Sabboth daie, not in shew and cercmonie onlie, but much more in euerie good woorke, which thou hast commanded; not in part for fashion sake, but who∣lie and to the end for thine owne glorie sake. And wee beseech thee, O Lord, to heale not onlie our heads and limmes, but also our harts and soules; that we may both in the lawfull keeping of thy Sabboth, and all o∣ther thy commandements, be obedient vnto thee the Lord of the Sabboth. And as thou hast taught vs the right keeping of the Sabboth to stand chieflie in doo∣ing of good one vnto another, giue vs grace continual∣lie to keepe this Sabboth inuiolable, and vnpropha∣ned, that we may onlie doo those things which are ho∣lie and acceptable vnto thee, and may ceasse from all our lewd works and waies. And especiallie, O Lord, Page  643 grant that we may auoid carefullie the first step of the ladder that leadeth to that horrible sinne of blasphe∣mie, which is not to be forgiuen, neither in this world, nor in the world to come,

Amen.

Ghostlie Meditations, with the which it is meete for vs Christians to occupie our selues once in the daie, or at the least (for those, whose leasure will not serue) once in the weeke, and that euerie Sundaie and holie daie: which the Author found in an old and ancient written copie: & for the excellent matter therin conteind, hath thought it good now to publish it, to the glorie of God, and profit of his Church.

FIrst, let vs call to our memorie the bountifull goodnesse of almigh∣tie GOD, extended towards vs in the creation of the firmament, the earth, the sea, and all that therein is conteined; which he hath made for our onelie comfort, and the ser∣uice of vs. And let vs here with also consider the greatnesse and omnipotencie of his pow∣er, which was able with his word onlie of nothing to make althings, & those so wonderfull works, that they are not able to be comprehended within the compasse of mans reason. Call we also to mind the vnsearcha∣blenesse of his diuine wisedome, through which in so goodlie order continuallie he both can, & doth conserue all those things: and lastlie, let vs not forget his in∣comparable loue towards vs, who of his onlie meere goodnesse, without anie part of ablenesse of our de∣serts, hath prouided all these things for our vse: and not onlie that; but hath moreouer made vs of capaci∣tie and vnderstanding to discusse, and knowe how to vse the same, for the seruing of our necessities, as the diuersitie of times and occasion requireth. Let vs not Page  644 therefore shew our selues vnto him vnthankfull.

Nextlie, let vs call to mind from how sundrie perils, as well ghostle as bodilie, he hath and dooth from time to time preserue vs: namelie, from perils on the land, perils by water, perils of fire, perils through sicknes, from imprisonment, from open shame, from slanders, from extreme beggerie, from famine, from pestilence, and other horrible diseases; from sudden and shame∣full death, and sundrie other mischiefes, which we may vnderstand to haue happened, and dailie doo perceiue to happen vnto others; which should in like sort haue happened vnto vs, if through his mercifull goodnesse we had not beene therefrom preserued: and herewith let vs also call vnto mind, our health, our wealth, and all other Gods good gifts, which he hath lent vnto vs, and render vnto him most humble thanks therefore.

Also, let vs thinke how he hath made vs of no vile sort nor condition; but euen vnto his owne likenesse, indued with the most pretious gifts of reason, vnder∣standing, memorie and will; which noble gifts he hath giuen vs, to the intent we should with these honour him accordinglie: which if we doo not; but doo abuse the same, to worldlie, vaine, and fantasticall delights; we may then assure our selues, not onelie to make a straight account thereof; but also to be most greeuou∣slie punished therefore.

Moreouer, let vs call to mind how mercifull, and like a most louing Maister and Sauior, Christ the Sonne of God, and second person in Trinitie, Lord and king ouer all rule and power, descended downe from the bo∣some of his Father, and from his heauenlie throne in∣to this miserable world, and here tooke vpon him our fraile flesh; suffering in the same by the space of three and thirtie yeeres, hunger, thirst, cold, watch, pouertie, euil report, hatred, disdaine, slanders, rebukes, checks, taunts, scornes, buffets, binding, beating, whipping, Page  645 wrongfull accusation, false condemnation; yea, and at the last, most vile, spitefull, cruell, and shamefull death; and that innocentlie and giltlesse, thereby to deliuer vs from our gilt, and the eternall death, which all we, by the transgression of our first parent Adam, had most iustlie deserued. And herewith let vs also thinke what reproch & shame it is to vs, to repine or grudge to suffer the like for his sake: sith he being both our Lord and Maister, of the singular loue he did beare vnto vs, hath suffered all those for our sakes: should not we then, being but seruants (or rather vile slaues in respect of him) disdaine or repine at that, which he, not onelie our Maister; but King ouer all kings hath not disdained to suffer?

Also, let vs consider how that by the merits of his most bitter passion, and his grace giuen vnto vs in the Sacrament of baptisme, he hath forgiuen vs, cleerelie clensed vs, and vtterlie discharged vs of all our former sinnes. Herevpon, let vs call to mind, how oft since that time we haue offended him, by falling againe into deadlie sinne; & therewith let vs call to remembrance the particularitie of our offences, the greeuousnesse of the same, how long we haue continued in them with∣out repentance taken for them: and then let vs weigh the abundance of his great mercie; first, how gratiou∣slie he hath abidden the time of our repentance; how readie he hath beene to forgiue vs vpon due repen∣tance taken, and perfect confession without dissimula∣tion made thereof vnto him.

Remember we also, how lewdlie, how wickedlie, and how sinfullie we haue bestowed the short time, which God hath here in this world lent vnto vs, to fight and warre continuallie against our most mortall aduersa∣ries, the world, the flesh, and the diuell, which trauell without ceassing to worke our euerlasting destru∣ction, and to bring vs to euerlasting death; and to bee∣reue Page  646 vs from the life eternall, & ioies endlesse. Thinke we also, if God of his great mercie had not gratiouslie spared vs life, vntill we had repented that wickednes; in what wretched condition, and most extreme tor∣ments of hell paines, had we beene in now; and so should haue continued for euer world without end? But how deere then should those short pleasures and vaine delights of the flesh haue beene vnto vs?

Let vs also call to mind the houre of death, the vn∣certeintie of the time thereof, and that we knowe not when where, or in what maner it shall be: but like as we are most certeine we can not escape it; so are wee as sure, if we happen then to depart this life in dead∣lie sinne, that we shall then not onelie die the bodilie death; but also the spirituall death, which is eternall death both of bodie and soule. Let vs therefore ende∣uour our selues, so to liue, as though euerie houre should be vnto vs the last houre; and by that meanes we shall not be vnreadie, how suddenlie soeuer death shall steale vpon vs, nor yet shall we feare his cōming.

Furthermore, let vs thinke what shall become of our wretched bodies, and vile carcases, which we haue sought by all meanes to pamper; whose ease wee haue so much procured; which we haue so delicatelie nouri∣shed; which we haue so finelie araied; whose vaine pleasures we haue so much followed: doubtlesse, it shall then become an abhominable stinking carion; from which, those which be now our most deerest friends shall be forced to turne awaie their heads, stopping of their noses, for the verie noisomnesse of the corrupt sauour and euill stinch thereof.

Let vs also consider, what shall then auaile vs for our possessions and riches, which we haue sought for so busilie, and so greedilie to heape togither. We must then leaue behind vs, and of them shall carie awaie no∣thing with vs, sauing a heauie burden of conscience of Page  647 such part of them, which we doo vnlawfullie possesse, wrongfullie withhold, or else haue euill gotten.

Let vs then weigh, what shall become of our soule, when it shall leaue the bodie to rot in the earth, and it selfe shall be called into iudgement before the high Iudge, where it shall be forced to make a streight ac∣count of all works, words, and thoughts. Where it shall be able to conceale nothing; but the verie secrets of all our dooings shall then be made open: and that which here we be ashamed to confesse; shall then be manifest; and the booke shall be opened, in which all our deeds and thoughts shall be rehearsed, before the whole companie of heauen, and then shall be said to euerie one of vs: Behold this man and his works: then shall our conscience accuse vs, all our euill deeds as witnesses shall come in against vs. The diuell shall be there readie to drawe vs with him into eternall perdition, and with the terriblenesse of his counte∣nance shall put vs in horrible feare. Then shall we tremble and quake, and desire to haue respite for the amendement of our former wicked life, and to repent vs of our sinfull liuing: but then in no wise it may bee granted vs, for asmuch as then mercie must giue place to iustice. Let vs now therefore, while God doth lend vs time, repent in time; which if we doo vnfeinedlie, then may we assure our selues to receiue mercie and forgiuenesse of God: for asmuch as he willeth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should conuert and liue.

Then, let vs also weigh with our selues, what a noble thing our soule is, & how greeuous hir wounds were: for the curing of the which, our Sauiour Christ was of necessitie wounded. Yea, if those had not beene vnto death, and that death eternall, the sonne of God should neuer haue suffered. Shall we then lightlie esteeme of the losse of the soule, vnto whom we may perceiue so Page  648 much compassion to be shewed of so great a Maiestie? Then sith he hath shed his teares for vs, let vs like∣wise nightlie wash our beds with cōpunction of hart, and continuall teares, for verie heauinesse that wee haue so greeuouslie offended so louing a Maister. And sith he hath shed his pretious bloud for vs, shed we ours also in a sort: that is to saie, with dailie affliction, and mortifieng of our bodies. And let vs not haue re∣gard what the flesh desireth, but what is most conue∣nient for our soules health. For then shall our soules be glorious, when they shall returne to our Lord God by true repentance and penitence.

Let vs then call to remembrance the louers of this world, that were here among vs not long agone, what is now become of them: and that nothing remaineth of them but dust and woormes. They haue beene men as we are: they solicited and vsed all kind of mirth; they banketed; they were gorgiouslie apparelled, they were verie pleasant, and led their daies in all worldlie delights: but suddenlie, and as it were in the midst of their iolitie, death arested them, & caried them downe into hell. Here the flesh of them is appointed to feede the woormes; and there their soules be euermore tor∣mented in the vnquenchable flame of hell fire, where now they find no profit of all those fleshlie pleasures, worldlie reioicings, and euill concupiscence. And for so short and vaine pleasures, what continuall torment and miserie doo they now endure: where they neuer see light; neuer receiue ease of their paine, nor comfort of their heauinesse: where the fire continuallie burneth them, and yet neuer consumeth them; nor by his long burning leeseth anie part of his heate? Where the woorms doo gnawe their conscience; where the diuels, which are their tormentors, waxe neuer wearie in tormenting of them, or take anie pitie on them, nor will be intreated to mitigate anie part of their tor∣ment. Page  649 Where nothing shall be heard; but weeping, la∣mentation, groning, and wofull criengs. Where they shall sauour and smell nothing; but horrible stinch and corrupt aire. Where they shall see nothing; but the monstrous shape of the horible tormentors the diuels. Wherefore, let vs now aduise our selues, whether in folowing of the vaine worldlie pleasures, we will giue our soules in like sort to be eternallie tormented; or else in refusing them, for the little times of paines we shall here suffer, to reioice with Christ, and to be blessed Saints in heauen for euer. For whilest we are here in this world, God dooth set before vs both fire and wa∣ter; that is to saie, saluation and damnation; that vn∣to which we will we may stretch our hands.

Let vs lastlie consider what comfort it is, and shall be to all saued soules to see God, and the brightnesse of his face; to liue with God, to possesse God, which is high and perfect goodnesse; and where the perfect good∣nesse is, there is the highest, and most perfect felicitie; there is the chiefe and perfect charitie; eternall sure∣tie, and sure eternitie; true gladnesse; full knowledge; all beautie; all blisse. In this sort shall the man be blessed with God, in whose conscience shall be found no sinne; he shall see God after his owne desire; he shall possesse to pleasure, and enioie to gladnesse; he shall flourish in eternitie; he shall shine in veritie; he shall ioie in righteousnesse; and as he shall haue eternitie of continuance, so he shall haue facilitie of knowledge, and felicitie of rest. He shall be delighted in God; whose countenance is amiable; whose face is beautifull; whose speech is pleasant. He is delectable to behold; sweet to possesse; pleasant to enioie. In him vnder∣standing is made cleere; affection is purified, that we may loue and knowe him as he is: so that then wee shall not need to seeke anie thing besides him. For the whole is found in him, so much as is to be desired, or Page  650 may possiblie reioice or delight vs.

Let vs to conclude, finallie thinke, what madnesse doth then possesse vs, so much to thirst after the bitter potion of sinne, to followe after vanities of this world, to suffer the incommodities of this slipperie life, and the dominion of Sathans tyrannie; and not rather to flee vp to the felicitie of Saincts, to the fellowship of Angels, and to the solemnitie of the heauenlie ioies, where we shall see, behold, and enioie the plentifull a∣boundant riches of the inestimable treasures of Gods goodnesse, for euer and euer world without end,

Amen.

A meditation of Gods woonderfull works, and a thanks-giuing for our creation.

O Most heauenlie father, and eter∣nall God, which art neither made, nor begotten, but before all worlds from euerlasting diddest beget a Sonne, an image of thine owne substance: we honor thee, we praise thee, we glorifie thee, we yeeld thee most hartie thanks for all thy bene∣fits, especiallie for creating the heauens, the Sunne, Moone, and all the starres, by thy liuelie word, for go∣uerning through thy wisdome, and for thy gratious mainteining them.

The Sunne in his vprising doth manifest the daie, a woonderfull worke of the highest. Great is the Lord which made, and commanded the same to take his course from the top of heauen, vnto the end thereof. The ornaments of heauen be the glorious starres: the Lord on high doth lighten the world; at his comman∣dement they keepe their order, and will not faile, nor be wearie in their watch.

O Lord our God, how woonderfull is thy name in all the world, which hast set thy glorie aboue the hea∣uens! Page  651 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings wilt thou be praised, because of thine enimies, that thou maist confound thine aduersaries, and him that enui∣eth thy renowme. We see the workemanship of thy hands, the Moone, and Starres, which thou hast or∣deined; and we will signifie thy glorie vnto all nati∣ons, and among all people will we declare thy woon∣derfull things. For thou art mightie, O Lord, and wor∣thie to be praised: great is thy vertue, and thy power woonderfull.

We thanke thee, holie father, God of heauen; be∣cause thou hast created by thy word of power the vni∣uersall world, with all the creatures, and whatsoeuer is, liueth, or moueth in the same. By thy wisdome thou dooest gouerne, and by sending of thy spirit, as yet doest vphold, and cherish the same. For all woods, fruitfull trees, stones, graine, flowers, herbes, and all the grasse of the feeld hast thou ordeined for the vse of man. Wee magnifie thee, O God most wise, for creating the Sea, and springs of water, by the power of thy word; and for giuing them vertue to bring foorth fishes of all kind to be eaten of man. We blesse thee, O eternall God, for making the superiour and lower regions of the aire, with all birds and feathered fowles of sundrie kinds, for the food of man. We glorifie thee, for giuing the whole frame of this earth, with all the creatures in the same, vnto mankinde; and setting man ouer the works of thine hands, hast subiected all things vnder his feet, all sheepe and oxen, yea and all the beasts of the feeld, the fowles of the aire, and the fish of the Sea, which walke through the paths of the Sea.

Especiallie we praise thee, our Lord and maker, for making vs thy creatures reasonable men and wo∣men, according to thine owne similitude; for giuing vs reason, and all the senses; and for preseruing vs hi∣therto. Thou didst nourish vs, and that woonderfullie, Page  652 being within our mothers wombe, and out thereof hast thou brought vs sound in all parts, without im∣perfection; and yet continuest thy fauour, and dooest keepe vs against all dangers, and deliuerest vs from all euill: and all these things dooest thou of thy father∣lie and diuine goodnesse, without anie merit or desert of ours; for all which we are bound to thanke thee, to praise thee, to serue, honor, and obeie thee.

We extoll thy sacred name, O God most high, for se∣parating from the rest a Sabboth daie, that so men (ceassing from their handie labour) might the better serue and celebrate thine honour.

Who is he that can recite all the power of the Lord, or declare all his works? Who can number out all his praises? No man can vtter all his benefits. Notwithstanding, although we be miserable men, and wretched sinners, and therefore most vnmeete to ex∣toll thee according to thy deserts: yet will we not be still, we will praise thee euermore to the vttermost of our power. We will declare thy iustice and mercie: and while we liue, we remember thy goodnesse, and at no time forget thy benefits. O our soules, praise the Lord; we will praise the Lord during our life; we will sing to the Lord while we haue breath. We will bee mindfull of our maker, euen from our youth, and seeke him euermore: yea euen vnto our old age, and graie head. O God, forsake vs not, vntill we haue declared thy power vnto all nations that are to come. Praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise him all ye people. For his louing kindnes is great toward vs; and his truth endureth for euer. Praise ye the Lord in his Sanctua∣rie; praise him in the firmament of his power; praise him in his mightie acts: praise him according to his excellent greatnesse. Let euerie thing that hath breath, praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord,

Amen.
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Another meditation and thanks-giuing for the creation of the world.

MOst mightie, most wise, and most maruellous Lord GOD; which of nothing hast created heauen and earth, with all that is therein; and hast prepared with due & new pro∣perties, euerie worke which thou hast brought foorth by thy diuine word & holie commandement; and hast ordeined and established all the holie works of thy hands; so that they yet stand and serue to the vse and seruice of men. For through the course of the heauens, which neuer stand still, is ingendered vnto vs all that euer we haue need of; and through the same course al∣so dieth, withereth, and rotteth, all that is old; bicause that for the old and decaied, there should arise vp new and fresh. And this course hast thou, O mightie God, made so maruellouslie, and so agreeably, that man (tho∣rough the agreeable works of thine hands, without anie other externall learning, teaching, or instruction) might come to the knowledge of that, which is inuisi∣ble in thee; that is, thy holie, exalted, and euerlasting blessed Godhead and inuisible might. Insomuch as there is none that can make himselfe vngiltie, and in∣excusable of misbeleefe or ignorance, how farre soeuer he be departed from thy holie word. For the verie heauens giue knowledge inough of thy diuine glorie; the which, though they haue no tongue to speake, neither doo we heare anie thing of their mouth: yet neuerthelesse their voice is gone out to all corners of the world, and there is no place, but men heare their voice sounding in their eares. For no man is so farre distant from them, but he both feeleth alwaies the be∣nefits that come from the heauens; and also seeth con∣tinuallie Page  654 thy maruellous handie works, which the fir∣mament dooth shew and declare vnto vs.

We thanke thee, we praise thee, and we laud and magnifie thy glorious name, O most meeke Lord, for all thy benefits; especiallie for that thou hast not thought it inough for thee to haue giuen vs the hea∣uens, and earth, and all that is therin to serue vs, and to instruct vs; but also hast vouchsafed to send thine onlie deere beloued Sonne our Sauior Iesus Christ downe amongst vs into this vale of teares: and after that he was ascended into heauen, hast left vs thy ho∣lie word, and sent thy holie Ghost into vs, to the intent we should learne of him all truth, & in thy word might in deed behold more effectuallie, better and cleerer thy Godhead. We now also praie and humbly beseech thee, O most mercifull God, that thou wilt gouerne vs, and driue awaie from vs all fleshlie conuersation, to the in∣tent we may hencefoorth liue a godlie and ghostlie life; so that we through the flesh may not be hindered to passe our pilgrimage in such perfection as thou requi∣rest in Christian men: but that we may knowe and dis∣cerne, and vse to thy glorie the vnmeasurable great good things, which thy large and bountifull hand hath giuen and reached vnto vs, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

A meditation of mans creation.

O Almightie Lord God, that hast cre∣ated heauen and earth, and all that is therein of naught; but especial∣lie hast made man vnto thine owne godlie image, infunding and crea∣ting in him a reasonable soule, not mortall, nor transitorie, as are the soules of vnreasonable beasts: but such a soule, as liueth like the spirit or ghost of God for euer. By which soule man knoweth thee to be his God, Page  655 doth beleeue thee, and shall behold thee. And with soule and bodie together, thou hast made man aboue all o∣ther creatures so much superiour: and hast so highlie exalted him, that thou hast made him prince and chiefe gouernour, lord and captaine ouer all thy other cre∣atures, that be in the earth, and hast cast them all vn∣der his feet and subiection.

O most mercifull Lord, powre into vs thy heauenlie light, through which we may euer haue in due regard the vile and lothsome stuffe or matter that thy godlie hand hath made vs of; and how thou hast neuerthe∣lesse exalted vs so mightilie of miserie. Let vs knowe, I saie, O Lord, that man is crept out of the dust and mire; and the woman but out of the rib of hir hus∣band; to the end we may not by anie meanes be puffed vp with pride, by vaine-glorie and presumption of the great glorie wherewith thou hast vouchsafed to endue and cloath vs: but that in true humilitie, we may im∣pute and exhibit all things vnto thine onlie goodnesse, clemencie, grace, and mercie. And that we may bee drawne thereby vnto the loue of thee, and to kindle the lampe of our soules, which is cold in thy loue, with the light of thy grace; so that we may diligentlie fulfill and accomplish all that thou hast commanded vs, and leaue that which thou hast forbidden vs, like as it be∣commeth thine obedient children: so that we, both here in this vale of miserie, and also afterward in that heauenlie paradise, being vndefiled, and like vnto thee, may be found like as thou hast created vs, like vnto thine owne similitude, image, & likenesse, through Ie∣sus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

Another meditation of mans creation.

THine almightie hand, O GOD, keeping al∣waies at one staie, created the Angels in heauen, and the feelie woormes vpon earth; and yet was neither higher in the one, nor Page  654〈1 page duplicate〉Page  [unnumbered]〈1 page duplicate〉Page  656 lower in the other. For like as none other hand could haue created an Angel; so could none other hand haue created a woorme: like as none other could haue crea∣ted heauen; so could none other haue created a leafe of a tree: like as none other could haue made a bodie; so could none other make a haire white or blacke; but onlie thine almightie hand, wherevnto all things are possible alike. For it is not more possible with thee to create a woorme, than an Angel; nor more impossible to spread out the heauen, than a leafe; nor easier to fa∣shion a haire, than to fashion a bodie; nor vneasier to stablish the earth vpon the waters, than the waters vpon the earth: but all that thou listest to doo, that hast thou done. According as thou listedst, thou hast made all things in heauen and in earth, and in the sea, and in all deepe places: and among all other things, thou hast made me according as thou listedst, couldest, and knewest how to doo it. Certes, Lord, thy hand could haue made me some stone, or some bird, or some serpent, or some beast: and it knew how to haue done it; but it would not bicause of thy goodnesse. Why then am I not a stone, some tree, or some beast? Trulie bicause thy goodnesse hath so ordeined it, and bicause thou louedst me first.

And why hast thou done so to me, O maker of hea∣uen and earth, and of the bottomlesse deepe, who hast no neede of me? Wherevpon commeth it that thou hast thus loued me? For lo, I am, bicause thou hast cre∣ated me; and the cause that thou didst create me, and account me in the number of thy creatures, was thy fore-ordinance from euerlasting, before thou madest anie thing, euen from the beginning, before thou didst spread all the heauens; when as yet there were no deepes; neither haddest thou yet made the earth, nor founded the mountaines, neither were anie water∣springs yet broken out. Before thou madest all these Page  657 things, I saie, which thou madest by thy word, thou foresawest by the most assured prouidence of thy truth, that I should be thy creature, and also thou willedst that I should be thy creature.

And whence commeth this to me, O most gentle Lord, most high God, most mercifull Father, and al∣waies most meeke? What had I deserued? What kindnesse had I shewed, that it should like thy roiall Maiestie to create me? I was not; and thou diddest create me. I was nothing, and of nothing thou madest me somewhat. And what maner of somewhat? Not a drop of water; not fire; not a bird or fish; not a ser∣pent, or some of the brute beasts; not a stone, or a block; not of those sort of things, which haue but being one∣lie; or of those things that haue but onelie being and growing; nor yet of those kind of things that haue but onlie being, growing, and feeling. But aboue all these things, it was thy will to haue me both of that sort, which haue but being onlie; for I am: and of those that haue no more but being and growing; for I am, and growe: & also of those kind of things, which haue both being, growing, and feeling; for I am, and also doo both growe and feele. Yea, and thou hast made small ods betweene me and the Angels. For I haue receiued reason to knowe thee and thy hand, as well as they.

But I did well to saie there was some ods betweene vs. For they haue the happie knowledge of thee alrea∣die in possession; and I haue it but by hope: they see thee face to face; I see thee in a riddle through a glasse: they see thee fullie; and I but partlie. Howbeit when the thing commeth, which is perfect, then shall the vn∣perfect be done awaie, at such time as we shall behold thee vncouered face to face. And what should let vs to be counted little inferiour to Angels; seeing that thou O Lord, hast crowned vs with the garland of hope, which is decked with glorie and honour; and seeing Page  658 thou hast inhonoured vs exceedinglie as thy friends, or rather as fellowes and coequals in all things with thine Angels? Uerelie euen so saith thy truth; They are equall with the Angels, and they be the sonnes of God. And what be they else, than the sonnes of God, if they be made fellowes with the Angels? They shall be the sonnes of God in verie deede. For the sonne of man is become the sonne of God. Trulie when I be∣thinke me of this, I am bold to saie, that man is not onlie little inferiour to the Angels, yea or haile-felowe with the Angels; but also superiour to them: bicause a man is God, & God is a man, & not an Angel. And in this respect I may saie, that man is the woorthiest cre∣ature, because the word, which in the beginning was God with God: the word whereby God said; Let light be made, and light was made: the word, whereby God created althings in the beginning, euen the selfe-same word became flesh, and dwelt among vs, and we haue seene the glorie of it. Lo heere the glorie, when I glorie discreetlie; lo heere the ioie, when I ioie discreetlie; O Lord my God, the whole life and glorie of my soule!

Therefore I acknowledge vnto thee my Lord God, that when thou createdst me indued with reason, thou didst create me after a sort equall with the Angels. For by thy word I may be perfect, to attaine to equali∣tie with the Angels; so as I may haue the adoption of thy children by thine onlie begotten word, O Lord; by thy deer beloued Son, in whom thou art well pleased, by our onelie coheire, which is of the same substance, & euerlastingnes that thou thy selfe art; yea euen by Ie∣sus Christ our onlie Lord and redeemer, our inlightner and comforter, our spokesman with thee, & the light of our eies, who is our life, our sauiour, our onlie hope, who hath loued vs more than himselfe, by whome we haue assured trust laid vp in store, and stedfast faith to thee-ward, and entrance to come vnto thee, because he Page  659 hath giuen them power to become the children of God, as manie as beleeue in his name.

I will giue praise vnto thy name, O Lord, who by creating me after thine owne image, hast made me capable of so great glorie, as to become the sonne of God. This trulie can not trees doo; this can not stones doo; this, to speake generallie, can not anie of the things doo that moue or growe in the aire, or in the sea, or on the earth; in asmuch as he hath not giuen them power by thy word, to become the sonnes of God: because they haue not reason. For the power whereby we knowe, consisteth in reason. But he hath giuen this power vnto men, whome he created reasonable, after his owne image and likenesse. Certesse Lord, it is by thy grace that I am a woman, and by grace I may be thy child, which thing the other can not be.

Whence haue I this, O Lord, the souereigne truth and true souereigne, and the beginning of all crea∣tures? Whence haue I this, O Lord, that I may be∣come the child of God, which the other things cannot? Thou art he that endurest for euer, and thou hast made all things at once. Thou hast made man and beasts, stones, and greene things of the earth all at once. For there went no desert of theirs afore; there went no good turne of theirs afore. Thou hast created all things onlie of thine owne goodnesse; no creature hath deserued more than other: for none of them had deserued ought at all. And why then did thy goodnesse shewe it selfe more in this creature, which thou hast made reasonable, than in all other that be without reason? Why was not I as all they be; or why are not all they as I am; or I alone as they be? What had I deserued, that thou shouldest make me able to become the child of God, and denie the same abilitie to all the rest? God forbid that I should thinke so. It was thine onlie grace, it was thine onlie goodnesse, which Page  660 brought it to passe, that I might be partaker of that sweetnesse. Of that grace therefore, whereby thou hast created me of nothing, I beseech thee, O Lord, to giue me the grace to be thankefull vnto thee.

And I thy creature will put my trust vnder the shadowe of thy wings, and in the goodnesse where∣through thou hast created me. Helpe thy creature, whome thy gratious goodnesse hath created. Let not that perish through my naughtinesse, which thy good∣nesse hath wrought. Let not that perish through my wretchednesse, which thy singular mercie hath made. For what auaileth it me that thou hast created me, if I shall sinke downe into mine owne corruption? O God, hast thou made all the sonnes of men in vaine? Thou hast created me, O Lord: rule thou the thing that thou hast created. Despise not the worke of thine owne hands, O God. Thou hast made me of naught, O Lord; and if thou gouerne me not, I shall returne to naught againe. For like as when I was not, thou ma∣dest me of nothing: so if thou gouerne me not, I shall yet againe be brought to nothing in my selfe. Helpe me O Lord my life, least I perish in mine owne naughti∣nesse.

Lord, if thou hadst not created me, I should not haue beene at all: but because thou hast created me, I am. Now if thou gouerne me not, I am vndone. For it was not mine owne merits, or mine owne deserts (as I haue said) that made thee to create me; but thine owne most gratious goodnesse and mercifulnes. That louingnesse of thine, O Lord my God, which made thee to create me, I beseech thee let the same make thee to gouerne me. For what booteth it that thy louingnesse caused thee to create me, if I must perish in mine owne wretchednesse; and that thy right hand gouerne me not? O Lord my God, let this mercifulnesse, which caused thee to create that that was not created, cause Page  661 thee also to saue that which is created. Let the louing∣nesse, which wan thee to create, win thee also to saue; sith it is no lesse now than it was then. For thou art the verie loue and mercie it selfe, and thou continuest alwaie one, vnchangeable, immortall, and inuisible God, blessed and praised for euer and euer,

Amen.

That God hath put all things vnder the seruice of man: and that by the consideration of the temporall bene∣fits, we coniecture the heauenlie wisedome and goodnesse of God.

THou, O gratious God, hast put all things vnder mans feet, to the end that man alone should wholie be subiect vnto thee. And to the end that man should be wholie thine, thou hast made man lord of all thy works. For thou hast created all outward things for his bodie; his bodie for his soule; and his soule for thee; that he might serue thee onlie, and loue thee onlie, possessing thee to his comfort, and all inferiour things for his seruants. For whatsoeuer is conteined vnder the cope of hea∣uen, is inferiour vnto mans soule, which was made to inherit the souereigne goodnesse aboue, and to become happie by possessing it; wherevnto if he sticke fast, he shall surmount the need of all the inferiour things which are changeable; and in euerlasting immortali∣tie quietlie behold the souereigne maiestie, whereof he representeth the image. Then shall he enioie those ex∣cellent good things in the Lords house, in comparison whereof, all the things that we see, are counted as no∣thing. Those be the things which no eie hath seene, nor eare hard, nor hart of man conceiued, which God hath prepared for them that loue him. And trulie Lord these things wilt thou giue vnto my soule: with these dooest Page  662 thou (which louest mens soules) dailie glad the harts of thy seruants.

But why woonder I at these things my Lord God? Thou inhonourest thine owne image, and thine owne likenesse, wherevnto they were created. For to the end our bodie (though it be yet corruptible & base) might see, thou hast giuen vs the light of the skie, by the hand of thine vnweariable seruants, the Sunne and Moone, who according to thy commandement, doo con∣tinuall seruice daie and night to thy children. To the intent it might breath, thou hast granted vs the pure aire. To the intent it might heare, thou hast giuen vs the diuersitie of sounds. To the intent it might smell, thou hast giuen vs the sweetnesse of sents. To the in∣tent it might taste, thou hast giuen vs the qualities of sauours. To the end it might feele, thou hast giuen vs the substances of all bodilie things. To helpe vs in our necessities, thou hast giuen vs bearing beasts. To re∣fresh vs withall, thou hast bestowed vpon vs the fowles of the aire, and the fishes of the sea, and the fruits of the earth. For euerie sore, maladie and disease of ours, thou hast created medicine, salue, and plaister out of the earth. And for euerie seuerall euill, thou hast prepared a seuerall remedie to encounter it; because thou art mercifull, and full of compassion, and thou our potter knowest of what mettall we be made, and how that all of vs are claie in thy hand.

O holie Lord God, our good maker, by these least things we comprehend the great things: and by these visible things we comprehend thine inuisible things. For if thou send so great and so innumerable benefits vnto me for this base and corruptible bodie of mine, from the skie, and the aire; from the land and the sea; from light and darkenesse; from heate and sha∣dowe; from dew and raine; from wind and showers; from fowles and fishes; from beasts and trees; by di∣uersitie Page  663 of herbes and things that growe vpon the earth, and by the seruice of all thy creatures seruing our turnes by course in their seasons, to ease vs of our wearinesse: how excellent I praie thee, and how great & innumerable shall those good things be, which thou hast prepared for them that loue thee, in that heauenlie Realme, where we shall see thee face to face? If thou doo so much for vs in prison, what wilt thou doo in thy pallace? Great and innumerable are thy works, O Lord, thou King of heauen and earth. For sith that all these things be exceeding good & pleasant, which thou hast deliuered to good men & bad men togither in com∣mon; what maner of things shall those be, which thou hast laid vp in store for good men onlie? If the gifts be so sundrie and so innumerable, which thou dealest now as well to thy foes as thy friends; how great & innu∣merable, how sweet & delightfull shall those be, which thou wilt deale onlie to thy friends? If thou giue so great solace in this time of mourning, how great ioies wilt thou giue in the daie of wedding? If our prison conteine so manie delectable things, how much more delectable things conteineth our fathers house? O God, no eie without thee hath seene the things that thou hast prepared for them that loue thee. For accor∣ding to the manifoldnesse of thy mightie works, so also is the great aboundance of thy sweetnesse, which thou keepest in store for them that loue thee. For great art thou O Lord our God, yea vnmeasurable art thou, and there is no end of thy greatnesse, nor number of thy wisedome, nor measure of thy mercie: neither is there end, number, or measure of thy bountifulnesse. But like as thou thy selfe art great, so are thy re∣wards great: for thou thy selfe art both the price, and the reward of all thy lawfull combators. To thee therefore be all honour, glorie, and praise for euer,

Amen.
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A meditation of Gods power, beautie, and goodnesse.

BIcause thou, Lord, wouldest haue vs to loue thee, not one lie doost thou will, intise, allure, and prouoke vs; but also doost command vs so to doo: promising thy selfe vnto such as loue thee, and threatening vs with dainnation if we doo otherwise. Whereby we may see both our great corruption and naughtinesse, and also thine ex∣ceeding great mercie toward vs.

First concerning our corruption and naughtinesse, what a thing is it that power, riches, authoritie, beu∣tie, goodnesse, liberalitie, truth, iustice (which all thou art good Lord) can not mooue vs to loue thee? Whatso∣euer things we see faire, good, wise, mightie, are but euen sparks of thy power, beautie, goodnesse, wisdome, which thou art. For to the end thou mightest declare thy riches, beautie, power, wisdome, goodnes, &c. Thou hast not onelie made, but still dooest conserue all crea∣tures to be (as Dauid saith of the heauens) declarers and setters foorth of thy glorie, and as a booke to teach vs to knowe thee.

How faire thou art, the beautie of the sunne, moone, stars, light, flowers, riuers, feelds, hils, biros, beasts, men, and all creatures; yea, the goodlie scape & forme of the whole world dooth declare.

How mightie thou art, we are! taught by the crea∣tion of the world euen of naught; by gouerning the same, by punishing the wicked mightie Giants there∣of; by ouerthrowing their deuises; by repressing the rages of the sea, and keeping it within hir bounds; by stormes, by tempests, by fires. These and such like declare vnto vs thine inuisible, almightie, and terrible Page  665 power, whereby thou subduest all things vnto thee.

How rich thou art, this world, thy great and infinite treasure-house, dooth well declare. What plentie is there, not onelie of things, but also of euerie kind of things? Yea, how doost thou yeerelie and dailie multi∣plie these kinds? How manie seeds doost thou make of one seed? Yea, what a great increase doost thou bring it vnto? These can not but put vs in remembrance of the exceeding riches that thou hast. For if to thine eni∣mies, which loue thee not (as the most part of this world be,) if to them thou giuest so plentifullie thy ri∣ches heere: what shall we thinke, that with thy selfe thou hast laid vp for thy freends?

How good thou art, all creatures generallie and particularlie do teach. What creature is there in the world, which thou hast not made for our commoditie? I will not saie how that thou mightest haue made vs creaturs without sense or reason, if thou hadst would. But amongst all things none dooth so teach vs thy great loue towards vs, as dooth the death of thy most deerlie beloued sonne, who suffered the paines and ter∣rors thereof: yea, and of hell it selfe for our sakes. If this thy loue had beene but a small thing, it would ne∣uer haue lasted so long, nor Christ would neuer haue died.

Praiers and meditations to be vsed in the foure seasons of the yeere, and first: In the Spring-time.

ALmightie renewer of all things, Lord Iesu, which hast made this most goodlie world for our sakes; which hast garnished the heauens with so manie lights, vnto the vse of the daie and the night; which temperest the earth with sundrie times and seasons, ordeined by thee Page  666 to be the nourisher of man and beasts: and now (thou being restored to life) all things renew and confirme to vs the hope of resurrection promised by thee. The medowes afore being withered, waxe greene againe with new grasse: the herbs are garnished with diuers gems of flowers: the corne herbeth: seeds buried in holes shoote foorth: trees being dead afore, waxe yoong againe with new boughes; and being goodlie decked with new blossoms, giue vs hope of fruit. The sunne it selfe increaseth the grace of his light: brieflie, the whole face of nature springing againe, whithersoeuer we turne our eies, dooth speake out, and preach thy goodnesse towards mankind, wherethrough with sun∣drie solaces thou dooest ease and mitigate to vs, being through our fault driuen out of Paradise, our deserued exile. Grant, I saie, O good God, that we which being borne againe through baptisme, haue put off the old man, made now a new creature, neuer slide againe to old age; but that we may be euer greene with perpetu∣all innocencie, by the pleasant breathing on of thy spi∣rit, that we may be adorned dailie more and more with the flowers of vertues, proceeding to fruit woorthie of that Gospell, which with the Father, and the holie Ghost reigne through all worlds,

Amen.
In the Summer.

MOst wise Gouernor, and Ruler of all things Iesu Christ; behold, the yeere obeieng thy commandments waxeth hot with the feruour of the sunne, preparing ripe fruits vnto the vse of thy seruants: humblie we beseech thee, which art our true Sunne, without whom nothing is bright in our soules, neither bringeth foorth anie fruit; stretch the beames of thy grace into the earth of Page  667 our spirits, that daily they may waxe hot more & more with the fire of thy gratious loue, and that they may bring foorth sundrie fruits of wholesome good works. For thou hast witnessed in thy holie Gospell, that thou art singularlie delighted with this meate and drinke. This is the raine that thy feruent loue thirsted for, this is also the meate that the holie Apostle Paule hungered for, euen before he vnderstood and did knowe what it meant. Thou camest into the world, to send fire among vs: neither diddest thou desire anie thing more, than that it should be kindeled; except our hart be touched with the beames of thy grace. Increase, Lord Iesu that, that thou hast giuen; finish that, that thou hast begun: vntill we growe to perfect men, vnto the measure of thy fulnesse. Thou hast put off mortali∣tie, but thou hast not put off loue towards vs; but euen now fulfillest the office of a mightie and friendlie Aduocate for vs with God the Father, to whom equall in power and authoritie thou reignest with the holie Ghost,

Amen.
In Haruest.

WE giue thanks vnto thee most mer∣cifull Father, maker of heauen and earth, that by thy good prouidence the yeere is waxen ripe, powring out vnto vs plentious abundance of victuals: grant, we humblie be∣seech thee, that as thy bountiousnes ministreth sundrie and rich abun∣dance of fruits, to the susteining & nourishment of our bodies: so by the grace of thy spirit, without which there is no good thing brought foorth, is nourished, or liueth; let the affection of godlinesse waxe ripe, and be made vp in our minds, that abiding in the faith of thine onelie begotten Sonne, through all our life, wee Page  668 may be fruitfull in good works, and also receiue a plen∣tifull haruest in the resurrection of the iust, by the same our Lord Iesu Christ, which liueth and reigneth with thee in the companie of the holie Ghost for euer,

A∣men.
In Winter.

O God, the most wise maker and go∣uernor of the world, at whose com∣mandement by time appointed, course is changed and turned into it selfe by the same: behold as it were the old age and death of the yeere. Winter is come, whose sad∣nesse and incommodities be more easie vnto vs, bicause of the plesantnes of the Spring time, which shall shortlie succeed. According to the en∣sample of the yeere, our inward man flourisheth in his childhood; is feruent in youth; waxeth ripe in mans age; falleth awaie and dieth in his old age: but the hope of liuing againe asswageth the houre of death, which is sure vnto vs, euen for this cause, that thy sonne hath promised it, which is the euerlasting truth, which also can no more be deceiued or deceiue, than hee can cease to be thy sonne. Through this thy sonne, our inward man knoweth no old age or death: but by his gift it euer flourisheth with innocencie; it is euer fer∣uent in the studie of godlinesse; it euer bringeth foorth fruit, and powreth out that, that she hath receiued, vp∣on other: and as much as the bodies courage faileth, so much more the spirit flourisheth. We beseech thee, that thou wilt maintaine and increase those things, which thou hast vouchsafed to giue vs, through thine onelie begotten sonne, which li∣ueth and reigneth with thee for euermore,

Amen.
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Another praier to be said at all times and seasons of the yeere.

O Euerlasting GOD, Creator of all things, in whose hands lieth the dis∣position of all times and seasons: qualifie we beseech thee, the inclina∣tions of thy creatures, heauen and earth, with such naturall and kind∣lie moderation, as may most serue to the commoditie, health, and welfare of all mankind; that we may receiue the fruits of the earth to our comfortable sustentation, dulie honoring and praising thy holie name therefore. Mortifie with∣in vs the old roots of our natiue iniquitie, killing them as it were with the winter of a cold lust to ensue them. Sowe the seeds of thy grace within vs, that wee may spring vp in all godlinesse. Send vs the feruencie of thy spirit, that we may shew foorth the ripe fruits of a liuelie faith: that when it shall be thy good pleasure to appoint thy final haruest, thou wilt vouchsafe to bring vs into thy wished barne, like good and clensed corne, that is to saie, into thine euerlasting kingdome, there to rest with thy chosen, Abraham, Isaac, and Iacob, in all eternitie, So be it.

The song of Anania, Azariah, and Misael; wherein they exhort all creatures, both in heauen and earth, to praise and magnifie the Lord their maker.

O All ye works of the Lord, blesse yee the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye Angels of the Lord, blesse yee the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

Page  670 O ye heauens, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye waters that be aboue the firmament, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O all ye powers of the Lord, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye sunne and moone, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye starres of heauen, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye showers and dew, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye winds of God, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye fire and heate, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye winter and summer, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye dewes and frosts, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye frost and cold, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye yee and snowe, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye nights and daies, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye light and darknesse, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye lightenings & clouds, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O let the earth blesse the Lord: yea let it praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye mountaines and hils, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O all ye greene things vpon the earth, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

Page  671 O ye welles, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and ma∣gnifie him for euer.

O ye seas and flouds, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye whales, and all that moue in the waters, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O all ye fowles of the aire, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O all ye beasts and cattell, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye children of men, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O let Israel blesse the Lord: praise him and mag∣nifie him for euer.

O ye priests of the Lord, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye seruants of the Lord, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye spirits and soules of the righteous, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O ye holie and humble men of hart, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, blesse ye the Lord: praise him and magnifie him for euer.

Glorie be to the Father, &c. As it was in the beginning, &c.

Of the incomprehensible praise due vnto God for all his works and benefits.

HOW shall I do, O Lord? Whence shall I haue praise to praise thee withall? For like as thou madest me without mine aduise, as it liked thy selfe best; so hast thou praise without me, as it liketh thee. Thou thy selfe Lord art thiue owne praise. All thy works & creatures both in heauen Page  672 and earth praise thee according to thy manifold great∣nesse. Thy praise, O Lord, is incomprehensible: no hart can comprehend it, no tong can measure it, no eare can receiue it: for these things passe awaie, but thy praise O Lord, continueth for euer. Thoughts haue a begin∣ning, and thoughts haue an end: voices make a sound, and foorthwith passe awaie: the eare heareth, and the hearing ceasseth: but thy praise standeth fast for euer. Who is he then that can praise thee? What man is able to vtter foorth thy praises? Thy praise is euerla∣sting, and not transitorie. That man praiseth thee, which beleeueth thee to be thine owne praise. The man praiseth thee, which acknowledgeth himselfe vnable to attaine to thy praise.

O praise perpetuall, which neuer fadest: in thee is our praise, in thee shall my soule be praised. It is not we that praise thee, but it is thou thy selfe that dooest it both thy selfe, and in thy selfe; and we also haue praise in thee. Then haue we true praise, when we haue praise of thee, when light alloweth light: for thou bee∣ing the true praise, yeeldest vs true praise. And looke how often we seeke for praise at anie other bodies hand than thine, so often doo we forgo thy praise; be∣cause the other is shadowish, but thine is euerlasting. If we hunt after the transitorie praise, we loose the e∣ternall praise.

O praise eternall, O my Lord God, of whome is all praise, without whome there is no praise; I am not able to praise thee without thee. Let me haue thee, and I will praise thee. For what am I of my selfe, Lord, that I should praise thee? I am but dust and ashes, I am but a dead and stinking dog, I am but woormes and rottennesse. I! what am I to praise thee, O most mightie Lord God? How can the breath of no better than flesh praise thee, which dwellest in euerlasting∣nesse? Can darkenesse praise light, or death life? Thou Page  673 art light, I darkenesse: thou life, I death. Can lieng praise truth? Thou art truth, and I am a woman no better than vanitie it self. How shall I then praise thee O Lord? Shall my wretchednesse praise thee? Shall stinch praise sweet sents? Shall mans mortalitie, which is heere to daie, and gone to morrowe, praise thee? Shall man which is but rottennesse, or the sonne of man which is but woormes, praise thee? O Lord, can he praise thee, which is bred, borne, and brought vp in sinfulnesse? Praise is not seemelie in the mouth of a sinner.

O Lord my God, let thine owne incomprehensible power, let thy vnbounded wisedome, let thine vnspeak∣able goodnesse, let thine ouerpassing mercie, let thy superabundant pitie, and let thine euerlasting vertue and Godhead praise thee. Praised be thou by thine owne almightie puissance, and also by thy singular gratious goodnesse and louingnesse, whereby thou hast created vs, O Lord, the life of my soule.

Of Gods manifold benefits generallie, with an humble thanks-giuing vnto his Maiestie for the same.

AND I thy handmaid, whome tho∣rough thy goodnesse thou hast crea∣ted, will to the vttermost of my po∣wer, praise thee my God, my creator, my preseruer, and my deliuerer, with all my hart; and call to mind all the good that thou hast done me from my youth vp, to this instant. For I knowe that vnthankefulnesse doth greatlie dis∣please thee, which is the roote of all spirituall euill, and a wind that blasteth and burneth vp all good, dam∣ming vp the fountaine of thy godlie mercie for euer. Through it, the works that be dead alreadie, reuiue Page  674 not: and the works that be aliue, doo die out of hand, and recouer not againe. But I thy creature will giue thanks to thee, O Lord, least I be vnthankefull to thee my deliuerer, for the deliuering of me.

How often had that dragon swallowed me vp long ago, but that thou, O Lord, hadst plucked me out of his mouth? How often haue I sinned, & he stood readie to snatch me vp, but that thou didst defend me O Lord my God? When I dealt wickedlie, and when I brake thy commandements, he stood waiting to carrie me a∣waie to hell; but thou withstoodest him. I offended thee, and thou didst defend me. I feared thee not, and yet thou didst keepe me. I started awaie from thee, and yeelded my selfe to mine enimie, and yet thou didst fraie him awaie, that he should not take mee.

These good turnes hast thou done for me O Lord my God, & I wretch wist it not. For so hast thou often times deliuered me out of the diuels chaps, plucked me out of the lions mouth, and manie and sundrie waies brought me backe againe from hell, though I wist it not. For I haue gone downe to the verie gates of hell, but thou hast held me from going in. I drew neere to deaths dore, but thou hast not suffered it to take me in. Also, thou hast oftentimes preserued mée from bodilie death, O my sauiour, when I haue beene attached with sore sicknesses: and when I haue beene in manie dangers by sea, and by land, thou hast al∣waies stood by me, deliuering me from fire, and from sword, and from all perill, and mercifullie preseruing me. Trulie Lord, thou knowest, that if death had dis∣patched me at that time, hell had receiued my soule, and I had beene damned for euer: but thy mercie and thy grace preuented me, rescuing me from bodilie death, and also from the death of my soule, O my Lord God. These and manie other good turnes hast thou done for me I saie; and I was blind and wist it not, Page  675 vntill thou inlightenedst me.

Now therefore, O light of my soule, my Lord God, my life whereby I liue; the sight of mine eies where∣with I see; behold thou hast inlightened me, and I per∣ceiue how I liue through thee. And I yeeld thee thanks though little woorth and slender, and farre from thy benefits; howbeit yet such as my frailtie hath to giue. For thou onelie art my God, and my gratious maker, which louest our soules, and hatest none of the things that thou hast made. Behold I am the chiefe among the sinners whom thou hast saued, that I may be an example vnto others of thy most merciful louing kind∣nes. I will acknowledge thy great benefits vnto thee. For thou hast plucked me out of the bottome of hell once, and twise, and thrise, and an hundred times, and a thousand times. Yea, I alwaies made toward hell, and thou didst alwaies bring me backe againe, when thou mightest iustlie haue damned me, if thou haddest would: but thou wouldest not, O Lord my GOD, bi∣cause thou louest mens soules, and bearest with mens sinnes, that they might repent: all thy waies be full of mercie.

Now therefore, O Lord my God, I see these things, and discerne them by thy light; and my hart is astoni∣shed at thy great mercie towards me, in that thou hast deliuered my soule from the bottome of hell, and brought me backe againe to life. For I was starke dead, and thou hast made me thoroughlie aliue againe. Therfore am I altogither beholden to thee for my life. And whole as I am, I yeeld my selfe wholie vnto thee. Let my whole spirit, my whole hart, my whole bodie, and my whole life, liue vnto thee my sweet life. For thou hast deliuered me whole, that thou mightest possesse me whole; thou hast made me whole new againe, that thou mightest haue me whole againe.

And therefore let me loue thee, O Lord my strength; Page  676 let me loue thee, O mine vnspeakable ioie, and let mee liue hencefoorth, not to my selfe, but vnto thee. All my whole life, which was perished in mine owne wret∣chednesse, is reuiued againe in thy mercie. For thou art a pitifull and mercifull GOD, and manie are thy compassions towards thousands, in them that loue thy name. And therfore, O Lord my God, thou my san∣ctifier hast commanded me in thy lawe, that I should loue thee with all my hart, with all my might, yea euen from the bottome of my hart, at all houres and times, wherein I enioie the benefits of thy mercie. For I should perish for euer, but that thou rulest me euer. I should euer die, but that thou euer quickenest me: yea, euerie moment thou bindest me vnto thee, in as much as euerie moment thou bestowest thy great benefits vpon me. Therfore like as there is no houre or instant of time in all my life, that I haue not the vse of thy be∣nefits: so ought there to be no moment, wherein I should not haue thee in remembrance before mine eies, and loue thee to the vttermost of my power. But this I am not able to doo, except thou make me able; of whom commeth euerie good gift and excellent gift; in whom there is no change, nor intercourse of darknes. For to loue thee commeth not of our owne will, or of our owne running; but of thy mercie. Lord, it is thy gift, whose all good things are. Thou commandest vs to loue thee; giue vs that which thou commandest, and command what thou wilt.

Another meditation of Gods great benefits.

VNto thee, O souereigne light, O ghostlie Physician, & the health of my soule, will I now & euer giue praise, with all my whole hart, for all thy benefits, wherwith thou feedest me from my youth vnto mine old Page  677 age, and euen till my last gaspe, I beseech thee by thy selfe forsake me not. For thou madest me when I was not; thou redeemedst me when I was forlorne; thou inlightenedst me when I was in darknesse; thou rai∣sedst me when I was dead: yea, when I was both for∣lorne and dead, thou camest downe from the bosome of thy Father, to me, & tookest mortalitie vpon thee. Thou being my King, camest downe to thy seruant. To re∣deeme thy seruant, thou gauest thy selfe: to the intent that I might liue; thou tookest vpon thee to die, and ouercamest death. Thou diddest set me vp againe, by abasing thy selfe lowe. I was vndoone; I was gone farre awaie in my sinnes; I was sold to sinne: then camest thou for me to bring me out againe; and thou didst loue me so well, that thou gauest thine owne blood for my ransome.

Lord, thou hast loued me more than thy selfe. For thou diddest find in thine hart to die for me. Upon this condition hast thou with so deere a price brought mee backe againe from banishment; ransomed me out of bondage; rescued me from punishment; called mee by thine owne name, and sealed me with thy blood; that the remembrance of thee should be euermore with me, and that he should neuer depart from my hart, who for my sake shunned not the crosse. Thou hast annoin∣ted me with the oile, wherewith thou thy selfe wert annointed, that I might be called a Christian, after thy name Christ. Behold, thou hast registred me vpon thine hands, to the end that the remembrance of mee might be alwaies present with thee: yet notwithstan∣ding, so as if the remembrance of thee, be alwaies pre∣sent with me.

Thus then haue thy loue, thy grace and mercie al∣waies preuented me. For thou hast oftentimes deliue∣red me from manie and great perils, O my deliuerer. When I went astraie, thou broughtest mee backe Page  678 againe; when I was ignorant, thou taughtest mee; when I sinned, thou diddest chastise me; when I haue beene in heauines, thou hast cheered me; when I haue beene in despaire, thou hast recomforted me; when I haue beene fallen, thou hast lifted me vp; when I haue stood, thou hast vpholden me; when I haue gone, thou hast guided me; when I haue come, thou hast receiued me; when I haue slept, thou hast watched me; and when I haue cried vnto thee, thou hast heard me.

O Lord, where shall I haue words to vtter the signes of thy singular loue toward me; considering thine innumerable benefits wherin thou hast brought me vp from the beginning? Namelie, euen from the benefit of the creation, when at the first beginning thou madest me of nothing after thine owne image, in honouring and aduancing me among the creatures, which thou madest, and innobling me with the light of thy countenance, which thou imprintedst vpon the lampe of my hart, thereby disseuering me as well from sensible, as from senselesse creatures, and abasing mee but little beneath the Angels. And yet was all this but a small matter in the sight of thy Godhead. For without ceassng thou hast dailie nourished this vnpro∣fitable woorme, which stinketh with sinne, with all the singular and exceeding great store of thy good gifts and benefits: and thou hast as it were suckled and streng∣thened me thy little tender babe, with the teates of thy comfort. For to the intent that I should wholie serue thee, thou hast appointed all thy creatures to serue me.

These and manie other good turnes, hast thou done vnto me, O Lord my God, the life of my soule: for all which I render vnto thee againe most humble and hartie thanks-giuing: beseeching thee, O Lord, that it may be a pleasure to me, wretch that I am, to be al∣waies talking of them, alwaies thinking vpon them, Page  679 and alwaies giuing thee thanks for them. O my God, shew me, I saie, how much I am bound to loue thee; make it appeare to me how much I ought to please thee. Open me the doore of thy light, that I may enter in, and both knowe, & acknowledge vnto thee with my whole hart, that thy mercie is great toward mee, and that thou hast deliuered my hart from the bottome of hell: so as I might euer praise thee for all thy good gifts, and loue thee with all my hart, and with all my soule, and with all my mind, and with all my strength, yea and that with the verie bowels and intrailes of my hart, and of all my sinewes. O Lord my God, the blessed sweetnesse of all that delight in thee: whose name is woonderfull, and praise woorthie through hea∣uen and earth: So be it.

Another forme of thanks-giuing vnto God, for all his benefits, and praier for grace to con∣firme and increase the same.

O Most highest, almightie and eter∣nall God, whose glorie replenisheth heauen and earth. If thy holie and celestiall powers doo neuer cease in lauding thy most holie Maiestie; how should we cease, earthlie and lowlie seruants, which are redee∣med with the pretious bloud of thy onelie sonne? And for as much as thy louing kindnesse and fauour in especiallie worketh towards vs, we also ought continuallie to giue thanks for thy great good∣nesse; but haue mercie, O mercifull father. For the ne∣cessitie of this life, dooth not suffer vs to thanke thee continuallie. Wherefore (though not continuallie as I ought) I worship thee my maker with trembling & feare; I giue thee thanks for all thy benefits: that when I was nothing, thou madest mee, gauest me a li∣uing Page  680 soule, quickened with thy holie spirit, formed mee with thine owne image, that it might be able to re∣ceiue thee, which art the high God. By thy prouidence thou hast brought me to those things that are expedi∣ent for me, giuen to me knowledge and true faith in thee, and planted a godlie mind in me, and instructed me in the mysteries of thy holie word & Sacraments.

But oh Lord, how dare I recite thy benefits by number; seeing thy louing kindnesse is an vnsearch∣able bottomlesse sea, and an innumerable? For I can not so soone giue thanks for thy benefits shewed of old, as new haue euen ouerwhelmed me. Oh Lord, how great a benefit is this, that I may to thee giue thanks? For what fellowship hath vnrighteousnesse with righteousnesse? What partaking darkenesse with light? What agreement filthinesse with puritie? Follie with wisedome? Mortalitie, with thee that art immortall? Oh my vilenesse! Oh thy goodnesse! Yea, though the spirit were readie, yet is the flesh fraile: but thou O Lord, if thou wilt, canst make me strong. And so, O most mercifull father, vouchsafe that I may euer giue thanks and laud to thee. For what good gift did I euer desire of thee, but thou first willedst it to me? Who better knoweth what is good for me, than thou? And because I need a mediator, accept thine innocent Sonne Iesus Christ, with his crosse and passion, bloud-shed, death, and resurrection for me. I haue not this deserued: but thou father, of thy mercie and truth hast by the same thy deerelie beloued Sonne, promised and giuen vs thy mercie and fauour. Open therefore, O my mercifull Father, for this thy deerelie beloued Sonnes sake, euen this daie thy woonted hand of mer∣cie, and fulfill my mind and hart with a good will, and let thy right hand defend me. And if my sinnes, which I acknowledge to be great and innumerable, (there∣fore I repent and am hartilie sorie) doo let thy good∣nesse, Page  681 O father wipe them awaie; for this is thy glorie, to forgiue sinnes, and therefore no flesh may reioice before thee: for thou Lord onlie art pure, and without sinne. Haue mercie vpon me thy bondseruant, and vp∣pon all people; and O father, bring them vnto the knowledge of thee that art onlie God, and of Iesus Christ whome thou hast sent, the onlie sauiour and re∣deemer, mediator, and aduocate for vs: and after this present life, bring vs to eternall blisse and felicitie, by the deere merits of thy Sonne Iesus Christ. For thine is the power, kingdome, and glorie, for euer,

Amen.

Another to the same effect.

HOnour and praise be giuen to thee, O Lord God almightie, most deere father of heauen, for all thy mercies and louing kindnesse shewed vnto vs, in that it hath pleased thy grati∣ous goodnesse freelie, of thine owne accord, to elect and choose vs to sal∣uation afore the beginning of the world: and euen like continuall thanks be giuen vnto thee, for creating vs after thine owne image, for redee∣ming vs with the pretious bloud of thy deere Sonne, when we were vtterlie lost; for sanctifieng vs with thy holie spirit, in the reuelation and knowledge of thy sa∣cred word; for helping and succouring vs in all our need and necessitie; for sauing vs from all dangers of bodie and soule; for comforting vs so fatherlie in all our troubles and afflictions; for sparing vs so long, and gi∣uing vs so large time of repentance. These benefits, O most mercifull father, like as we acknowledge to haue receiued of thine onlie goodnesse, euen so we beseech thee, for thy deere sonne Iesus Christes sake, to grant vs alwaie thy holie spirit, whereby we may continu∣allie growe in thankefulnesse towards thee, be led into Page  682 all truth, and comforted in all aduersitie. Strengthen our faith, O Lord, kindle it more and more in feruent∣nesse and loue towards thee, and our neighbours for thy sake. Suffer vs not, most deere father, to receiue thy word anie more in vaine; but grant vs alwaie the assistance of thy grace and holie spirit, that in hart, word, and deede, we may sanctifie, and doo woorship to thy holie name, that we may help to amplifie thy king∣dome, and that whatsoeuer thou sendest, we may bee hartilie well content with thy good will and pleasure. Suffer vs not to lacke the thing, O father, without the which we can not serue thee; but blesse thou so all the works of our hands, that we may haue sufficient, and not to be chargeable, but rather helpfull vnto o∣thers. Be merciful, O Lord, vnto our offences, and see∣ing our debt is great, which thou hast forgiuen vs in Iesus Christ, make vs to loue thee, and our neighbors so much the more. Be thou, O father, our Captaine and defender in all temptations. Hold thou vs by thy mercifull hand, that we thereby may be deliuered from all inconuenience, and end our liues in the sanctifieng and honou∣ring of thy holie name, through Iesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.
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¶ On the seuenteenth daie of Nouember, commonlie called The Queenes daie.

Sundrie formes of Christian praiers and thanks-giuings vnto God, for the preseruation of the most vertuous Ladie Eliza∣beth, our most deare, and dread souereigne Quéene of Eng∣land, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c. verie ne∣cessarie to be vsed, as generallie of all faithfull subiects conti∣nuallie, so especiallie of the Mother and hir Daughter, vpon the seuentéenth daie of Nouember, and euerie Sabboth and holie daie, in honourable remembrance of that ioifull Sabboth, rest and peace, from carefull mourning, which that memorable seuententh daie brought to vs the banished exiles of England, and persecuted members of Christ, by the most happie en∣trance of hir most roiall and excellent Maiestie, into this hir Emperiall Crowne and kingdome.

A Psalme.

Mother.

COme O all you that feare God, come hither I praie you, and giue eare a while, and reherse with me ye great benefits that he the Lord hath bestowed vpon vs.

Daughter.

For lo, when the most mightie men gathered their po∣wer against vs, and laie in wait for our life, they conspired togither to worke our de∣struction, as though the Lord had determined the same; and exhorted one another, saieng, God hath for∣saken them, therefore persecute them now flieng a∣waie, and take them being destitute of all helpe.

Moth.

These men, our aduersaries I saie, whereso∣euer we remoued or went by sea or by land, laie in wait Page  684 most diligentlie for vs, yea multitudes of the cruell e∣nimies did not ceasse craftilie to enuiron and beset vs round about, and ran vpon vs with gaping mouthes, like raging and roring lions, of malicious minds to bring vs to extremitie, and to deuoure vs.

Daugh.

For thy sake O Lord alone were we killed euerie daie, neither were we in anie better condition, than sheepe appointed of butchers to the slaughter.

Moth.

Manie of vs wandered in the waste wilder∣nesse, and sought strange cities commodious to dwell in, halfe dead, and killed with famine and thirst, ouer∣whelmed with the shadowe of death, and being cast downe by the burthen of our miseries, laie downe flat cleauing to the earth.

Daugh.

The bands of death compassed vs round a∣bout, and bound vs: most wicked men like most raging flouds made vs afraid, enuironing vs round about.

Moth.

We were snared, and cast fast bound with chaines into most darke dungeons: yea we tasted the heate of the fire, and the force of the water.

Daugh.

Then we called vpon the Lord in these ex∣tremities. We called vpon the Lord, I saie, and he heard our voice out of his high palace, and receiuing into his eares the crie that we made vnto him, he de∣liuered vs from our miseries and distresse.

Moth.

He gathered vs home which were scattered, from the East & the West, from the North & South, and brought vs from the dungeons of the prisons, and darkenesse of death, breaking the fetters and giues of iron in peeces.

Daugh.

The Lord hath deliuered our life from death: he staid the teares of our eies, and established our feet, that they did not fall: he hath brought vs out of our distresse. Hence haue we our light, whereby he causeth vs to shine, and hath driuen awaie our darke∣nesse.

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Moth.

Therfore will we praise thee, O Lord, among the nations, and will sing lauds vnto thy Maiestie: yea, we will declare thy power, and will shew foorth thy praise and mercie earlie in the morning; because thou hast defended vs, and wast our refuge in extreme dangers.

Daugh.

Oh acknowledge, and declare ye openlie, that the Lord is good: for his bountious goodnesse is for euer. Let all the sincere worshippers of the Lord now confesse, that his louing kindnesse is perpetuall. Praise ye the Lord.

Moth.

Glorie be to the Father, and to the, &c.

Daug.

As it was in the beginning, is now, &c.

¶ The Versicles.

Mother.

O Lord shew thy great mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

Daughter.

And grant thine euer∣lasting helth and saluation vnto vs.

Moth.

O Lord saue Elizabeth our gratious Queene and Gouernor.

Daugh.

Which putteth hir onlie confidence in thee, O God, hir tower.

Moth.

Oh send hir still continuall helpe from thy most holie place.

Daugh.

And euermore from dangers all, defend thou hir most roiall Grace.

Moth.

O let not the infernall fo haue anie aduan∣tage of hir.

Daugh.

Nor let the wicked enimie once approch to hurt hir.

Moth.

Indue hir ministers alwaie with righteous∣nesse and equitie.

Daugh.

And make thou thy chosen seruants full ioi∣fullie to praise thee.

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Moth.

O Lord saue thy people from all perils, and dow them with thy gifts.

Daugh.

And blesse thou thine inheritance with all thy bountious benefits.

Moth.

In our time, O Lord, giue vs thy peace, which passeth all vnderstanding.

Daugh.

Bicause none other God dooth fight for vs; but onelie thou our King.

Moth.

O soften thou our hardened harts, and clense our filthie soules from sinne.

Daugh.

And by thy spirit and gifts of grace, make vs a holie life for to beginne.

The praier.

Mother.

O Lord GOD, most mercifull father, who as vpon this daie placing thy seruant our most deer Souereigne, and most gratious Queene Eliza∣beth, in the Empire of this king∣dome, diddest deliuer thy people of England from danger of war and oppression, both of bodies by tyran∣nie, & of conscience by superstition, restoring peace, and true religion, with libertie both of bodies and minds, and hast continued the same thy blessings, without all desert on our part, now by the space of these foure and twentie yeeres. We, who are in memorie of these thy great benefits, assembled here togither, most humblie beseech thy fatherlie goodnesse, to grant vs grace, that we may in word, deed and hart, shew our selues thank∣full and obedient vnto thee for the same; and that Eliza∣beth our vertuous Queene, through thy grace, may in all honour, goodnesse, and godlinesse, long and manie yeeres liue and reigne ouer vs, and we obeie and en∣ioie hir Maiestie, with the continuance of thy great Page  687 blessings, which thou hitherto hast by hir, thy blessed minister, powred vpon vs hir people. This we beseech thee to grant vnto vs, for thy deere Son Iesus Christs sake, our Lord and Sauiour.

Daughter:

Amen.

Or else saie thus:

WE yeeld vnto thee, most mightie and mercifull father, immortall thanks, for that it hath pleased thee of thy meere mercie and fatherlie bountie, after the stormes of so manie trou∣blesome times, to conduct vs as vp∣on this daie out of banishment and exile, into the comfortable port of tranquillitie, by the hand of thy most gratious seruant and our deere Souereigne Ladie Queene Elizabeth. When we were as sheepe wandering astraie in the wildernesse, thou ordeinedst hir Maiestie to bee our shepheard, to gather vs againe into thy sheepefold. When we had beene long tossed hither & thither with the outrage and cruell furie of tyrannicall persecuti∣on, like a poore weather-beaten barke, that hath beene continuallie tormoiled and tossed on the perilous sur∣ges of the outragious and swelling seas, finding no sure rode nor harborough wherein to rest; but conti∣nuallie in danger, either to sinke into the sands, or to be ouerwhelmed with waues, or violentlie to be dash∣ed in peeces against the maine rocks. Euen then, I saie, when we despaired vtterlie of safegard, standing stil in feare of the hazard of euerlasting confusion, thou cōmittedst the helme to be guided by hir Graces wise∣dome, who at last conducted vs into the hauen of this long desired peace and tranquillitie.

Therefore, whereas thou hast placed hir in the re∣gal throne to be our Dauid, our Iosias, our Samuel; Page  688 yea to be our shepheard and ring-leader in the waie of true holinesse and sincere religion. Inspire hir mind with the manifold blessings of thy grace, that she may walke all the daies of hir life in the path of thy com∣mandements, and happilie discharge hir dutie in that stewardship and dispensation, which thou hast com∣mitted to hir Maiesties hands. Inflame hir mind more and more with the loue of thy holie Gospell; that all hir deeds, thoughts, and practises may tend to the propagation and planting of thy word, and Christian religion, in these hir Maiesties dominions. Incline the motions of hir vertuous disposition, aboue all things to seeke thine honour and glorie; to sowe the seeds of the Catholike faith abundantlie in all places; to cut off the brood of superstition and idolatrie; to constitute true preachers of thy word; and stablish euerie where thine holie Gospell and true religion.

Preserue hir, most mercifull Father (as hitherto thou hast most miraculouslie done) from the diuelish deuises and practises of hir enimies, that she may haue a long and happie reigne among vs, to the aduance∣ment of thy glorie, and ioie and comfort of all vs hir subiects. Let hir naturall disposition continue to hir foes terrible; to hir subiects amiable; to hir offenders mercifull; to the vertuous bountifull; indifferent to all men, and in all respects parciall in no point, neither in causes ecclesiasticall, nor yet in matters concerning politike gouernement. Assist hir, most mercifull Fa∣ther, with the might of thy heauenlie spirit, to quaile the pride of the triple-headed Romish Cerberus, to ba∣nish his beggerlie ceremonies, to abridge the terme of his reigne, and finallie to cut off and preuent the seeds that continuallie striue to spring vp from abhomina∣ble superstition and idolatrie.

Grant hir grace, most mercifull Father, to run the remnant of hir race in the right path of thy comman∣dements, Page  689 declining neither to the right hand, nor to the left; but so vsing all times thy heauenlie word, as the rule and compasse to direct hir course. Preserue hir Grace, most mercifull Father, in continuall health of bodie, and quietnesse of mind, that she may be alwaies able to rule the bridle of hir high charge, and to exe∣cute right and iustice to all sorts and degrees; to the aduancement of thy glorie, and the vniuersall commo∣ditie of hir Maiesties subiects. And finallie grant, O most mercifull Father, that when it shall please thee to end the terme of hir daies in this world, thou wilt make hir partaker of the celestiall ioies, which are prepared for them that feare and loue thee, since the foundation of the world. Grant this, most mercifull Father, for thy deere Sonne our Lord Iesus Christs sake, to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, three per∣sons & one God, be all glorie, honour, and praise, world without end,

Amen.

Another thanks-giuing and praier vnto God, for the pre∣seruation of the Queenes Maiestie, and the Realme.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, which in thy great mercies hast both giuen vnto vs a peacea∣ble Prince and gratious Queene, and also haft hitherto verie often and miraculouslie saued hir from sundrie great perils and imminent dangers; and by hir mercifull, vn∣bloudie, and gratious gouernement, hast preserued vs and the whole Realme from manifold mischiefs and dreadfull plagues, wherewith nations round about vs haue beene, and yet be most greeuouslie afflicted: haue mercie vpon them, O Lord; and grant vs grace, we beseech thee, for these thy great benefits, that wee Page  690 may be hartilie thankfull and obedient vnto thee, to flie from all things that may offend thee, and prouoke thy wrath and indignation against vs, and to order our liues in all things that may please thee, that thy seruant our Souereigne Ladie Queene Elizabeth, and we thy people committed to hir charge, may by thy protection be continuallie preserued from all treache∣rous deceits and violences of enimies, and from all other dangers and perils both bodilie and ghostlie, and by thy goodnesse may be maintained in all peace and godlinesse. Grant this, O mercifull Father, for thy deere sonnes sake, our Sauiour Iesus Christ, to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honour and glorie, for euer and euer,

Amen.

Another meditation to be vsed especiallie vpon the 17. daie of Nouember, wherein the godlie English giueth thanks to God, for the Queenes most prosperous gouerne∣ment hitherto, and praieth for the continu∣ance thereof to Gods glorie.

AMongst other thy benefits great and innumerable (heauenlie father our most mercifull Lord and God) by thee of thine exceeding goodnesse bestowed vpon the children of men, the seruants of thy houshold, dis∣persed vpon the face of the earth: it hath pleased thee, that we thy peo∣ple of England, liuing in these daies, should (in abun∣dance, beyond the measure of the graces of our bre∣thren, & the prosperous course of our fathers,) behold and perceiue thine inestimable good will in the amia∣blenesse of thy countenance shining vpon vs; to whom thou hast giuen thy chosen handmaiden Elizabeth for souereigne Ladie and Gouernour. For whatsoeuer is for the glorie of thy house, O Lord, for vs it is, which Page  691 are the issue and slime of the earth, and vnwoorthie to stand and looke vp to heauen, made into vessels after thine image that were not, to be redeemed and borne anew after the second Adam that perisheth not, in the sprinkling of the bloud of Christ, and sanctification of the spirit that were vtterlie lost, to stand fast in thy hands, sealed according to thine eternall loue, and written in the booke of life, that dailie runne headlong to our owne destruction. As the sense heereof reioiceth the harts of all those, whome thou hast knit into this fellowship of the Saincts, and called into the blessed hope of the eternall kingdome; so againe, how vngrate∣full should we be, to whome thou hast dealt these bene∣fits from thy diuine Maiestie, by the person raised vp for thine instrument thereof towards vs, if we should not in speciall sort shew our selues thankefull vnto thee therefore?

And if not to liue tearing and eating one the other, like the Giants in the old world, and euerie man to doo what seemeth him best in his owne eies; as when there was no Iudge in Israel. If that princes reigne, and Gouernours giue iudgement, it is thy gift, and then in the woorst disposition of their thoughts, for the sinnes of the people, they are redoubted. Thou, O Lord, hast appointed them, they are sacred. Thou, O Lord, hast annointed them, they are feared; thou chan∣gest their harts, like the streames of waters; they are honoured. Thine owne image & likenesse, in guiding Angels and all creatures, is pregnant; and cannot de∣uaile in them, bearing rule in earth ouer the children of men. What praise is due vnto thee from those, vnto whome thou leauest not an Anarchie and headlesse dissolution? As to the Canibals a monstrous and mis∣shapen gouernement, and fanning with fire, and strea∣ming with bloud, and smoking with mist and darke∣nesse of errour and ignorance. As to the Antichristes, Page  692 greased in the brow with the marke of the image of the great beaste & whore of Babylon: not a waste and barbarous perpetuall heathen contrition, as vnto the Tartarian heards of cursed Cham, vnto the rustie & wasted with miserie the inhabitants of Meschech; or to the turbulent and rauenous swarmes and hosts of Tubal-gog, or such like as those: but contra∣riwise, whome thou leadest like a flocke of sheepe by the hands of Moses and Aaron, and hast chosen Dauid thy seruant, whome thou hast loued, to feed as the people of thine owne inheritance, giuing vnto them for warre, peace; for inciuilitie, societie; for ignorance, knowledge; for superstition, religion; for error, truth; for hunger, plentie; for vnprouidence, policie; for dis∣sonancie, harmonie; for miserie, felicitie; and making them to dwell in safetie, as vnder the wings of thy de∣fence, and shadowe of thy protection.

Now, such hath beene thy mercie towards vs, that no tongue is able to expresse, in giuing vs in thy gra∣tious pleasure, and thine vnrecountable largesse and liberalitie, thy select seruant Elizabeth, Queene, and su∣preame Gouernour to vs, of the legue nations and peoples of hir obeisance and regiment: that as by a starre, the light and influence ouer things beneath from thee, the first cause and fountaine of brightnesse, not to be attained vnto; and as by a cleere riuer and plentifull brooke, the course of the waters from thee, the euerlasting head-spring: euen so the shining beames, and flowing streames of all those thy mercies and good gifts haue beene and are, sithence the daies of hir happie and gratious gouernement, from thee con∣uaid and deuolued vnto vs. And we, that before were no people, not so much in regard of the estate in which we haled, when we were sauage, and wood men, cruell as men-deuourers, terrible as spirits, brutish as beasts in the old age, at the first calling home of our Page  693 grand ancestors to humane ciuilitie: but in these daies in few yeares degenerate from the true knowledge of thee and thy Sonne Iesus Christ, vnto the consuming nakednesse of idolatrie, and plaieng inordinate before the golden calfe of our owne making and our Priests.

Now the foure and twentith Sunne most happilie inuironeth in the firmament, sithence by the meanes of a poore vessell of the weaker sexe, and a sillie maiden, thou performing the glorious deliuerance of thy peo∣ple, out of the thraldome and slauerie of Pharao and Egypt, didst annoint the kings daughter with an holie oile, setting a crowne of pure gold vpon hir head, and inuesting hir with the purple, and scepter, and regall diademe of the Realme: sithence which time, O fa∣ther, we owe to thee and to hir, our God, and our Mo∣ses, the breath of our nostrels, the sight of this light, the vse of this aire, the ease of our harts, the peace of our consciences, and the whole worke of our welfare. By hir inspired by thee, spreading hir beames at hir appearing, the bloudie launces, and claunching mur∣reans, and the redoubling sheelds haue beene shatte∣red asunder in shiuers, and bated, and foiled into mat∣tockes and spades, the flames of our furies quenched and put out, and the poole of grace flowed ouer the Realme: the Lion reconciled with the Lambe, the wilde Asse set to be pastured with the seelie Kid; the abhomination of desolation remoued from the holie Temple, and the Sonne of man exalted and lift vp on high in his owne kingdome, for all that were stoong by the firie Serpent to looke vpon and be saued.

In admirable lenitie Babylon hath put on Zion; Egypt is become our owne; Rahab the harlot denizo∣ned in Ierusalem; we become of the wild oliues, the true garden plants; of Ismael, Israel; of miscreant, christian; of painime, protesting & professing; of Anti∣christian Romanists, & heathen idolaters, faithfull, E∣uangelicall, Page  694 sincerelie beleeuing, woorshippers of thee in spirit and veritie, according to thy holie word. Nei∣ther hath cost beene spared, nor occasion foreslowed, nor time ouerpassed, nor trauell intermitted, to raise that was fallen, to win that was withholden, to call that was straied, to heale that was wearied, to find that was lost, to restore that was ruined, to repaire that was decaied, to make good and enable that was abandoned. Preachers haue beene sent foorth plenti∣ouslie, lawes haue beene executed mercifullie, orders haue beene set downe politikelie, dangers haue beene declined discreetly, tumults haue beene appeased victo∣riouslie, the whole spacious dominions of both Iles, and the adiacent lands gouerned triumphantlie: so as it is hard to find the man that more orderlie hath managed the charge of anie one houshold, than the daughter of thy house with hir virginall hands hath weelded the weightie scepter of sundrie and mightie populous nations.

In hir time haue been seene the golden yeeres of the reigne of hir father Dauid, and the peacefull kingdom of Salomon to haue been aduanced: the earth not to haue denied hir fruitfulnesse, the sea hir increase, the clouds their drops, the heauens their fairenesse, the sunne his warmth, the yeere hir goodnesse: but the val∣lies stand thicke with corne, the wildernesse crowned with gladnesse, the furrowes watered, the moun∣taines laugh & sing, the folds full of sheepe, our sonnes and our daughters growe vp like to the polished cor∣ners of the Temple, our yoong men see visions, and our old men prophesie, Ierusalem hir light shining vnto hir, & the glorie of the Lord risen vnto hir, the Queene bringing hir honor vnto the Citie of Dauid, and the nations walking in the light thereof.

Great is the honour that thou, O Iehouah, hast heaped vpon vs; and honourable in foraigne regions Page  695 is the worke that thou hast wrought by thy chosen, yea and so much the more hath the brightnesse of this beautie beene powred abroade, that whilest Egypt round about hath been darkened, euen the whole world in a manner besides vs, whome thou hast gathered in∣to pastures of this Gosen, and the thicke mists of er∣rour haue blinded the eies of the earth, the cloudie pil∣ler hath not departed from vs by the daie, nor the firie flame by night. Whilest other lands round about haue warred to the destruction of one another, our Moses hath guided vs in peace. Whilest other nations like Egypt round about hath been plagued by the destroier from the first borne, sitting vpon the princes throne, vnto the vassall and slaue grinding at the handmill, our Moses hath not diminished of hir flocke. Whi∣lest the firme lands haue beene ouerwhelmed by the rage of the seas and waters, our Iland hauing dwelt in peace, hath sent hir ship into Ophir for gold, and prepared hir nauie against the danger of the enimie. Whilest Athalia hath murthered hir owne bloud, our Ioas hath learned the lawe of the Lord of Iehoiada. Whilest Achas consecrateth his owne sonne in the fire, and Samaria eateth hir owne children on the walles, our Eliza directeth the children of the Pro∣phets in their offices. Whilest Iezabel setteth vp Baal, and embrueth Achab with the bloud of the Pro∣phets, and of Naboth, our Elias gathereth the people of God to mount Carmel, to behold the wonder of the fire of God, lighting from heauen vpon the sacrifices, and replenishing the harts with ioie, and tongues, with gifts of languages.

This is then so woorthie an instrument of thy good∣nesse, and expresse image of thy Maiestie, & the ample matter of this daies celebritie. And now what doth thy people desire at thy hands; but that first, O Lord, thou giue vs thankefull harts, and make vs all the Page  696 daies of our liues mindfull of this thy fatherlie and gratious bountifulnesse. Then, as presentlie the Queenes highnesse hath gloriouslie atchiued the tra∣uell of full three and twentie yeares, and now the an∣nuall celebritie of our voluntarie sacrifice of praise and thanks-giuing therefore returneth: so it may by thy benefit full often returne, and not once or twice, but yeare by yeare, and yeare heaped vpon yeare, we and our of-spring may behold this felicitie, vntill we and she satisfied in aboundance, the time drawe along which thou hast appointed for the veiling of hir crowne, at the feet of thy sonne Iesus; and the course of this earthlie pilgrimage ouerrun, we and she at our determined seasons be taken to reigne in the euerla∣sting kingdome of thy glorie.

Againe, where much is the mischiefe of man, great and enormous the rage of Sathan, subtill the practi∣ses of Antichrist, euill our deserts, lamentable the state of things, whilest open colouring hideth priuie conspiring, poisoned lips giue sugred words, the breath of Cockatrices, the embracings of Scorpions, the ro∣ring of Bulles, the ringing of Libels, the raging of Rabsake, the sword of Herod, the destruction of Abba∣don hath beene seene in our streets, hath beene heard on our walles, hath multiplied before the gates of our Cities, that thou destroie vs not in the midst of the works of thy mercie, to leaue vs headlesse and hope∣lesse, and make vs a scorne and prouerbe to the enimie; but rather to behold the number of the faithfull sub∣iects, in the dread of their soules, and iust gealousie of their common interest, bowing the knees of their harts for the long safetie of Queene Elizabeths sacred princelie person, rather than in thy iust furie, for auen∣ging of our sinnes, to suffer the diuell with the wicked to preuaile in the vniust zealousnesse of their preposte∣rous vowes, graceleslie swearing the death of thy Page  697 Saincts, and thine annointed.

Lastlie, that what remaineth of the happie building of thy Church, by the hands of thy deere daughter, thou plentifullie powre of thy principall spirit vpon hir, and rauish hir hart with the flame of the loue of thee and thy house, with Moses to leade, and with Io∣shua to bring into the land of promise, with Debora to fight the battell; and with Iahel to knocke Sisera of Rome in the temples of his vsurped headship, to his vtter destruction; with Dauid to bring home the Arke; and with Salomon to finish and consecrate to eterni∣tie thy Temple amongst the people: on the earth for the time to giue largelie hir fostermilke to Hierusa∣lem: in heauen at the time in the purenesse of hir vir∣ginitie, to be presented to the lambe, and sing the song of hir wedding daie, with thy Angels & thy Saincts, to the praise of thy glorious Maiestie, the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, in one eternall Deitie, for euer and euer,

Amen.

Another godlie and learned praier for our most gratious souereigne Ladie, Queene Elizabeth.

O Almightie, eternall God, creator, gouernor & preseruer of all things, Lord of all lords, and King of all kings, who madest man like vnto thine owne image, that he should honour, serue, and obeie thee onlie, and that all other thy creatures should serue to his vse and commo∣ditie, ouer whome thou madest him lord and ruler, the forbidden fruit onlie except: but he most miserable man, by his owne disobedience, in eating thereof, lost not onlie that kinglie prerogatiue, but brought him∣selfe and all his posteritie into the state of eternall Page  696〈1 page duplicate〉Page  697〈1 page duplicate〉Page  698 damnation. Yet thou, O Lord, in thine vnspeakable mercie, didst then promise, and in time broughtest to passe, that thine onlie Sonne became man like vnto vs, sin except, and was borne of a pure virgin by thy di∣uine prouidence and power, who to restore this now most miserable man, with all vs, whose children by na∣ture we are, vnto the state of eternall saluation, did suffer most shamefull, most vile and bitter, yea most cruell and painefull death on the crosse, whereon his glorious bodie was broken, and his pretious bloud shead, a sufficient ransome, a full satisfaction, a iust re∣compense of thy iustice and lawe, for all them that be∣leeue, and embrace thy Gospell and sacred truth.

But O Lord, our good God, be mercifull vnto vs, who by our infirmitie (through the fall of this lordlie man, our great grandfather Adam) can not now liue in anie peaceable or good condition and state, without Magistrates and Kings to rule and gouerne vs. We therefore most humblie and hartilie beseech thy diuine Maiestie, for the loue of thine onlie Sonne Iesus Christ, to looke downe with thy fatherlie compassion vpon thy seruant Elizabeth, our most gratious Queene and dread souereigne. Graffe in hir roiall hart, by the working of thy holie spirit, thy manifold good gifts and benefits, as wisdome, grace, perseuerance in thy truth, increase of faith, and affiance in thee. Defend hir, O Lord, with thy mightie hand, and outstretched arme: graunt vnto hir a most honourable, long, and prospe∣rous reigne ouer vs.

Moreouer, O Lord, if the seruice of golden vessels in thy Temple at Ierusalem, were acceptable vnto thee; vouchsafe this thy seruant to be esteemed in thy sight, as a most honourable ornament in the new Ie∣rusalem, not built with monie by the labour of the ser∣uants of the first Salomon; but bought with the pre∣tious bloud of the second Salomon, thy Sonne our Page  699 Sauiour. Behold hir, and make hir to be, O Lord, as the pretious stone or signet of thine owne hand, as the apple of thine eie, as the white lillie and sweet rose of the inclosed garden, and as the deere doue of thy de∣lights, for thy truth sake: to the enimies whereof, make hir name most dreadfull; and to the Church wheresoeuer dispersed, most acceptable and ioifull. Confound and put to shame, O Lord, all those that with or procure anie euill to hir roiall person and he∣roicall virginitie, or diminution of hir kingdomes, and imperiall dignitie ouer them.

And when for the multitude of our sinnes, O Lord, thou wilt punish vs with the wind of thy displeasure, by taking from vs this our fragrant and sweet smel∣ling flower, which we beseech thee for thine own name sake long to defer: then, O Lord, plant hir in the gar∣den and paradise of thy presence, where she may growe and dwell in felicitie incomparable, which the eie hath not seene, the eare hath not heard, neither euer came it into the vnderstanding of man, those ioies which thou hast prepared for hir, and all thine elect.

Moreouer, O Lord, grant thy heauenlie wisedome and grace vnto all vs hir subiects, that we may adui∣sedlie consider, and dutifullie call to our remembrance, the manifold blessings that we so long time haue en∣ioied, and doo presentlie possesse through thy mercie, by hir ministerie, authoritie, and the execution of hir kinglie office, vnder the which we doo not onlie reape, and peaceablie enioie the fruits of our labours, and other corporall commodities, but also (that which is more woorth than all this) euen the freedome and li∣bertie of conscience, the preaching and hearing of thy most holie word, and the administration and receiuing of thy holie Sacraments. For all which, and manie o∣ther thy blessings, O Lord, worke in vs thy grace, to yeeld vnto thy diuine Maiestie all possible and conti∣nuall Page  700 praises and thanksgiuing, that it be not said vn∣to vs, Are there not ten cleansed? or, Is not England preserued from all tyrannie, & enioie all these benefits? But where are now their returning to giue thanks? Quicken our memories therefore, O Lord, that we neuer be forgetfull of thy great goodnesse towards vs, and make vs more and more, for thy sake reuerentlie to feare hir, dutifullie to obeie hir, and faithfullie to loue, honor and serue hir, as our naturall louing prince and mother, and as the meane by whome we receiue all these thy good blessings, that hir Maiestie perceiuing our diligence, and readinesse to obeie and serue hir, may be the oftener put in mind to feare, honor, loue, serue & obeie thy diuine and incomparable Maiestie.

Furthermore, inspire hir roiall hart, O Lord, with thy diuine grace, that as she hath begun to set foorth and mainteine thy sacred truth, so she may zealouslie and boldlie increase, perseuere, & continue in the same, whereby the filthinesse and nakednesse of Antichrist may be more and more reuealed, superstition more and more abolished & remoued, and that old lieng serpent, & roring Lion sathan, our ancient enimie, may be more and more restrained & kept backe from his malicious purpose, in seeking to deuour and draw vs all in igno∣rance & securitie. Grant all this, O Lord, to our great comfort, hir honor, and immortall fame; yea to the dis∣charging of hir owne conscience, & kinglie dutie, and e∣uermore reward & crowne these thine owne good gifts in hir, O Lord, not for the worke sake, but for Iesus Christs sake. And when thou shalt, to our great sorowe and losse, but to hir great ioie and profit take hir from vs; crowne hir, O most mercifull God, with a crowne of euerlasting glorie, and giue hir the full possession of that eternall kingdome, purchased by the blood of that immaculate Lambe, thine onlie Sonne our Sauiour and Redeemer Iesus Christ, to whome with thee, and Page  701 the holie Ghost, three persons and one immortall and euerlasting God be all honour, dominion, praise, and thanks-giuing, for euer and euer,

Amen.

Another praier for the Queenes Maiestie, and for the state present, and to come in our posteritie.

O Most gratious Lord GOD, and King almightie, iust & euerlasting, vpon whose wil dependeth the rule, staie and direction of althings both in heauen and in earth; giuing men power and dominion ouer the peo∣ple and nations of the world, to whom being obedient to thy most holie will and commandements, thou giuest wise, careful, industrious, vertuous, happie, and prosperous kings, princes, rulers, and magistrates, to rule and to gouerne, to the peace, blessing, comfort and wealth of the same: but the vnrighteous people, lasciuious, con∣temptuous, idolatrous, superstitious, blasphemous, and rebellious against thy word and Maiestie, shall be deliuered ouer to the hands and tuition of foolish, idle, dissolute, negligent, and vnfortunate princes, rulers, and gouernours; by whose brutish disorder, loosenesse, and follie, the state, beautie, strength and bonds of peace, iustice, loue and gouernement shall be neglected, broken, disturbed, spoiled, and by intestine hatred and discords, or else by forren vanquishments and discom∣fitures destroied: whereby both land and people are left a praie to the inuasion, spoile, and rauine of the greedie and victorious destroier, who in his mercilesse rage executeth the plagues of thy iust wrath, O Lord; so that man, woman, child, beast, foule, nor fish, scapeth the stripes thereof. Their countries, townes, cities, and dwellings burnt, spoiled, rent, torne, and made waste: iustice, lawe, discipline, nurture, ciuill fellow∣ship, Page  702 honest arts and exercises, religion, knowledge, and feare of thee scorned, banished, and persecuted: and the land being filled with abhomination, beastlie tyrannie, slaughter, bloud, robberie, theeuerie, rapine, and murder: the people killed, strangled, starued, spoi∣led, and mocked, bound, and caried awaie to be sold (as beasts) in the market; to seruitude and slauerie, there to consume their daies in miserable thrall and sorows: the kingdome and inheritance transported to the pos∣session of the destroier, who raised vp in thy wrath, and armed with the power of thy displeasure, ministreth due punishment for the sinne and disobedience of ech reuolting nation that falleth away from thee, and will not be reconciled to grace: witnesse of all the states, empires, kingdoms, tongues, nations, peoples, and kindreds of the earth from the beginning of the world to this daie: but in these latter daies, speciallie of the Iewes, Aegyptians, Armenians, Graecians, Italians, Hunga∣rians, Polonians, and others, whose seruile thrall and ca∣lamities ought neuer to be out of our remembrance, which should mooue vs continuallie to behold the bles∣sing of thy loue, and the heauie sorrowes of thy dis∣pleasure.

Wherefore in the abundance of thy mercies and lo∣uing kindnesse, and for loue of thy deere Sonne, whom through the gift of thy grace we professe in the truth of his Gospell: we beseech thee, O mercifull Father, fa∣uourablie to looke vpon this Realme and people of England. Turne not awaie thy face, O Lord: take not thy grace and holie spirit from vs: let vs still en∣ioie the blisse and comfort of thy louing countenance: keepe vs in thy waie, and couer vs vnder the shadowe of thy wings: suffer vs not to be taken from thee: make vs to followe and to put our whole trust and confi∣dence in thee, then shall we be safe. Thy mightie hand, O God, giueth the victorie, and in the power of thy fa∣uour Page  703 shall the enimie be vanquished, and his strength brought to nothing. Safe is the citie where thou, O Lord, art the watch-man: but who so standeth out of thy tuition, he is a readie praie vnto ye destroier: there∣fore go not farre from vs, O God. For thine elect sake were the heauens and the earth, with all their imple∣ments, formed & made of nothing: for their preserua∣tion & maintenance was rule & gouernment deuised and stablished. And for their sakes are empires, king∣doms, countries and nations preserued, saued and blessed: and for iniurie and ignominie done to them, and to thy truth and holie name are they changed, plaged, subuerted, and destroied. Great is thy mercie & compassion, O Lord, long suffering, & ready to forgiue: behold vs, O Father, and haue mercie vpon vs, re∣member not our iniquities, nor the iniquities of our forefathers; take not iust vengeance of our sinnes, nei∣ther reward thou vs after our deserts. Spare vs, good Lord; spare vs: and for thy sweet Sonnes sake Christ Iesus our Sauiour, haue mercie vpon vs. Yea; Lord, haue mercie vpon vs, and vpon our posteritie, holding continuallie thy holie hand ouer vs, and blesse vs. In∣crease our faith, & make our children, & childers childrē obedient to thy word; and through holie conuersation in thy Sonne our redeemer, make vs and them accep∣table vnto thy selfe, O GOD, that being sanctified in faith and loue toward thy heauenlie will and Maie∣stie, we and they may be deliuered from thy wrathfull displeasure for euermore.

Powre foorth abundance of thy grace and blessing vpon our Queene, that in the fulnesse of thy gratious fauour, she may haue long life in health and happie daies, aided with faithfull, vertuous, & prudent coun∣sellers and ministers, to doo all things to the nourish∣ing and maintenance of true religion and vertue. In∣crease the light of thy Gospell, & the number of faith∣full Page  704 and godlie preachers and ministers of thy word, whose industrie and labour by the peace and tranquil∣litie of thy Church may largelie augment the num∣ber of thy Saints to the glorie of thy name, and to the ioie and blessing of the land and people. For the preser∣uation and continuance whereof, in the bowels of thy fatherlie care and fauor, remember vs, O louing God. Leaue neither vs nor our posteritie headlesse, neither put vs ouer to the yoke of a strange nor irreligious Prince; but after the blisse-full daies of this thy gra∣tious handmaid our Queene, (whom, O Father, let it please thee to reserue in happie and ioifull state to the end) giue peace and concord to thy people, with a ver∣tuous, wise, godlie, and fortunate Prince, whose con∣stant zeale, care, industrie, and endeuour towards the cherishing and aduancement of thy truth and glorie, may purchase thy fatherlie loue and furtherance, to fill the land and people with all maner of blessings, as thy heauenlie wisedome knoweth necessarie, where beau∣tified with vertue and godlinesse, it shall prosper and triumph in continuall peace and victorie, giuing honor and gladsome thanks to thy glorious Maiestie, that with thy deere Sonne our Lord and Sauiour, and with the holie Ghost, reignest in vnitie of power, glorie and dominion, praised for euer and euer,

Amen.

Another verie godlie praier meete to be said of all true sub∣iects, in time of anie priuie conspiracie, or open re∣bellion, for our gratious Souereigne Queene Elizabeth, and for the present state.

O Almightie God, King of kings, Lord of lords, the onelie God and gouernour of all things: thou art he, by whom alone kings doo reigne. Thou most high bea∣rest the rule ouer the kingdoms of men. Thou in Christ thine onelie Sonne, be∣ing Page  705 the most gratious Father of thy chosen Church; doost for the comfortable nourishing of it, dispose the roiall state among men. Through this thy grace it is come to passe, that we the English nation, now a por∣tion of the same thy Church, doo enioie the gouerne∣ment of Elizabeth our Queene, whom thou hast against all practises of thine and hir aduersaris, deliuered out of perils, and by thy mightie hand brought to reigne ouer vs. Mercifullie guiding hir, thou hast made hir to vs a mother; to thine afflicted flocke a nurse, in that be∣nefit which we haue in libertie, in true religion, and common peace: maruelouslie protecting hir, thou hast kept hir to defend vs, to vse and hold this benefit qui∣etlie. And euen now in thy mightie maruelous mer∣cie, thou hast discouered the practises of such craftie & cruell enimies, as purposed to spoile hir of vs, vs of hir, and both hir and vs of thy religion and of peace, de∣termining to deliuer vs ouer to the tyrannie of that shamelesse man of Rome, and the bloudie sword. In which purpose of mischiefe, if thou haddest permitted them to preuaile, we had suffered for our sinnes at thy hand, O Lord, most iustlie; but at their hands most vnnaturallie, and vniustlie. For we doo offend thy Maiestie manie waies: we offend not them anie waies: yet such is their wickednesse, that they will hate vs, onelie bicause we in truth doo professe to serue thee. For this cause they conspire against thee, O God, like hypocrites; against our Queene, like traitours; against our Commonwelth and countrie, like spoilers; against vs, euen as Cain did against Abel. But thy great goodnesse hath deuised better for vs than they doo. Thou hast spared vs, whom they would haue spoi∣led, thy wisedome hath vnfolded their wickednesse, thy prouidence hath preuented their purpose. All honour, praise, with thanks-giuing in the congregation, and by euerie member thereof, be giuen to thee, O GOD Page  706 of grace, O Lord of pitie, O Father of mercie, for euer and euer.

And now we beseech thee, O mercifull Father, be not prouoked with our sinnes, to giue vs ouer to the lust of our enimies; doo not make vs a reproch to these heathen. Let not the Iewes, the Turke, the Papist in our ouerthrowe triumph against thee, saieng; Where is now their God? But of thy rich mercie in Christ for∣giue our sinnes; by thy renewing spirit amend vs, and worke out this good worke, which thou hast begun among vs. Confound & bring to naught the attempts of these and the like enimies, as thou didst at Babel; infold them in the follie of their owne counsels, as thou diddest Achitophel; by thine Angel sinite their force, as thou didst to Senacherib; in their desperate attempts let them be drowned, as was Pharao; in their treasons ouertake them, as thou didst Absolon. If anie of them are to be conuerted, turne them, as thou diddest Manasses: otherwise let them feele their due punishment, as did Dathan, with his conspira∣tors, that of these also may be left an example of thy iustice to the posteritie.

We doo likewise most humblie beseech thee to conti∣nue thy goodnesse towards vs, euer of thine old woon∣ted mercie deliuer our Queene Elizabeth from euill, di∣rect hir in the true knowledge of thee, to acknowledge thy benefits towards hir, and hir dutie towards thee. Kindle more and more in hir hart zeale to serue thee hir selfe, and to haue thee serued of vs entirelie. Guide hir still to gouerne vs iustlie in godlie peace. Giue vnto vs also, which are subiects, thankefull harts to thee; faithfull to hir in thee; charitable towards all men; that all which liue vnder hir gouernment, counsellers, ministers, and euerie other in their place and calling, may be throughlie sanctified in holinesse to liue before thee. Thus prolonging hir reigne ouer vs, doo thou in Page  707 hir plant thy religion among and in vs, so that it may with power reforme and rule vs, and remaine to our posteritie after vs, that the praise of thy name may continue in the harts & mouths of the English nation, that England may saie for euer, The Lord be praised.

A thanks-giuing vnto God for his benefits bestowed vpon this Realme of England, in suppressing the late Rebellion, with praier for the preseruation and prosperous estate of our gratious Queene Elizabeth.

ALmightie and euerlasting God, the maker of heauen and earth, and Lord of all creatures, by whose mightie hand, the humble and low∣lie are aduanced, and the proud and stubborne are thrust vnder foote. We thy seruants giue thee most hartie thanks for thy great and bountifull goodnesse, which thou hast of late without our deseruing, bestowed vpon vs, both in deliuering vs from the cruell tyrannie and bondage, and persecution, wherewith we were of late oppressed, and also in re∣storing vs againe to our former peace and quietnesse, and to the free exercise of our faith, by the direction of thy sacred Gospell still, maugre the heads of all our e∣nimies, mainteined by thee amongst vs to our comfort. For which thy singular benefits, and gratious libera∣litie, O excellent father, because we are in no wise able to render vnto thee woorthie thanks; therfore we make our humble sute and request vnto thee, O Lord, that it may please thee for thy holie name sake, to accept our good willes in this behalfe, and to giue vs grace all the daies of our life, to remember this maruellous worke of thine, that partlie by the Christian, deuout, and fer∣uent praiers of thy humble handmaiden our most gra∣tious Queene, and other of thy people, and partlie by Page  708 the sure confidence and trust that hir Grace euermore did put in thee, thou hast without the force or strength of men put down not onlie hir enimies, but also thine, and all those that did both fight against thee and thy truth, and trauelled by all meanes to disanull, and quite ouerthrowe the state of the Church and religion now established: which woonderfull and myraculous act, as thou hast most gratiouslie begun, so we beseech thee, for thy tender mercies sake, to go forward with it, and so to establish it, as thy glorie may be aduanced thereby, and all the craftie deuises and malicious as∣saults of the diuell and his ministers cleane ouer∣throwne and subdued.

And now, O Christ thou King of kings, Prince of peace, & Ruler of Israel, haue mercie vpon our most deere souereigne Ladie Elizabeth: and grant, that as thou hitherto hast most singularlie blessed hir, and a∣dorned hir Maiestie with manie thy speciall good gra∣ces, blessings, and benefits, for thy glorie, and to our comfort: so with all thankefuluesse therefore vnto thy Maiestie, we continuallie, hartilie, and faithfullie praie thee, that the ioie of thy heauenlie countenance may still most gratiouslie shine vpon hir, to humble hir soule before thee, to be hir guide and director, to sheeld, preserue, and defend hir from the will and power of all hir enimies, and that both thine and hir aduersaries may from time to time be made thine and hir footstoole, and be euer kept vnder hir feet, as mire in the streets, or as thinne scoom, filthie fome, light chaffe, withered haie, or burnt stubble before the wind. We beseech thee also, O Lord, thou scepter of Israel, that hir scepter may yet growe greene, burgen, fructifie, and flourish in the fruits of true happinesse, with glorie, victorie, princelie honor, dutifulnesse, healthfull sweetnesse, ten∣dernesse, beautie and comlinesse, in hir most roiall state and calling, euen as the Palme-tree safelie and well Page  709 set in a soile of all happinesse, and that hir throne re∣gall may steddilie stand for euer without winding, sha∣king, swaruing, tottering, or nodding, euen as the seate of Salomon; and that the daies of hir Graces regiment may be vnto vs for thy glorie, as the daies of heauen, and after this life ended, make hir partaker of the brightnesse of thine and thy fathers euerlasting glory, among thine annointed and elect, in the celestiall kingdome of euerlasting renowme. Grant this O Christ, thou most mercifull King and Gouernor, that sittest vpon the seate of Dauid, and hast obteined an e∣uerlasting kingdome for all the chosen Israelites, e∣uen for thy mercies sake,

Amen.

Another praier for the Queene, and the estate of this Realme.

GRatious Lord, and most mercifull Father, we acknowledge thee Lord of lords, and the King of kings, cre∣ating at the beginning, and ruling all things euermore in heauen and earth, according to thy woonderfull wisedome & power, and our selues to be thy poore seruants, the worke of thy hands, and the sheepe of thy pasture, subiected to thy high Maiestie, and depending vpon thy fatherlie prouidence for all things. Neuerthelesse, seeing thou in thy wisedome annointest Kings and Queenes, ap∣pointing them to rule ouer the people, to sit as lieute∣nants in thy seate, to minister iustice, and most of all as fathers and nursses, to mainteine and cherish thy Church, commanding vs not onlie to obeie and honor them, but moreouer to praie for them, as watching o∣uer vs for our good. We therefore beseech thee for thy great names sake, and for Iesus Christes sake, to shew thy mercie to all Kings and Princes that main∣teine Page  710 thy glorious Gospell, but especiallie we praie thee to blesse our gratious Queene Elizabeth, in all spi∣rituall blessings in Christ Iesus, and in all temporall blessings, according to thy good pleasure; that in the great measures of thine effectuall lawe, she may more and more find great increase of vertue, and wisedome, and strength, in Christ Iesu, to the faithfull and hap∣pie discharge of hir dutie, that hir holinesse and ioie, and zeale of thy house may be multiplied & euerlasting.

And seeing it hath pleased thee of thy singular mer∣cie to giue hir this especiall honor, first to suffer for thy glorious truth, and afterward miraculouslie deliue∣ring hir out of the hands of hir enimies, to set a Crowne vpon hir head, and to make hir the instru∣ment to aduance thy glorie and Gospell, for which she suffered, and to bring hir out of darkenesse into light; out of persecution into this great and long peace; as we giue thee most hartie thanks for this singular be∣nefit, so we beseech thee to make hir and vs euermore thankefull for it, and in thy good pleasure still to pre∣serue hir for the continuance of these blessings to∣wards vs with all increase from time to time, to thy glorie, the benefit of thy Church, and hir infinite peace in Christ Iesus the Prince of peace.

And furthermore, we praise thee for hir and the e∣state, that such as be the enimies of the Gospell, and hir enimies also for the defence therof, may not despise the peace offered them vnto repentance; but that they may accompt thy long suffering, and hir peaceable and vnbloudie gouernement an occasion of saluation to their soules, and vnfeigned loue to the truth, and their mercifull Souereigne. Otherwise, if they stil remaine disobedient to thy truth, disloiall to hir Highnesse, and dangerous to the state; then, O God of all saluation, as thou hast discouered them, so discouer them still: as thou hast preuented them, so preuent them still, and let Page  711 their eies ware wearie with looking, and their harts faint with waiting for the comming of that which yet commeth not; neither let it come, O Lord, we beseech thee: but a blessed and a long reigne to hir Grace, and and peace to Zion for euermore.

Also deere Father, so blesse, so loue, so in thy spirit sanctifie and keepe hir, that she maie in the spirit of counsell and fortitude so rule that other sister also, namely this hir Common-wealth, that they may flou∣rish together, and growe vp together as Palme-trees in beautie, and in strength, giuing aid and help one to another; that in the Church the glorie of God may ap∣peare as the Sunne in his brightnesse, and that the land may flowe with milke and honie, and true peace abound therein, as in ye triumphant reigne of Debora.

These graces, O Lord, are great, and we miserable sinners, vnwoorthie of the least of them; therefore looke not to vs, but to thy selfe; not to our iniquities, but to thy great mercies; accepting the death and passion of thy Sonne as a full ransome for all our offences, thro∣wing them into the bottome of the sea, and making his crosse and resurrection effectuall in vs to all obedi∣ence and godlinesse, as becommeth thy Saincts; that to all other thy good blessings towards our gratious Souereigne, this may be added, that she gouerneth blessedlie ouer a blessed people, a people blessed of the Lord, and beloued of the Lord; and that thy graces may abound in the Church & in the Common-wealth from daie to daie, till the daie of our translation into thy kingdome, where iustice inhabiteth, where we also shall inhabit and reigne with thee, according to thy promise for euer. Grant vs these things, O mercifull father, for thy deere Sonne our Lord Iesus Christes sake, in whose name we craue them at thy mercifull hand, praieng furthermore for them, as he hath taught vs to praie, Our Father, &c.

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Psalme 72. Another praier for the prosperous estate and flouri∣shing reigne of our right vertuous souereigne Queene Elizabeth.

O GOD, without whose wisedome no kingdome can stand, who of a speciall consideration hast ordeined this kingdome in the familie of Dauid, teach our Queene Elizabeth whome thou hast appointed, the rules of right gouernement: teach I saie, the Daughter of this thy Dauid, whome thou hast chosen to thy selfe, the rule of righteousnesse, that she may iustlie gouerne not hir people, but thine; especiallie that she may defend the poore against the iniuries of the mightie: thus the people being scattered heere and there in the moun∣taines and hilles, being safe vnder a iust gouernment, shall abound with all the commodities of peace.

Grant this vnto hir, that she being far from all ty∣rannie, may be a sure refuge for the poore, that she may comfort the families oppressed with pouertie and in∣iuries, that she may keepe vnder ye false accusers with most sharpe punishment; so will it come to passe, O Lord, that the state of this kingdome being ordered by thine authoritie, all men, as it is meete, shall acknow∣ledge and feare thee, and not for anie short continu∣ance of time, but that the Sunne and Moone shall soo∣ner ceasse their course, than thou shalt faile to be woor∣shipped.

And thou againe wilt powre downe vpon thy people from heauen all good things, like a showre comming downe vpon the new mowne medowes, and none o∣therwise, than thou vsest to water the earth with sho∣wers in due season, whilest Elizabeth reigneth thus go∣uerned Page  713 by thy grace and holie spirit, the iust shall flou∣rish, and great peace shall be so continued, as is the firme course of the starres, and the Queene hir selfe shall haue dominion from the one sea to the other, e∣uen frō Euphrates, to the farthest coasts of the earth.

The inhabitants of the countries of the desert shall come vnder hir yoke, falling downe vnder hir feet, and hir enimies falling downe before hir, shall licke the dust of the earth. The kings of Silicia and of the Ilands shall offer presents vnto hir. The Ethio∣pians also, and the Arabians shall bring hir gifts; fi∣nallie, all Kings shall haue hir in admiration, for hir renowme and vertue, and all nations shall reuerence hir name and maiestie. For hir righteousnesse shall bee praised through out all the whole world, because she heareth the crie of the poore, and doth defend the needie forsaken of other. She hath mercie on them that are needie, and she refresheth those that are in danger of their life. She defendeth the poore against the iniurie of the mightie, neither doth she suffer the violence done vnto them to be vnreuenged.

Therefore thou, O God, wilt keepe hir safe, and gold shall be brought vnto hir out of the midst of Ara∣bia: all men shall make praiers for hir life and safetie, and shall dailie wish all prosperitie vnto hir. And see∣ing the safetie of all the families of our nation consi∣steth in the preseruation of hir Maiestie, let vs harti∣lie (as we haue good cause) praie incessantlie for hir Grace, and for the safetie and welfare of the Church, and of all those that loue and fauour hir therein. De∣fend, O God, with thine owne hand, this woorthie wo∣man and sacred Queene, whose endeuour thou hast v∣sed to restore peace to thy Church, and religion to thy people. O saue this woorthie Princesse Elizabeth, I saie, whome for this purpose thou hast indued with most rare and singular wisedome, power, constancie, Page  714 and roiall gifts of grace. And grant that all men may dutifullie honour and obeie hir, as a prince of peace; a mother of Israel; a nurse of thy Church, woorthilie for hir vertues set ouer vs by thee, O God, to reigne. Fi∣nallie grant, that in this gouernement of our pastor & chiefe shepheard, there may want neither integritie, & vprightnesse in taking of counsell, neither wisedome in performing all hir enterprises according to thy will.

Then shall wheate be reaped euerie-where with full handfuls in the verie tops of the mountaines; the corne growing as high as the trees of Libanus: and there shall be such a multitude of inhabitants in the cities, that they may almost seeme like plants spring∣ing out of the earth: yea, then shall hir noble memorie, and roiall fame be for euer, euen durable as the sunne; and our Queene Elizabeth be an example of all pietie and felicitie vnto all kingdoms & nations of the world, which shall accept hir blessed among women. But vn∣to thee, O Lord, the Prince of the celestiall companies, and the author of all things, for so woonderfull & rare gifts in hir Maiestie, shall all possible praise be es∣peciallie giuen: yea, the fame of thy glorie be praised and magnified for euer and euer, and let it fill both heauen and earth. So, euen so let it be, O God,

Amen.

Another dailie praier, for the perpetuall happinesse of our sacred, and most gratious Souereigne, and Queene Elizabeth.

O Almightie God, King of kings, and Lord of lords; in thine hand is all power both in heauen and in earth: thou confirmest kingdoms, & againe doost alter them according to thine heauenlie pleasure: we praise thee; we magnifie thee; we extoll thine holie name, for that it hath pleased Page  715 thee to appoint ouer vs a good and gratious Queene, which dooth gouerne with counsell, and rule with wis∣dome. Grant hir, we beseech thee, continuall peace; long life, and much happines, and deliuer not hir Ma∣iestie into the hands of hir enimies. Rule thou hir mind, that she may serue thee alwaies in feare, and re∣ioice in trembling; let hir maintaine and imbrace pure religion, & defend hir people in the profession of Christs Gospell against all errors, and superstition whatsoe∣uer. Giue hir wisedome and vnderstanding to doo such things, as are gratefull in thy sight; profitable for vs hir subiects, and hurtfull to none.

O God, eternall Father, heare the petitions of Eli∣zabeth our Queene, in all hir troubles; the name of Christ our Sauiour glorifie hir, and the comfortable aid of the holie Spirit vphold hir now and euermore. Be mindfull of hir grace for hir good; Lord remember all hir offerings; make hir praiers acceptable in thy sight. Giue to hir according to hir harts desire; fulfill all hir petitions, and prosper all hir purposes: that we may reioice in thy saluation, and triumph in the name of thee our God. Blesse hir, Lord, euermore, that wee may knowe that hir protector is in the clouds. Harken vnto hir from thy holie heauens. Oh send hir helpe from thy sanctuarie, and aid hir from aboue by thy mightie right hand, which bringeth saluation. Let all hir enimies plainlie knowe, O GOD, that thou wilt saue thine annointed. For though some trust in horses, and other in chariots; yet will we remember the name of our God: they shall fall and be ouercome; but wee couragiouslie will persist.

O Lord, protect hir Maiestie, and heare vs when we call vpon thee, that in thy strength she may reioice, and mightilie triumph in thy saluation. Grant hir the de∣sire of hir hart, and denie not the petitions of hir lips. For thou hast preuented hir with notable blessings, Page  716 and put a crowne of pure gold vpon hir head. She hath asked life of thee, and thou wilt giue hir a long life. Great is hir glorie in thy saluation, honour and fame hast thou put vpon hir. Thou hast ordeined hir for exceeding blessednesse, and doost comfort hir hart with thy cheerfull countenance. And why? Bicause she delighteth in Christ; and doubteth not of thine euerla∣sting mercie.

O God, that giuest victorie vnto kings, and didst de∣liuer Dauid from perill of the sword; saue and redeeme our deere Queene Elizabeth, and deliuer hir from the hands of the children of another deuotion than she is: whose mouth vttereth vanitie, and their right hand is a right hand of falshood. Yea let hir hand, O Lord, light vpon hir enimies, and thy right hand find out all such as hate thee, and enuie hir prosperitie. Put them into a burning fornace in the time of thy displeasure: the Lord in his anger shall consume them, and fire shall deuour them. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from the sonnes of men; bi∣cause they intended euill against thee, and imagined mischiefe against the innocent, which they could not bring to passe. Therefore wilt thou turne them into flight, and bend thy bowe against their faces. Tri∣umph, O Lord, in thy vertue, and we will sing out thy glorie, and commend thy power. Saue our Queene, O mercifull God, in despite of all hir enimies, which ei∣ther secretlie or openlie go about to bring hir life to the graue, or hir glorie to the dust. Lord, shield our So∣uereigne; exalt thine annointed; let thine hand assist, and thine arme strengthen hir. Neuer let hir foes pre∣uaile against hir, nor the child of wickednesse bring hir to destruction. Banish from hir Court all hir priuie enimies, and preserue hir euermore from dissembling friends.

Mercie and iudgement be Queene Elizabeths song: Page  717 vnto thee, O Lord, let hir sing thy magnificall mercies. Worke in hir roiall hart an endeuour to be fullie in∣structed in the perfect waie of thy roiall lawes: for so much as thou hast made hir Queene ouer this Relme. With thy grace open hir hart; instruct hir, and lead hir vp and downe in the midst of hir people in perfect∣nesse of hart. Let hir neuer set before hir eies anie di∣uelish thing. Cause hir to detest the worke of back-sli∣ding from God: let that take no hold in hir. Driue far awaie from hir, the men of froward harts: let hir not once be acquainted with euill persons. Who so priui∣lie slandereth his neighbor; let hir destroie him. Who so hath also a proud looke, and an hautie stomach, cause hir to loath him. Settle hir eies vpon such in the land as are faithfull, that they may dwell with hir. Who so leadeth a godlie life, men of good conscience; let such be hir seruants. Let no deceitfull person haue anie place in hir house: him that telleth lies, or is a reuen∣ger of bloud; cause hir speedilie to cast out of hir sight. Finallie, grant hir will and power, O Lord of hosts, dailie to suppresse all the vngodlie in the land, that she may root out from the citie of God all wicked dooers.

Queene Elizabeth hath done that is lawfull & right: wherefore, O Lord, leaue hir not to such as doo offer hir wrong. For thine owne goodnesse sake, take hir thine handmaid vnto thy protection: let not the proud oppresse hir with wrong. Deale with thine handmaid according to thy louing kindnesse, and teach hir thy statutes. She is thy seruant, grant hir vnderstanding, that she may knowe thy testimonies. Thy testimonies conteine woonderous things, therefore cause hir hart to be zealous in keeping of them. The first entrance of thy words will illuminate, giuing vnderstanding euen vnto the simple. Worke in hir hart so feruent desire of thy word, that through affection thereto, she may be like one that panteth, & openeth his mouth for breath. Page  718 Looke thou vpon hir, O Lord, and be mercifull vnto hir, as thou vsest to doo vnto them that loue thy name. Direct hir steps in thy word: and so let no wickednesse haue dominion ouer hir. Redeeme hir from the fraudu∣lent dealings of men, and cause hir to keepe thy com∣mandements. Make the light of thy countenance shine vpon our Queene Elizabeth thine handmaiden, and teach hir thy statutes.

Heare my praiers, O God, and giue good eare vnto mine intercessions. For behold, from the ends of the earth I call vnto thee, for our deere Souereigne La∣die, Queene Elizabeth: whensoeuer hir hart is in hea∣uines, oh set hir vp vpon the rocke that is higher than she. For hitherto thou hast beene hir defence, and a strong tower for hir against the face of the enimie. Let hir dwell. I beseech thee, in thy tabernacle for euer; let hir trust be vnder the couering of thy wings. For thou, O Lord, heardst hir desires, and hast giuen hir an heri∣tage ouer those that feare thy name. O grant vnto the Queene a long life, that hir yeeres may endure ma∣nie generations. Let hir dwell before the Lord for euer. O appoint thy louing mercie and truth, that they may preserue hir: so cause hir alwaies to sing praise vnto thy name, that she may daie by daie per∣forme hir vowes, and keepe thy heasts.

Finallie, giue thy iudgment, O Lord, vnto hir Grace, and thy righteousnesse vnto hir Counsell, that they may iudge the people with iustice, and the poore with equitie. Let the mountaines bring peace, and the lit∣tle hils righteousnes vnto the people. Let them iudge the afflicted among the people, and saue the sonnes of the poore: make them to destroie the backe-slider, that he persist not to afflict the miserable, and such as trust in thy mercie and protection: so shall quietnesse and peace abound among vs like the hillocks on the earth. Cause hir enimies to feare hir, so long as the sunne Page  719 and moone shineth, from one generation to another. Water hir with thy grace from heauen, as thou didst Gedeons fleece of wool with dew, and as thou refresh∣est with drops of raine the new cut grasse vpon the earth. In hir daies let the righteous flourish, and great abundance of peace, so long as the moone is in the firmament. Defend the dominions that thou hast giuen hir within the seas, and from the floud vnto the end of the earth. Cause hir foes to kneele downe before hir, and hir enimies to licke the dust of hir feete. Giue hir a long and prosperous reigne; indue hir with a∣bundance of riches and wealth; heape glorie and ho∣nour vpon hir head, and let hir be partaker alwaies of the praiers of the iust, and be dailie blessed. The Lord, euen the God of Israel, which onelie worketh woonde∣rous things, blesse our gratious Queene Elizabeth: and blessed be the name of his Maiestie, for euer: yea, let all the earth be filled with his glorious praise, A∣men. And she shall magnifie thee, O Lord, hir King, and she shall praise thy name for euer. Euerie daie let hir giue thanks vnto thee, O Lord, and praise thy name for euer and euer. Grant this, O most mercifull Fa∣ther, for thy deere sonne our Sauiour Iesus Christs sake:

Amen, Amen.

Another praier for the Queenes most ex∣cellent Maiestie.

WOnderfull, O most excellent and al∣mightie GOD, is the depth of thy iudgements. Thou King of kings, Lord of lords, thou which at thy pleasure doost take awaie and trans∣pose; roote out and plant; confound and establish kingdoms. Thou of thy singular goodnesse hast deliue∣red our gratious Souereigne Queene Elizabeth thy Page  720 chosen Handmaid, when she was almost at deaths dore; yea thou hast deliuered hir out of prison, and set∣led hir in hir fathers throne: to thee therefore doo we render thanks, to thee doo we sing laud and praise, thy name doo we honour daie and night.

Thou hast restored againe the libertie of our coun∣trie, and the sinceritie of the doctrine, with peace and tranquillitie of thy Church. Thine, thine, O Lord, was the benefit; the meanes, the labour and seruice was hirs, a burthen too heauie alas for a womans shoul∣ders, yet easie and tollerable by thy helping hand. As∣sist hir therefore, O most mercifull father, neither re∣spect hir offences, or the deserts of hir parents, or the manifold sinnes of vs hir people; but thinke vpon thy woonted compassion alwaies at hand to thy poore af∣flicted.

Preserue hir kingdome, mainteine religion, defend thy cause, our Queene Elizabeth, vs thy sheepe and hir people; scatter thine enimies, which thirst after war, let them be ashamed and confounded that woorship i∣dols; let vs not be a praie vnto forraigne nations, nor to the people that knowe not thee, neither call vp∣on thy name.

Strengthen and confirme, O Lord, the good worke which thou hast begun; inspire our gratious Queene thy seruant, and vs thy poore flocke, with thy holie spi∣rit, that with vncorrupt life we may ioine puritie of religion, as we may not yeeld and bring foorth wild and bastard fruits, but mild and sweet grapes and fruits beseeming a liuelie faith and true repentance, and meet and conuenient for thy Gospell, to the intent we may enioie this immortall treasure, and that li∣uing and dieng in thee, we may finallie possesse the in∣heritance of thy heauenlie kingdome, through Iesus Christ our Lord. For thine is the kingdome, the power and the glorie, for euer,

Amen.
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A forme of blessing or praier for our most gratious Queene Elizabeth Christ his deere spouse, out of the Scriptures.

COme downe O Lord, come with thousands of thy Saincts, and ap∣peare gratiouslie vnto thy Church of Saincts. Come visit the people and congregations of Iacob wher∣soeuer assembled, whome thou so tenderlie louest, and which are humbled at thy feet, to yeeld thee thanks for all thy blessings and benefits receiued.

Come downe I saie, O God of Iacob, and blesse Israel, yea come and blesse thy chosen and deere belo∣ued seruant Elizabeth our Queene, whome thou hast set vp a mightie Prince and mother, ouer thy people and Citie Zion, and made the chiefe gouernour among the nations.

O let Elizabeth liue, and not die: neither let hir ho∣nour be anie thing diminished for our sinnes and of∣fences.

Heare, O Lord, the voice of hir humble and dailie praiers, and let hir continue a Prince of peace, roi∣all Ruler ouer thy people. Hir hands shall be good y∣nough for hir, if thou helpe hir still, as thou hast done a∣gainst hir enimies.

Right and light be with thine holie handmaid, whome thou didst prooue with great temptations and triall, as thou didst Ioseph, before thou didst annoint hir Queene, and whome hitherto thou hast preserued a pure and vndefiled virgin, to promote thy glorie, as thou didst Dauid.

She that in all hir manifold afflictions hath more esteemed the seruing of thee hir God, than sauing of hir selfe, and loued not hir life so deere as she loued thy Page  722 lawe, yea that preferred thine obedience before sacri∣fice, and all things in the world beside, O let hir, our gratious Queene Elizabeth, I saie, who hath thus don hir dutie, be plentifullie rewarded therefore of thee hir God from heauen, with the perpetuall crowne of glo∣rie, and palme of victorie.

She, euen she hath taught Iacob thy iudgements, and Israel thy lawe: she hath put incense before thy face, and the burnt offering vpon thine altar. She, euen she, O God, hath with Hezechias restored thy sincere religion, and woorshippeth thee aright, with e∣uerie one that is godlie in thee.

Blesse therefore, O Lord, hir substance, and first fruits, and accept the works of hir hands.

Smite through the loines of them that rise vp a∣gainst hir, and of them that hate hir, that they rise not againe.

O let the beloued of the Lord dwell euer in safetie by thee, yea doo thou Lord vouchsafe stil to be hir vale and defence all hir life long, and dwell with hir heere in the Church as hir beloued spouse, head, and gouernour.

Laie thy left hand vnder hir head, and let thy right hand embrace hir, that she may find continuall comfort in thy presence.

O fountaine of the gardens! O well of liuing wa∣ters! Arise O North, and come O South, and blowe on thy spouse, which is as a goodlie and pleasant gar∣den inclosed, and as a fountaine sealed vp for thy selfe, and water it with the springs of Lebanon, that it may growe great, and that the sweet spices and smell ther∣of may flowe out into thy nostrels, and thou eate of the pleasant fruit in hir.

Kisse hir with the kisses of peace and righteousnes, and let hir two breasts satisfie thee, & be like two yoong roes that are twins feeding vpon the lillies.

Set hir as a seale on thine hart, and as a signet Page  723 vpon thine arme, and let the lampe of hir loue be a ve∣rie vehement flame vnquenchable.

Let hir be a sure wall or foundation, wherevpon thou maist build a golden palace; and let hir breasts be as towers vnassaultable, that she may be meet for thee hir spouse to dwell in, and be in thine eies as she that findeth perpetuall peace and quietnesse.

O God, in whose sight hir fathers did walke; thou, O God, which hast fed hir all hir life long vnto this daie, and deliuered hir hither to from so manie, not e∣uils, but deaths; blesse hir still, euen with the blessing of Abraham, Isaac, Iacob, and all the Patriarchs, with all the blessings of thy mercies promised vnto hir father Dauid.

In hir let Israel also be blessed: in hir let thy gra∣ces so plentifullie and manifestlie appeare, that the people may thence take a patterne of blessing thee, and teach their posteritie to blesse and praise thee for thy goodnesse and mercie, both towards hir and them.

For she is to vs thy might, thy strength, the noble∣nesse of dignitie, and the excellencie of power.

She as a lionesse is laid downe and couched safelie after the spoile. Who shall stir hir vp? Hir enimies doo all feare hir. And doo thou still charge the daughters of Ierusalem, that they stir not vp thy loue, nor awake hir, by troubling hir quietnes & peace, vntill she please.

Hir fellowe virgins praise hir: hir hand shall be in the necke of hir enimies, hir fathers people doo bow downe vnto hir, saieng, Good lucke haue thou with thine honour: Ride on, because of the word of truth, which thou embracest with meekenesse.

O let not the brethren of euill, the reuengers of bloud, nor the instruments of violence and crueltie bee in hir court and habitation! O let not crueltie or false∣hood come into hir soule! Into their secrets let not hir soule come, neither let hir glorie be ioined nor stained Page  724 with the assemblie or damned crue of the wicked.

Curse them that curse hir; & blesse them that blesse hir; diuide them in Iacob, and scatter them in Israel, which shameleslie in their rage dare cruellie attempt anie treacheries or treasons against hir innocent and roiall person: yea, let them be condignelie punished, whosoeuer go about to trouble the state, or ouer∣throwe hir kingdome.

Let not the scepter depart out of hir hand, nor hir kingdome be diminished; but let this thy most wise lawe-giuer, our meeke Moses, continue amongst vs with honour, to iudge thy people, and gather them vn∣to thee long in rest and peace, euen vntill Silo our Sauiour Iesus, the giuer of all prosperitie, come to crowne hir in his euerlasting kingdome with his sal∣uation.

Let hir see that rest and peace is good, and that it is thou that hast made hir to ouercome all hir enimies at the last.

Blesse hir Lord, with great increase of all maner of good, profitable, and pleasant things. Hir bread let it be fat, that she may giue pleasant gifts woorthie such a Queene.

Let hir be as an Hind sent vnto vs from thee for a pretious present, giuing goodlie words to hir people.

Let Elizabeth be the daughter of increase, and like a flourishing and fruitfull palme tree by the waters side, whose small branches, or virgins may run and spread themselues fruitfullie also, and shew verie greene vpon the wals of thy house.

The archers hir enimies haue greeuouslie prouo∣ked hir, and shot against hir with venemous darts, they haue hated hir to hir hinderance and griefe: great and manie haue beene hir afflictions and perse∣cutions.

But hir bowe abode fast and strong, and the hands Page  725 of hir armes were strengthened by the hands of the mightie God of Iacob. Hir deliuerance was euen by the stone of Israel, by whom she is appointed a mo∣ther in Israel: euen by the God of hir father, who hath helped hir, and by the almightie, who hath bles∣sed hir with heauenlie blessings from aboue; with bles∣sings of the deepe that lieth beneath, and with bles∣sings of the brests, and of the wombe.

The time now is come, that the blessings of GOD shewed vnto hir father shall take effect, and be strong∣er in hir than the blessings of hir elders. Unto the vt∣termost ends of the hils of the world, they shall all be blessings vpon the head of Elizabeth, and on the top of the head of hir that is separate from hir birth, and con∣secrated from the wombe to dignitie and honour far aboue hir felowe virgins, and made the annointed of the Lord, to beare rule, and to haue dominion ouer men.

Euen as the morning light, when the sunne riseth gloriouslie without clouds in the faire morning; so she being iust, and ruling in the feare of God, let hir house growe, and be with thee, O God, that it may continue perfect in all points; sure and euerlasting, according to thy couenant and promise made to hir father Da∣uid: and not as the grasse of the earth is by the bright raine, which groweth quicklie, and fadeth sooner.

Hir beautie and glorie let it be like the first borne bullocke, and hir strength as the Unicorne: with the horne of hir power let hir smite the people togither, euen the ten thousands of Ephraim, and the ten thou∣sands of Manasses.

Blesse hir in hir going out and comming in, and pros∣per hir at home and abroad in all hir affaires by land and by sea.

Make hir glad, ioifull, and willing to call thy people vnto the holie hill of Zion, and there in thy Church to Page  726 offer with them togither the offerings of righteous∣nesse, that she and they may sucke of the abundance of the sea, and of the treasures hid in the earth.

Blesse hir, O Lord, that she may dwell as a Lion that catcheth for a praie, the arme with the head, and be most victorious ouer hir enimies that hate hir, and despise thee.

Blesse hir with thy graces, that she may looke well to hir selfe, as in the beginning, when she was a porti∣on of thee the lawe-giuer, hid and reserued for vs thy people, that she may now come with the heads of the people, and execute the righteousnesse of the Lord, and his iudgements with Israel.

A lions whelpe let hir be to leape from Basan, and make hir strong inough to defend hir selfe from Ba∣laks curse, and against all the treasons of Zimri and Achitophel.

O satisfie hir with thy fauour, and fill hir with thy blessings: let hir possesse both the east, west, south, and north parts of the earth.

Blesse hir with people, and make hir acceptable vn∣to hir brethren and sisters, and to dip hir feet in oile.

Hir shoes let them be iron and brasse, and hir glorie, health, wealth, and strength continue as long as the sunne.

Who is like thee, O God of Israel, which though thou sit vpon the heauens, and ridest vpon them as vp∣on an horse; yet art thou hir helper & Sauiour, whose glorie is in the clouds and celestiall places.

The eternall God be still hir refuge; and vnder the armes of the euerlasting God let hir liue for euer: hee shall cast out the enimie before hir face, and shall com∣mand hir to destroie them.

That then Israel, as euen now at this present, may still dwell alone in safetie; and the fountaine of Iacob be plentifull in issue, in the land of wheate and wine, Page  727 and the heauens drop the dew of thy blessing plenti∣fullie vpon hir, and hir countrie.

Happie and blessed art thou, O Israel, that hast such a Queene! Who is like vnto thee, O people, saued by the Lord, which is the shield of thy helpe, and sword of thy glorie? Therefore thine enimies haue lost their strength to thee ward, & be subiected to thee, and thou shalt tread vpon their high places.

Blesse hir still, O Lord, and giue power vnto thy Queene, that she may be strong to keepe the feet of thy Saints within the wals of thy Church, and to cause the wicked for euer to keepe silence in darknes,

Amen: Amen.

A praier to be said mentallie or alowd of all true harted English men and women, for the Queenes Ma∣iestie, when she rideth by them at anie time.

GOd saue your roiall Maiestie; The GOD of gods preserue your noble Grace; Good lucke haue you with your honor, O you the fairest among women! Ride on, O Queene, accor∣ding to the great worship and high renowme, wherewith the King of kings hath innobled you; bicause of the word of truth, of meekenesse and righteousnesse, which you professe: so shall your right hand teach you terrible things. The Lord himselfe be your keeper, and preserue you from all euill. The Lord of heauen and earth be your defence on your right hand, and on the left. The Lord preserue your going out, and your com∣ming in, from this time foorth for euermore: so that the sunne shall not burne you by daie, neither the moone by night. The King of kings haue pleasure in your beau∣tie, and make you his daughter, his spouse, and virgin Page  728 most glorious within. The most mightie Iehoua esta∣blish you in his seate of iudgement, euen in the throne of your father Dauid, that you may become an old mo∣ther in Israel. Peace & prosperitie be vnto them that loue your honour; but horror of conscience, and confu∣sion of face be vnto all those that hate you: for your in∣durable gifts of Gods graces, all people doo highlie praise you; and for your zeale to Zion, all the world doth honour you: therefore for Zions sake also we wish you all maner of prosperitie: yea, bicause of the house of the Lord, which you haue reformed, and his religion, which your Grace hath restored, we will continuallie triumph in his mercie, and praie still for the renowme of your most roiall name and Maiestie, that your fame may more & more be vniuersallie spred ouer the earth, and be remembred from one generation to another. For the Gospels sake, I say, which your Maiestie doth maintaine, we will vncessantly praise God for you, and with lowd voices crie, and say: God saue our most gra∣tious Queene Elizabeth; Iesu blesse your Highnesse; The holie Ghost from heauen comfort & conduct your Maiestie in all your wais; Blesse our souereigne La∣die, O blessed Trinitie; Heape glorie and honour vpon Elizabeth our Queene, O glorious Deitie; Blesse hir sacred Maiestie, I saie, O God, frō this time foorth for euermore. O King of heauen receiue our Queene; re∣ceiue and imbrace this thy most glorious virgin and deere daughter, accompanied with hir felowe virgins, the princes daughters, and honourable women into thy tuition and protection. With ioie and gladnesse, I saie, let hir, the liuelie image of thy princelie Maiestie, be brought safe and vnhurt home againe vnto hir iuo∣rie palaces; and at the last enter into the Kings court, hir fathers house, where she may enioie a perpetuall crowne and euerlasting kingdome, and reioice in thee hir God, hir spouse, and hir Sauiour for euer and euer; Page  729 so shall she and we hir people, giue thanks vnto thee, O Lord, world without end,

Amen.

A compendious forme of praier for the whole estate of Christes Church, necessarie to be vsed of all estates at time conuenient, especiallie euerie Sabboth or Ho∣lidaie in the Euening, by the Mother and Daughter, and their familie.

A Psalme preparing the hart to praier.

Mother.

O Come, let vs search out, and trie our waies: and turne againe vnto the Lord.

Daughter.

Let vs seeke the Lord while he is to be found: let vs call vpon him while he is neere.

Moth.

Let vs lift vp our harts with our hands, vnto God in the heauens, for we haue sinned, and haue rebelled: there∣fore will he not spare vs.

Daugh.

But euen the crowne of our head will he cast downe: wo now therefore vnto vs that we haue sinned.

Moth.

Our iniquities are sealed vp as in a bagge: he hath set our misdeeds before him, and our secret sinnes in the light of his countenance.

Daugh.

We are weighed in the balance, & are found to lacke weight: we are altogether lighter than va∣nitie.

Moth.

Though he hath chosen vs to be his heritage, yet are we vnto him as a Lion in the forrest: we dailie crie out against him, therefore hath he hated vs.

Daugh.

But will the Lord absent himselfe for euer? will he shew no more fauour?

Moth.

Is his mercie cleane gon for euer? doth his Page  730 promise faile for euermore?

Daugh.

Hath God forgotten to be mercifull? hath he shut vp his tender mercie in displeasure?

Moth.

Uerelie this is the fruit of our infirmities: but yet the right hand of the Lord can amend all this.

Daugh.

Therefore will we leaue our complaint vp∣on our selues, and we will speake in the bitternesse of our soules.

Moth.

And we wil saie vnto God, Condemne vs not: neither cast thou off the worke of thy hands.

Daugh.

But rather turne thou vs vnto thee, and we shall be turned: renew our daies as of old, for thou hast banished vs long inough, and hast beene sore dis∣pleased at vs.

Moth.

Now are we poore and needie, O God, make haste vnto vs: thou art our helper and redeemer, O God, make no tarieng.

Daugh.

O let not the oppressed returne ashamed: but let the poore and needie praise thy name.

Moth.

That we which nowe doo sow in teares, may heereafter reape in gladnesse.

Daugh.

Blessed is the man whome thou chastisest O Lord, and teachest him in thy Lawe.

Moth.

That thou maist giue him rest from the daies of euill, whilest the pit is digged for the wicked.

Daugh.

Blessed is the man whome thou correctest: therefore will we not refuse thy chastisement.

Moth.

For though thou make a wound, yet thou gi∣uest a plaister; and though thou smite, yet thy hands make whole againe.

Daugh.

Therefore O Lord, open thou our lips, and our mouth shall shew foorth thy praise.

Moth.

Bow downe thine eare, O Lord, and consider our complaint: hearken vnto vs for thy truth and righteousnesse sake.

Daugh.

Amen.

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A praier to be heard, and to obtaine fauour.

Mother.

SEeing that it hath pleased thee, most mercifull Father, so fauou∣rablie to consider the weakenesse and vnwoorthinesse of mankinde; that whereas wee could of our selues, neither lift vp our eies vnto thee, because of our weakenesse; neither yet hope for anie good thing at thy hands, because of our vnwoorthinesse, euen in this extreme miserie hast giuen vnto vs thy welbelo∣ued Sonne Iesus Christ, in whome we are not onelie made able to lift vp our harts vnto thee, but also may assure our selues, through his merits and passion, of thy fauour and mercie, in what so euer we shall aske agreeable to thy good will and pleasure.

As we doo first from the bottome of our hart yeeld vnto thee all thanks, honour and glorie, for this thine inestimable goodnesse bestowed on vs thine vnwoorthie seruants: so doo we likewise (beeing assured of thy mercie promised in Christ) dailie present our selues be∣fore thee, to the intent that through our faithfull prai∣ers, we may dailie more and more receiue the fruits of this thy mercifull goodnesse, to releeue our continu∣all necessities withall. We are heere, O Lord, in a strange countrie: our enimies are on euerie side: which waie so euer we turne vs, we see nothing but ei∣ther continuall conflicts, or else vtter destruction. Thou therefore, O holie Father, that hast giuen vs thine onlie Sonne Iesus Christ, to the intent that in his name we might call vpon thee; vouchsafe likewise to heare vs, what time soeuer we call vnto thee in his name; that sith it hath pleased thee, to exercise vs with continuall tribulation, for our triall, through him we Page  732 may obtaine such patience and strength, that we may continuallie stand stronglie, to the maintenance of thy cause, to thy honor and glorie; and let not our deserts so much prouoke thy displeasure against vs, that there∣fore thou cease to glorifie thy holie name in vs; but ra∣ther of thy goodnesse forgiue thou our sinnes, which to the hinderance of thy honor and glorie we haue com∣mitted: and giue vs grace, hartilie to repent vs of our misdeeds, in such sort, that we may hencefoorth seeke thy face, and walke before thee in newnesse of life, see∣king thy honor and glorie aboue all things; that as it hath been hitherto hindered by vs to our shame, so now it may by al meanes be furthered, euen by vs likewise, to the vnspeakable comfort of vs all, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

Daughter:

Amen.

For the Church vniuersallie.

Mother.

AND for because we are fallen into these dangerous daies, wherein all goodnesse decaieth, and sin aboundeth: we humblie beseech thee, mercifullie to behold the pe∣rillous estate of this age, and in this gene∣rall confusion of the whole world, to multiplie thy graces and blessings on thy Church, that for as much as through thy mercies it is not of the world, it neuer be defiled with anie corruption, either of the world, the flesh, or the diuell, neither yet that it perish eter∣nallie with the world.

Daughter:

Amen.

For Ciuil Magistrates.

Mother.

BE mercifull therfore, O Father, vnto all the states and members thereof, vnto Kings, Princes, and all ciuil Magistrates, and namelie to thy seruant Elizabeth our Queene Page  733 and Gouernour, that they may euerie one in their se∣uerall charges, mainteine their scepters in truth and righteousnesse, that they may beate downe sinne, and aduance vertue: that they may humblie submit them∣selues, and all their power, vnto thy good will and pleasure, and that in all things they seeke continuallie the furtherance of thy Gospell, and to doo that that shall be most to thy honor and glorie.

Daugh.

Amen.

For Bishops and all spirituall Pastors.

Mother.

VNto Bishops, Preachers, and all spirituall Pastors, that as thou hast appointed them to be watch∣men vnto thy flocke, so they may en∣deuour themselues (all other busi∣nesse set apart) faithfullie to exe∣cute their charge, in gathering to∣gether thy wandering flocke, in fee∣ding them with the bread of life, in confirming their doctrine with godlie conuersation, in defending them from rauening woulfes and theeues, in diligent and fruitfull watching ouer them both daie and night, and finallie, in carefull auoiding of all things that may giue occasion to forget or neglect their charge; for be∣cause it cannot be but verie ill with the flocke, when∣soeuer the shepheard sleepeth.

Daugh.

Amen.

For inferiors, and subiects.

Mother.

VNto vs all that are inferiors and subiects, that we may willinglie and gladlie loue, honor, serue, and obeie all superior powers in thee, and for thee, that we may ioifullie receiue thy Gospell, plentiouslie bring foorth the fruits thereof, and in all things chieflie Page  734 applie our selues to the maintenance of thy true wor∣ship, and setting foorth of thine honor and glorie.

Daughter:

Amen.

For the ignorant.

Mother.

VNto the ignorant also, that their eies may be opened; that it would please thee to shew thy counte∣nance vnto them, that they may knowe thee, and thy Church, which they condemne as errours, because their eies are closed vp in darknes, that as their zeale is now in sim∣plicitie without knowledge, so they may haue in stead of it, a godlie zeale, grounded on perfect knowledge, so that thy Gospell may fructifie in them also, to the glo∣rie of thy holie name.

Daugh.

Amen.

For the malicious persecutors.

Mother.

EUen vnto the malicious persecu∣tors also, that they may either at the length receiue thy grace so of∣ten, and so mercifullie profered vnto them, and so acknowledge their malice, and returne vnto thee, to thy great honor and glorie, when thou shalt be praised euen by the mouth of thine enimies; or else if they haue vtterlie gi∣uen ouer themselues vnto continuall hatred of thee and thy word, and vtterly reiected all kind of discipline, that then thou take them awaie from among vs, to thy great honor and glorie also: when as thy little flocke, being deliuered from their tyrannie and oppression, shall ioifullie sing vnto thee, of thy con∣tinuall Page  735 goodnesse and woonderfull deliuerance.

Daugh∣ter:

Amen.

For those that are afflicted for Christs sake.

Mother.

VNto vs all that are troubled, perse∣cuted, and cruellie handeled for thy name sake: that although it please thee to make a sharpe triall of our faith, that our enimies may be ei∣ther ashamed or confounded there∣at; yet that thou leaue vs not so much destitute of thy grace, that we be not able to stand to the vttermost proofe thereof. Consider, O Lord, the greatnesse of our infirmities. And although our sins haue deserued thy wrath, yet let the equitie of the cause (which is thine) for the which we are troubled, purchase vnto vs thy fauour and mercie. Giue vs therefore grace to continue to the end, willinglie and ioifullie to beare whatsoeuer crosse it shall please thee to laie vpon vs, and alwaies to be readie to defend, and set foorth thine honour and glorie, in whatsoeuer triall it be. And if we must needs drinke of the cup of triall, yet giue leaue vnto thy chosen to drinke the flowre of it, and reserue the bottome and dregs thereof for the proud and obstinate enimies of thy Gospell, according to thy mercies promised in Ie∣sus Christ our Lord.

Daughter:

Amen.

For all estates in generall.

Mother.

AND finallie, be thou mercifull vnto vs all, that are of the houshold of faith, of what estate or calling soeuer we be; that we all re∣membring to what end thou hast created vs, Page  736 and how dangerous a thing it is to walke so farre vn∣worthie of our vocation, as we now cōmonlie doo, may hartilie repent vs of our licentious, dissolute, and wic∣ked life, and euer crie vnto thee for pardon of the same. And grant, O heauenlie father, that the denieng, or vnfruitfull receiuing of thy word be not laid to our charge, to our vtter confusion; but that now at the length we may not onlie receiue it, but speedilie learne to bring foorth the fruits of the same: that applieng our liues to the exact rule thereof, and walking before thee in holinesse and righteousnesse, with continuall thanks and praise for all thy mercies shewed vnto vs, euer seeking thine honor and glorie in all our dooings, may at the end of this our short and wearie peregri∣nation, be taken vp vnto thee to euerlasting rest and quietnesse, prepared for all beleeuers, through the me∣rits of Iesus Christ our Lord.

Daughter:

Amen.

For increase of true preachers, complaining of the lacke herein.

Mother.

AND now, O heauenlie Father, ac∣cording as wee are taught by thy sonne, we humblie beseech thee, mer∣cifullie to bow downe thine eies, and to behold how great and plen∣tifull thy haruest is, and euen now readie to be cut downe. O thrust thou foorth good and faithfull labo∣rers into it, to reape and gather it into thy barns. For though thy haruest be great, yet are the labourers ve∣rie few. Behold, O Lord, the miserable estate of these daies, how thy seelie sheepe wander vp and down with∣out a shepheard. Euerie one (almost) goeth by, about his own priuaite imaginations, accounting it no part of his dutie or charge to be mooued therat, or to take Page  737 pitie on their great miserie. The better sort see it, & la∣ment it. But Lord, how few are those that busilie seeke the redresse thereof, their owne priuate cōmodities set apart? Surelie thy sheepe, euen thy sheepe, O heauen∣lie shepheard, are in perilous case: they are gone astray euerie one after their owne waies, euen to their owne destruction; they are on the barren mountaines, al∣most vtterlie famished for lacke of food, & of themselues are not able to returne to the fold. And in all these things, euen they to whom thou hast giuen the charge of them, can for the most part, either sleepe sweetlie, or if they awake, then can they be content other waies to occupie themselues. But, O Lord, wilt thou also al∣waies sleepe, and neuer arise vp to be reuenged on these so manifest iniuries? Wilt thou neuer displace these carelesse hirelings, and raise vp in their places such as shall be vigilant pastors ouer their charge, al∣though our sinnes deserue no redresse? Neither yet giue vs anie hope to find mercie in this matter? Yet for thy name sake, and for thine honour and glorie, O Fa∣ther, we cease not dailie to present our selues before thee, as euen now at this present, humblie beseeching thee, in the name of thy sonne Iesus Christ, to raise vp among vs (like as thou hast begun) manie good shep∣heards, such as will not let for anie paines, or discomfi∣ture, to seeke out thy wandering sheepe, and to defend vs from the bloud-thirstie iawes of the rauening woolues. Good guides, such as will both shew vs the waie, and they themselues lead it vnto vs: yea and ca∣rie home the poore and faint vpon their backs. Good and faithfull distributers of thy word and mysteries; such as will giue vs food in due season, breaking vnto vs the liuing bread, and giuing vs to drinke of the wa∣ter of life. That whereas now manie of vs are almost perished with famine, & therefore are becom lothsome, and ill liking in thy sight: we may therby (through thy Page  738 helpe) be recouered from all lothsomnesse and ill li∣king, and be restored againe to our former plight and beautie, that we may be strong, and growe in all grace and godlinesse. And altogither in the safetie of thy fold, with one hart and voice declare thy mercie and good∣nesse, and woonderous works, and sanctifie thy holie name for euer. Grant thou this, O heauenlie Father, and Lord of the haruest; not for our sakes, but for thy name sake, and through the merits of Iesus Christ our onlie guide, and chiefe shepheard, who liueth and reigneth with thee, and the holie Ghost, now and euer.

Daughter:

Amen.

For all Vniuersities and Schooles.

Mother.

BLesse thou therefore, O Lord, with the dew of thy spirit all Uniuersi∣ties and Schooles; that sith it hath pleased thee, that from them (as by thine appointed meanes) we should haue our preachers and teachers, they may be there instructed in all godly knowledge and learning, and be made fit to walke woorthilie in their vocation, at what time soeuer it shall please thee to call them forth. Grant, we besech thee, that as they ought to be lights and nursses vnto their countries; euen so they may giue vnto them a godlie and perfect life, and nourish them vp in good and sound doctrine, to thy glorie, our comfort, and the discharge of their duties. And for bi∣cause that now a daies charitie waxeth cold, and the number of couetous worldlings is much increased; which seeke rather to keepe backe their liuings, and to plucke awaie from them, rather than to bestowe anie thing to the maintenance of their studie: blesse thou them therfore with all things sufficient, to the seruice Page  739 of thee, and increase of good learning; that the lacke thereof be no hinderance to the building of thy house, and to the setting foorth of thine honour and glorie. And remooue from among vs, most mercifull Father, whatsoeuer is occasion of let or hinderance vnto all those that couet knowledge, to the sanctifieng of thy holie name, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

Daughter:

Amen.

For the good estate of this Realme.

Mother.

BEcause also thou hast comman∣ded vs to call vpon thee in the daie of troble, promising that thou wilt heare our praiers: we therefore humblie beseech thee to be fauoura∣ble vnto this our Realme; and not to visit our offences so sharpelie, neither to giue vs to drinke of so bitter a cup, as vnto our iudgement it seemeth thou hast prepared for vs. What are we, O Lord, that wee may abide the force of thy iudgments? We denie not, but that we haue most woorthilie deserued whatsoe∣uer punishment thou hast euer hertofore powred forth vpon anie other nation. But sith thy name is now cal∣led on among vs; sith we make no account of anie helpe, but onlie in thee; sith we acknowledge our of∣fences, and humblie desire pardon for the same in Ie∣sus Christ: O let not thy iust iudgements laie hold vp∣on vs; if it be expedient for vs, and more to thy honour and glorie, that we taste of thy mercie. Thou hast hi∣therto dealt exceeding mercifullie with vs; thou hast planted among vs a goodlie vineyard, and that of the best plants: thou hast walled it round about, and watered it plentifullie with the dew of thy blessing; in so much that thou couldest haue done no more for vs, Page  740 than thou hast done; neither hast thou dealt so with other nations. But we (alas) wretched sinners, con∣trarie to the deserts of this thy louing kindnesse, haue brought foorth wild grapes, which thou hatest; in steed of good and sweet grapes, which thou lookest for. Wee haue taken thy word into our mouthes; but we haue hated to be reformed thereby: yea we haue vtterlie despised thy holie word, and had the preachers thereof in derision, and so haue we made open the readie waie vnto all our damnable works, blasphemie, idolatrie, murther, adulterie, pride, couetousnesse, disobedience, sensualitie, vnmercifulnesse, oppressions, slanders, vn∣thankfulnesse, & whatsoeuer else our corrupt natures, casting aside grace and discipline, is woont to bring foorth. And whilest we did all these things, thou heldest thy peace, and winkedst thereat: therefore did we foo∣lishlie imagine, that thou art like vnto vs, and deligh∣ted with sinne, as we are. And thus haue we in all our works prouoked thy diuine Maiestie to greeuous dis∣pleasure against vs. But now, O holie God, seeing that by thy long sufferance, thou hast so mercifullie striken our hard harts with secret consideration of our mise∣rable estate: we beseech thee for Iesus Christs sake, to giue vs likewise a repentant hart, sorowfull for all our former misdeeds; that thereby we may also attaine to the promises, which thou hast annexed therevnto, namelie; that thou breake not downe the wall of this thy vineyard; that thou suffer it not to be eaten vp, or troden downe; that thou laie it not waste, so that bri∣ers and thorns growe vp therein. And that thou com∣mand not the clouds not to raine vpon it; neither that thou turne our roote into rottennesse; neither yet that thou make our buds to rise vp like dust, bicause we haue cast off thy lawe, O Lord God of hosts, and contemned thy word, O holie one of Israel. O make vs not a byword vnto our neighbours, and a scorne Page  741 vnto those that dwell about vs; but rather grant, we beseech thee, that hencefoorth we may hartilie repent, and walke before thee in newnesse of life, to thy honor and glorie, to the example of our neighbours, to the conuersion or confusion of our enimies, and to our e∣uerlasting comfort, through Iesus Christ our Lord.

Daughter:

Amen.

A praier for repentance.

Mother.

ALthough our infirmities doo eui∣dentlie appeare, and by diuers waies shew foorth themselues vnto vs, almightie and most mercifull God; yet in nothing more than that we cannot perceiue and behold our owne wickednesse, in such sort as it is indeed. With our tongs we can not but confesse (because thou thy selfe hast said it) that we are altogither vnrighteous, that there is not one of vs that doth good, & that we all imagine mischiefe. But although we are driuen by thine eternall truth, outwardlie to confesse the same; yet haue we no such inward feeling thereof as we ought to haue: because we are altogither closed vp in our owne stubbernesse and selfe-loue. Wherfore it commeth to passe, that we can neither repent vs of that we should amend, nei∣ther yet hartilie acknowledge that we certainlie knowe to be within vs. But, O holie God, how long shall we be cleane without vnderstanding? How long shall our flesh haue dominion ouer thy good spirit in vs? How long shall the cloud of our vnsensiblenesse darken and blemish our inward sight? Uerelie our sinnes haue deserued, that not onlie thou hide thy face awaie from vs for a time; but that thou shouldest vt∣terlie cast vs off from thy fauour and grace, to eternall Page  742 damnation. But sith that thou art wont to deale more mercifullie euen with the sonnes of men, and vnto vs also hast giuen a good likelihood thereof, in that that now thou hast striken our harts with some feeling of our owne wretchednesse, which putteth vs in good comfort and hope, that thou hast done it to this end, to the intent that thou maist bestowe larger graces on vs also: therefore we are somewhat emboldened (al∣though we are but dust and ashes) humblie to desire of thee, that in the name of thy sonne Iesus Christ, euen now at the length, thou wilt vouchsafe to giue vnto vs the grace of hartie repentance, that as wee knowe, so likewise we may acknowledge vnto thee, all our vnrighteousnesse, and hencefoorth labour the more busilie, without anie delaie, to amend those things wherein we haue hitherto offended thee. We knowe, O Lord, that this is the onelie time of mercie, in so much that if we obtaine it not, during this our mor∣tall life, there remaineth nothing for vs to be looked for, but a fearefull and a rigorous sentence of iudge∣ment. Grant therefore, we beseech thee O mercifull God, that sith we are now in a most damnable estate, by the reason of our continuall disobedience, out of the which we can by no meanes recouer our selues, but by thy mercifull gift of repentance, that we may euen now obtaine at thy hands not onlie it, but all other thy graces annexed therevnto, such as are most needfull for vs, to the accomplishing of thy will, and to the setting foorth of thy honour and glorie, through Iesus Christ our Lord and sauiour, who sitteth at thy right hand euen now and euer, to make intercession for vs.

Daughter:

Amen.

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For the authoritie of discipline to be established in the Church.

Mother.

BEcause that crookednesse and diso∣bedience haue taken so deepe roote in all estates, that now adaies ma∣nie dare boldlie refuse all Ecclesia∣sticall censure, to the great hinde∣rance of the course of the Gospell; grant therefore we beseech thee, that like as thou hast dealt with o∣ther nations, euen so may it please thee now at the length, to extend thy like mercie vnto this Realme al∣so, and all others that are in the same necessitie; that the authoritie of Ecclesiasticall censure and discipline (which for our sinnes thou hast hitherto kept backe from vs) may be placed in the Church, to the due pu∣nishment of sinfull life, and contempt of thy word, in such sort, that it may extend indifferentlie vnto all e∣states both high and lowe, as well to the terror of the ill, and comfort of the good, as also to the speedie and perfect reformation of all such things as are yet disor∣dered in this thy Church; through the same Iesus Christ our Lord, in whose name, for these & all things else expedient for vs, we lift vp our harts vnto thee, saieng as he hath taught vs:

Mother and Daughter altogether.

Our Father, &c.

Mother.

Into thy hands, O Lord, doo we commend our selues wholie, both bodie and soule: vouchsafe to receiue vs, Lord God of mercie.

Daughter:

Amen.

Mother.

In thee, O God, haue we trusted, let vs ne∣uer be confounded.

Daughter:

Amen.

Mother.

Deliuer vs, we beseech thee, from the po∣wer of darkenesse of this world, the flesh and the di∣uell.

Daughter:

Amen.

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Mother.

Lord let it be done vnto vs, as we doo put our trust in thee.

Daughter:

Amen.

Mother.

We beleeue, O Lord; Lord helpe and make perfect our vnbeleefe.

Daughter:

Amen.

The conclusion of all things else expedient for vs.

Mother.

THese, O mercifull Father, and all other thy graces, such as be most agreeable to thy will, to the setting foorth of thy honor and glorie, and to the assurance of our saluation, grant thou vnto vs (we beseech thee) in the name of thy sonne Ie∣sus Christ. And that we may vtter∣lie cast off all sinfull affections, and hencefoorth leade our liues in holinesse, righteousnesse, and innocencie, yeelding vnto thee continuall thanks, for all thy bene∣fits and mercies: we beseech thee send downe into our harts thy holie spirit, to prepare, instruct, and guide vs in all our thoughts, words and works, to the fulfilling of thy good will and pleasure; to whome, the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, three persons and one God, of eternall and infinite maiestie, be all praise, thanks and glorie, at all times, in all places, in all things, aboue all things, and euen so in vs all now and euer.

Daughter:

Amen.

Mother.

Blessed be the Lord.

Daughter.

Thanks be to God.

¶ If, when we are desirous to commend the Church vnto the blessings of God (which in our dailie praiers we ought to doo) necessarie busines will not well impart so much time, as the forme of these praiers require; then af∣ter good consideration, both of Gods former benefits to∣wards Page  745 vs, and of the manifold infirmities of the Church, we may doo it in these few words.

Mother:

O Lord heare my praier.

Daughter:

And let my crie come vnto thee.

Mother.

TO thee, O heauenlie Father, be all thanks, honour & glorie, for because it hath pleased thee, through the merits of Iesus Christ, to deale so mercifullie with vs. For looke how high the heauen is in comparison of the earth, so great hath thy mer∣cie beene towards vs, at all times, and in all things, much beyond that that our foolish harts could wish or desire. For the which, as we doo yeeld vnto thee all possible thanks, from the bottome of our harts; euen so doo we humblie beseech thee, with thy fatherlie goodnesse, to supplie all our infirmities wherewith we dailie offend thee. Blesse thou there∣fore, and be mercifull vnto thy Church vniuersallie, and to all the members thereof, and namelie vnto all Princes and ciuil Magistrates, that by their go∣uernment thy name may be alwaies sanctified, and thy glorious kingdome faithfullie prepared. Unto all Bishops and spirituall pastors, that they may diligent∣lie execute the charge committed vnto them. Unto all subiects and inferiors, that they may in thee, and for thee, obeie, serue, loue, honor all superior powers. Unto the ignorant, and such as are not yet brought to the knowledge of thy truth, that their eies may be ope∣ned, to the vtter abolishing in them, whatsoeuer is not of faith. Unto the malicious persecutors also, that ei∣ther their harts may be turned, or else that thou take them awaie from among vs. Unto the persecuted and afflicted, that they may end their conflicts with victo∣rie, whether it be by death or deliuerance. Unto thy Page  746 haruest, that it perish not for lacke of reapers. Unto Uniuersities and Schooles, that they may attaine to ripenesse of good and godlie knowledge, and vse the same to the furtherance of thy kingdome. Unto this our Realme, that we may hartilie repent vs of all our sinnes; that thou maist also repent thee of the punish∣ment, which thou hast prepared for vs, and euer conti∣nue thy goodnesse towards vs as thou hast begonne. Giuing vnto vs, among thine other benefits, such au∣thoritie of the ecclesiasticall sword, to the amendment of all things, and reformation of all estates, as may be most to the propagation of thy truth and true reli∣gion. Finallie, vnto vs all that are of the houshold of faith, that all other things set apart, we may onelie seeke thee and thy kingdome, and euer sing praises vn∣to thy holie name. These, O Lord, and all other gra∣ces agreeable to thy holie will, and expedient for vs, grant vnto thy seruants in the name of Iesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with the holie Ghost, be all thanks, ho∣nour and glorie, now and euer.

Daughter:

Amen.

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Christian praiers, and diuine meditations, as ge∣nerallie to be vsed at all times, so especiallie and properlie vpon all the holie Feasts and Saints daies throughout the yeere, as they fall in order, and are commonlie kept here in the Church of England and Ireland.

    And first, vpon the principall Feast daies of our Lord and Sauiour Iesus Christ, that is to saie:
  • On Aduent Sundaie. In me∣morial of Christ his First comming in the flesh.
  • Christmas daie. In me∣morial of Christ his Natiuitie and birth.
  • On New yéeres daie. In me∣morial of Christ his Circumcision.
  • On Twelfe daie. In me∣morial of Christ his Apparition.
  • On Ashwensday the 1. day of Lent. In me∣morial of Christ his Fasting.
  • On First Sundaie in Lent. In me∣morial of Christ his Temptation.
  • On Maundie Thursdaie. In me∣morial of Christ his Last Supper.
  • On Good Fridaie. In me∣morial of Christ his Passion.
  • On Easter daie. In me∣morial of Christ his Resurrection.
  • On Ascension daie. In me∣morial of Christ his Ascension.
  • On Whitsundaie. In me∣morial of Christ his Sending of the holie Ghost.
  • On Trinitie Sundaie. In me∣morial of Christ his The blessed Trinitie.
  • On Euerie Sundaie, holie∣day and working-day. In me∣morial of Christ his Last comming to iudg∣ment.

1. On Aduent Sundaie. Of the comming of Christ in the flesh.

The Preface.

BE of good cheere, and feare not (O you that are of a fearfull hart,) for behold your God commeth his owne selfe to take vengeance on his enimies, and will deliuer you: Hosanna to the sonne of Dauid.

Page  748 O daughter Zion be glad; O daughter Ierusa∣lem reioice. For lo, the King commeth vnto thee, euen the righteous, thy Sauiour, lowlie, meeke and simple; riding vpon the fole of an asse, and bringing his recom∣pense with him: Blessed is he that commeth in the name of the Lord.

Out of Zion hath God appeared in perfect beautie: Hosanna in the highest.

Remember me, O Lord, according to thy fauor that thou bearest vnto thy people. O visit me with thy sal∣uation. Hosanna.

Shew me thy waies, O Lord, and teach mee thy path: Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna.

The praier.

THE time is now at hand, when the Church calleth into mind the bene∣fits of the sonne of GOD, which ta∣king vpon him our fraile nature, appeared to the world, and came to visit vs in great humilitie. And at the last daie and resurrection of all mankind, will come againe in his glorious Maiestie, to iudge both the quicke and the dead; and shew himselfe both to punish his enimies with euerlasting paines, and to adorne his Church and chosen people with eternall glorie. Wherefore, O Sonne of God, Lord and Sauiour Christ, which as this daie, in roiall pompe didst enter into the holie ci∣tie Ierusalem for a publike testimonie of thine appea∣ring: remooue all impediments, we praie thee, that may hinder thy comming, and make a plaine, and most easie waie for thy selfe vnto vs. Gather vs, we beseech thee, into that companie, which are prepared to re∣ceiue thee the King of all kings, and which set foorth thy glorie in spirituall songs, (not onelie this daie Page  749 through all the world, but also continuallie) and beare palmes of victorie before thee, and spred their gar∣ments in the waie for ioie of thy comming.

Assist vs, that being greatlie separated from the damned crue of diuels, and wicked persons; wee may sound and set foorth thy truth, in perfect confession, and righteousnesse all the daies and time of our life. Bee thou our King, both here in this world, and hereafter in the world to come: replenishing vs against all the wicked enterprises of thine enimies, and making vs (though babes and littleones) to extoll and magnifie thy name for euer. Keepe vs thy weake children depen∣ding vpon thee, and running vnto thy lap, euen as in∣fants vnto their parents. Make vs to followe thy words, which through thy spirit doo sound within vs, and powre thy wisedome into vs miserable men and women, that the pride and power of thine enimies may be confounded.

Grant that with gratefull minds we may publish abroad thy glorious victorie, according to our calling and abilitie; cherish thy ministers, and venter both our life & liuing for the maintenance of thy truth. Moreo∣uer, blesse vs, O thou blessed seed of Abraham, by the vertue of thy presence: number vs among thy chosen, which haue their names from thee. And finallie, giue vs grace now in the time of this mortall life, so to cast awaie from vs the works of darknes, and to put vpon vs the armour of light; that in the last daie of thy se∣cond comming in the clouds, we may rise through thee, to life immortall: and so, being adorned with that glo∣rie, which thou hast receiued from thine eternall Fa∣ther, we may perpetuallie praise and extoll thy Maie∣stie, both heere in this world, and for euermore in the world of worlds to come,

Amen.
Hosanna to thee O sonne of God in the highest. Hosanna.
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2. On Christmas daie. Of the natiuitie and birth of Christ our Sauiour.

The Preface.

A Child is borne vnto vs, and a sonne is gi∣uen vnto vs. Glorie be to God on high.

Unto vs is borne this daie, in the citie of Dauid a Sauiour, which is Christ the Lord. Halleluiah.

The Lord sent a word vnto Iacob, the same is come into Israel, an euerlasting Prince of peace. Halleluiah.

Mercie and truth are met togither; righteousnesse and peace haue kissed each other: truth shall flourish out of the earth, and righteousnesse hath looked downe from heauen vpon vs, to speake peace vnto his people, and gladnesse to his Saints. Halleluiah.

Of the fruit of thy bodie will I set vpon thy throne, and in Zion shall I make the horne of Dauid to flou∣rish. Halleluiah.

The Sunne commeth foorth of (his tabernacle) the heauens, as a bridegroome out of his chamber, and re∣ioiceth as a Giant to run his course. Halleluiah.

He shall giue his Angels charge ouer thee, to keepe thee in all thy waies: they shall beare thee in their hands, that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone. Hal∣leluiah.

For thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips, bicause God hath blessed thee for euer: yea God, euen thine owne God hath annointed thee with the oile of gladnesse aboue thy fellowes. Hal∣leluiah.

Therefore in this daie of thy power shall the people offer the free-will offerings with an holie worship; bi∣cause the dew of thy birth is of the wombe of the mor∣ning. Halleluiah.

Page  751 Glorie be vnto God on high, in earth peace, and good will towards men: Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah.

The Praier.

NOW is the ioifull time, wherein all Saincts both in heauen and earth doo magnifie and praise al∣mightie God, for the incarnation of his onlie begotten Sonne our Sa∣uiour Iesus Christ; who as this daie was borne of the pure Uirgin Marie, the which also the holie An∣gels of the Lord did celebrate with a most heauenlie song. And no doubt, the blessed companie of the elect departed out of this world, enioieng the comfortable sight of God, replenished with eternall wisedome, light and righteousnesse, yeeld most humble thanks vn∣to the Sonne of God their Sauiour and Redeemer, for his incomprehensible goodnesse declared vnto man∣kind, in the order of their redemption, for the infinite benefits of their saluation, and for taking our fraile nature and miserable flesh (subiect vnto all calamities and destruction) vpon him, and carieng the same and vs therewith vnto eternall life.

We therefore liuing in this vaile of wretchednesse, lift vp our heads vnto thee, O notable Silo, which art the fruit of the Uirgin; and separate our selues from the detestable & damned crue of vnpure spirits; and of men powring out blasphemous outcries a∣gainst thy truth and glorie. From our harts we praie thee regenerate and make vs thy children by adoption and grace, and dailie renew vs by thy holie spirit, to glorifie thee. For of our selues we are nothing but flesh and corruption, as they that are borne of flesh, and can not become thy children, except we be begotten and borne againe by a new birth of the holie Ghost. Page  752 Therfore we beseech thee renew vs, I say, dailie by thy mightie power from aboue, that being borne of the spirit, our harts and our hands, our deeds and deui∣ses, and whatsoeuer is in vs, may be spirituall as thou art. Ioine vs to the societie of thine holie Angels, which sing glorie to thee on high; and make vs mem∣bers of that congregation, which is knit vnto thee by an indissoluble bond of euerlasting peace, with grate∣full minds to record and celebrate thy benefits.

We thanke thee for sauing mankind from eternall damnation, and for making the attonement betweene thy father and vs, through thine incarnation, For so it was expedient, according to the order of iustice, that the punishment of a guiltlesse man, should quit man∣kind guiltie; and that a sufficient satisfaction might be made, it was required that he which would be the me∣diatour, should be God. God, I saie, to abide the intol∣lerable burthen of Gods displeasure, to vanquish death, and to restore vnto man life and saluation, to en∣ter into the most holie place, and be an eternall Priest. God, to vnderstand the secret counsell of the father, to be priuie vnto the cogitations of harts, to heare the grones of all men, to be the King of his flocke, de∣fending the same against the power of sathan and his members. Finallie God, to place his Church raised from death, in the eternall kingdome of his most glo∣rious father. Now, forasmuch as the nature of man was not able to bring these things to passe, we thanke thee O our sauiour, being the word, the expresse image, and interpretor of the father, for vouchsafing to take the office of a mediatour betweene God and vs.

Begin in vs, we most humblie beseech thee, this so great a benefit. We are weake, we are fowle and fil∣thie; but as thou wast brought into this miserable world, borne a weake infant, and that in a pinching time of the yeare, swadled with wretched bands, en∣dued Page  753 with the rags of a miserable nature, and laid in a manger among the brutish kind, being notwithstan∣ding the verie wisedome of thine eternall father. So let thy wisdome appeare in vs miserable men & womē in this wofull darkenesse of ours, among the blacke clouds of this doting age, amongst these troubles and destructions of Common-weales. Kindle in vs the sparks of that wisedome, which shall be perfect in the life to come, and ioine vs to the felowship of thy Saincts. Grant that from the hart, and ioifullie we may ascribe all glorie, fame, and honor vnto thee the true God, which art wise, righteous, almightie, pure, liberall, and mercifull, according to the rule described in thy commandements, which didst send thy Sonne to bring vs to that glorie; whereof we were depriued, and to restore vs againe to our first integritie, which was lost through sinne.

O Sonne of God, confirme thou, and seale these things in our harts by thy holie spirit powred vpō vs, which may worke within vs vnfeigned righteousnesse; that by the same thy spirit shining in the nature which thou tookest vpon thee, we may be committed to thee, vpholden, quickened, & brought by thee vnto eternall life: that that league made betweene God and vs, may eternallie be confirmed, and we loued in the beloued; and the eternall Father may loue vs with that loue, wherewith he loueth thee the substantiall image of himselfe. Suppresse the diuell, that he breake not this woonderfull and profitable peace: and suffer vs not hanging on thy necke, running to thine armes, seeking thy fauour, to be plucked out of thy hands. Keepe vs, we beseech in thy lap, as a louing shepheard cherisheth and beareth about his tender lambs.

And forasmuch as the first tidings of thy natiuitie were brought by the Angel of the Lord vnto shep∣heards; grant that shepheards of the soules, that is, Page  754 the ministers and teachers may faithfullie testifie thy benefits vnto mankind, and publish abroad what they see & knowe, spreading foorth thy fame, and glorifieng God for the peace, which he hath eternallie concluded with vs; and finallie may bring thy sheepe to thy stall, that is, to the congregation of the faithfull. Open be∣fore vs thy swadling clouts, which is thy word, that in this life it may crie within vs, and we thereby may feele the sense of thy most sweet promises, which thine eternall Father hath vttered of thee; Blessed are all they, which put their trust in him.

Furthermore, our petition is, that thou wilt blesse vs and our countrie, with all Common-weales. In∣crease among vs dailie ye number of the faithfull; pros∣per the course of the Gospell, and suffer not the light thereof, by the malice of Sathan, to be extinguished. Likewise vphold those kingdoms, which minister re∣leefe vnto thy Church. Repell from the borders of thy seruants the rabblement of Turks & Infidels, which threaten the decaie of thy Church, and destruction of kingdoms. Blesse the labours of our hands; keepe vs from the contagious diseases: and last of all make vs and ours the vessels of mercie, and profitable instru∣ments to thy Church and Common-weale,

Amen.
Glorie be to God on high.
Or thus.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull Father, who according to the pro∣phesies spoken long before, hast gi∣uen vs thine own Sonne to be con∣ceiued of the holie Ghost, and borne of the blessed virgin, that in thy na∣ture and ours he might be our ho∣lie, and true Emanuel, and Sauior, and Sanctifier of those that trust in him. Touch our Page  755 harts with thy holie spirit, that considering this so great loue of thine, to abase thy Sonne to take vpon him the forme of a seruant, to make vs sonnes and heires to thee, that our soules may magnifie thee, O Lord our Sauiour, and blesse thee the Lord GOD of Israel, for thus visiting and redeeming thy people: and grant vs also the fruit of this thy mercie, that by his holinesse our vncleannesse may be done awaie, and our corrupt nature sanctified by his holie birth and natiui∣tie; that we putting our trust in him, may by him be deliuered both from all our sins, and all our enimies, and attaine to the fruit of this his infinite loue and goodnesse, euen to serue him in holinesse and righteous∣nesse all the daies of our life, through the same thy deere sonne our Lord Iesus Christ, to whom with thee and the holie Ghost, be all praise, honour and glorie, for euer and euer,

Amen.
Glorie be to God on high.
Another Meditation of the maruellous incarnation of the word, which is Christ, by whose meanes it pleased God to helpe mankind fallen from him.

BEhold now, O almightie God, the viewer and searcher of mine hart. Like as with hart I beleeue (which is counted righteousnesse vnto me) so with mouth doo I confesse before thee (which is to my saluation) af∣ter what sort and maner thou didst vouchsafe in the end of the world to succour and aid mankind. Thou in deed onelie, O God the Father, art not read at anie time or in anie place to be sent; but of thy Sonne, the Apostle saith; When that the time was fulfilled, God sent his Sonne. In that he saith (he sent) he doth sufficientlie declare, that he being sent came into this world. When as he being thy Sonne, O our God, and a gentle and kind louer of Page  756 mankind, did take vpon him to be the seed of Abraham, not of Angels, and so taking mans nature, not An∣gels, did vouchsafe to humble himselfe to be borne a verie perfect man of blessed Marie a pure virgin; and so being made like vnto vs in all things, sinne onlie ex∣cepted, (for he was the verie lambe without spot that tooke awaie the sinnes of the world) did appeare and shew himselfe in the similitude of flesh subiect to sinne, that he might condemne sinne for sinne, and that wee might be made the righteousnesse in him.

But what is that, which he that is the chiefe of the Euangelists doth saie? He was in the world, and the world was made by him. Thither trulie was he sent by his humanitie, where he alwaies is, and alwaie hath beene by his diuinitie. The which sending or em∣bassage, I beleeue with all my hart, and confesse with my mouth, to be the consent & worke of all the whole Trinitie. I beleeue also, that his manhood being in this my nature, during his infancie, was trobled with creeping and scrallings, and was wrapt in cloths af∣ter the maner of other children, and was vexed in his youth with labours and troubles. I beleeue, I saie, that the Godhead, which was sent of them, did take vpon him mine humanitie and nature, to the intent he (the Sonne of God) being made man, might cure mine infirmitie, and redeeme the sinnes of sinfull man.

Therefore doo I blesse thy name euerlastinglie, and glorifie the same with all mine hart, O almightie and mercifull Lord, for that vnspeakable and maruellous coniunction of Godhead and manhood together, in the vnitie of a person: and not after this sort, that the one should be God, and the other man; but one and the same was both God and man, man and God. Neuer∣thelesse, although by thy maruellous will the word was made flesh; yet neither of both the natures was changed into other substance. In the mysterie of the Page  757 Trinitie there is not a fourth person added. For the substance of the word of God and of man was vnited and knit togither; but not confused and mixt, that that thing, which was taken of vs, should be turned into God; and that which neuer had been before that time, that is, his flesh and manhood, should be the same that had beene euer without anie beginning, that is, his Godhead.

Oh maruellous mysterie! Oh vnspeakeable fellow∣ship! Oh maruellous meeknesse of the heauenlie mer∣cifulnesse, which is euer woorthie marueling, and euer to be loued! We were but vile seruants; and behold, we are made the sonnes of God, yea and heires of God togither with Christ. From whence came this good∣nesse? And who brought vs to this state? But I re∣quire thee, O most mercifull Father, by thine inestima∣ble pitie, goodnesse, and charitie to make vs woorthie of these manie and great promises of the same thy sonne our Lord Iesu Christ. Send foorth thy strength, O God, and establish the thing that thou hast wrought in vs; make perfect that, which thou hast begun, that we may be able to come vnto the fulnesse and perfect∣nesse of thy pitie. Make vs through the holie Ghost to vnderstand, and through thy sonne to desire, and with due honour alwaie to worship this great mysterie of thy pitie in Christ his blessed natiuitie, so manifest in our flesh; that as thou hast giuen vs him, thine onelie begotten Sonne I meane, to take our nature vpon him, and this daie to be borne of a pure virgin: so wee being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may dailie be renewed by thy holie spirit, to glorifie thee from our birth, through the same thy deere Sonne, our souereigne Lord, and sweet Saui∣our Iesus; to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, be immortall praise and thanks-giuing, now and for euer,

Amen.
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A meditation concerning the true knowledge of Christes incarnation.

THE knowledge of the truth is, first to knowe thy selfe, and to endeuour to be that which thou oughtest to be, and to amend that which ought to be amended. And secondlie to knowe and to loue thy maker and creator, for that is the whole hap∣pines of a christian man or woman.

See then how vnspeakable the gratious goodnesse and entire loue of God towards vs is. He hath crea∣ted vs of nothing, and giuen vs all that we haue: but alas, forasmuch as we haue loued the gift more than the giuer, and the creature more than the Creator: therefore we are fallen into the diuels snare, and be∣come his bondslaues. Neuertheles, God being moued with compassion, sent his most deere and onlie Sonne to redeeme vs slaues, and his holie spirit to make vs his sonnes and daughters againe. He hath giuen his Sonne, I saie, euen his best beloued child, to be the price of our ransome; the holie Ghost as an assurance of his loue; and to be short, he reserueth himselfe whole for vs, to be the heritage of our adoption. And so al∣mightie God, according to his exceeding gratiousnesse and mercie, hath for verie loue and good will to man∣kind, bestowed not onlie his benefits, but also himselfe vpon him to recouer him againe; not so much to him∣selfe, as to him. To the intent that man might bee borne of God, God, I saie, was first borne of them.

O then who is so hard-harted, that he will not bee softened by the tender loue of God thus preuenting wretched man, with so great, hartie, and vnspeakable good will, in that he vouchsafed to become man for mans sake? Yea, who can anie more find in his hart to Page  759 hate man or woman, whose nature and likenesse he or she so plainelie seeth in the manhood of God? Doubtles, he or she that hateth from hencefoorth a man or a wo∣man, hateth God, and so looseth all his or hir labour, whatsoeuer taken vnder pretence of Christianitie. For God (as is said) became man for mans sake, that he might be a redeemer as well as a creator; and that man might be ransomed with his owne goods, and that one man & woman might loue another the more hartilie. God, I saie, appeared in the shape of a man, to the end that both bodie and soule might be made bles∣sed, by renewing the eie of the mind in his Godhead, and the eie of the bodie in his manhood; so that whe∣ther man went in or out, he might find food in him laid vp in store by him in his humane nature. Most iniuri∣ous therefore is that man or woman to Gods diuini∣tie, that so by hating of their brethren and sisters, their owne flesh, contemne Christ, and offend his hu∣manitie.

The Thanks-giuing.

ILift vp my hart vnto thee, O God; for it is verie meet, right, and my bounden dutie, that I should at all times, & in all places, giue thanks vnto thee, O Lord, holie father, al∣mightie, and euerlasting God: be∣cause thou didst giue Iesus Christ thine onlie Sonne to be borne as this daie for me and all mankind, who by the operati∣on of the holie Ghost was made verie man of the sub∣stance of the blessed Uirgin Marie his mother, and that without all spot of sinne, to make vs cleane from all sinne. Therefore, with Angels and Archangels, and with all the holie companie of Saincts and Uir∣gins in heauen, I laud and magnifie thy glorious name: euermore praising thee, and saieng, Holie, Holie, Page  760 Holie, Lord God of hostes, heauen and earth are full of thy glorie: Glorie be to thee, O Lord, most high,

Amen.

3. On Newyeares daie. Of Christ his circumcision in the flesh.

The Preface.

CIrcumcise the foreskin of your hart, and be no more stiffenecked. Deuter. 18.

Be ye circumcised in the Lord, I saie, and cut awaie the foreskin of your hart, and e∣uill affections, all ye inhabitants of Iuda and Ierusalem. Iere. 4.

For the circumcision of the hart, which consisteth in the spirit, and not in the letter, is the true circumcisi∣on, whose praise is not of men, but of God. Rom. 4.

Yea we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and reioice in Christ Iesus, and haue no con∣fidence in the flesh. Philip. 3.

For circumcision verelie auaileth, if thou keepe the lawe; but if thou be a breaker of the ordinances of the lawe, thy circumcision is made vncircumcision, &c. Rom. 2.

Oh that my waies were made so direct, that I might keepe thy statutes, so shall I not be confounded! Order my steps in thy word, and so shall no wickednesse haue dominion ouer me.

I will keepe thy ceremonies, O forsake me not vt∣terlie. Halleluiah.

The Praier.

O Lord Iesus Christ, Sonne of the liuing God, we thanke thee, forasmuch as after thy decree concerning the redemption of mankind, from the beginning thou hast beene present with thy Church outward∣lie Page  761 by speaking vnto hir by thy ministers, and inward∣lie by kindling thy light and righteousnesse in the harts of the faithfull. Thou hast ratified thy promises by outward signes and ceremonies, whereby euerie man may applie the benefits vnto himselfe. So did thy burnt offerings and sacrifices testifie of thee, which af∣terwards should be slaine. The flames of fire, which from heauen did set on fire the offerings, did witnesse of thy presence, that as manie as should behold thy be∣nefits with a true faith, thou wouldest quicken with the sacrifice of thine holie spirit, which inflameth true knowledge and good motions within the godlie.

That life was giuen to them of thy meere mercie, the first parents did knowe full well, when it was said, that a woman shall bring foorth. And because the mediator was called that seed of the woman, and with∣all, promised to be the subduer of Sathan, they knew that he should be both God and man. The same pro∣mise was repeated vnto Abraham, the father of the faithfull. And forasmuch as restraint was made vnto a certaine nation, thou didst adde a new rite of circum∣cision, whereby not onelie the posteritie of Abraham was discerned from other nations, but also it was a testimonie admonishing of the seed to come, which was Christ, who should take our weake flesh vpon him, and beare our nature, and bring both Iewes and Gentils vnto eternall felicitie.

Wherefore, we yeeld thee humble thanks, forasmuch as hitherto thou hast continued this sound of thy per∣son and office, notwithstanding the great raging of thine enimies: for appearing at the length in the flesh, for giuing thy selfe vnto vs for a Newyeares gift of inestimable price, for being made vnder the lawe, & a cursse to saue vs wretches from the cursse of the lawe, and to restore vs vnto innocencie lost through sinne. For which cause, thy blessed will was, as vpon Page  762 this daie to be circumcised in the flesh, and now first of all to shead thy pretious bloud for vs that are of vncir∣cumcised harts and lips, and all to shew that thou ca∣mest in deede of the verie seed of Abraham, and wast subiect to the lawe, cursse, and condemnation for vs; and that our corrupt nature, by thy holinesse might be sanctified, and haue through thee, an obedience to an∣swere the same withall.

We beseech thee therefore, grant vs the true cir∣cumcision of the spirit, that our harts & all our mem∣bers being mortified from all worldlie and carnall lusts, we may in all things obeie thy blessed will, and heere staie our selues, and put our trust in thee, that thus hast humbled thy selfe so lowe for vs, that we may be exalted by thee. And from our harts we praie thee ioine vs to that holie companie, that did wait for thy redemption before it came, and doo reioice in it now it is come and performed, and with the sacred host of An∣gels to giue all glorie & renowme vnto thee, for brin∣ging thy peace, which passeth all vnderstanding, vpon the earth, and declaring so great kindnesse and good will towards vs, as to giue thy selfe, and thereby e∣uerlasting ioie and blisse for a Newyeares gift of wor∣thie memoriall, and inestimable value, to be our owne for euer and euer.

Speake hencefoorth to our harts with thy louelie voice. Lighten the lampe of our minds with thy hea∣uenlie knowledge. Confirme vs with thy blessed Sa∣craments, which are the certaine tokens of thine vn∣doubted regeneration and quickning of vs. Oh take a∣waie the cursse, the wrath of God, damnation, the works of the flesh and the diuell. Grant me, I beseech thee, that thy grace may dailie mortifie my concupis∣cence of pleasures in things of this world, that is, of wealth, riches, glorie, libertie, fauour of men, meates, drinks, apparell, ease, yea and life it selfe: that the Page  763 horror and impatiencie of more greeuous things may be weakened, and I accustome my selfe to denie my will in more easie and pleasant things of this life, and for euer become obedient and readie in all Christian patience, to doo thy good will in all things, hartilie and willinglie to serue thee, and doo whatsoeuer may please thee.

Make me, I saie, through the effectuall power of thy grace and holie spirit working in me most mise∣rable wretch, to hate, abhor, flie, and subdue all adulte∣rie, whoredome, vncleannesse, vnnaturall lusts, euill concupiscence, inordinate desires, wantonnes, tender∣nes, delicatenes, idlenes, dronkennes, gluttonie, sloth∣fulnes, distrust, despaire, ignorance, weakenes, wilful∣nes, idolatrie, superstition, hypocrisie, heresie, error, sects, variance, strife, wrath, enuie, slanders, lieng, swearing, curssing, vaine-glorie, pride, couetousnes, theft, deceit, flatterie; and whatsoeuer else, O Lord, fighteth or rebelleth against thy holie spirit. And strengthen me so with thy might, that I may not on∣lie drawe all these mine earthlie members and hor∣rible vices before rehearsed, vnder my feet; but also fight continuallie against them, & subdue them, so that they may all turne to the best for me, as meet matter whereon I may exercise my faith, powre foorth hartie praier, and giue thee most hartie thanks for victorie. Finallie, worke in me thy blessing, with all the fruits of the spirit, righteousnes, peace, loue, ioie in the holie Ghost, long-suffering, gentlenes, goodnes, faithfulnes, meekenes, temperance, strength, patience, and such like. Grant vs the remission of our sinnes, righteous∣nes and life. Restore in our minds thy lawe, and begin such a new conformitie, this new yeare in this our life and conuersation, as may be perfect in the life to come. Be thou our sauiour by thy power and merit, that in our minds we may perceiue that thy Father is at Page  764 peace with vs through thy death, and find thee dwel∣ling within vs to eternall life and happinesse,

Amen.
Halleluiah.

4. On the Epiphanie, or twelfe daie. Of the apparition of Christ, and the three Kings, and their offerings to Christ.

The Preface.

GET thee vp beetimes, and be bright, O daughter Ierusalem. For thy light com∣meth, and the glorie of the Lord is risen vpon thee.

Lift vp thine eies, & looke round about thee. For behold the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightnesse that springeth foorth vp∣on thee.

The multitude of camels and dromedaries that bring the riches of the Gentiles shall couer thee: all they of Saba, Mada, and Epha shall come bringing gold, incense, and shewing foorth the praise of the Lord.

All these gather themselues and come to thee: thy sonnes shall come vnto thee from farre, and thy daugh∣ters shall gather themselues to thee on euerie side, frō the east, and from the west.

The isles also shall wait for me, and speciallie the ships of Tharsis, that they may bring thy sonnes and daughters from farre, and their siluer and their gold with them, vnto the name of the Lord thy God, vnto the holie one of Israel that hath glorified thee.

Strangers shall build vp thy wals, and their kings shall doo thee seruice; yea kings, princes, and the host of the Gentils shall see and arise, and worship thee. For I haue made thee the light of the Gentiles, that thou maist be my health vnto the end of the world.

Thou shalt suck the milke of the Gentils, and kings brests shall feed thee: kings, I saie, shall be thy nursing Page  765 fathers, and Queenes shall be thy nursing mothers.

And those shall come kneeling vnto thee that haue vexed thee, and all they that despise thee shall fall at thy feet before thee, with their faces flat vpon the earth, and licke vp the dust of thy feet.

Yea, euerie people and kingdome that serueth not thee shall perish, and be destroied with vtter destructi∣on, and thou shalt knowe that I am the Lord, the Sa∣uiour and Redeemer, euen the mightie one of Iacob: and that whosoeuer putteth his trust in me shall not be confounded.

They that dwell in the wildernes, I saie, shall kneele before the Kings sonne: his enimies shall licke the dust.

The king of Tharsis and of the isles, shall giue pre∣sents; the kings of Arabia & Saba shall bring gifts.

All kings shall fall downe before him: all nations shall doo him seruice.

He shall liue, and vnto him shall be giuen the gold of Arabia.

Praier shall be made euer vnto him, and dailie shall he be praised.

The Lord declared his saluation, his righteousnesse hath he openlie shewed in the sight of the heathen.

All the world shall worship thee, O God; sing of thee, and praise thy name most high.

The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof; yea the multitude of isles may reioice and bee glad thereof.

Bring therefore vnto the Lord, O ye mightie: bring presents and gifts vnto the Lord, O ye kindreds and nations of the world. Come, I saie, into his courts with praise, and speake good of his name.

Ascribe vnto the Lord, onelie the strength, power, kingdome and glorie: worship God, I saie, O ye gods, kings, iudges, and rulers of the earth: worship him with an holie worship, and giue him the honor due vn∣to Page  766 his name. O make his praises to be glorious in your liues and conuersation. For he it is that hath exalted you, and is himselfe exalted farre aboue all gods, and his praise and glorie is aboue heauen and earth. Hal∣leluiah.

The Praier.

OEternall God, Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, which after a woon∣derfull maner reuealedst thy selfe at the baptisme of Christ standing in the water of Iordan, at such time as thou diddest testifie of thy sonne; and the holie Ghost appeared in the likenesse of a dooue: gouerne vs by thine holie spirit, that in true faith we may obeie thee; kindle in our minds a true knowledge of thy benefits; bring to passe, that approching vnto thee in our prai∣ers we may discerne thee, the true God, aboue all fei∣ned gods, & in mind turne our selues into that banke of the water, into the companie of those godlie audi∣tors and beholders, before whom this noble appea∣ring was made. Speake vnto vs by thy sonne in the holie Ghost, and turne vs vnto true obedience. And as thou broughtest godlie auditors vnto the sight of Christ, which taking our flesh vpon him became our mediatour; and thou eternall Father spakest out of the cloud, and the holie Ghost appeared in the likenes of a dooue: so bring to passe, that in this life we may de∣pend vpon the benefit of thy soone, which coupled our nature vnto his, to make an eternall couenant with vs. Cause the heauens in like maner to be opened vn∣to vs, that we may heare thy voice, and thy spirit rest vpon vs. Worke in vs the beginning of eternall life, vntill in thy visible presence we shall be hold thy diuini∣vntill in the heauens, not darklie and in a cloud; but face Page  767 to face, beeing made like thy sonne.

And as those Christian Magicians or Philosophers of Persia, some remnants of the schoole of Daniel, by the conduct and leading of a starre, came from farre to see thee, and gaue a notable testimonie of the birth of Christ Iesus our Sauiour: so mainteine euermore for thine owne glorie sake, some congregation, which may set foorth and celebrate thy benefits. Grant that that luckie starre, the light of faith, may rise vnto vs, which seeketh thee in Bethlem in a manger, in thy word reuealed in the ministerie, that we wander not from the right waie, neither seeke fained bywaies of humane opinions & seruice. Suffer not the lampe of thy light to be extinguished, either by the darkenes of hypocrites and idolaters, or by the rage of tyrants, which wage mortall battell against thee: but grant, that endued with new light from thee the true Sunne of righteousnesse, we may reioice from our whole harts, and acknowledge thee to bee our captaine, which wilt gouerne thy people in truth and equitie. Let the light of thy grace, I saie, lighten the darkenes of our conscience, O mercifull Iesu, our true & bright loade-star of the world; and by thy ioifull apparition, giue vnto vs the full knowledge both of thy selfe, and of our owne selues, that within we may see thee, and inwardlie find thee, and that there we may continual∣lie offer vnto thy holie Maiestie, the mirrh of sincere faith, and inward contrition, and the frankincense of deuout praier and inuocation, and the gold of loue, righteousnes, and patience in trouble; and so ascribing vnto thee the honour of a King, and the seruice due vn∣to God, may shew all true liberalitie with the godlie, both vnto thee, and thy poore Church, and beare suffici∣ent testimonie to the world of thy kingdome, diuinitie, priesthood, humanitie, crosse, death, and buriall, and take hold of the manifold benefits thereof, and out∣wardlie Page  768 also may in our places, office and calling, helpe to mainteine thy ministerie, to the vttermost of our power. And grant that as thou (after thou hadst re∣uealed and manifested thy selfe vnto the three wise men, by the leading of a starre) causedst them to re∣turne another waie into their owne countrie: so wee, (which by the waie of darkenes and offences haue re∣tired and gone backe from the supernall countrie of blessednes, thou, the bright daie-star of the world bee∣ing our guide) may returne vnto the same by the waie of truth and grace; and that now knowing thee by faith, when we depart out of this life, wee may bee brought into that kingdome, where thy diuinitie shall shine without mists or mysteries, and there haue the fruition of thy glorious Godhead, and woorship thee, and praise thee for euer and euer,

Amen.
Halleluiah.

5. On Ashwednesdaie, or first daie of Lent. Of Christ his fasting fortie daies.

The Preface.

LEt the Bridegroome come forth of his cham∣ber, and the Bride out of hir closet, and let all sinners weepe before the Lord, & saie: Turne thou vs, O good Lord, and so shall we be tur∣ned. Be fauorable O Lord, be fauorable to thy people, & spare vs, which rent our harts & not our garments, & turne to thee in fasting, weeping & praieng. For thou art a mercifull God, full of compassion, long suffering, and of great pitie. Thou sparest, when we deserue pu∣nishment, and in thy wrath thinkest vpon mercie. Oh spare thy people, good Lord; spare them, and let not thine heritage be brought to confusion. Heare vs, O Lord; for thy mercie is great, and after the multitude of thy mercies looke vpon vs. Haue mercie vpon vs, O God, haue mercie vpon vs miserable sinners.

¶ Heere saie the seuen penitentiall Psalmes following, and other praiers, for contrition and repentance, as you thinke good.
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The Praier.

O Lord God Iesus Christ, our onlie re∣deemer, which tookest vpon thee our sinfull flesh, and liuedst therein a life most holie in all righteousnes for our example, and didst through the power of thy Godhead and diuine nature, most reuerentlie obeie in all things the will of thine heauen∣lie Father, with subduing in this flesh, with great tri∣umph, glorie and maiestie, the power of the diuell, the world, and the flesh; that onlie in thee, the spirit of sanc∣tification might myraculouslie appeere, and beare swaie with fulnesse in the sight of all flesh, during the course of this life, and for euer after to remaine with power in glorie, verie God with verie God, in the kingdome of God the Father. We beseech thee most humblie, O Lord Iesu, which hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dooest forgiue the sinnes of all them that be penitent, to haue compassion vpon vs in our weakenesse and infirmitie; that as thou hast for our safetie taken upon thee our flesh, and for our sakes didst fast fortie daies and fortie nights, and hast diuers∣lie in thine owne person felt as a man, the fraile state of our mortall nature, and how inclinable it is with∣out thy diuine power, to fall from the obedience of thy will that is heauenlie, to the suggestions of sathan the old enimie, and to the allurements of things earthlie, vaine and transitorie. So we beseech thee, O our God, to grant vnto vs thine holie spirit, that by the strength thereof in vs proceeding from thee, we may in our weakenesse haue power, that our enimie may be resi∣sted, the world defied, the flesh vanquished, and our spi∣rit quickened; whereby we may most gladlie obeie thy godlie will, and turne vnto thee with all our hearts, Page  770 both in vnfeigned repentance, in hartie contrition, and earnest confession, and also in true fasting, in compe∣tent feeding, in faithfull praieng, in charitable dealing, in chast looking, in reuerent beholding, in godlie hea∣ring, in fruitefull speaking, in holie thinking, free from flattering, void of detraction, slander, lieng, false accu∣sation, blasphemie, outfacing, idle talke, or filthie com∣munication, and to tread steadilie in all things the steps of true holines before thee, as thou hast most gra∣tiouslie lead vs, and taught vs the waie, that with all simplicitie, both outwardlie and inwardlie in bodie and soule, and in all parts and members of them, our fast this Lent and euer may not be prophane, earth∣lie, hypocritish, superstitious, or carnall, to the view of the world; but holie, heauenlie, and spirituall to thee. Giue vs grace, I saie, not so much to absteine from meates, as from ill manners; nor from flesh, as from filthie cogitations. For as thou, O God, wilt be wor∣shipped in spirit and truth; so the spirituall fast it is which pleaseth thee. Suffer vs not, gratious God, to abuse thy good creatures immoderatelie, to the hurt both of our bodies and soules, but temperatlie, the better to serue thee, and as soberlie to take our food, so carefullie to absteine from sinne. For otherwise, to ab∣steine from meate, and not to refraine from pride, co∣uetousnes, concupiscence, lewdnes, and such like vi∣ces, it shall but hurt our bodies through an hypocriti∣call abstinence, and cast awaie our soules through our exceeding impietie. Assist vs with thy secret grace therefore, we beseech thee, to vse such abstinence, that our flesh being subdued to the spirit, we may euer o∣beie thy godlie motions in righteousnes and true ho∣lines, to our reioicing with peace of conscience; and that obteining of thee the God of all mercie, perfect re∣mission and forgiuenes, with aboundance of thy grace, we may shew foorth fruitfullie thy glorie all the daies Page  771 of our liues, and after this life ended, reigne with thee for euer, in thy glorious kingdome, where all holy folke doo rest, and which by thy blessed natiuitie, holie cir∣cumcision, fasting, temptation, crosse, death & passion, thou hast alone so deerelie purchased for vs, to the per∣petuall praise of thine eternall name,

Amen.
I haue sinned, I haue sinned, haue mercie vpon me.

6. On the first Sundaie in Lent. Of Christ his temptation in the wildernesse, and most glorious conquest ouer Sathan.

The Preface.

MY sonne, if thou wilt come into the seruice of God, stand fast in righteousnesse and feare, and prepare thy soule to temptati∣on, for he that is not tempted, what is he?

Remember alwaie the Lord thy God, which lead thee fortie yeares in the wildernes for to humble thee, and to prooue thee, and to knowe what was in thine hart, whether thou wouldest keepe his commandements or no.

He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with Manna, which neither thou nor thy fa∣thers knew of, to make thee knowe that a man doth not liue by bread onlie, but by euerie word that procee∣deth out of the mouth of the Lord, doth a man liue.

To daie therefore if you will heare his voice, harden not your harts, as in the prouocation, and as in the daie of temptation in the wildernesse, when your fa∣thers tempted me, prooued me, and sawe my works.

Fortie yeares long was I greeued with this gene∣ration, and said; It is a people that doo erre in their harts, for they haue not knowne my waies: vnto whome I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest.

Page  772 Examine me, O Lord, and prooue me; trie out my reines and my hart. For thy louing kindnes is euer be∣fore mine eies, and I will walke in thy truth. I haue sinned, haue mercie vpon me.

The Praier.

THE cause of thine appeering in the flesh, O Sonne of God, Lord and Sauiour Christ, was to destroie the works of sathan, which our first parents did. The diuell, through ha∣tred of thee, and of thine eternall fa∣ther, encountred in visible forme. He soaked into their minds certaine suspicions and doubtings of thy will, and pricked them on, with a desire of a more excellent nature, being themselues of all the creatures the most excellent. He tickled them with the spurre of pride and ambition, and so by his subtiltie caried them headlong with him∣selfe, being withdrawne from thee, into the bottomles pit of eternall destruction. But thou incensed against him, through the infinite and vnspeakable good will, which thou bearest to mankind, tookest vs miserable wretches out of the insatiable iawes of our mortall e∣nimie; and in thy flesh at length, when he dreaded not to assaile thee our Captaine, thou puttest him to a shamefull flight, and drauest him from thee and thine: so that at anie time, through thy small assistance, we may both repell him, and preuaile against his fierce assalts of temptations.

Unto thee, O almightie God, and victorious Cap∣taine, with godlie groanes doo we crie, requiring at thy mercifull hands to be made of the number of thy celestiall souldiers, parteners of thy glorious victorie, and enioiers of thy happines. Arme vs with thy hea∣uenlie armour, that is, with the knowledge of thy Page  773 word and spirituall consolations, whereby we may bee able to repell the firie darts of that foule feend.

Against thy Church in all ages hath this enimie of thine set himselfe, and brought these engins to their o∣uerthrowe, which he vsed against thine owne person, at such time as thou wentest from thy baptisme to preaching, knowing that thy prosperitie would be his decaie; and yet through the will of God, did not ac∣knowledge thee to be the Messias. He troubled thee, beeing in the wildernes without worldlie power, aid, wealth and riches; with horrible cogitations did he vexe thy soule, and troubled thy hart with greefe vn∣speakable. At this time thy Church lieth in the wil∣dernesse, poorelie and miserablie doth she lie oppressed with wrongfull iniuries, and mightie troubles. He laugheth thereat, derideth the Saincts standing vn∣der the crosse, he bids stones to be made bread, he con∣temneth their miserie, and casteth in their teeth the glorie and wealth of his kingdome. Assist vs, that in these temptations we may laie hold of the armour of proofe, and behold this noble answere of thine, Man li∣ueth not by bread onlie.

We knowledge thee, with the euerliuing Father and the holie Ghost, to be a true and almightie God, giuing vs the bread of life, and so ordeining, that with corporall things we are fed and susteined in this life, O eternall Father, which knowest what we need, and alone canst giue a reason, why after this manner thou wilt feed vs, and not as thou dooest the starres with∣out corporall things. Giue vnto the Church of thy wisedome such things as are necessarie for the susten∣tation of this life, wherein the ioies of the life eternall and to come doth begin. And albeit sometimes we lacke diuers things, although thine aduersarie thro∣weth stones at vs for bread; yet by thy power streng∣then vs that we faint not. Thou art our maker, wee Page  774 are thy workemanship. In thy hands is the whole frame of this world. We liue not by bread alone, or by our owne industrie, neither art thou tied with a fatall chaine of second causes, but by thy decree, by thy will doo we breath, in thee we liue, moue, and haue our bee∣ing. At thy commandement we take life, and when thou biddest, we leaue this world.

Wherefore, if so it please thee, we shall liue as doo the birds of the aire, which haue no protection, or as the child in the mothers wombe, which knoweth not how he liueth. And as he, albeit lieng in great darke∣nes, and couered in secret parts, receiueth nourish∣ment after a maruellous manner from his mother, and at length by the course of nature commeth safe and sound into this world: so we, notwithstanding our liuing in palpable darkenes of this life, and wrapped in the miseries of this world, among the packe of thine enimies, yet armed with thy word and promise, doo re∣ceiue comfort thereby, and are protected by thee after a woonderfull sort, and at length trust to be deliuered out of this bodie of sinne, and to come to a better life, which neuer shall haue end. For we are not made to liue alwaies in this world in miserie, but thou hast prepared a more glorious life for thy seruants, the sweetnes whereof beginneth in this world. Thy word is our life, O eternall Father. Thy Sonne is the word speaking to vs both inwardlie and outwardlie. Outwardlie by his ministers he vttereth from thy bo∣some thy will and commandements, and inwardlie he speaketh to our soules, raising vp godlie cogitations and manners pleasing thee; so that a double life is re∣serued for vs, to wit, a corporall and a spirituall, not through bread, not through our owne merits, but through thy will reuealed by thy Sonne.

Furthermore, forsomuch as sathan vseth another kind of weapon to the destruction of the godlie, when Page  775 thy Church enioieth quietnes and peace, by stirring of excellent & good wits, and teachers armed with pub∣like authoritie, vnto curiositie and ambition, whereby through enuie and hatred, vaine contentions are moo∣ued, famous men cast themselues from the pinacle of the Temple, and heresies doo arise: we humblie be∣seech thee in this respect also, because it is more hurt∣full than the former subtiltie of sathan, represse thine enimie which corrupteth thy word, and vseth the same for the confirmation of damnable opinions. Quench all the flames of ambition, pride and curiositie. Leade vs not into temptation, neither suffer vs to tempt thee, to contend with thee through pride, in setting our owne wisedome and subtiltie against thee, which was the ouerthrowe of our first parents. Suffer vs not to forsake thy word, neither permit that fowle and lieng spirit to falsifie the same in vs; but make vs constant∣lie to rest vpon thy promise, as to a sacred and sure anchor, setting it against all the motions of curiositie and pride.

Last of all, remoue from vs that horrible torment of idolatrie. The world at this daie is wrapped in idle seruice, yea vnwittinglie the whole world is full of idols, to the great dishonor of thy name. Fained gods are erected, superstitious inuocations are con∣firmed, idolaters swimme in wealth and rule the rost, thy glorie is defaced, thy maiestie blasphemed, the di∣uell rageth and reigneth, he giueth kingdomes, and disposeth the goods of this world, if his words be true, as he lieth shamefullie. For thou it is, and thou alone, which alterest Empires, and confirmest them at thy pleasure. If order be obserued, thou causest it, but all misorder is raised by the diuell, for the which he shall be punished of thee with paines eternall.

Wherefore haue mercie on vs, O God, haue mer∣cie on vs; deliuer vs from the thicke mud of idolatrie; Page  776 make vs to lift vp our eies vnto thee the sonne of glo∣rie, that abhorring all feined seruice and ceremonies contrarie to thy word, wee may acknowledge, serue, and sanctifie thee the true God, Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost, which by and for thy Sonne dooest deliuer vs from the power of Sathan, and make vs heires of thine euerlasting kingdome, which alone knowest the harts and grones of all creatures, which onlie wilt be called vpon in the name of thy Sonne, and heare vs onelie for his sake. Wherefore vnto thee, O our God and Iehoua, doo we speake; thee onelie through thine; assistance will we serue, and neuer giue thy glorie to another. Take vp that impudent theefe Satan, which would steale awaie thine honour; banish him far from thy Church. But gard both our bodies & soules with the gard of thine holie Angels, which may pitch their tents about vs, and encounter with Sathan, which besetteth vs on all sides. Deliuer vs out of his hands from all miseries of this life, and last of all passing out of this world, carie our soules vnto the societie of thy Saints in life eternall,

Amen.
I haue sinned; I haue sinned; haue mercie vpon me.
Of the Diuel, and his manifold temptations.

THere wanted a tempter, and thou wert the cause that he was wan∣ting: there wanted time and place, and thou wert the cause that they wanted: the tempter was present, and there wanted neither place nor time; but thou holdest me backe that I should not consent. The tempter came full of darknesse as he is, and thou didst harden me that I might despise him. The tempter came armed and stronglie; but to the intent he should Page  777 not ouercome me, thou didst restraine him, and streng∣then me. The tempter came transformed into an An∣gel of light; and to the intent he should not deceiue me, thou diddest rebuke him; and to the intent I should knowe him, thou diddest inlighten me.

For he is that great red dragon, and that old ser∣pent, called the diuell and Sathan, which hath seuen heads, and ten horns, whom thou hast created to take his pleasure in this huge and broad sea, wherein there creepe liuing wights innumerable, and beasts great and small: that is to saie, diuers sorts of fiends, which practise nothing else daie nor night, but to go about see∣king whom they may deuoure, except thou rescue him. For it is that old dragon, which was bred in the para∣dise of pleasure, which draweth downe the third part of the starres of heauen with his taile, and casts them to the ground; which with his venem poisoneth the waters of the earth, that as manie men as drinke of them may die; which triumpheth vpon gold as if it were mire; and is of opinion, that Iordan shall runne into his mouth: and which is made of such a mould as he feareth no man.

And who shall saue vs from his chaps? Who shall plucke vs out of his mouth, sauing thou, O Lord, who hast broken the heads of the great dragon? Helpe vs, Lord: spread out thy wings ouer vs, O Lord, that we may flie vnder them from the face of this dragon that pursueth vs; and fence thou vs from his hornes with thy sheeld. For his continuall endeuour and onelie de∣sire is, to deuoure the soules which thou hast created. And therefore we crie vnto thee our God, deliuer vs from our dailie aduersarie, who whether we sleepe or wake; whether we eate or drinke; or whether wee be dooing anie thing else, presseth vpon vs by all kind of meanes; assaulting vs daie and night with traines and policies, and shooting his venemous arrowes at Page  778 vs, sometime openlie, and somtime priuilie, to slea our soules: and yet are we most lewdlie ouerseene, O Lord, in that whereas we see the dragon continuallie in a readines, to deuoure vs with open mouth: we neuer∣thelesse doo sleepe and riot in our owne slothfulnesse, as though we were out of his danger, who desireth nothing else, but to destroie vs.

Our enimie, to the intent to kill vs, watcheth conti∣nuallie, and neuer sleepeth, and yet will not we wake from sleepe to saue our selues. Behold, he hath pitched infinite snares before our feet, and filled all our waies with sundrie traps, to catch our soules. And who can escape them? He hath laid snares for vs in our riches; he hath laid snares in our pouerty; he hath laid snares in our meate, in our drinke, in our pleasures, in our sleepe, and in our waking: he hath set snares for vs in our words, and in our works, and in all our life; but Lord, deliuer vs from the net of the fowlers, and from hard words, that we may giue praise to thee, saieng: Blessed be the Lord, who hath not giuen vs vp to be torne with their teeth. Our soule is deliuered, as a spa∣rowe out of the net of the fowler; the net is broken, and we be escaped.

Against the temptation of Sathan, praie thus:

O Lord Iesu Christ, the onlie staie and fence of our mortall state; our onlie hope, our onlie saluation, our glorie, and our triumph: who in the flesh, (which thou hadst for our only cause taken vpon thee) didst suffer thy selfe to be tempted of Sathan, and who onlie and alone of all men diddest vt∣terlie ouercome and vanquish sinne, death, the world, the diuell, and all the kingdome of hell; & whatsoeuer Page  779 thou hast so ouercommed, for our behalfe it is, that thou hast ouercommed it; neither hath it been thy will to haue anie of thy seruants keepe battell and fight with anie of the foresaid euils, but of purpose to re∣ward vs with a crowne of the more glorie for it; and to the intent that thou mightest likewise ouercome sa∣than in thy members, as thou hast afore done in thine owne person. Giue thou, we beseech thee, vnto vs thy souldiers, O Lion most victorious of the tribe of Iu∣da, strength against the roring Lion, which continual∣lie wandereth to and fro, seeking whome he may de∣uour. Thou being that same Serpent, the true giuer of health and life, that was nailed on high vpon a tree, giue vnto thy little seelie ones, wilinesse against the deceiptfull awaitings of the most subtil serpent. Thou being a Lambe as white as snowe, the vanquisher of sathans tyrannie, giue vs thy little sheepe the strength and vertue of thy spirit, that being in our owne selues weake and feeble, and in thee strong and valiant, wee may withstand and ouercome all assaults of the diuell, so that our ghostlie enimie may not glorie ouer vs: but being conquerours through thee, we may giue thanks to thy mercie, which neuer leauest them desti∣tute that put their trust in thee, who liuest and reignest God for euermore, world without end,

Amen.

7. On Thursedaie next before Easter, commonlie called Maundie Thursedaie. Of Christ his last feast or institution of the Sacrament of the Supper, and of his great humilitie in washing his disciples feet afterward.

The Preface.

I (Saith Wisedome) haue killed my victu∣als, drawne my wine, and prepared my table.

Come now vnto me all ye poore in spirit, that are emptie and an hungred: come ye Page  780 fat and rich also vpon earth, that go astraie and faint for thirst.

Come, I saie, O freends, eate of my meate woorthi∣lie, and worship me: drinke of my wine purelie, and glorifie me. Make ye merrie at my table holilie, and praise me O welbeloued.

For it is I that satisfie the mouth with good things, and fill the hungrie soule with spirituall deinties.

Yea my flesh is meate in deed, and my bloud is drinke in deed, which I haue prouided for my people, and he that eateth me, euen he shall liue by me.

Happie and blessed therefore are they that are cal∣led to the Lambs supper: for they shall eate Manna, euen Angels food, in the kingdome of heauen.

Lord bid me vnto this feast, and grant that I may sup with thee, and thou with me.

Lord wash not my feet onlie, but my hands and head also: for I am altogither vncleane; and if thou wash me not, I shall remaine filthie still.

O wash me therefore throughlie from my wicked∣nes, and cleanse me from my secret faults, and purge me from my presumptuous sinnes.

For I haue sinned, I haue offended, oh forgiue me, and haue mercie on me.

The Praier.

O Blessed Sauiour, and deere Redee∣mer Iesu Christ, which in the holie mysterie of thy last Supper, with thine Apostles, didst deliuer thy bles∣sed bodie and bloud vnder the forme of bread & wine; and ordeinedst, that as thy bodie was broken, and thy bloud shead for vs, so we should thankefullie celebrate and keepe a solemne memorie of thy death, till thou come. Grant vs, we beseech thee, e∣uer Page  781 stedfastlie to beleeue, and kindlie to acknowledge thine infinite and almightie power, thine incompre∣hensible loue towards vs, and that we may alwaie worthilie receiue the same blessed Sacrament, accor∣ding to thy holie ordinance, that thereby we may ob∣taine increase of all goodnes, in vnitie of spirit with thee our head, and by thee and thy spirit, with all the companie of them that be trulie thine, which be thy spirituall and mysticall bodie, and our spirituall and Christian brethren and sisters.

Suffer vs not also, we beseech thee, to fall into anie slothfull and carelesse negligence, whereby we should vnkindlie forget so inestimable a benefit; but rather at all occasions, with minds woorthilie prepared for so holie an action, thankefullie to renew the memorie of thy so infinite loue towards vs, and to receiue the grace which thereby is offered vnto vs, to the ioining of vs continuallie neerer vnto thee, till we be ioined without anie separation vnto thee through thee.

Finallie, as in thine owne blessed person thou hast giuen an example of perfect loue, whereby in humble∣nesse and meekenesse we should serue one another, as thou being the Lord and maister of vs all, didst vouch∣safe, after thy last Supper, to wash the feet of thy dis∣ciples and seruants; grant vs that louing and meeke spirit of thine, whereby we may be far from disdaine, and despising of our brethren, and readie in all good things to be dutifull and seruiceable vnto them in thee and for thee, that as thou hast left vs in commande∣ment, we may loue one another as thou hast loued vs, and thereby be knowne to be thy disciples, especiallie O Christ, that we may be faithfull in our loue toward thee, who for our sakes wast content to be vnfaithfullie and vnfriendlie betraied of him, that had liued famili∣arlie with thee, that thou mightest thereby assure vs of thine euerlasting loue and mercie. To thee therfore, Page  782 with the Father and the holie Ghost, be all praise, ho∣nour and glorie now and for euer,

Amen.
I haue sinned, I haue sinned, haue mercie on me.

8. On Good Fridaie. Of Christ his passion and shamefull suffering for our sinnes.


Leuiti. 23, 27, &c.

THIS is the daie of reconciliation, to make an at∣tonement for you before the Lord your God: therefore shall it be an holie conuocation vnto you. And you shall humble your selues this daie in fasting and praier, and offer sacrifice made by fire vnto the Lord. And whatsoeuer soule it be that thus humbleth not himselfe this daie, euen he shall be cut off and destroied from among his people. Let this be a lawe and ordinance in your generations, and in all your dwellings for euer, saith the Lord.

The Preface.

CHrist now once in the end of the world, through the eternall spirit, offered himselfe a Lamb without spot to God; suffered for sinnes, the iust for the vniust; died for all, and was killed vpon the altar of the crosse, as perteining to the flesh, but was quickned in the spi∣rit, to put awaie sinne by the sacrifice of himselfe. Wo and alas that euer I sinned!

Christ became sinne, and a cursse for vs, to redeeme vs sinners from the cursse of the lawe, and to recon∣cile vs vnto the blessing and fauour of God his father, that we should be made the righteousnes of God in him. Wo and alas that euer I sinned!

Christ was obedient vnto the death, euen vnto the most vile and shamefull death of the crosse, to deliuer vs from death, hell, and damnation, and to translate and bring vs into the kingdome of God his father. Page  783 Wo and alas that euer I sinned!

Christ being in the forme of God, tooke on him the forme of a seruant, and made himselfe of no reputati∣on: but for the ioie that was set before him, endured such blasphemie, railing, & euill speaking against him of shamelesse sinners; and when he was reuiled, reui∣led not againe; when he suffered, threatened not: but committing the vengeance to him that iudgeth righ∣teouslie, despised the shame, and endured the crosse, and suffered for vs wretches: leauing vs an example that we should likewise followe his steps; by whose stripes we are healed. Wo and alas that euer I sinned!

Oh my soule, come therefore let vs laie awaie that that presseth downe, and the sinne that hangeth so fast on; and let vs run with patience vnto the battell that is set before vs, loking vp vnto Iesus the captaine and finisher of our faith, and onelie reioice in the crosse of Christ.

And seeing we haue redemption by his bloud, euen the forgiuenesse of our sins past, present, and to come: and for as much as we knowe how we are redeemed from our old vaine conuersation, not with corruptible things, as siluer and gold; but euen with the pretious bloud of Christ, who in his owne selfe bare our sinnes in his bodie on the tree, that we being deliuered from sinne, should liue vnto righteousnesse; who suffered al∣so for vs in the flesh, that we hencefoorth should liue, as much time as remained in the flesh; not after the lusts of men, but after the will of God; and reioice onelie in the crosse of Christ.

Let vs take heed we walke not with those that are enimies to the crosse of Christ, and crucifie him dailie afresh by blasphemie, and all maner of vngodlinesse; whose bellie is their God; whose glorie is their shame, and whose end is eternall damnation, both of bodie and soule: but rather with those that haue their con∣sciences Page  784 purged from dead works to serue the liuing God. Let vs now passe the rest of the time of this our abode here in trembling and feare: and euer reioice in the crosse of Christ. For it is sufficient for vs, that wee haue spent the time that is past of this life, after the will of the Gentiles, walking in wantonnesse, in lusts, in excesse of wines, in excesse of eating and drinking, and in excesse of riot and abhominable idolatrie.

Therefore I crie wo and alas, that euer I sinned: out vpon me wretch that thus greeuouslie haue offen∣ded. O God my God, I aske thee mercie: haue mercie vpon me, O Lord; haue mercie vpon me: wo is mee that euer I transgressed.

Oh my soule, let vs now esteeme to knowe nothing, saue Iesus Christ, and him crucified. Yea, God forbid that we should reioice in anie thing, but in the crosse of our Lord Iesus Christ, whereby the world is crucified to vs, and we vnto the world, that being crucified with Christ, we may liue with God.

And hauing now libertie to enter into the holie place, in the bloud of Iesus, by the new & liuing waie which he hath prepared for vs, through the vaile of his flesh: let vs consider one another, to prouoke vnto loue and good works, and drawe nigh with a true and penitent hart, in assurance of faith, sprinkeled in our harts from an euill conscience, to meditate dailie of his mercies: and to giue him thanks continuallie for the benefits of his passion, & our eternall redempti∣on, and still to reioice in the crosse of Christ Iesu our Lord, and saie:

The Praier.

O Lord Iesu Christ, Sonne of the liuing God, both with mouth and hartie affection wee glorifie thee, and praise thy name with im∣mortall thanks; for that of thine infinite Page  785 good-will towards mankind, thou vouchsafest to be∣come an intercessor for vs vnto thine heauenlie Fa∣ther, for bearing his horrible wrath conceiued against vs through our sinnes, and for offering thy selfe to death to adorne vs with eternall glorie.

Thou wast hanged on the crosse, made a cursse for vs, ouerwhelmed with sorowes too heauie for flesh and bloud to beare. Thou sufferedst the displeasure, which is a consuming fire of GOD. Thou shedst thy bloud from thy whole bodie, at thy death thy members bee∣ing pierced. Oh Christ, oh sweet Iesu, thou shedst thy pretious bloud, I saie, sixe seuerall times from sundrie parts of thy blessed bodie, afore and in thine execution for vs miserable sinners: as namelie, first in thy Cir∣cumcision, which was the beginning of our redemp∣tion: secondlie in thy praier in the garden, which was for the earnest desire of our redemption: thirdlie, in thy whippings: and fourthlie, in thy crowning with thornes, which was for the reward of our redempti∣on, for by thy stripes were we healed: fiftlie, in thy cru∣cifieng and nailing on the crosse, when thy hands and feet were bored through to fasten thee thereon, which was the price of our redemption: sixtlie and lastlie, in the wounding and piercing of thy blessed side, yea of thy verie hart, thou hanging dead on the crosse, which was the true sacrament of our redemption, whereby we are cleansed, purified and washed from all our sinnes. Among these thy diuers torments both afore & in thy execution, thy spirits being resolued through the sense of the infinite anguishes which thou suffe∣redst and enduredst, oh Christ, thou vtteredst diuers words, partlie by reason of intollerable greefe, and partlie of thine vnspeakable goodnes. Oh teach vs by thy wisedome reuerentlie to listen vnto them, and to put them carefullie in the bottome of our minds.

At thy death mankind was seuered into two parts. Page  786 Thou the head of the pensiue Church hangedst vpon the crosse redie to yeeld vp the Ghost. Under the crosse stands thy louing mother Marie, a few godlie wo∣men, and Iohn, thy weake disciples moorning, through the rage of the Iewes hide themselues. Nichodemus, and Ioseph of Aramathie, to the great greefe of their minds, are faine to hold their tongs, and to winke at the outragious crueltie of their nation against thee. The gracelesse Iewes, the vngodlie souldiers of Pi∣late and Herode laie hold on thee, mocke thee, blindfold thee, buffet thee, pierce thee, & plaie for thy garments. The epicures and tyrants, the high Priests and their parasits, haue thee in derision, & laugh in their sleeues to see how thy death is conspired, and they may walter in all superstition and wickednesse. All this while the multitude of Ethniks in all quarters of the world ce∣lebrate their filthie and vngodlie feasts, in the great dishonour of thy name.

Thou beholdest this diuersitie of men, which seest all things both in heauen and earth, and beeing in deed humble and meeke in hart, thou powredst out a most charitable praier on this wise: Father forgiue them, for they knowe not what they doo. These be the words of thy priesthood. Thou which art the chiefest Priest, bedewed with thine owne bloud, entring into the holi∣est of holie places, touchest the brest of the Father, and searchest enen his secret counsell. Thou praiest not onlie for thy weake auditors to be strengthned, but al∣so for thy verie enimies, which put thee so shamefullie to death, if they will returne vnto repentance: yea and for all mankind thou praiedst; and namelie, for all and euerie one which should beleeue in thy name.

O most mercifull intercessor, we include our selues in these thy generall praiers, recited before thine ago∣nie, repeated on the crosse, yea vttered from the begin∣ning of the world, and standing at the right hand of thy Page  787 Father making intercession for vs, sounded continual∣lie in the eares of God. Worke so, that we be not found in the number of those, into whome sathan hath en∣tred, which blaspheame thee, despise thy benefits, and destroie themselues vtterlie. Increase our faith and knowledge of thee, that the eternall Father through thy sacrifice being pleased, may forgiue all our sinnes, and receiue vs into that companie which is glorious in thine eies.

Under the crosse standeth thy noble but sorowfull mother, hir sister, and other good women, with thy disciple Iohn, whome thou louedst. O blesse vs, and of thy goodnes ioine vs to that companie. In thy mother there shineth a notable light and strength of faith; she beholdeth in thee hir Sonne those sights, than which none could be more greeuous in this world; she sawe the rage of thine enimies, and thine intollerable tor∣ments; yet she beleeued, notwithstanding the gree∣uousnes of thy paine, the shedding of thy pretious bloud, the flight of thy disciples, the crueltie of thine e∣nimies, and the odiousnes of thy death; she beleeued, I saie (O the force of faith!) that thou wast God by na∣ture, and shouldest rise againe and reigne euerlasting∣lie, ouercome death and the diuell, and subdue all thine enimies.

O Sonne of God, kindle within vs we praie thee the like sparks of faith: giue vs grace with thine elect neuer to be ashamed to stand vnder thy crosse. And as thou, euen of an entire good will, mercifullie among thy seruants didst speake vnto, and comfort thy pensiue and moorning mother, so speake vnto vs and thy trou∣bled Church; in miserie comfort hir with thy sweet voice and presence.

Thou commendedst thy mother to thine Apostle. Make vs vnfeignedlie to loue the Church thy sweet and true mother, and grant that euerie of vs may Page  788 cherish the same louinglie, and mainteine it to the vt∣termost of our powers. Especiallie guide the Prea∣chers, that they may loue the mother; nourish the v∣nitie of pure doctrine; auoid the seed of heresies, and remooue all stumbling-blockes, all occasions of hinde∣ring of faith and praier in yoong Christians.

At thy sides hang two theeues, punished for their sinnes, according to the lawe and their deserts; where∣of one desperatelie powring out blasphemous spee∣ches, the other godlie requiring thy fauour, he ended his daies. All mankind, Lord, doo likewise hang in mi∣series for their sinnes, whereof some are so captiued in their minds, that at the point of death they scoffe, blas∣pheme, and desperatelie, to their vtter condemnati∣on finish their daies: but giue vs grace, we beseech thee, that we may imitate the example of the gratious theefe, which before his passage out of this life, moued by infallible arguments of thine almightinesse and mercie, required pardon of his offences, and obteined the same according to his request. Giue grace that we may imitate his hartie repentance, his sorowe for sin, his notable faith, his zealous confession, and other good works of his.

We beseech thee mercifull Lord be mindfull of vs. O Lord be mindfull of vs. Thou sittest in the kingdom of thy Father, we are in the miseries of the world: but be thou mindfull of vs. Begin thy kingdome in vs heere in this world, and in euerie combate of our con∣science, especiallie at the point of death pronounce to our hearts this comfortable absolution, This daie shalt thou be with me in Paradise. Shew vnto vs thy pa∣radise, that departing out of this life, we may find rest for our soules. Open to our soules the gates of Para∣dise, place them in the seates of immortalitie, and state of blisse, where thy Father, togither with the blessed companie of Angels and men, sheweth himselfe euen Page  789 as he is.

In the meane, while thy combate is not yet finished, thou criedst in most pittifull maner, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Thy diuinitie was not then separated from thy humanitie, which neuer lost that which once it tooke, neither surcessedst, nor dooest thou surcesse at anie time to be equall and one with thine eternall father; but then was the houre of thy humi∣liation, wherein after a woonderfull and vnspeakable maner, thy diuinitie hid it selfe as it were, and would haue this obedience to be showne, and thought not best to destroie the Iewes thine enimies and murthe∣rers. Yea it hid it selfe, that the streames of Gods dis∣pleasure against the sinnes of men should so fall vpon thee O Christ, that they should wrestle with extreame torments, such as for a certeine space thou perceiuedst no comfort, notwithstanding thy diuinitie confirmed thine humane nature, which was to suffer all the pas∣sions. For thy diuinitie could not suffer anie passion at all, & therefore it confirmed the same, that there might be a sufficient satisfaction for the sins of men. For they which haue endured most greeuous torments, could neuer abide these: for if God comfort vs, we may abide the punishment of men, and then it may be said:

Though bodies greefe did feele,
Yet had their soules great ioie,
And vertuous hope did strengthen so,
That paines did naught annoie.

But intollerable is it for a creature to suffer the pu∣nishment of God, and be saued thereby.

Wherefore, O Sonne of God, in displeasure bee mindfull of thy mercie, be thou our protection, that the wrath of thine eternall father doo not destroie vs. E∣uen a little taste of Gods displesure bursteth in peeces all the bones of men like a lion. And therfore by and by after thou vtteredst the like complaint, saieng, I thirst,Page  790 thy soule languished through the greatnesse of thy paines. Thy spirits were resolued through thy woon∣derfull greefe of hart. Thy bowels dried awaie, and no moisture abode in them, and therefore trulie didst thou both inwardlie thirst and desire some vertue and com∣fort from thy Father, and outwardlie to haue thy bo∣die refreshed.

O Iesu Christ, which art the fountaine of eternall life, giuing the water which quencheth all thirst, from whose bellie springeth the well of life, suffer vs not to taste such a greeuous thirst, as did that merciles rich glutton in hell, which neuer was quenched, but with the godlie to saie, My soule stucke vnto my iawes, I had no quietnes in my bones, Lord in thy iudgements correct me, not in thy furie, least I come vnto nothing. If thou obseruest iniquities, O Lord; Lord, who shall be able to abide? Thus doo thy Saincts crie, I saie, in their troubles. Wherefore kindle not thy wrath alto∣gither against vs. Cease not to comfort our weake na∣ture striuing against thy iudgements, with the iuice of thy word, and comfortable waterings of thy spirit.

Unto thee did thine eternall Father manifest his presence and comfort for our sakes, when some while after being better quieted thou saiedst, It is finished. Thou gauest thanks to thine eternall father, for hel∣ping thee, whereby the sacrifice of welfare to the elect for euermore was fulfilled. Oh most sacred Priest, im∣print within vs this celestiall conclusion, this notable finishing of thy sacrifice, that vndoubtedlie we may thinke, that by this sacrifice the remission of sinnes and life eternall is purchased for vs.

Afterward, being deliuered from all feares, thou criedst with a great voice, Father into thy hands I com∣mend my spirit. Grant that in our departure out of this world, we may vtter the same words. Make vs to feele the presence of thy father comforting vs, being Page  791 pleased through thee, and may know that with our bo∣dies our soules doo not perish: let vs not iest as Epi∣cures doo, saieng: O fugitiue, flattering, pale, curst na∣ked soule, whither goest thou? Thou hast prepared for vs, O Sonne of God, a large and a pleasant place: In thy Fathers house are manie resting places. We feare no torments. Thou hast deliuered vs from the paines of hell. There is no purgatorie. Thy Father embraceth our soules in his mercifull armes, laieth them in Abrahams bosome, replenisheth them with quietnesse, with light and ioie vnspeakable, till our bo∣dies also raised againe, appeare with them in his e∣uerlasting kingdome. In this faith giue vs grace to leaue this world, and to rest with thee for euer and e∣uer,

Amen, Amen.
I haue sinned, I haue sinned, my God my God haue mercie vpon me. God forbid that I should reioice but in the crosse of Christ, whereby the world is crucified to me, and I vn∣to the world.
Or thus: A fruitfull meditation vpon the passion of our Sauiour Iesus Christ, to be read often.

O Lord Iesus Christ, the Sonne of the euerliuing and almightie God by whome all things were made, be ruled and gouerned; thou the liuelie image of the substance of the Fa∣ther; the eternall wisedome of God; the brightnesse of his glorie; God of God; light of light; coequall, coe∣ternall and consubstantiall with the Father: thou which of the loue thou haddest to mankind, when hee was fallen from the fellowship of God, into the socie∣tie of sathan, and all euill, didst vouchsafe for our re∣demption to become a mediatour betweene God and Page  792 man, taking to thy God-head our nature as concer∣ning the substance of it, and so becamest man: also the heire of all, and most mercifull Messias, which by the power of thy God-head, and merits of thy man-hood, hast made purgation of our sins, euen by thine owne selfe, whilest thou wast heere on earth, being now set on the right hand of thy Father for vs, euen concer∣ning our nature, in maiestie, in glorie & power infinite. I pray and humblie beseech thy mercie to grant me at this present, to reherse some of thy passions and suffe∣rings for me the last night, that thou wast heere before thy death, that thy good spirit might thereby be effe∣ctuall to worke in me faith, as well for the pardon of my sinnes by them, as mortification of mine affecti∣ons, comfort in my crosses, and patience in all afflicti∣ons, Amen.

IN the middest of thy last Supper with thy deere A∣postles, these things could not but be before thee, namelie, that they all would leaue thee, the most ear∣nest would forsweare thee, & one of the twelue should most traiterouslie betraie thee, which were no small crosses vnto thee. Iudas was admonished of thee to beware; but when he tooke no heed, but went out to fi∣nish his worke, contemning thine admonition and counsell, he could not but vexe thy most louing hart.

After supper, there was contention amongst thy disciples, who should be greatest after thee, yet drea∣ming carnallie of thee and thy kingdome, and hauing this affection of pride and ambition busie amongst them, notwithstanding thy diligence in reproouing and teaching them.

After thine admonition to them of the crosse that would come, thereby to make them more vigilant, so grosse were they, that they thought they could with their two swords put awaie all perils, which was no little greefe vnto thee.

Page  793 After thy comming to Gethsamane, heauinesse op∣pressed thee, and therefore thou wouldest thy disciples to praie. Thou didst tell to Peter and his fellowes, that thy hart was heauie to death. Thou didst will them to praie, being carefull for them also, least they should fall into temptation. After this, thou wentest a stones cast from them, and didst praie thy selfe, falling flat and groueling vpon the earth: but alas, thou fel∣test no comfort, and therefore thou camest to thy dis∣ciples (which of all other were most sweet and deere vnto thee) but lo, to thy further discomfort, they passe neither of thy perils, nor of their owne, and therefore sleepe apace. After thou hadst awaked them, thou go∣est againe to praie, but thou foundest no comfort at all; and therefore didst returne againe for some comfort at thy deerest freends hands, but yet againe (alas) they are fast asleepe, wherevpon thou art inforced to go a∣gaine to thy heauenlie Father for some sparkle of comfort, in these thy wonderfull crosses and agonies. Now, heere thou wast so discouraged, and so comfort∣lesse, that euen streames of bloud came running from thine eies, and eares, and other parts of thy bodie. But who is able to expresse the infinitenes of thy cros∣ses, euen at thy being in the garden? All which thou sufferedst for my sake, as well to satisfie thy Fathers wrath for my sinnes, as also to sanctifie all my suffe∣rings, the more gladlie to be susteined of me.

After thy bloudie praier thou camest, and yet againe foundest thy disciples asleepe; and before thou canst well awake them, lo, Iudas commeth with a great band of weaponed men to apprehend thee as a theefe, and so doth, leading thee awaie bound to the high Bi∣shops house Annas, & so from him to Caiphas. Heere now to augment this thy miserie, behold, thy disciples flie from thee, false witnesses be brought against thee. Thou art accused & condemned of blasphemie. Peter Page  794 euen in thy sight forsweareth thee. Thou art vniustlie striken for answering lawfullie. Thou art blindfeeld, striken and buffeted all the whole night in the Bishop Caiphas house of their cruell seruants.

In the morning betimes thou art condemned a∣gaine of the Priests of blasphemie, and therefore they bring thee before the secular power to Pilate, by whome thou art openlie arraigned as other theeues and malefactors were. And when he sawe that thou wast accused of malice, and that his wife had sent a messenger vnto him, saieng: Haue thou nothing to doo with that iust man, for I haue suffered manie things this daie in a dreame by reason of him: yet he did not dismisse thee, but did send thee to Herod, where thou wast derided shamefullie, in comming and going to him and from him all the waie wonderfullie, especial∣lie after Herod had apparelled thee as a foole.

Afore Pilate againe therefore thou wast brought and accused falslie, no man did take thy part, or speake a good word for thee.

Pilate caused thee to be whipped and scourged, and to be handled most pitifullie, to see if anie pitie might appeare with the Prelates, but no man at all pitied thee. Barrabas that notable theefe and murtherer was preferred before thee: all the people head and taile was against thee, and cried out Crucifige, hang thee vp. Uniustlie to death wast thou iudged. Thou wast crowned with sharpe thornes that pierced thy braines. Thou wast made a mocking stocke. Thou wast reuiled, beaten, scourged, spit vpon, and most mi∣serablie handled.

Thou wentest through Ierusalem to the place of execution, euen to the mount of Caluerie: a great crosse to hang thee vp was laid vpon thy backe, to beare and drawe as long as thou wast able.

Thy bodie was racked to be nailed to the tree. Thy Page  795 hands were bored through, and thy feet also. Nailes were put through them to fasten thee thereon. Thou wast hanged betweene heauen and earth as one spued out of heauen, and vomited out of the earth, vnworthie of anie place. The high Priests laughed thee to scorne. The Elders blasphemed thee, and said, God had no care for thee. The common people also laughed and cried, Out vpon thee. Thirst oppressed thee, but vineger onlie and gall was giuen thee to drinke. Heauen shined not on thee; the Sunne gaue thee no light; the earth was afraid to beare thee; sathan euen then tempted thee, and thine owne humane senses caused thee to crie out, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Oh wonderfull passions, which thou sweet Iesus sufferedst for me and all mankind. In them thou tea∣chest me; in them thou comfortest me; for by them God is my father; my sinnes are forgiuen me. By them I should learne to feare God, to loue God, to hope in God, to hate sinne, to be patient, to call vpon God, and neuer to leaue him for anie temptations, but with thee to crie, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit,

Amen.
The praier wherein we confesse our selues to be the verie cause of all these Christ his passions.

WHat hast thou committed oh Lord, that thou shouldest bee so iudged? what hast thou offended that thou shouldest be so cruellie handled and ordered? what was thy fault? what was thine offence? what was the cause of thy death? what was the occasion of thy condemnation? I, Lord, I am the cause of thy sorowe, the fault is in me that thou wast killed; for I haue deserued thy death. I committed the offences that were aduenged vpon Page  796 thee. Oh maruellous kind of iudgement, and vnspeak∣able disposition, or ordering of mysteries! The vniust man offendeth, and the righteous is punished. The guiltie doth euill, and the innocent is beaten. The e∣uill doth trespasse, and the good is condemned. That which the euill man deserueth, the same doth the good and iust suffer. That which the seruant doth amisse, the maister maketh amends. That which man tres∣passeth, God suffereth it.

Oh thou which art the Sonne of God, how lowe did thine humilitie descend? How greatlie did thy charitie euen as it were waxe hot, and burne towards vs? How far did thy pitie exceed? Whither did thy benig∣nitie and gentlenes growe and extend? How far did thy loue stretch? How far came thy compassion? For I did wrongfullie, and thou wast punished. I committed the mischeeuous deeds, and they were aduenged vpon thee. I did the fault, and thou submittedst thy selfe to the torments. I was proud, and thou wast humble and meeke. I was swelled and puffed vp, thou wast extenuate and appaired. I was disobedient, neuerthe∣lesse thou being obedient, barest the paines and pu∣nishments of disobedience. I obeied, and was as it were a seruant to all excesse and gluttonie, and thou wast punished with scarsitie, and lacke of food. The tree did drawe me in my grandmother Eue, vnto vnlaw∣full concupiscence and desires, but perfect charitie led thee vnto punishment, and to endure the torments vp∣on the crosse. I presumed being forbidden, but thou didst smart therefore. I tooke my pleasure with deli∣catenesse, thou wast vexed with the crosse. I abound, and haue plentie of all pleasures, thou art all to torne with nailes. I doo taste the pleasant sweetnes of the apple, and thou the bitternes of gall.

Behold O king of glorie, mine iniquitie and vngod∣linesse, and thy pitie and goodnes is manifest. Behold Page  797 mine vnrighteousnes, and thy iustice is plainelie decla∣red. What thing O my God, and my King, shall I ren∣der vnto thee for all these things, which thou hast besto∣wed vpon me? For nothing can be found in the hart of man, that may worthilie recompense such rewards. Can mans wit excogitate or imagine anie thing that is woorthie to be compared vnto thy diuine mercie? Neither is it the office of a creature to go about to re∣compense fullie and iustlie the aid & helpe of a Creator.

There is trulie O Sonne of God, in this thy mar∣uellous dispensation and appointments, some what, in which my frailenesse may helpe a little; if so be that my mind once pricked and stirred by thy visitation, doo pu∣nish the flesh, with the vices also and euill concupiscen∣ces thereof. And this thing if thou wilt grant and giue me grace to doo, then shall it begin as it were to suffer and susteine sorrowes and greefes, because that thou also didst vouchsafe to die for my sinnes, and so by the victorie of the inward man, it shall be armed (thou bee∣ing a captaine) for the externall and outward victorie; forasmuch as the spirituall persecution once ouer∣come, it shall not be afraid for thy sake to be obedient vnto the materiall sword and crosse of this world; and so the slendernesse of my state and condition, if it please thy goodnes, shall be able according to the little power thereof, to answer vnto the greatnes and excellencie of my Creator.

And this is ye heauenlie medicine O good Iesu; this is as it were a preseruatiue of thy loue; this I beseech thee, by thine accustomed & ancient mercies, to powre into my wounds, the fowle and filthie matter of the venemous contagion and infection once cast awaie, which may refresh and restore me to my former puri∣tie and cleanenesse; that when I haue tasted of the pleasant sweetnes, which is, to abide in thee, it may make me to despise, and vtterlie set naught by the en∣tisements Page  798 of this world, and to feare for thy sake none aduersities thereof, and that I remembring thine e∣uerlasting nobilitie & excellencie, may alwaies abhor and disdaine the troubles of this transitorie world.

And as thou, O Lord, wast crucified for me, so I be∣seech thee crucifie me with thee, that I may rise againe with thee to euerlasting life. Thy flesh was crucified for me, crucifie with thee, O Christ, the kingdome of the flesh, which hath dominion in me, that I may put off the old Adam, and by newnesse of life, may be transfor∣med into thee the second Adam, sinne, infidelitie, and the whole tyrannie of sathan being vanquished and o∣uercome. Bring to passe, O Lord, that by thy crosse and painefull suffering, thy yoke may be to me made light, and thy burthen easie, that willinglie and glad∣lie following thee, I may come whether thou art gone, that is, to thy father, most blessed and immortall, from whome nothing shall afterwards be able to separate vs,

Amen.

I haue sinned, I haue sinned, my God my God haue mercie vpon me.

God forbid I should reioice in anie thing, but in the crosse of our Lord Iesus Christ, whereby the world is crucified vnto me, and I vnto the world.


Galath. 6.
Another praier to Christ crucified, wherein we deuoutlie call to mind what great things he hath done for vs, and what bene∣fits we reape by the remembrance of his holie wounds.

EXceeding greatlie haue I sinned a∣gainst thy Maiestie, O Lord, and mine owne conscience findeth mee guiltie of manie offences; and yet doo I not despaire, neither will I in anie thing at all be doubtfull, be∣cause that whereas sinne hath a∣bounded, there hath thy grace O Page  799 God, ouer-abounded. He that despaireth of the for∣giuenes of his sinnes, denieth thee O God to be mer∣cifull. Yea great wrong doth he to thee, O God, which distrusteth in thy mercie. For (as much as in him lieth) he denieth thee to be louing, true and mightie, which are the things wherein my whole hope consisteth, that is to weet, in the loue of thy adoption, in the truth of thy promise, and in the power of thy redeeming.

Now let my vnwise imagination murmur as much as it listeth, and saie, Who art thou? how great is thy glorie? and by what deserts hopest thou to obtaine it? and I will answer boldlie; I knowe whome I haue credited, and that thou of thine exceeding great loue, hast adopted me to be thy child; that thou art south∣fast of promise; that thou art mightie of perseuerance, and that thou maist doo what thee listeth. I can not bee feared with the multitude of my sinnes, if I bethinke me of the death of thee my Lord, because my sinnes are not able to ouercome thee. Thy nailes and thy speare crie vnto me, that I am throughlie reconciled to thee O Christ, if I loue thee. Longius hath opened me thy side deere Iesu with his speare, and I am gone into it, and there doo I rest in safetie. He that is afraid, let him loue, for loue driueth feare out of the dores. There is no remedie so mightie and effectuall against the heate of leacherie, as is the death of thee my redeemer. Thou stretchest out thine armes vpon the crosse, and thou holdest out thy hand in a readines to imbrace vs sinners. Betweene the armes of thee my sauiour mind I to liue and die; there shall I sing safelie; there will I glorifie and exalt thee, O Lord; because thou hast ta∣ken me vp, and hast not giuen mine enimies their plea∣sure ouer me.

Thou, O our Sauiour, hast bowed downe thy head at thy death, to receiue the kisses of thy beloued, and so often doo we kisse thee, O Lord, as we be throughlie Page  800 touched with the loue of thee, who for loue to mankind, being God, camest to man, camest into man, and beca∣mest man; who for loue, being an inuisible God, beca∣inest like thy seruants, and who for verie loue, wast wounded for our sinnes; and in those wounds of thine O my Sauiour, is the safe and quiet rest of vs weake∣lings and sinners: there doo I dwell at ease, and by thy wounds haue I a waie in vnto the bowels of thy mercie. Whatsoeuer is wanting of my selfe, that doo I borowe out of the bowels of thee my Lord: for in them is aboundance of mercie, and there want no holes for it to flowe out at.

By the holes of thy blessed bodie are opened vnto me the secrets of thy hart, a great pledge of thy kindlie loue, euen the bowels of the mercie of thee our God, whereby the daie spring hath visited vs from aloft. Thy wounds, O sweet Iesu Christ are full of mercie, full of pitie, full of sweetnesse, and full of loue. They bo∣red thy hands and thy feet, and pierced thy side with a speare. By these holes may I taste how sweet and mild thou art in deed, and how mercifull thou art to all that call vpon thee in truth, to all that seeke thee, and cheeflie to all that loue thee. Plentious redemption is giuen vnto vs in thy wounds O sweet Sauiour Iesu Christ. Great aboundance of sweetnes, great plentie of grace, and great perfection of vertues is giuen vs in thy pre∣tious wounds O sweet Sauiour Iesu Christ.

O most bountifull Iesu, grant therefore I humblie beseech thee, that whensoeuer anie fowle thought as∣saulteth me, I may forthwith runne to thy wounds O Christ. When my flesh presseth me downe, I may rise vp again by remembring thy wounds O Lord. When the diuell laieth wait for me, I may flee to the bowels of thy mercie O Iesu, so shall he quicklie depart from me. Or if at anie time the heate of lecherie prouoke my members, let it be quenched I praie thee, by calling Page  801 to mind thy wounds O Sonne of God. Finallie, in all mine aduersities, let me find no remedie so effectuall as thy wounds O Christ. In them, I saie, let me sleepe without care, and rest without feare. Thou, O Christ, hast died for vs, and now is there nothing so bitter to the death, which is not swallowed vp by thy death, O sweet Iesu. All my whole hope therfore is and shall be in thy death O Lord my God. Thy death is my desart and my refuge, my welfare, life, and resurrection; and thy mercifulnesse O Lord is my merit. I am not poore of merit, so long as thou the Lord of all compassions failest not. As long as thou art manifold in mercie, so long am I also manifold of deserts. The mightier thou art to saue, the more am I without care.

Wherefore O most excellent goodnes, withdrawe not thy mercie; O most mightie maker, despise not thy worke; O most prudent redeemer, suffer not to perish the price of thy redemption: O most gentle, ghostlie, and heauenlie hoast and ghest, purifie, saue, dresse, and keepe thy house and dwelling place, the which thou de∣dicatedst and sanctifiedst to thee in the sacrament of Baptisme. O most blessed, most charitable and sweet Iesu; O most bounteous, excellent and glorious Iesu; O most innocent, mercifull, meeke, louing and deere Iesu, haue mercie vpon me, haue mercie vpon me, and forgiue me all my sinnes. When shall I loue thee? When shall I be sorie for my sinnes? When shall I loath and forsake my sinnes? When shall I detest and abhore my sinfull life, and turne vnto thee by grace? When shall I remember thy benefits, thy meekenes, thy pouertie, and bitter passion, thy patience, thy obe∣dience, thy loue, and thy charitie? When shall I sancti∣fie, worship, magnifie, and loue hartilie thee in heauen, and thy Saints on earth, and celebrate thy feasts ac∣cordinglie; that is to saie, thy incarnation, passion, re∣surrection, ascension, and such other, with due reue∣rence, Page  802 & Christian deuotion. If thou be the most dred∣full maister, where is my dread Lord Iesu? If thou be the most loued Father, where is my loue? If thou bee my Lord and my Redeemer, where is my seruice? If thou be mine hoast, and dwell in my soule by thy grace and mercie; where is my chastitie, puritie and clean∣nesse meet and according to such an hoast? If thou be the life of Saints, the fairenesse and beautie of An∣gels, where is my thanking? Now therfore good Lord Jesu Christ, wound my hart with thy most holie wounds, moist my mind with thy most pretious bloud, that whither soeuer I turne me, I may behold aboue me thee crucified, and whatsoeuer I see, it may ap∣peare to me ruddie with thy most pretious bloud, that thus be holding, I may fixe my sight in nothing but onlie in thee, which liuest and reignest one God world without end, So be it.

I haue sinned, I haue offended, my God my God haue merceie on me.

A praier, wherein through commemoration of Christes passion, we desire pardon of our sinnes, and conti∣nuance in vertue and godlinesse.

BEhold O pitifull Father, thy most pitifull Sonne, which suffered for me being so wicked. Behold O most mercifull King, who suffered; and remember as thou art louing and kind, for whom he suffered. Is not this O my Lord that innocent, whō although he were thy Sonne thou didst deliuer to redeeme and ransome a seruant? Is not this the author and beginner of life, which be∣ing led as a sheepe to be killed, and being made obedi∣ent to thee, euen vnto death, was not afraid to take vpon him the most cruell and sharp kind of death▪ Call Page  803 to remembrance, O thou distributer of all health, that this is he, whome although thou didst beget him by thy power, yet notwithstanding thou wouldest haue to be made partaker of thine infirmitie and weake∣nes. Trulie this same is thy God head, which did take vpon him thy nature, which was hanged vpon the gib∣bet of torment or crosse, which in the flesh which he had taken vpon him, did suffer sorrowfull punishment.

Turne the eies of thy Maiestie O Lord my God, to∣wards the worke of thine vnspeakable pitie. Looke on thy deere Sonne, whose whole body is stretched foorth. Marke the harmelesse hands and pure, which doo drop and distill downe innocent bloud. And I beseech thee be pacified, and pardon the wicked deeds which my hands haue committed. Consider his bare and naked side, being thrust through cruellie with a speare, and renew and wash me with the holie fountaine or well, which I beleeue did flowe from thence. Marke the vn∣spotted feet, which haue not stood in the waie of sin∣ners, but alwaies haue walked in thy lawe, how they are pierced through with sharpe nails; and make per∣fect my steps in thy paths, and make me of thy louing kindnesse to hate all waies of iniquitie. Remoue from me the waies of iniquitie, and make me of thy mercie to choose the waie of truth. I beseech thee, O King of holie men, by this holie one of all holie ones, and by this my redeemer, to make me runne the waie of thy commandements, that I may be vnited and knit vnto him in spirit, which did not disdaine to be clad in my flesh.

Doest thou not looke vpon and marke O pittifull Fa∣ther, the head of thy most deerelie beloued Sonne, a yong man, how it leaned vpon his shoulders when it was past the most pretious death? Behold O my most gentle creator, the humanitie and gentlenes of thy be∣loued Sonne, and haue compassion vpon the feeblenes Page  804 of thy weake and feeble handie-worke. Behold O most glorious parent, the torne and rent members of thy most kind & louing child, and remember gentlie what substance I am of. Behold the paines of him that is God and man, and release and loose man, which is thy creature, out of miserie & bondage of sinne. Behold the punishment of him that did redeeme, and pardon the of∣fences of them that be redeemed. This is he, O Lord, whome thou didst strike for the sinnes of the people, al∣though he be thy welbeloued, in whome was found no guile, and yet neuerthelesse, was he reckoned amongst them that were full of iniquitie. Looke downe there∣fore, O Lord, thou louer of labouring and laden harts, with the eies of thy pittie, see the altar of the crosse, where thy sonne, thine onlie beloued babe is slaughte∣red. Behold O father of heauen, this thy bleeding babe, whom for our sakes thou hadst made vnder the lawe a curse therof, in giuing him to the death, euen the acur∣sed & shamefull death of the crosse, that he might there∣by redeeme vs wretches that were his enimies from the lawe, and from the curse and condemnation of it. O looke vpon him, I saie, which is the sauiour of the world, and who in his sufferings, and in his life and death hath fulfilled all the prophesies; behold him, that was made a castawaie of the Iewes, and a scorne of the Gentiles, which endured treasonable hate of his friends, and deadlie terrors in his troubled soule, that we might haue peace of conscience, and be reconciled vnto thee. And let his shame and ignominie, I praie thee, be our honour and triumph; his wounds our me∣dicine, his curse our blisse, and his death our life: final∣lie, so lighten our minds, I beseech thee, with thy ho∣lie spirit, that we may be able to conceiue and vnder∣stand the height and depth, the length & breadth, and by all meanes the infinite measure of this so exceeding loue towards vs, that the sight and knowledge of so Page  805 great loue, may so inflame vs with the loue of thee a∣gaine, that all our thoughts, and deeds may wholie be set vpon thee, shewing our thankfulnesse vnto thee in all obedience vnto thy word, and glorieng in nothing but in thy Christ, and him crucified, that in the end we may inioie the full fruit of all his passions, and of this thine vnspeakable loue towards vs in our euerlasting saluation, through Iesus Christ our onelie Lord and redeemer, to whom with thee O father, and the holie Ghost, be giuen all praise, honour, and glorie, for euer and euer,

Amen.
Another godlie meditation or praier, wherin we declare vnto God the Father, that the passion of his Sonne before rehearsed, was for our reconciliation and attonement with God.

BEhold, O almightie God, Father of my Lord Iesus Christ, I beseech thee of thy benignitie and gentle∣nesse to haue mercie vpon me, be∣cause of the most pretious thing that I could find, the same I haue offered deuoutlie vnto thee; the thing of most estimation that I could imagine, I haue presented humblie vnto thee. I haue left nothing, but I haue declared it vnto thy Maiestie. There is nothing remaining that I may adde more, because I haue committed and betaken my whole hope vnto thee. I haue sent vnto thee mine ad∣uocate and spokes-man, euen thy welbeloued Sonne Iesus. I haue sent thy glorious child to be a mediator betwixt me and thee. I haue sent, I saie, an intercessor, by whome I trust to get pardon and forgiuenes of my sinnes. In a word, I haue sent the word: which word, as I haue said, was sent for my misdeeds.

Page  806 And behold, I haue rehearsed vnto thee the passion of thy most holie Sonne Iesus Christ, which passion, I beleeue was suffered for me; I beleeue that the God-head which was sent of thee, did take vpon him mine humanitie and nature, in the which he thought not scorne to suffer buffets, bonds, spittings, mocks, yea, he tooke vpon him to suffer the crosse, nailes and dart. I beleeue also that his manhood, being of this my nature, during his infancie, was troubled with cree∣ping and scrallings, and was wrapt in cloathes after the manner of other children; was vexed in his youth with labours; made leane with waking and fastings; wearied with iournieng; afterward whipped and all to torne and rent with diuers kinds of punishments, reckoned among the dead, and when it was endued with the glorie of resurrection, he carried it into the ioies of heauen, and placed it vpon the right hand of thy Maiestie.

This I saie, he is my manhood, waie, and meanes of pacifieng and appeasing thee, & the waie and meanes of hauing mercie vpon mee. Mercifullie looke vpon mee, heare the wretch whom he did redeeme, and the bond-seruant whom he deliuered. Behold him a Crea∣tor, and doo not despise a creature. Receiue the shep∣heard, welcommed with a gentle and louing counte∣nance, and mercifullie looke vpon the sheepe which he hath brought home vpon his owne shoulders. This is that most faithfull shepheard, which by manie and di∣uers labours and trauels ouer steepe hils, and through head-long and deepe vallies, did search for his owne sheepe that was straied awaie, which also when he had found it faint and almost dead through long wandring, gat himselfe vnder it with great reioicing, and ma∣king it fast vnto him with a maruellous bond of chari∣tie, lifted it vp out of the deapth of confusion, and brought it home to the ninetie and nine.

Page  807 Behold O King, my king and God almightie, behold a good shepheard, which rendereth to thee that which thou committedst to his charge. He tooke vpon him through thine ordinance to saue man, whom he hath deliuered vnto thee cleane and pure from all spots, through the washing in his bloud. Lo thy most deare∣lie beloued Sonne hath reconciled vnto thee thy han∣die worke, which was gone astraie far out of the waie. Lo, a gentle shepheard bringeth home againe to thy flocke, hir that the violent pirate and robber had dri∣uen awaie. He hath brought vnto thy sight the ser∣uant, whome hir owne conscience had made to run a∣waie; that she which by hir selfe had deserued punish∣ment, by thy Sonne being hir solicitor, hath deserued forgiuenes, vnto whome also for hir offences, euerla∣sting fire was due: neuerthelesse, being a subiect vnder such a prince and captaine, she doth hope to be brought home to hir owne countrie.

I was able, O holie father, by my selfe to offend thee, but I was not able of my selfe to pacifie and appease thee. Thy welbeloued Sonne, O my God, was made my helper, by taking vpon him mine humanitie, to the intent he might cure mine infirmitie, that wherof the first occasion of thy wrath did spring, of the same he might offer vp to thee a sacrifice of praise, and that he might render and make me also well-pleasing to thy goodnes, by that thing, in the which he sitting now at thy right hand, did alwaies shew and declare himselfe to be equall with my substance, and as it were fellowe with the same.

Lo, my hope, behold in whome is all my trust. If thou despise me (as it were meete) for mine iniquities, yet looke vpon me (at leastwise) mercifulle, for the charitie of thy welbeloued Sonne. Giue heed to thy Sonne, whereby thou maiest haue mercie vpon thy bond-seruant. Looke vpon the sacrament of flesh, and Page  808 pardon the offences of flesh. How often soeuer thou doest remember the wounds of thy blessed Son, so oft, I beséech thee, let mine iniquitie be hid. And bicause flesh hath stirred thee to wrath, let flesh I beseech thee mooue thee to mercie; that like as flesh hath seduced and led me to sinne, so flesh may get and obteine for me remission.

For certainly, it is much that mine iniquitie hath de∣serued, but much more it is that the goodnes of my Re∣deemer may euen of right require. Mine vnrighteous∣nes is great, but his righteousnes is bigger. For looke how much God is superiour vnto man, euen so much is my malice & euill inferiour vnto his goodnes, both in qualitie and quantitie. For what haue I sinned be∣ing a man, that the Sonne of God being made man hath not redeemed? What pride could be in me so ex∣ceeding high, but such humilitie as was in him should bring it downe? What power of death was there in me so great, but the punishment, which the Sonne of God suffered vpon the crosse, might deface it, and vt∣terlie destroie it? Trulie my God, if the sinnes of sinfull men or women should be weied in a iust and equall balance, with the loue and fauour that was in our re∣deemer towards vs, the East is not so far distant from the West, nor the innermost part of the earth so much separated from the vppermost part of the heauen, as they should be vnlike, so much lesse should mine iniqui∣tie be than is his goodnesse.

Now, O most noble Creator of light, now pardon mine offences, for the vnmeasurable trauels & paines that thy beloued Sonne did susteine. Now I beseech thee let his goodnesse be set against my wickednes, his modestie and temperance against mine vngratious frowardnes, and his meekenes against my fierce cru∣eltie. Let his humilitie recompense my pride, his pati∣ence mine impatience, his gentlenesse mine vnkind Page  809 churlishnes, his obedience my disobedience, his quiet∣nesse mine vnquietnes, his pleasant towardnes my bitter frowardnes, his sweet facilitie and gentlenes mine angrie and fretting fumes; to conclude, let his charitie make amends for my heinous and detestable crueltie,

Amen.
I haue sinned, I haue sinned, my God my God haue mercie on me. God forbid that I should reioice in anie thing, but in the crosse of Christ, whereby the world is crucified vnto me, and I vnto the world, So be it.

9. On Easter daie. Of Christ his resurrection, and the Passouer of Christians.

The Preface.

CHrist is risen againe from the dead, and now dieth no more. Halleluiah.

Death from hencefoorth hath no more power of him. Halleluiah.

Christ is risen againe, the first fruits of them that sleepe. Halleluiah.

By Christ, all men that were dead in sinne, are resto∣red to life. Halleluiah.

In thy resurrection, O Christ, both heauen & earth doo reioice and saie. Halleluiah.

Thanks be vnto God which giueth vs victorie tho∣rough our Lord Iesus Christ. Halleluiah.

Who hauing spoiled all principalities and powers, hath made a shew of them, openlie triumphing ouer them in his owne person. Halleluiah.

Awake O my Christ; awake vp my glorie, and sing Halleluiah.

For Christ our passouer is offered vp, and as this daie reuiued, rose again for our iustification. Halleluiah.

Page  810 Let vs reioice therfore, I saie, O my soule, and keepe it holidaie to the Lord. Halleluiah.

Not with old leauen of maliciousnes and wicked∣nes, but with the vnleauened bread of purenesse and truth. Halleluiah.

That when we awake vp after his likenes, we may be satisfied with his presence in righteousnes and glo∣rie. Halleluiah.

And be blessed and holie with those that haue part in the first resurrection, and on whom the second death hath no power, but sing Halleluiah.

O death where is thy sting? O hell where is thy vi∣ctorie? Halleluiah.

This is the daie which the Lord hath made, we will reioice and be glad therein, and euermore sing Halleluiah, Halleluiah.

The Praier.

OF thy woonderfull victorie and re∣surrection from death, and glorious kingdome O Sonne of God, it was said, In that daie the roote of Iesse shall stand to be a signe to the peo∣ple; vnto him shall the nations flie, and his rest shall be glorie. Thou art that blessed branch of Dauid; thou tookest mans nature vpon thee, and camest of the line of Dauid: but in the time of thy humiliation thou wast but a sprig as it were in a drie ground: a notable and heauenlie plant, but oppressed with miseries. Thy soule dried awaie, being beaten with the mightie tem∣pest of Gods displeasure against our sinnes: notwith∣standing, that goodlie roote through the power of thy diuine nature was not vtterlie choaked. Thou art de∣liuered from the midst of death, and by thy diuine po∣wer thou standest victoriouslie ouer thine enimies, and Page  811 art readie to bring vs thy souldiers from all euils, and make vs partakers of thy most glorious conquest in thy kingdome, which is altogither otherwise than the triumph and glorie of this world. Death endeth all the pride, power and pompe of this world, but thy death and rest is glorious; thy kingdome and glorie begin∣neth when our life is ended.

O Christ Sonne of God, how woonderfull was thy rest? Man at the first was made to be a noble and holie Temple, wherein a perpetuall Sabboth should be ce∣lebrated, and a diuine nature should abide, filling and comforting him with plentie of heauenlie riches. But this rest was turned into vnquietnes, and this ioie into sorowe, through the hatred of sathan thine enimie which prophaned this temple and sabboth, & brought in an horrible misorder and wickednes. Wherefore it pleased thine almightie Father of his goodnes to send thee his onlie Sonne, from his owne bosome, to restore againe this Sabboth. Hence it was, that after a woonderfull manner, in the daie of the great Sabboth according to the lawe of Moses, thine humane nature (through death which separated the soule from the bodie) rested in the sepulchre, and the word (which for∣sooke not that nature, no not at the graue) reuiued that flesh the third daie, and so thou rosest againe, when the time of our redemption was expired, victo∣riouslie vnto thy kingdome, and giuest an eternall Sabboth and rest to such as flie vnto thee.

O Sonne of God, call thou sinners, euen vs mise∣rable and vncleane persons, vnto that sacred feast, which in this world through thee the cheefe Priest is begun, and shall be then made perfect, when the elect for euermore shall followe the Lambe whithersoeuer he go. Put on vs the festiuall garment, the garment of thy righteousnes and benediction, that we putting a∣waie the leauen of malice and wickednes, may cele∣brate Page  812 the feast in the sweet bread of sinceritie, & serue thee in purenes of liuing and truth.

This yeare from thine incarnation 1582. are pas∣sed 3091 yeares, since the first passouer which the Is∣raelites did celebrate going out of Egypt; so long hast thou preserued thy Church, and we beseech thee pre∣serue it euerlastinglie, notwithstanding the rage of the diuell and his ministers. And as thou defendedst thy people which eate of the Lambe; and moreouer, going through out Egypt, slaiedst in thy righteous iudge∣ments all the first borne in the land; so assist vs, that with a liuelie faith we may feed on thee the true Lamb. Keepe vs among all the miseries of this last age of the world. The carcases remaining, were cast awaie and condemned; but thy oblation is gratefull in the sight of God, it appeaseth the wrath of the eternall Father, and by the eating of thee, which art the Lamb of God taking awaie the sinnes of the world, righteousnes and life is giuen to beleeuers. The word raiseth againe and quickneth the flesh, that vnto vs ingraffed there∣vnto by faith, the like life may be giuen, and the bodie of sinne mortified in vs, and thou liue and reigne in vs for euermore, wherefore let thy glorious rest be in vs.

We are made of earth, and after sinne, our bodies were appointed to the earth; yea the vngodlie shall a∣bide for euer in the earth, and neuer appeare in thy glorious heauen. But after thou touchedst the death with thy liuelie flesh, thou madest it light, thou tookest awaie the heauinesse thereof. Through the blast of the first serpent manie times, euen mans flesh is turned into verie serpents. And in the graue of the wicked, more horrible is the filth of spirituall dragons and ser∣pents which deuour them euerlastinglie, and keepe them in perpetuall death. But thou, O Sonne of God makest the graues of thy saincts euen pleasant cham∣bers as it were. Thou driuest far awaie from thence Page  813 all filthinesse of sathan. Thou settest about them the watchmen, euen thy pure Angels, which bring their soules into paradise, commending them into the hands and bosome of thy Father, and keepe also their ashes, which both were and shall be at thy returne the house of the holie ghost.

Beautifie vs in like manner with this thy glorie of true knowledge and calling vpon thee. Be present with vs at the point of death; receiue our soules at their departure into thine hands, shew thou thy comfort & ioie, till at the resurrection of mankind thou crowne thine elect with perfect & endlesse glorie, a taste wherof might be seene in those fortie daies after thy resurre∣ction. Neuer was there so goodlie a world as that was, when thou rosest from death, and broughtest out of their graues a great companie of thy Saincts, as the Scripture plainelie (but breeflie for the vngodlie) doth testifie. Familiarlie did the holie fathers and ma∣trones remaine with thy sweet mother and Apostles. Pleasant speeches and much talke was made, no doubt of the miseries of man, of the vnspeakable bene∣fits gotten by thee, and of the glorie of eternall life.

O Lord, raise thou vp our harts, that with a true desire, we may long to come into this faire companie. Let vs turne our selues in cogitation vnto that holie assemblie. Let vs hearken vnto and learne thy wise∣dome reuealed in thy word. In this life thy Church is in darkenesse, in miseries; men are occupied in the ob∣seruation of outward ceremonies, as those godlie wo∣men; they will annoint thy bodie. Manie times thy Church seemeth to be depriued of thy sweet presence, and vttereth these sorrowfull words: They haue ta∣ken awaie my Lord, and I can not tell where they haue laid him. But O Sonne of God, amend the mor∣tall darkenesse within vs; kindle in our soule thine in∣ward seruice which pleaseth thee; manifest thy selfe Page  814 vnto vs in affliction; speake these comfortable words in our calamitie vnto vs, Weepe not; that euen in death we may thinke with our selues that thou art present, and after death rise againe to the fruition of eternall life, with thy blessed Saincts,

Amen.
Another.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull heauenlie Father, who hast raised vp thy Sonne for our iustification, as thou gauest him to death for our sinnes, grant that thy holie spirit may worke that faith in vs, where∣by we may be made partakers of that righteousnes, which hee hath for those that trust in him. And because without the blessed hope of rising againe from the dead, our faith is in vaine, and we are yet in our sinnes, therefore we beseech thee to confirme and strengthen it in vs, that as thou hast alreadie raised vp Christ our head, so we may be assured thou wilt also raise vs vp, that the bo∣die may be ioined to the head. And furthermore, as thou hast left this holie storie of thy Sonne, that we might beleeue in him, and by faith obtaine euerlasting life; so we beseech thee worke the fruit of it in vs, in con∣stant faith, to the saluation of our soules, and thy euer∣lasting glorie, to whome with the Sonne and the holie Ghost, be all honor, praise and glorie, now and for euer,

Amen.
Another.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull hea∣uenlie Father, who according to all that had beene written before in ye lawe of Mo∣ses, and in the Prophets, that it behooued the Sauiour of the world to suffer death, and to rise againe from the dead the third daie, and Page  815 that repentance and forgiuenes of sinnes should bee preached amongst all nations in his name, and so from point to point hast fullie accomplished all these things in Christ Iesus thine onlie Sonne, whome thou didst raise from the graue, as this daie, not onlie to liue a∣gaine in this world, but euen to sit at thy right hand, and prouiding for our infirmitie, hast giuen vs a great manie of witnesses, both of holie men and women vp∣on the earth, and of Angels from heauen, to confirme the truth of this matter vnto vs, that we might haue strong assurance of saluation in him through faith. O∣pen our minds to vnderstand the holie Scriptures, and grant vs stedfastlie to beleeue this thy Gospell, that by this faith, being made one with him, we may receiue the forgiuenes of our sinnes, and the estimati∣on of righteous men in thy sight, through him. And furthermore also grant, that by this his mightie con∣quest, whereby he hath triumphed ouer the last enimie which is Death, in raising himselfe againe vnto life, we may both rise with him from the death of sinnes, to the life of grace, by leading a new conuersation, and sit with him at thy right hand in hope, hauing our life hid in him, that when he shall appeare to come to iudgment, our life also heere being led in the obedience of faith, may then be made manifest, and we receiue that which we now in faith possesse, and in a blessed hope looke and wait for at his comming, which is the saluation of our soules, to the glorie of thy name, to whome, with the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, be all praise and honour now and for euer,

Amen.
A Thanks-giuing.

WE lift vp our harts vnto thee, O Lord; for it is verie meet, right, and our bounden dutie, that we should at all times, and in all places giue thanks vnto thee O Lord, holie Father, Page  816 almightie euerlasting God: but chieflie we are bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy sonne Iesus Christ our Lord. For he is the verie paschall Lambe which was offered for vs, and hath taken a∣waie the sinnes of the world; who by his death hath destroied death, and by his rising to life againe, hath restored to vs euerlasting life. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the companie of hea∣uen, we laud and magnifie thy glorious name, euer∣more praising thee, and saieng: Holie holie holie Lord God of hoasts; heauen and earth are full of thy glorie; Glorie be to thee O Lord most high, So be it.

10. On Ascension daie. Of Christ his glorious ascending into the heauens, in the sight of his Apostles.

The Preface.

GOD is gone vp with a merrie noise, and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet, Glorie to God on high. Halleluiah.

He humbled himselfe vnto the death, wherefore God also hath highlie exalted him, and set him on his right hand in heauenlie places, far aboue all powers and dominion. Halleluiah.

God is gone vp on high, and hathled captiuitie cap∣tiue, and receiued gifts for men. Halleluiah.

He that descended first into the lowe parts of the earth, is euen the same also that ascended vp, far a∣boue all heauens, to fulfill all things. Halleluiah.

God is gone vp with a merrie noise; the Lord is as∣cended in great triumph. Halleluiah.

Lift vp your head O ye gates, and be ye lift vp ye e∣uerlasting dores, that the King of glorie may enter in. Halleluiah.

Yea, be thou exalted Lord in thine owne strength, so Page  817 will we praise thy power perpetuallie, and euermore sing, Glorie to God on high, Halleluiah.

The praier.

THou, O Christ sonne of God, fortie daies after thy resurrection, conti∣nuedst in the world to the vnspeak∣able comfort of thy Church, which being expired, thou ascendedst glo∣riouslie in the sight of thy Saints into the heauens. We yeeld thee most hartie thanks for this thy be∣nefit, beseeching thee most humblie to number vs a∣mong the saints and souldiers which wait vpon thee triumphieng. The hand-writing dependeth on the te∣stimonie of our giltie conscience, to our condemnati∣on; but by thy death, the sentence of condemnation is abolished, and thy bloud washeth vs from all our sins. The enimies of thine elect, euen the diuell and death, are lead bound, and the whole companie of the saints both in heauen and earth, is filled with ioie, & speake of thy victorie and benefits. Thy Saints in heauen visiblie doo behold thy glorious victorie. Thy Saints in earth are saued by faith, for the ornament and glo∣rie of the kings daughter is glorious within.

In the sight of manie godlie auditors of thine, and of thy holie mother the blessed virgin Marie, thou wast carried visiblie from the earth in the clouds into heauen. Thou gauest a taste of eternall life to thine A∣postles wondering at thy departure, and preachedst to them of thy returne into iudgement. Thou hast glori∣fied thine humane nature with vnspeakable glorie, and placed the same on the right hand of thy Father, vpon the throne of triumph and victorie, as hauing for our sakes, vanquished all our enimies. But thine humane nature is not onelie aboue, as be thy Page  818 Saints, but is exalted also to such a light, as cannot be attained to by anie creature. Thou reignest visible with the Father, replenishing the whole celestiall con∣gregation with righteousnes and diuine glorie. Go∣uerne thou also in this mortall life, outwardlie in thy ministerie, and inwardlie in our minds. Thou hast as∣cended on high, and lead captiuitie captiue, to bestowe thy benefits vpon man.

Before thy departure thou renewedst the instituti∣on of thy ministerie, thou gauest thy disciples a com∣mandement to preach to all nations; for which thy goodnesse, we giue thee most hartie thanks: for therby thou hast called vs to the societie of thy Saints. As∣sist vs with thy spirit, that we may beleeue the Gos∣pell, and keepe for euermore the couenant which in our baptisme we haue made with thee. Thou adornedst thine Apostles which were to carrie a new doctrine o∣uer the face of the whole earth, with singular testimo∣nies of miracles, that the Church might assuredlie knowe they erred not. Continue among vs in like sort thy ministerie, togither with the puritie of thy word. Send among vs Euangelists, pastors and teachers, which may ioine themselues to the doctrine of the A∣postles, and diligentlie spread the same abroad, and speake thou which art the head of the ministerie with∣in to our harts, and raise vp godlie motions through thy spirit.

Thou art ascended on high to bee the head of thy Church, filling all things; finish thy worke in vs; in∣graffe vs to thy glorified bodie, and powre vpon vs from thy diuine nature a like spirit, which may inter∣mingle it selfe with our soule, and begin while we here liue, in vs an eternall life, which may create in vs a new man, fashioned accordinglie to thy similitude and likenesse. And inspire in vs such a perfection and righteousnesse, as thou shalt thinke meete and con∣uenient Page  819 for our weake and fraile nature; and let holie motions agreeing to thine heauenlie will be planted in vs. Driue awaie the darkenesse of our minds, extinguish the wicked affections of our hart, and let the new man dailie prosper and increase in perfection. Defend thy Church by thy mightie right hand, against all the power both of man and diuels. Fill our flitting soules with a tast of a new life, receiue them into thine hands, and grant that at the resur∣rection and glorification of thy Church, we maie ioi∣fullie behold thee, returning and triumphing glori∣ouslie, and so be placed in that kingdome, which thou wilt deliuer to thy Father, for their euerlasting happi∣nesse,

Amen.
Halleluiah. Glorie be to God on high.
Anotherverie deuout meditation and praier, wherein the mind is verie much mooued, and plentiouslie stirred to contemplation of heauenlie things, if it be said in quietnesse.

MOst mightie King, my verie good, gentle, & louing Lord Iesu Christ, which of thine inestimable charitie and vnspeakable pitie, taking vpon thee to be the seed of Abraham, not of Angels, didst vouchsafe not onlie willinglie to suffer for our sinnes both bonds, crosse, wounds, yea death and sepulchre, and after three daies (death being ouercome) didst rise againe for our iustification, wast seene of thy disciples, reforming their harts, and esta∣blishing them that were almost declining from thee: but also after thou hadst glorified our mortall nature with the stole of holie resurrection and immortalitie, the fortith daie after thou in the sight of thy disciples, didst with the triumph of thy glorie, gloriouslie ascend Page  820 into heauen, and cariedst it aboue the heauens, and a∣boue all the melodious companie of Angels, aboue Cherubin and Seraphin, placing it vpon the right hand of God thy Father, where the Angels doo praise that same humane nature of ours, and all the powers of heauen doo euen tremble to see a man to be God o∣uer them, and where thou O Lord sittest and liuest e∣uerlastinglie now, and reignest throughout all worlds.

Behold, I thy seelie creature, which with the weight of my frailenes am drawne euer downeward, and so not able to liue holilie, vertuouslie, and as I ought to liue, without thy continuall helpe, whervnto I thinke it necessarie for me to sticke and cleaue, most humblie beseech thee to drawe me vpward toward thee, that I may runne after thee in the sweet sauour of thine ointments. Let me runne, and not faint, when thou drawest me and leadest me running. Drawe the mouth of the soule that thirsteth after thee, vnto the high flouds and streames of thine eternall aboundance and satietie: yea drawe me wholie vnto thy selfe, which art the liuing well, to the intent I may, according to my capacitie, drinke of that whervpon I doo liue.

O my God, my life, thou didst saie with thy holie and blessed mouth; If anie man thirst, let him come vnto me, and drinke. O well of life, grant vnto my thirstie soule, alwaie to drinke of thee, that according to thy holie and true promise, waters of life may flowe out of my bellie. O well of life, replenish and fill my mind full of the riuer of thy pleasure. Make my hart to be droonken as it were in thy loue, that after the manner of them that be droonken with wine, which forget all things saue the cup, so I may forget all vaine & earth∣lie things, and continuallie haue nothing else in my remembrance, but thee onelie, according as it is writ∣ten; I remembred God and was delighted. Giue me the holie Ghost, whom those waters did signifie, which Page  821 thou didst promise to giue to them that thirsted after thee.

Grant I beseech thee, that I may assaie to go with my whole desire and all my studie toward that place, vnto the which I beleeue thou didst ascend the fortith daie after thy resurrection, that in this present miserie I may be onlie in bodie, but in thought and desire al∣waies with thee, that my hart may be there whereas thou art which art my treasure, worthie to be coueted, and much to be loued, wherewith no treasure is woor∣thie to be compared.

Bring to passe, O Lord Christ, that through thy gift I may be stirred and carried vpward: for I feruentlie desire to ascend, yea I make certaine ascensions in my hart, lifting it vpward, and sing the song of starres. With the lampe of thy loue, I saie, am I kindled and moued to go with thee thither, whereas thou my por∣tion reignest, and I beleeue to reigne; thither, where∣as thou my flesh art glorified, and I beleeue to be glo∣rified; thither, where thou my bloud rulest, and I per∣ceiue me to beare rule, that is, euen vnto the peace of Ierusalem, to Ierusalem I saie which is my countrie; to Ierusalem which is my mother, would I now go vpward. For when I remember Ierusalem, I extend and stretch foorth towards it the senses of my hart, and towards thee, O Christ, which art a King ouer hir; hir light, hir father, hir defender, hir patrone, hir gouernour, hir keeper, hir chast and strong delight, hir onlie and whole pleasure, and of whome all hir good∣nes and felicitie commeth, because thou art the cheefe good, and the true good: and I will neuer turne backe, vntill thou bring me home from this pilgrimage, in which I am deformedlie scattered abroad, vnto the place of my deerelie beloued mother, whereas be the first fruits of my spirit; and vntill thou, O God, which art my mercie, fashion me, and confirme me for euer. Page  822 Whither go we now vpward? to the peace of Ieru∣salem? Bicause I was glad & reioiced in those things which were spoken vnto me, therfore wil I go into the house of the Lord, there hath he placed vs, there wil he giue vs all good things, therfore will I will & desire no∣thing else, but to tarie & remaine there before the Lord for euer. But, oh Lord, forasmuch as whilest we be clad in this bodie, we doo as it were go astraie, & are stran∣gers vnto thee; we haue not here an abiding place for euer; but we seeke for one that is to come: our abiding place is in heauen, whither thou art ascended. There∣fore thy fauour and grace my guide, I enter into the chamber of my hart, and sing vnto thee songs of loue, my King and my GOD, mourning with maruellous sighings in this place of my peregrination, whereas thy iustices are my songs, and whereas I am tossed with stormes on euerie side. For in this great floud of this life, there is no stedfast standing, or place high inough aboue the waters; no not for the foot of a doue to rest vpon. In this life, I saie, there is no safe or qui∣et peace; no where anie sure rest; euerie-where bat∣tell and strife; euerie-where enimies and fightings without doores, and frights and feares within doores.

And for asmuch as the one part of vs is heauenlie, and the other earthlie; our bodie which is corrupt, doth loden, and is burdenous vnto the soule: therefore my mind, which is my felowe and freend, being wearie with wandering foorth of the waie, is sicke, and lieth all to torne and rent of those things, which it hath passed by. It hungreth and thirsteth greatlie after va∣nities, and I haue nothing to set afore it, bicause I am poore and a begger. Thou, O Lord my God art rich in all good things, and the most plentious giuer of the deinties of heauenlie satietie. Giue meate vnto the wearie; not such as it thirsteth after, but such as is conuenient for it. Gather togither the dispersed; re∣new Page  823 and refresh the torne. Lo, he standeth at the doore and knocketh. I beseech thee, by the bowels of thy mer∣cie, wherwith thou being the daie-spring from an high hast visited vs; open the hand of thy pitie to a wretch that knocketh, and vouchsafe mercifullie to enter into thee; and that I may rest with thee, and be refreshed of thee, which art the liuing & heauenlie bread, where∣with when I am once fed, and that my strength is come to mee againe: I may ascend vnto more high things, and be lifted vp out of this vale of miserie and teares, and with the wings of my godlie desires I may flie vp vnto thee, and the heauenlie kingdome.

Let my spirit, O Lord, I beseech thee, take wings as an Egle, and flie without fainting: let it flie vp, and come to the beautifulnesse of thine holie house, and to the place of heauen, where thy glorie dwelleth; where∣as vpon the meate-tables of thy supernall citizens, it may be fed full of thy secrets in the place of thy pasture by the most plentifull riuers sides. Let mine hart rest in thee, my God; my hart, I saie, which is as though it were a great sea swelling with waters. Thou diddest rebuke the winds and the sea, and there was made streightwaies a great calme: O come and wake vpon the fluds of mine hart, that all things which belong vnto me, may be made calme and cleere: that I may imbrace thee, which art mine onelie God, and that I may behold thee, which art the sweet light nf mine eies without anie blind darknesse of troublesome cogitati∣ons and thought. Let my mind flie, O Lord, vnder the shadowe of thy wings for meate, that it being couered with the temperatenesse of thy pleasant coolnesse, may sing ioifullie, and saie; I will laie me downe, and rest in peace. Finallie, let my memorie sleepe, O my God, I beseech thee, from all euils; make it to hate iniquitie, and to loue righteousnesse. For what can be better, or more delectable, than in the middes of the darknesse of Page  824 this life, and among the manifold and bitter miseries of the same, to desire feruentlie heauenlie sweetnesse? To couet euerlasting blessednesse? Or our mind to be held euer there, whereas we may be most sure to haue infallible and true ioies?

Oh Lord, which for thy louing kindnesse art most woorthie to be desired, and coueted of all things: when shall I see thee? When shall I appeere before thy face? When shall I be satisfied of thy glorie? When wilt thou bring me foorth of this darke prison, that I may confesse thy name, so that afterward I bee no more pricked? When shall I passe, and go to that maruel∣lous and beautifull house of thine, whereas the voice of gladnesse and reioicing doth sound in the taberna∣cles of iust men? Blessed are they that dwell in thine house, O Lord; they shall praise thee euer world with∣out end. Blessed are they, yea blessed indeed, whom thou hast chosen, and taken into that heauenlie inheritance. Behold, O Lord, thy Saints flourish before thee, like vnto lillies. For they are replenished with the plenti∣ousnesse of thine house, and thou dooest giue them to drinke of the flowing riuer of thy pleasure, bicause thou art the well of life, and in thy light and brightnes they doo see light; and that so greatlie, that they them∣selues, which are a light, and are made bright by thee, O Lord, which doost giue them light, doo shine like vn∣to the sunne in thy sight.

O how maruellous, how faire and beautifull, how acceptable are the mansions and dwelling places of thine house! O Lord of powers, my sinfull soule dooth couet to enter into them. O Lord, I haue loued the comlinesse of thine house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. I asked one petition of the Lord, and the same will I require; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the daies of my life. Like as the Hart coueteth to go vnto the water brookes; euen so Page  825 dooth my soule desire to come vnto thee, O Lord. When shall I come and appeare before the face of my Lord? When shall I see God, after whom my soule longeth verie sore? When shall I see him in the land of the li∣uing? For in this land of the dead he cannot be seene with mortall eies.

What shall I doo wretch that I am, which am fet∣tered with the heauie gieues of mortalitie? What shall I doo? Whiles we continue in this bodie wee go astraie from the Lord: we haue here no abiding place for euer; but we labour for one that is to come. Our free citie is in heauen. Wo is me; me thinke I dwell among the barbarous nations and infidels, and not amongst the faithfull Israelites. I lead my life in the tents of Cedar. My soule hath dwelt too long with them that hate peace and quietnesse. Who will giue me wings as a dooue, that I may flie awaie, and rest me? There is nothing that I desire, or delight so much in, as to be in my Lords companie. It is good for me to cleaue vnto God. Oh grant me, O Lord, whilest I am in these fraile members, to sticke vnto thee, as it is written; He that cleaueth vnto the Lord, is all one spi∣rit with him. Giue me therefore, I beseech thee, the wings of contemplation, wherewith when I am ap∣parelled, I may flie vpward. And for asmuch as eue∣rie vnluckie and infortunate thing lieth beneath: doo thou, O Lord, hold vp my mind, least it fall headlong into the lowest bottoms of the darke vallie, and least the shadowe of the earth should come betweene and se∣parate it from thee, that art the bright sunne of righ∣teousnes; and least it once hid with the clouds of dark∣nesse, should not haue libertie; but be letted to looke for heauenlie things which be aboue.

Therefore I doo assaie to go vpward vnto the ioies of quietnesse and peace, and vnto the delectable and pleasant state of light. O hold mine hart with thine Page  826 hand, bicause it cannot be drawne vnto high things without thee. Thither doo I make haste, whereas most chiefe and principall peace reigneth, and continuall quietnesse shineth foorth. Hold and gouerne my spirit, and take it according to thy will, that thou being a guide vnto it, it may ascend into the region and coun∣trie of plentifulnesse, wheras thou feedest Israel euer∣lastinglie with the food of truth, to the intent, that there at the leastwise with my swift cogitation and thought, I may come nigh thy wisedome, which re∣maineth aboue all things, ouerpasseth all things, and gouerneth all things.

But alas, there be manie things, which when my soule would flie vnto thee, doo crie out vpon it. Com∣mand them all, O Lord, to hold their peace, and speake not vnto me. As for my soule it selfe, let it giue neuer a word to answer. Let it passe by all things. Let it clime aboue althings that be created, & come vnto thee. And that it may fasten the eies of faith vpon thee, which art the onlie Creator of all things. Let it couet vnto thee, and be bent towards thee. Let it thinke vpon thee by meditation and contemplation; let it laie thee be∣fore hir eies for it selfe. Let it roll and tosse thee in hir hart; thee, I saie, which art the true and chiefe good∣nesse, and the ioie that will remaine without ending.

There are surelie manie contemplations, in the which mans soule is maruellouslie fed of thee; but in none of them is my soule so much delighted, or yet hath so good rest in, as in thee, and when as it thinketh vpon thee, and hath thee onelie in contemplation. Oh how much is thy sweetnesse, O Lord! How maruellouslie dooest thou inspire the harts of them that loue thee? How delectable is thy loue, the fruition whereof they haue that loue nothing but thee; they seeke nothing else; they couet nothing else: happie are they, whose onelie hope thou art; which haue no trust, but in thee Page  827 onlie, and all their whole worke is praier. Blessed is he that sitteth solitarie alone, and holdeth his peace, and standeth vpon his ward, that he is set to keepe continuallie daie and night, that yet whilest he is in this fraile bodie, he may be able to taste somewhat thy pleasures.

I require thee by those thy wounds, which bring health vnto vs, which wounds thou sufferedst vpon the crosse for our health; out of the which thy pretious bloud (wherewith thou redeemedst vs, did distill and drop downe,) wound this my sinful soule, for the which also thou didst vouchsafe to die: wound it, I saie, with the fire and mightie dart of thy great charitie. For the word of God is liuelie and effectuous, and more pear∣cing and sharpe than anie two edged sword. Thou, O chosen dart, and most sharpe sword, which art able by thy power to pearce through the hard shield, or buck∣ler of mans hart, fasten and strike the shaft of thy loue in mine hart, that my soule may saie vnto thee; I am wounded with thy charitie, so that foorth of that same wound of thy loue, teares may flowe most plentiouslie both daie and night.

Strike, O Lord, strike I beseech thee this most in∣durated and hardened hart and mind of mine, with the sharpe dart of thy loue, and pearce it deeper & dee∣per into the innermost parts thereof, by thy mightie power, and so bring out of my head aboundance of wa∣ter, and out of mine eies a verie well of teares, conti∣nuallie running, through the great affect, and mar∣uellous desire to see thy glorie, that I may moorne daie and night, without taking anie comfort in this life, vntill in thy heauenlie wedding chamber I may see thee my welbeloued and beautifull spouse, my God and my Lord, and that there when I see thy glorious, mar∣uellous, and beautifull face full of all sweetnes, togi∣ther with them which thou hast chosen, then I saie, I Page  828 may worship humblie thy Maiestie, and there at the last being replenished with heauenlie and vnspeakable reioicing of euerlasting gladnesse, I may euer crie out with them that loue thee, saieng: Behold, that which I haue long desired, now I haue obteined, for I am ioined in heauen vnto him, whome when I was in earth, I loued with all my strength, with all my chari∣tie. I embraced him, vnto whome with all my loue I did sticke and cleaue. Him doo I praise, blesse, and woor∣ship, that liueth and reigneth God world without end,

Amen.
Another praier to Christ, ascended and reigning in glorie.

OH good Christ, our first begotten bro∣ther, and tender-harted Ioseph! Oh naturall Sonne of that father, to whome we are made children of a∣doption through thee! Oh our head, reigning on high in glorie, forget not vs thy poore members heere on earth, where-into abasing thy selfe, thou cammest downe, and sufferedst for vs most cruell death! Out of this thy throne of maiestie and glorie thou puttest vs in assured hope and confidence, that we also shall atteine to this blessed place, whither thou art gone before to take possession for vs. Oh our strong tower of defence and succour, what can hurt vs now trusting in thee? Most vnhappie are they which are ignorant of thee, and most happie are they which al∣waies behold thee. Blessed are they which haue knowne thee heere in the daies of this mortalitie: but more blessed are they which see thee in the heauens, and shall see thee reigning with thy Father in ioies in∣comparable.

Oh Lord, the onelie ioie and comfort of our soules, Page  829 shew vs thy louing countenance, embrace vs with the armes of thy mercie. Receiue vs, O good Ioseph thy yonger brethren, with the kisse of comfort. Powre into our harts thy holie spirit. Plucke vs vp from the earth and earthlie things. Open our eies, and lift them vp vnto thee. Open thy mouth, and call vs vnto thee. O∣pen our eares, that we may heare thee, so that what∣soeuer wee doo speake or thinke, it may be directed vnto thee alone our redeemer, mediator and aduocate,

Amen.
Another.

THou Lord didst put awaie Marie Magdalen from thee kissing of thy feet, because thy flesh was not yet exalted, and she knewe not yet the dignitie of thy clarified bodie, and beautified with the glorie of im∣mortalitie, but was addicted onlie to thy bodilie presence. She yet sought thee liuing among the dead; neither was it knowne to hir that thou wast equall with thy Father: wherefore thou wouldest not suffer hir so much as to kisse thy feet, because it was a thing vnworthie for thy Maiestie.

O thou mightie Lion of the tribe of Iuda; thou conqueror of hell and death, euerliuing and immortall; thou art now risen from death for vs. Thou art now ascended to thy Father and our Father, and sittest at the right hand in glorie: grant that we also in hart and mind may thither ascend, and with thee continu∣allie dwell. Suffer vs to come neere vnto thee, that we may kisse thee. Yea Lord, thou louer of our soules, come thou rather vnto vs, and kisse vs with the kisse of thy mouth, that we may be glad & reioice in thee. Drawe vs, that we may runne after the sauour of thy sweet ointments, that we may behold thee in righteousnes, Page  830 and when thy glorie shall appeare, we may be satis∣fied. For in thy presence there is fulnes of ioie, and on thy right hand there are pleasures for euermore, So be it, Halleluiah.

A Thanks-giuing.

WE lift vp our harts vnto thee, O Lord God: for it is verie meete, right, and our bounden dutie, that we should at all times, and in all places, giue thanks vnto thee O Lord holie Father, almightie euer∣lasting God, through thy most deere beloued Sonne Iesus Christ our Lord, who after his glorious resurrection, manifestlie appeared to all his Apostles, and in their sight ascen∣ded vp into heauen, to prepare a place for vs, that where he is, thither we might also ascend to reigne with him in glorie. Therefore, with Angels, and Arch∣angels, and with all the companie of heauen, we laud and magnifie thy glorious name, euermore praising thee, and saieng, Holie holie holie, Lord God of hoasts, heauen and earth are full of thy glorie, Glorie be to thee O God most high, So be it.

11. On Whitsundaie, or the feast of Pentecost. Of the sending of the Comforter, euen the spirit of truth.

The Preface.

THE spirit of the Lord filleth the round compasse of the world, and vpholdeth all things. Halleluiah.

The spirit of wisedome is louing, and will not absolue him that blasphemeth with his lips. Halleluiah.

The holie spirit of discipline flieth from deceipt, and Page  831 withdraweth himselfe from thoughts that are with∣out vnderstanding. Halleluiah.

This therefore is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loue darkenesse more than light. Halleluiah.

But O Father, leaue vs not comfortlesse, but come vnto vs, and giue vs the Comforter, euen the holie spi∣rit of truth, which the world can not receiue, that he may abide with vs, and dwell within vs for euer. Hal∣leluiah.

Come holie Ghost, and teach vs in all thy waies, and bring all things to our remembrance whatsoeuer God hath commanded vnto vs, that we may speake with new lips, and magnifie God, according to his will. Halleluiah.

Make me a cleane hart O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Halleluiah.

Cast me not awaie from thy presence, and take not thy holie spirit from me. Halleluiah.

O giue me the comfort of thy help againe, and sta∣blish me with thy free spirit. Halleluiah.

Then shall I teach thy waies vnto the world, and sinners shall be conuerted vnto thee. Halleluiah, Halle∣luiah.

The Praier.

IF ye loue me, keepe my commande∣ments, and I will pray the Father, and he shall giue you another Com∣forter, that he may abide with you for euer, euen the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receiue, &c. Oh heauenlie speech to be had in perpetuall remembrance! Thou O Christ promisest such as keepe thy commandements, such as in faith and a good conscience obeie thee, to bee loued intirelie of thy Father, and their brests to be the Page  832 inhabiting place of thy diuinitie. Nothing is more la∣mentable, than to be cast from God into feare and fire vnquenchable; nothing more comfortable; than to haue thy fauour, and to be loued of God. This so excel∣lent a benefit thou doest promise to thy disciples, wher∣fore ingraffe vs to the blessed companie which thy Fa∣ther doth loue, whose sinnes are forgiuen through thy deserts, and they are receiued into mercie, and the in∣heritance of eternall life through thy death. Neither is it thy will to haue vs present in loue, and by the im∣putation of thy righteousnes onlie, but also by a natu∣rall participation and reall conformitie with God in deed.

Man deceiued by the diuell, forsooke God his gouer∣nour, & conceiued so highlie of himselfe, that he would rule himselfe without God. Let God defend thy life, the rest seeke from thy selfe, saie the wise men of this world; and they commend that man whose onlie hope dependeth vpon himselfe. But O lamentable darke∣nesse, how shamefullie doth man fall without God as∣sist! How miserablie doth he perish, whome God forsa∣keth! Wherefore taking pitie on our wretched state, thou restorest the ancient order, interrupted through sinne, and wilt that the harts of the faithfull shall a∣gaine be made ye dwelling place, & temple of diuinitie.

The God-head in deed is euerie where, vpholding as long as hee thinketh good, the whole frame of the world, and the substance of euerie particular thing therein: and againe destroieng all when he thinketh good so to doo; notwithstanding, he abideth onlie in the soule, which receiueth Christ: into it doo the Father and the word breath of their spirit, and link it to them∣selues in like light, righteousnesse and life. In the Sonne the glorie of the Father doth shine, and filleth that humane substance, which the word, through an eternall couenant, coupleth to himselfe with the same Page  833 spirit, and powreth it into the harts of beleeuers, to make them like vnto him. For the word, through the same spirit, quickeneth both his owne and our flesh. And this is the beginning of eternall life in this mise∣rable world. This spirit imprinteth the image of God, which the word (present in our minds) doth speake in our soule, kindeling a light and knowledge conforma∣ble to the Gospell, turneth vs to the true seruice of GOD, and stirreth vp in our wils so holie motions, agreeing to the lawe of Christ, as shine in that hu∣mane nature of Christ now glorified, who cureth our infirmitie.

He commeth from the Father sent by the Sonne to renew vs according to the image of Christ. He retur∣neth to the Sonne and Father to couple vs vnto God; to make intercession for vs with grones vnspeakable, and to mooue the hart of eternall God vnto mercie and compassion towards vs. Such is our nature, that through Gods spirit we reason christianlie, and thinke godlie: then how can it be, but that the spirit must raise godlie cogitations & good motions in our minds, which is by nature a God, and therefore substantiallie doth he mingle himselfe with our spirits, springing in our nature, but regenerated by him to imprint in vs another light and newnesse, than is naturall wisdome and righteousnesse; and therefore manie sighes doo we fetch, euen these deepe sighes.

And thou word dwelling in our minds, be thou pre∣sent, and kindle our harts by thy blast. Conuert vs, Lord, and we shall be conuerted. Turne vs to the ac∣knowledging of our sinnes; erect vs by the preaching of the Gospell, and grant that through faith we may receiue the promise of the spirit. Strengthen vs, that we may retaine so excellent a gift, and at no time be intangled in the snares of Sathan, neither yet forgo so noble a ghest, for our wickednes, Make vs to walke Page  834 circumspectlie, not as fooles following our vaine con∣cupiscence; to shun all occasions of falling, & euermore to craue at thine hands, that this pretious gift may from time to time continue with vs, and increase.

And as vpon this daie thou hast taught the harts of thy people, by the sending to them the light of thine holie spirit; so grant vs by the same spirit, to haue a right iudgment in all things, and euermore to reioice in his holie comfort. Let the same spirit bring into our memorie, that which thou hast said; make it firmelie to retaine the foundation of sound doctrine, vttered from the bosome of the Father, and at no time to seeke new reuelations, as doo the Enthusian heretikes, both without and beside the warrant of thy word. Let vs neuer inuent fained gods, and false worshippings; but followe onelie and sincerelie that, which thou hast said and taught.

The world followeth vaine pleasure, seeketh prospe∣ritie, and hunteth after wealth and worship, especiallie the last age of this world doth so: it altogither doteth, and is become secure; but fill thou our harts with true peace, wherewith we may staie our selues in the combate of conscience, fighting before the iudgment of God. And in our agonies, when a separation shall be made both of soule and bodie; then giue vs grace to be mindfull of this thy saieng; Let not your harts be gree∣ued; I go, and come againe vnto you.

Let not thy comfortable presence depart from our soule: thou wilt certainlie come againe, euen to raise vs from the dead, to place vs in thy kingdome. Wher∣fore we reioice at thy departure vnto thy Father. For the Father is greater than thou. Thou hast prepared a place, and blessed mansion in the house of thy Father, exalted to the right hand of the Father, and hast re∣spect of the person sent euen till the consummation of the world. Cease not to applie the merits of thy sacri∣fice Page  835 vnto vs, make continuall intercession for vs. Thou abidest our King and Priest, vntill thou deliuerest the kingdome to thy Father. And therefore as a Media∣tor thou doost verelie obtaine those good things, which thou hast promised to all beleeuers.

Thou valiantlie didst conquer Sathan, to make vs parteners of thy victorie. Thou willinglie gauest thy life, that it might satisfie for manie. Thou wast obedi∣ent to thine eternall Father, in the race of thine humi∣liation, that by thy death we might liue. Wherefore, seale within vs this faith and righteousnesse; grant that continuallie we may retaine thy saiengs in our minds; that we may enioie thy peace, and keepe a place for thy diuinitie in our harts, while we liue in this world, through our first fruits, and so hereafter in the life to come, we shall attaine the tenths, and be made like vnto thee, beholding God face to face: So be it.

Another meditation and thanks-giuing, for the good effects that the holie Ghost worketh in vs by his comming.

AL possible praise and thanks I yeeld vnto thee, O God heauenlie Father, and vnto thy deere Sonne Iesus Christ my Sauiour, for sending downe thy spirit of truth our com∣forter, sanctifier, and regenerator, the holie Ghost into this world. The which thing verelie I beleeue thou didst for this onelie end and purpose, that bicause the grape of thy sonne our Sauiour Christs flesh was ca∣ried to the wine-presse of the Crosse, and there being pressed, yeelded foorth the sweet wine of his Godhead: it pleased thee therefore of thy great mercie to send the same thy holie Ghost, to make readie the vessels of mens harts, that the new wine might be put into new Page  836 vessels: first to season their harts from marring of the wine that should be put into them, and afterward to hoope them well for leaking, when the wine was pow∣red into them: that is to saie; to clense them from de∣lighting in sinne, and to bind them from delighting in vanitie. For that which is good, could not come in, till that which is euill, was first rid out.

Oh woonderfull worke! Oh vnspeakable benefit of thy surpassing goodnesse and mercie, most woorthie of all praise, that man on earth, or Angels in heauen may giue or render! The holie name of thy sacred Maiestie be therefore blessed, magnified, and extolled, for euer and euer, Amen. And now, O gratious God, and good Father, I most humblie and intirelie beseech thee, that for as much as delighting in wickednesse (which is to loue sinne) doth defile vs, and make our vessels fowle; yea leadeth to death: and that the delighting in vani∣tie (which is to be in loue with transitorie things of this world) sheddeth out, and maketh the vessell of our bodies full of crannies and rifts, yea intiseth and de∣ceiueth vs to our destruction; it may please thee there∣fore of thine ancient and accustomed mercie and good∣nesse, to giue me grace to cast out the thing that is euill in me, that I may be fit to take in and receiue the thing that is good in thee, and so to powre out all sow∣ernesse of sinne and wickednesse, that I may be filled with the sweetnesse of all vertue and godlinesse.

Yea, doo thou thy selfe, O gratious Father (euen with the same thy blessed finger, and mightie power, wherewith in times past by thy sonne Christ Jesus thou didst rebuke and throwe the diuels and vncleane spirits foorth of those that were possessed,) vouchsafe also I beseech thee, of the same thy singular loue and pitie, to cast out of me the fowle spirit of the diuell, which worketh delight in wickednesse, and is the occa∣sion of faults: yea so, and in such sort to abandon him, Page  837 that he, nor anie of his, may euer returne into my ves∣sell anie more to dwell therein. I beseech thee further∣more, to expell foorth of my vessell, the spirit of this world, which worketh delight in vanitie, and is a fault of it selfe; that I be neuer intised, nor deceiued anie more therewith hereafter. Finallie, I humblie praie thee to throwe out of me all other euill and vncleane spirits whatsoeuer, which are noisome enimies to my soule and saluation: and grant that thy spirit, O God, euen the holie Ghost, I meane, with all the fruits, gifts, vertues, and graces thereof, may vouchsafe to come and enter into the tabernacle of mine hart and mind, to worke in me good delights, & good loue, where∣by the loue of the world, and the loue of sinne, may bee vtterlie driuen awaie from me for euer: and my mind be continuallie inlightened; my conscience still clensed; mine hart euer gladded; and thou thy selfe, my GOD, my Sanctifier and Sauiour, be more and more she∣wed, and made manifest vnto me,

Amen.
A Thanks-giuing vnto God for our regeneration and sanctification, not vnproper to be vsed also at publike Baptisme.

O God the holie Ghost, which procee∣dest from the Father & the Sonne, and with them art woorshipped and glorified in the vnitie of the true and eternall Deitie, and art also the substantiall amitie betweene the Father and the Sonne, we worship thee, we praise and glorifie thee, and with our whole hart we thanke thee for all thy bene∣fits, especiallie for calling vs by the voice of thy Gos∣pell, vnto the Christian congregation, for illuminating vs with thy gifts; for sanctifieng vs with a stedfast faith; and for keeping vs hitherto in the same. For by Page  838 the fount of the wholesome lauour, that is, by the wa∣ter of holie Baptisme, being powred into vs, thou dooest continuallie worke in vs regeneration and re∣newing of the inward man. Harken, we beseech thee, vnto our supplication, and teach vs miserable women, which by the proper strength of our onlie reason, can by no meanes trust in, or approch to Christ our Lord and Sauiour: teach vs, O our God, what thy plea∣sure is, and leade vs into all truth. For without thine assistance, none can saie that Iesus is the Lord.

O blessed Lampe of light, fill the inward parts of the faithfull with the holie oile of thy manifold hea∣uenlie gifts and graces, without the which nothing is light and pleasant in man, but euerie thing darke, obscure, and hurtfull. Wash thou that is filthie; wa∣ter that is drie; heale that is wounded; bow the ob∣stinate; cherish the frosen; and reclaime them which wander. Giue to the faithfull trusting in thee, the re∣ward of wel-doing, the entrance into happines and e∣uerlasting comfort. Thou in thy gifts seauen-fold, which art the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisedome and vnderstanding, the spirit of counsell and strength, the spirit of knowledge, and of the feare of the Lord; inspire into vs through the preaching of the Gospell, thine heauenlie wisedome about thine essence and di∣nine pleasure, which is hid from the world. Grant that we may knowe the Father and the Sonne by thee, and may alwaies beleeue that thou art the spirit of them both, & so worship one God in Trinitie, and the Trinitie in vnitie, whose will is, that not one should perish, but be conuerted & liue; and that as manie as beleeue in the Sonne, should haue euerlasting life. For the Father sent the Sonne, not to condemne the world, but that the world through him might be saued.

O lightener of the mind, powre vpon vs thy new light, and purge the horrible darkenes of our minds, Page  839 so that we may see & knowe our chiefe Father, whome pure eies onlie doo behold. O thou heauenlie comfor∣ter, giue vnto vs a testimonie, and grant vnto our minds a token of the certaintie of our beleefe, so that we doubt not, neither wauer about thy diuine goodnes towards vs. Make our harts quiet and secure, that with a full trust and confidence we may approch to the throne of thy heauenlie grace, receiuing by adoption the right of children; and inflamed with spirituall ioie in all boldnesse and libertie, may crie Abba, Father.

Thou most faithfull aduocate, strengthen vs against all the assaults and temptations of sathan, so that we may neuer doubt of thy diuine prouidence and prede∣stination, whereby we are chosen and called in Christ vnto euerlasting life; and neuer being stroken with a seruile feare, and oppressed with dreadfull doubtings, may in a rage flee and forsake our God. O surpassing comforter, leaue vs not destitute of thine aid and pa∣tronage; but vouchsafe euermore to be present with vs in our crosses & troubles, least otherwise we faint: but rather make vs to reioice in tribulations, kno∣wing that a crowne of life is laid vp for such as loue him. O thou teacher of men, instruct vs how, and what we ought to praie for, according to thy will, that we may be heard; and make thou intercession for vs with sighes that can not be expressed.

O thou cleanser of the heart, giue vs the simplicitie of mind without gall and bitternes, which descendedst in Iordan vpon our Lord and Sauiour Christ in the likenes of a dooue, that we may be void of bitter enuie and contention in our harts, and haue no roote among vs, that bringeth foorth gall and woormewood. O thou substantiall flame, proceeding from the breast of the Father, and his eternall Sonne, lighten our harts with the fire of chaste and burning loue. Thou which appearedst as vpon this daie at the feast of Pentecost Page  840 vnto the Apostles in clouen tongs like fire, see our cold∣nesse, and comfort vs with thy quickening heate and breathings, that we may receiue thy chrisme and an∣nointment. O thou ghest of the soule, make thee a man∣sion place within the secret parts of our hearts, that we may be an house for thy diuinitie, which may dwell perpetuallie in our members, and neuer depart from vs, through our Lord & Sauiour Iesus Christ,

Amen.
A thanks-giuing.

WE lift vp our harts vnto thee, O Lord GOD. For it is verie meet, right, and our bounden dutie, that we should at all times, and in all places giue thanks vnto thee, O Lord holie Father, the almightie, euerlasting GOD, through Iesus Christ our Lord; according to whose most true promise, the holie Ghost came downe this daie from heauen, with a sudden great sound, as it had beene a mightie wind; in the likenes of fierie tongues, lighting vpon the Apostles, to teach them, and lead them to all truth, giuing them both the gift of diuers languages, and also boldnesse, with feruent zeale con∣stantlie to preach thy Gospell vnto all nations, where∣by we are brought out of darknesse and errour into the cleere light and true knowledge of thee, and of thy Sonne Iesus Christ. Therefore with Angels, and Archangels, & with all the blessed cōpanie of heauen, we laud and magnifie thy glorious name, euermore praising thee, and saieng, Holie holie holie Lord God of hosts: heauen and earth are full of thy glorie. Glorie be to thee, O Lord most high: So be it.

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12. On Trinitie Sundaie. An acknowledgement of the almightie Trinitie, and his vndiuided God-head, essence, power and maiestie.

The Preface.

WHen Iesus was baptised in the water; lo, the heauens opened, and the spirit of God descended like a dooue, and lighted vpon him: and behold, there came a voice from heauen, saieng; This is my deerlie beloued Sonne, in whom I am well pleased.

Holie, holie, holie; Lord God almightie. Halleluiah.

There are three, which beare record in heauen; the Father, the Word, and the holie Ghost, and these three are one.

Holie, holie, holie; Lord God of Saboth. Halleluiah.

The Praier.

O Most high Trinitie, one onlie po∣wer, and vndefiled maiestie, our God, God almightie, the beholder and searcher of mine hart, I the abiect and hindmost of all thy ser∣uants, confesse and acknowledge thee, and being the least member of thy Church, I woorship thee with a due sacrifice of praise, for so much as I am able and can, according to that which thou hast vouchsafed to endue me withall. And forasmuch as I am destitute of outward gifts to offer vnto thee, those vowes of praise which I haue of the gift of thy mercie, behold willing∣lie and gladlie I offer them vnto thee, which be an vn∣feigned faith, and a pure conscience.

I beleeue therefore with all my hart, O king of hea∣uen, and Lord of the earth, and with my mouth doo I Page  842 confesse thee, the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost, to be three persons, and one in substance; the true and verie God almightie, of one simple, incorpo∣rall, and inuisible nature, incomprehensible, and of such a nature, as is not in a place as other natures be, and that thou hast nothing superiour or aboue thy selfe, or lower, or anie thing bigger than thy selfe, but in all manner of meanes perfect, without all spot of deformi∣tie. And that thou art great without quantitie; good without qualitie; euerlasting without time; life without death; strong without infirmitie or weake∣nesse; true without lieng; present in euerie place without anie situation, or being placed in anie place, to be all euerie where without place; fulfilling all things without stretching foorth thy hand; going eue∣rie where without anie contradiction or gaine-saieng; passing ouer all things without mouing; abiding in all things without anie kind of proportion; making all things, hauing need of nothing; gouerning all things without labour; giuing all things their be∣ginning, hauing no beginning thy selfe; making all things mutable and variable, thy selfe being without all kind of mutabilitie and variablenesse.

I confesse thee to be in greatnesse without measure; in power almightie; in goodnes the cheefe and best; in wisedome inestimable; in counselles, intents, and pur∣poses terrible and fearefull; in iudgements most vp∣right and iust; in cogitations and thoughts most se∣cret; in words true; in works holie; in mercies a∣boundant and plentifull; toward offenders most pa∣tient; towards the penitent, and those that be harti∣lie sorie for their sinnes most gentle & louing; alwaies the same, euerlasting, and continuallie continuing, im∣mortall, and incommutable, impossible to be changed or altered.

Whome neither the amplitude or largenes of pla∣ces Page  843 doth make bigger, nor the shortnesse or littlenesse of places make lesser, nor anie places or corners can conteine or presse togither. Neither doth thy will or in∣tent varie or alter, nor familiaritie or acquaintance corrupt thee, nor sorrowfull things trouble or amaze thee, nor glad things make thee pleasant or frolike as a man would saie. For from thee can forgetfulnes take nothing, nor mindfulnes or remembrance giue anie thing. Neither are things passed vnto vs, passed also vnto thee; nor things which to vs are to come, to come towards thee. For neither beginning doth giue anie beginning to thee, nor time anie increase, nor yet chance giueth thee anie end; but before all worlds, and in all worlds, and by worlds into euerlasting thou doo∣est liue, and thou hast continuall praise and perpetuall glorie; most high power, and singular honor; euerla∣sting kingdome, and rule, and empire without end, through the infinite, and vnwearie, and immortall world of worlds.

Another meditation of the right beleefe in the vnitie of persons and pluralitie in God.

THese, and much mo things haue I learned of the holie mother the Church, whereof through thy grace I am made a member. Of hir haue learned how thou the alone and true God, both hast no bodie, and al∣so art vnsubiect to passions, & how nothing of thy substance or nature is anie waie violable, or changeable, or compounded, or created: and therefore certaine it is, how thou canst neither be perceiued by anie bodilie eies, nor could e∣uer be seene in the proper nature of anie mortall man. For hence it may euidentlie be gathered, that where Angels doo now behold thee, there we also after this Page  844 life shall see thee, naie, the verie Angels neither are able to see thee as thou art in thy selfe, naïe to conclude, the almightie Trinitie is knowne to none but onlie to thy selfe, O blessed Trinitie.

And thou, an vnitie of the God-head, through the pluralitie of persons manifold, art in number infinite, and therefore measurablie vnmeasurable, and waigh∣tily vnwaiable. For we knowledge no beginning of the souereigne goodnesse, the which thou art, of whome, through whome, in whom are all things, but through participation thereof we saie all good things are. For thy diuine essence hath alwaies been, and yet is with∣out matter, although it lacke no forme, to wit, infor∣med, the forme of formes, the most welformed forme, the which while thou imprintest as a seale to euerie particular thing, thou makest them doubtlesse to dif∣fer from thy selfe, without any either of your augmen∣ting, or diminishing, but whatsoeuer is in the world it is thy creature.

O simple Trinitie, and triple vnitie, God, whose al∣mightinesse both possesseth, and ruleth, and repleni∣sheth all things which thou hast created. Neither in saieng how thou fillest all things, meane we that they conteine thee, but rather that thou conteinest them; neither by parts fillest thou all things, nor yet may it be thought, that euerie thing, according to the great∣nesse of the portion it hath, receiueth thee, that is, the greatest thing more, and the smallest thing lesse, thou rather being in all things, or more trulie, all things in thee, whose omnipotencie includeth all things. Nei∣ther can any man find a waie to escape thy power. For whosoeuer hath not thy fauour, can by no meanes a∣uoid thy displesure, as it is written, Neither from the East, nor from the West, nor from the South, but God is the iudge. And againe, Whither shall I go frō thy spirit? Or whither shall I go from thy presence?

Page  845 The immensitie of thy diuine greatnesse is this, that we knowe thee to be within all things, not as inclu∣ded; and without all things, yet not as excluded. And therefore thou art within, that thou maist containe all; and therfore without, that all things may be com∣prehended within the immensitie of thine vncircum∣scribed greatnesse. So then by that thou art within, thou art knowne to be a Creator; by that thou art without, we perceiue how thou art the gouernour of all things. And least all things, which are created might be without thee, thou art within and without, that all things may be included of thee, not by locall greatnesse, but by thy mightie presence, who art eue∣rie-where present, and all things present before thee: although some vnderstand these things, yet some doo not.

The vnitie then of thine inseparable nature, can not haue separable persons; bicause, as thou art a Trinitie in vnitie, and an vnitie in Trinitie; so can you not haue a separation of persons. Sometimes indeed, those persons are particularlie named; but so thou wouldest, O God the Trinitie, declare thy selfe insepa∣rable in persons; that there is no name in anie one person, but may be referred vnto another, according to the rule of relation: as the Father vnto the Sonne, & the Sonne vnto the Father; so hath the holie Ghost true relation both vnto the Father & the Sonne. Al∣so, those names, which signifie either your substance, O GOD, or person, or power, or essence, or else what, which properlie is called God, doo equalliie agree to all the persons: as great God, almightie, eternall, and generallie all things, which naturalle are spoken of God. So that there is no name of nature, which so maie agree vnto thee, God the Father, but the same also may fitlie be referred vnto the Sonne, and holie Ghost.

Page  846 We saie how thou the Father art naturallie God; so is the Sonne naturallie God, and the holie Ghost naturallie: and yet not three Gods; but one God na∣turallie, the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghost. And therefore, O God holie Trinitie, in persons thou art inseparable; in sense are they to be vnderstood, though in sound you haue separable names. For you receiue no plurall number in the nature. For hereby it is declared, how the persons in the holie Trinitie, which is one verie God, can not be diuided: for that the name of euerie person, respecteth alwaie another person. If I say the Father, I point vnto the Sonne; if I name the Sonne, I presuppose a Father; if I mention the holie Spirit, I must necessarilie vnder∣stand of whom he is the Spirit; namelie, of the Fa∣ther, and of the Sonne. For this is the true faith, pro∣ceeding from sound doctrine: this vndoubtedlie is the catholike and right faith, which God of his goodnesse hath taught me in the bosome of the mother Church.

The faith or beleefe of a true Christian, concer∣ning the blessed Trinitie, most nota∣blie described.

O My light, I praise thee for inlighte∣ning mee, whereby I knowe thee; but how do I knowe thee? I knowe thee to be God alone, a liuing God, a true God, my Creator. I knowe thee to be the maker both of heauen and earth, of all things visible and inuisible, a verie GOD, almightie, immortall, inuisible, vncompassable, vnlimitable, euer∣lasting, to whom none can approch vnto, nor compre∣hend, nor find out; who art vnchangable, vnmeasura∣ble, infinite, the beginning of all creatures, be they vi∣sible or inuisible, by whom all things were created; Page  847 through whom all the elements doo consist: whose ma∣iestie, as it neuer had beginning; so it shall neuer haue end.

I knowe thee to be one God alone, the true God; namelie, the eternall Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost; three persons indeed, but one simple substance, and vn∣parted nature; the Father made of none; the Sonne of the Father alone; the holie Ghost of the Father and of the Sonne; alwaies without either beginning or end. A Trinitie, yet but one onlie, and verie God, om∣nipotent; the onelie beginning of all things, maker of all creatures, both visible and inuisible, spirituall and temporall, which by thine almightie power at the be∣ginning diddest of nothing make togither, both crea∣tures, spirituall & corporall, that is to saie, Angelicall and worldlie, and after the humane, as a middle na∣ture consisting of bodie and spirit.

I knowe and confesse thee GOD the Father, to be vnbegotten; thee God the Sonne, to be begotten of the Father; thee God the holie Ghost the comforter, to be neither made, nor begotten. With mine hart I beleeue vnto righteousnesse, and with my mouth I confesse vnto saluation, this holie and single Trinitie, in the three coequall, consubstantiall, and coeternall persons, to be a Trinitie in vnitie, and an vnitie in Trinitie.

I knowe thee Iesus Christ our Lord, to be a true God, the onlie begotten Sonne of God, and the Crea∣tor, Sauiour, and Redeemer, not of me onelie, but also of all mankind: whom I acknowledge to be begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of GOD, light of light, verie God of verie God, begotten, not made, be∣ing of one substance, and coeternall with the Father and the holie Ghost, by whom all things at the begin∣ning were made: stedfastlie beleeuing, and trulie con∣fessing, that thou Iesus Christ, the onelie begotten Page  848 Sonne of God, for our saluation, by the consent of the whole Trinitie tookest flesh; and wert conceiued by the holie Ghost, of the virgin Marie, and wert made verie man, of a reasonable soule, and humane flesh sub∣sisting.

Thou, for so much as in respect of thy God-head, be∣ing the onlie begotten Sonne of God, thou couldest neither suffer, nor die, through thine exceeding loue, wherewith thou hast loued vs. Thou, the verie same Sonne of God, for all that, becamest subiect to suffe∣rings, and mortalitie, in respect of thy manhood: and, O onlie Sonne of God, for the saluation of mankind didst suffer death vpon the wood of the Crosse, to saue vs from euerlasting death. Thou, the author of light, de∣scendedst into hell, and like a glorious conqueror, rosest againe the third daie, taking to thee againe thy sacred bodie, which for our sinnes had lien in the sepulchre; and quickening it according to the scripture the third daie, that thou mightest place the same at the right hand of the Father.

For thou, the verie Sonne of God, taking againe vnto thy selfe the substance of our flesh, that is to saie, the soule and humane bodie, which thou tookest of the glorious virgin, art ascended vp aboue all the hea∣uens, and mounted aboue the orders of Angels, where thou sittest at the right hand of God the Father, and whereas the fountaine of life is; the light which none can attaine vnto: and the peace of God, which passeth all vnderstanding. There we doo worship thee; there we doo beleeue thee to be the verie God, and verie man; confessing God to be thy Father, and from thence wee looke, that thou wilt come a Iudge in the end of the world, to iudge both the quicke and the dead, and to render to all men, good and bad, according to their deeds, which they haue done in this life, either reward or punishment, according as euerie one is woorthie, Page  849 rest or torment. For all men, euen as manie as haue receiued soules in their humane flesh, which they had in this world, shall rise at that daie, through the sound of thy power: that whole man may receiue either the glorie of heauen, or the paine of hell, according to his deserts. Thou art our resurrection, and the life it selfe, whom we looke for; euen the Lord Iesus Christ our Sauiour, who shail change our vile bodie, that it may be fashioned like vnto his glorious bodie.

I knowe thee the holie Spirit, both of the Father and of the Sonne, to be one God, and a verie GOD, proceeding alike from them both, of one substance, and coeternall with the Father and the Sonne, our com∣forter, and aduocate: which camest downe in the like∣nesse of a dooue vpon the same God, and our Lord Ie∣sus Christ, and shewedst thy selfe vpon thine Apostles in fierie tongues: which also euen from the begin∣ning hast instructed, with the gift of thy grace, all the Saints and chosen of God; and opened the mouthes of the Prophets, that they might declare abroad the woonderfull mysteries of the kingdome of God; who also togither with the Father and the Sonne, of all the Saints of God art worshipped and glorified. A∣mong whom I thine handmaid doo glorifie thy name, bicause thou hast inlightened me. For thou art the ve∣rie light; the true light; the fire of God; the maister of spirits, which by thine ointment teachest vs all truth, the Spirit of truth, without which it is impossible to please God. For thou thy selfe art God of God, and light of light, vnspeakablie proceeding from the Fa∣ther of lights, and from his Sonne our Lord Iesu Christ, with whom thou reignest and art glorified most singularlie, being of one substance, coequall, and coe∣ternall with them in the essence of one and the same Trinitie.

I knowe thee Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost, to be Page  850 one, a liuing, and a verie God: three I confesse in per∣sons, yet but one in essence; whom I acknowledge, worship, and glorifie with mine whole hart, being the true God, the onlie God, holie, immortall, inuisible, vn∣changable, whom no man can either attaine vnto, or find out. This God I acknowledge to be one light, one sunne, one bread, one life, one happinesse, one begin∣ning, one end, one Creator both of heauen and earth, by whom all things doo liue; by whom all things sub∣sist; by whom all things are gouerned, ruled, and quic∣kened, both the things in heauen, and the things in earth, & things vnder the earth: besides whom there is no God, neither in heauen, nor in earth.

Thus knowe I thee, O blessed Trinitie, my Lord God, who knowest me. Thus knowe I thee, through the faith, which thou hast inspired to me. I knowe thee O my light, the sight of mine eies, O Lord my GOD, the hope of all the ends of the earth: the ioie reioicing my youth, and the good susteining mine age. For in thee, O Lord, all my bones reioice, saieng; O Lord, who is like to thee? Among the gods, who is like to thee? Not that whom the hands of men haue made; but thou who hast made the hands of men. The idols of the na∣tions are siluer and gold, euen the works of mens hands: so is not he which made man. All the gods of the people are idols; but the Lord made the heauens. Let those gods, which made not the heauens, and the earth, perish from the earth, and from vnder these hea∣uens; but let both heauen and earth praise him, which created both earth and heauen,

Amen.
A zealous praier vnto the blessed Trinitie.

WHerefore, O Lord, my faith, which thou hast giuen me to my saluation, calleth vnto thee. For the faithfull soule liueth by faith; he en∣ioieth in hope, which one daie he shall behold Page  851 in thee. O my God, vnto thee crieth my pure consci∣ence, and the sweet loue of my faith, which the darke∣nes of ignorance being driuen away, thou hast brought vnto the knowledge of the truth: which also thou hast plucked from the foolish bitternes of this world, and made comfortable and pleasant to me through thy sweet loue.

Unto thee, O blessed Trinitie, doth the cleere voice and sincere loue of my faith call, the which nourishing the same from the cradle, thou hast inlightned alwaie by the light of thy grace, & confirmed mightilie in me through the instructions of our mother the Church. Unto thee doo I call, O happie, blessed, glorious, and single Trinitie, Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost; God, Lord, and Comforter; loue, grace, and communion; the begetter, the begotten, the renewer; the verie light of the verie light, the verie illumination, the spring, the floud, and the watering: of one, all; through one, all; in one, all things: of whome, through whome, and in whome are all things. The liuing life, the life from the liuing, the quickener of such as liue. One of himselfe; one of one; one of two. A being of himselfe; a being of a∣nother; a being from both. The Father is true, the Sonne truth, and the holie Ghost truth: so that the Father, the Word, & the Comforter, are one essence, one power, one goodnes, and one blessednes; of whom, through whome, and in whome, all things be blessed, whatsoeuer things are blessed. I beseech thee there∣fore, that as thou hast giuen me grace, by the confessi∣on of a true faith, to acknowledge the glorie of the e∣ternall Trinitie, and in the power of the diuine maie∣stie, to worship the vnitie: so grant, that through the stedfastnesse of this faith, I may euermore be preser∣ued, comforted & defended in all my troubles & aduer∣sities; which liuest and reignest, three persons and one God, blessed for euer,

Amen.
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Another deuout praier to the holie Trinitie.

WIth all my hart and mouth doo I confesse, praise, & blesse thee O God the Father vnbegotten, and thee O God the Sonne onlie begotten, also thee O holie Ghost & Comforter; to thee be glorie in the world of worlds, Amen.

O blessed Trinitie, thou three coe∣quall and coeternall persons, and one verie God, the Father, Sonne, and holie Ghost, who dwellest alone in euerlastingnes, and in vnapprochable light, which hast founded the earth by thy mightie power, and ru∣lest the whole world by thy wisedome. Holie holie holie Lord God of hoasts, dreadfull, strong, righteous, mer∣cifull, maruellous, praise-woorthie, to be beloued, one God, three persons, one being, power, wisedome, good∣nes, and one vnspeakable Trinitie: I crie vnto thee. Open me the gates of righteousnes, and when I am come in, I will praise thee O Lord. Behold, I poore begger knocke at thy doore; O souereigne housholder, command the gates to be opened at my knocking, ac∣cording as thou hast said; Knocke yee, and it shall be opened.

For trulie, O most mercifull Father, the desires of my groning hart, and the cries of my weeping eies, doo knocke at thy doore. All my desire is before thee, and my groning is not hid from thee. Lord turne not thy face anie more awaie from me, neither fling thou awaie from thy seruant in a fume. O Father of mercies, heare the howling out of thy Ward, and reach hir thy singular good helping hand, that it may drawe me out of the deepe waters, and out of the lake of miserie, and out of the mire of filthines, that I perish not; thy piti∣full eies seeing it, and the bowels of thy mercie behol∣ding Page  853 it, but that I may wade out vnto thee my Lord God, so as I may see the riches of thy kingdome, and alwaies behold thy face, and sing praises to thy holie name, O Lord, which workest woonders, which chee∣rest my hart with remembring thee, and which inligh∣tenest my youth: despise not mine old age, but make my bones to reioice, and my hoarie heares to waxe fresh againe as the Eagle.

A Thanks-giuing.

WE lift vp our harts vnto thee O Lord, for it is verie meet, right, and our bounden duties, that we should at all times and in all places giue thanks to thee O God almightie, and euerlasting God, which art one God, one Lord; not one onelie per∣son, but three persons in one sub∣stance. For that which we beleeue of the glorie of the Father, the same we beleeue of the Sonne, and of the holie Ghost, without anie difference, or inequalitie. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the companie of heauen, we laud and magnifie thy glorious name, euermore praising thee, and saieng, Ho∣lie holie holie Lord God of hoasts; heauen and earth are full of thy glorie. Glorie be to thee O Lord most high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we blesse thee, we woorship thee, we glorifie thee, we giue thanks to thee for thy great glorie, O Lord God heauenlie King, God the Father almightie, O Lord the onlie begotten Sonne Iesu Christ. O Lord God, Lambe of God, Sonne of the Father, that takest awaie the sinnes of the world, haue merrie vp∣on vs. Thou that takest awaie the sinnes of the world, haue mercie vpon vs. Thou that takest awaie the sinnes of the world, receiue our praiers. Thou that Page  854 sittest at the right hand of God the Father, haue mer∣cie vpon vs. For thou onlie art holie, thou onlie art the Lord, thou onlie O Christ, with the holie Ghost, art most high in the glorie of God the Father; to whome be all kingdome, power, honor and glorie world with∣out end,

Amen.

13. On euerie Sundaie, holidaie, or weekedaie. Of Christ his second and last comming to iudgement.

The Preface.

THE kingdome of heauen is neere at hand, euen at the doores. Take heed, watch and praie.

The sonne of man shall come as a theefe in the night suddenlie and vnwares, at an houre that ye knowe not. Take heed, watch and praie.

Euen Iesus, which was taken vp from vs into hea∣uen, shall so come againe to gather vs vnto him, as he was seene to haue gone into heauen. Come Lord Iesu.

Behold, he commeth with clowdes, and euerie eie shall see him, yea euen they which pierced him through, and all kindreds of the earth shall vaile before him. Come Lord Iesu.

Our God shall come, and shall not keepe silence: there shall go before him a consuming fire, and burne vp his enimies on euerie side: the hilles shall melt like waxe at the presence of the Lord, & a mightie tempest shall be stirred vp round about him. Come Lord Iesu.

He commeth, he commeth to iudge the earth, and with righteousnesse to iudge the world, and the people with equitie and truth. Come Lord Iesu.

Therefore yet a verie little while O my soule, take heed, watch & praie; and he that shall come, will come, and will not tarrie. Come Lord Iesu.

Page  855 Surelie I come shortlie saith Christ, and my reward is with me, to giue to euerie one according as his works shall be, either good or bad. For I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that watch; and keepe my com∣mandements vnto the end. Come Lord Iesu.

Euen so saith the spirit and the bride. Come Lord Iesu, come quicklie:

Amen, Amen.
Halleluiah.
The praier to haue Christs sudden comming, euen in our remembrance, and that we may be in a readinesse a∣gainst his most glorious appearing. The Preface, Vt supra Iesus. The Praier.

BEholding, O heauenlie Father, the daie of accompts ouer all flesh to be euen now at hand, namelie the last daie, the daie of iudgement, the great and notable daie of the Lord, wherein the whole generation of mankind, from the beginning of the world, shall rise againe, & shall ap∣peare both in bodie and soule, before the presence of the most iust iudge thine eternall Sonne, and our righte∣ous God, to receiue their owne doome for weale or wo, for life or death, for ioie or paine, and that eternallie with the saincts in heauen, or for euer with the diuels in hell: we beseech thee most humblie, O gratious God, to haue mercie vpon all thine inheritance disper∣sed in these our euill and dangerous daies, in the midst of this wicked, most sinfull, and vntoward genera∣tion, vpon the face of the earth, amongst whome we are most miserablie entangled, contemned, cruellie dealt withall, and stirred to all abhominations.

O heauenlie Father, we acknowledge before thee, in Page  856 our selues the greatnesse of our owne frailtie, our cor∣rupted lust to lewdnesse, the fulnesse in our selues of our owne iniquitie, and our accustomed inclination at all times to wickednesse. O Father of mercies, tender vs in our weakenes; haue compassion vpon our in∣firmities, pardon our sinfulnesse, and grant vnto vs thine holie spirit, to worke speedie mortification in vs, to keepe lowe the pride of our flesh, to humble our soules in thy sight, to strengthen vs in righteousnesse, to feare alwaies thy iudgements, to thinke vpon thy wrathfull indignation, and vpon the houre of the ven∣geance to come, when thou for our wickednesse shalt turne awaie thy face from vs.

Haue mercie vpon vs, O Lord, haue mercie vpon vs, for Christ Iesus thy Sonne sake; and so prepare all our harts, soules, and bodies, to the necessitie of the time, that we may haue therein good regard to our selues, that our harts be not ouercharged with ex∣cesse of eating, surfeting, and dronkennesse, or other∣wise vexed with the cares of this wretched world, to hinder vs, and to drawe vs backe from our carefull at∣tendance, or diligent waiting for the Lords sudden comming to iudgement; but that we may continuallie attend, wait, watch and praie for the speedie appee∣rance of his glorious Maiestie, that when he shall at the rising againe of all flesh, by the sound of the last trumpet, come to iudge both the quicke and the dead, we may be then in a readinesse to meet him aboue in the heauens, and there to stand before his presence, to behold the glorie of his most gratious countenance, to see how in mercie he shall separate vs from the wic∣ked, as sheepe from the goates, to set vs also on his right hand, to giue the sentence of blessing vpon vs, and to commend vs vnto the kingdome of thee his heauenlie Father, which he himselfe hath prepared, and so pretiouslie purchased with the price of his own Page  857 bloud, there with him, with thee, O Father, and with the holie Ghost, to liue in euerlasting ioie and felicitie. Grant this, O heauenlie Father, euen for the onelie merits sake of that thy deere Sonne, and our Saui∣our Iesus Christ,

Amen.
Another meditation of the signes, which shall appeare before the end of the world.

IT is thy saieng, O Sonne of God, that in the last and doting age of the world, both greater, and more greeuous miseries and confusions among men should bee, than euer were; and also for all that, that thou which art the defender of thy Church, in the midst of such calami∣ties and crueltie of thine enimies, wilt preserue some remnant of the faithfull, that thy seruice be not vtter∣lie extinguished before the end of this world. Where∣fore being oppressed, through the intollerable burden of miseries, heaped therefore vpon vs, bicause the sins of this withering world, are most greeuous and la∣mentable: but especiallie for that Sathan thine eni∣mie seeth the daie of iudgement to be verie nigh at hand, wherein his abhomination shall openlie be laid before all thy chosen creatures, and he be cast hedlong into eternall torments; which makes him extreame∣lie to rage against thy chosen flocke, and to seeke by all meanes that possiblie he can, to withdrawe vs from thee, and to make vs blaspheme thy sacred Maiestie. Wee, as it standeth vs vpon, flie vnto thee with all humblenesse of mind in these our extremities. The whole frame of this world groaneth also with thine elect, and earnestlie desireth to be renewed.

Therefore, according to thy gratious admonition, Page  858 we call into mind the signes, which shall come before the finall destruction of this world, and thanke thee for thy goodnesse in foretelling vs of them. We lift vp our heads vnto thee, which art aloft on the right hand of the eternall Father, and in faith and praier looke for that ioifull daie, when thou wilt appeare most glori∣ouslie in the clouds, for the deliuerance of thy people out of these calamities. Gouerne vs by thy word and spirit, O most mightie protector, that wee may bee watchfull, and shun the cares of this transitorie world, which withdrawe the mind from the exercise of godli∣nesse, and choke all vertuous motions raised by thine holie spirit; and flie from wantonnesse, bellie-cheere, and vnlawfull pleasures, which both cause thy spirit to forsake our minds, and make our bodies the recep∣tacles of vnpure spirits, whereby we are caried, being secure, vnto abhominable wickednes, and from thence vnto euerlasting destruction.

Finallie, purge thou our harts by thy spirit, and let thy knowledge appeare in vs, which may both expell our grosse darknesse, and inflame in vs godlie moti∣ons, that all the daies of our life we may continue in the true and sincere confession of thy name. And for so much as thou hast promised to defend vs, and to mi∣tigate our paines, grant that wee may both escape euils to come, and stand ioifullie before thee at thy re∣turne,

Amen.
Another.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull heauenlie Father, as in the destru∣ction of Ierusalem thou hast left a fearefull example of thy horible iudgements against the contempt of the Gospell, and the wickednesse of men; & threatenest such plagues to come for like wickednesse vpon Page  859 the world, as shall cause men to die for feare of them before they come: grant vs so to read thy truth, and to be obedient vnto it, that when the signes of these things shall come, which shall astonish the wicked, wee may hold vp our heads with comfort, waiting for our redemption so neere at hand; watch with continuall praier, that we may escape all these things which shall come vpon the world in that daie, and that wee may stand before thy Sonne, when he shall come to iudge∣ment, and be receiued of him to euerlasting glorie; to whom with thee, and the holie Ghost, be all honour, glorie, and praise, for euer and euer,

Amen.
A godlie meditation of the comming of Christ to iudgement, and of the reward both of the faithfull and vnfaithfull.

O Lord Iesu Christ, the Sonne of the euerliuing God, by whom althings were made, are ruled, and gouer∣ned; as of thy loue for our redemp∣tion thou diddest not disdaine to bee our mediator, and to take vpon thee our nature in the wombe of a vir∣gin, purelie and without sinne, by the operation of the holie Ghost, that both thou migh∣test in thine owne person woonderfullie beautifie and exalt our nature, and worke the same in vs also: first abolishing the guiltinesse of sinne by remission, then sinne it selfe by death; and last of all death, by raising againe these our bodies, that they may be like vnto thine owne glorious and immortall bodie, according to the power wherewith thou art able to subiect all things vnto thee. As, I saie, of thy loue for our redem∣ption thou becamest man, and that most poore and af∣flicted vpon earth, by the space of three & thirtie yeeres at the least, in most humilitie, and paiedst the price of Page  860 our ransome, by thy most bitter death and passion; for the which I most hartilie giue thanks to thee: so of the same thy loue towards vs, in thy good time, thou wilt come againe in the clouds of heauen, with power and great glorie, with flaming fire, with thousands of Saints, with Angels of thy power, with a mightie crie, showt of an Archangell, and blast of a trumpet suddenlie as a lightening, which shineth from the east, &c. When we thinke least, euen as a theefe in the night, when men be a sleepe: thou wilt so come, I saie; thus suddenlie in the twinkeling of an eie; all men that euer haue beene, be, and shall be, with women and chil∣dren, appearing before thy Tribunall iudgment seate, to render an account of all things, which they haue thought, spoken, and done against thy lawe, openlie, and before all Angels, Saints, and diuels: and so to receiue the iust reward of thy vengeance, if they haue not repented, and obeied thy Gospell, and so depart from thee to the diuell, and his angels: and all the wic∣ked, which euer haue beene, be, or shall be, into hell fire, which is vnquenchable, and of paines intollerable, endlesse, hopelesse; euen from the face of thy glorious Maiestie, and mightie power.

But if they haue repented, and beleeued thy Gospell; if they be found watching like wise virgins, with their lamps and oile in their hands; if they be found readie apparelled with the wedding garment of innocencie; if they haue not hardened their harts, and hourded vp the treasure of thy vengeauce, in the daie of wrath to be reuealed: but haue vsed the time of grace, the ac∣ceptable time, the time of saluation; that is, the time of this life, in the which thou stretchest out thy hand, and spreadest thine armes, calling and crieng vnto vs, to come vnto thee, which art meeke in hart, and lowlie. For thou wilt ease all that labour, and are heauie la∣den. If they haue visited the sicke and prisoners; com∣forted Page  861 the comfortlesse; fed the hungrie; cloathed the naked; lodged the harbourlesse: if they haue not loden their harts with gluttonie, and surfetting, and care∣fulnesse of this life: if they haue not digged, and hid their talent in the ground, dooing no good therewith: but haue been faithfull to occupie thy gifts to thy glo∣rie, and haue washed their garments in thy bloud by hartie repentance; then shall the Angels gather them togither, not as the wicked, which shall be collected as fagots, and cast into the fire; but as the good wheate that is gathered into thy barne.

Then shall they be caught vp to meete thee in the clouds; then shall their corruptible bodie put on incor∣ruption; then shall they be indued with immortalitie and glorie; then shall they be with thee, and go whi∣ther thou goest, then shall they heare these ioifull words: Come ye blessed of my Father, possesse the king∣dome prepared for you from the beginning, &c. Then shall they be set on seates of Maiestie, iudging the whole world; then shall they reigne with thee for euer; then shall God be all in all with them, and to them; then shall they enter, and inherit heauenlie Ierusa∣lem, and the glorious restfull land of Chanaan, where it is alwaies daie, and neuer night; where is no ma∣ner of weeping, teares, infirmitie, hunger, cold, sicke∣nesse, enuie, malice, nor sinne: but alwaies ioie with∣out sorowe, mirth without measure; pleasure without paine; heauenlie harmonie; most pleasant melodie; saieng, and singing; Holie, holie, holie; Lord GOD of hosts, &c. Finallie, the eie hath not seene; the eare hath not heard; neither hath it entered into the hart of man, that they shall then inherit, and most surelie enioie; although heere they bee tormented, prisoned, burned, solicited of Sathan, tempted of the flesh, and intangled with the world, wherethrough they are in∣forced to crie; Thy kingdome come. Come Lord Iesu &c.Page  862 How amiable are thy tabernacles? Like as the hart desireth the water brookes, so longeth my soule after thee O God. Now Lord let thy seruant depart in peace. I desire to be dissolued, and to be with Christ. We moorne in our soules, waiting for the deliuerance of our bodies, &c.

Oh gratious Lord, when shall I find such mercie with thee, that I may repent, beleeue, hope, and looke for these things, with the full fruition of those heauenlie ioies, which thou hast promised and prepared for all them that feare and loue thee, and so rest with thee for euer∣more?

Amen.

2. Peter 3, 10, 11, 12.

The daie of the Lord will come as a theefe in the night, in the which the heauens shall passe awaie with a noise, and the element shall melt with heate, and the earth with the works that are therein shall be burnt vp.

Seeing therefore that all these things must be dissol∣ued, what manner persons ought yee to be in holie con∣uersation and good liues, looking for the hastning vnto the comming of God, by the which the heauens beeing on fire, shall be dissolued, and the elements shall melt with heate!

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¶ Other godlie Praiers to be vsed vpon euerie Saincts daie, as they fall or∣derlie in the yeare; And first,

1. On Saint Andrewes daie. My hart is readie, O God, my hart is readie prepared to séeke thée, and to followe thy Lawe: O let me not go wrong out of thy commandements.

WE thanke thee, O Sonne of God, head, and keeper of thy Church, for gathering to thy selfe out of the vn∣cleane companie of men, an holie Church, which is knit to thee in true confession, righteousnesse, and life. Manie times didst thou repeate thy promise touching the bringing of man fallen, into thy fauour againe, and by the con∣tinuall preaching of thy Ministers, hast giuen vs the light thereof. Thou didst in like manner appoint a to∣wer, and ordeine the Commonwealth of Moses in the middest of that part of the world inhabited, from whence it might be heard of all mankinde. At the length, thou appearedst in the flesh, brakest the bands of the old testament, and entredst into a new couenant with vs, and calledst thine holie Apostle Andrew, and the rest, to be the publishers and witnesses of thy truth, and gauest them authoritie to preach, and suffi∣cient testimonie, that they publish the truth. Main∣teine among vs this light, that we may giue credit to thy Ministers and their writings, as to a voice soun∣ding from heauen, that we may be citizens of that companie which is builded vpon the foundation of the Prophets and Apostles, in which building thou art Page  864 the corner stone, bearing the whole house by the word of thy power. Grant that imitating the examples of Saint Andrew, and the rest of the holie Doctors and Apostles, who by thy grace readilie obeied the calling of thy Sonne. Iesus Christ, and followed him without delaie, we also being called by thy holie word, may like∣wise foorthwith giue ouer our selues obedientlie to fol∣lowe thee and thy holie commandements. Of them it it is said, They went foorth and sowed their seed with teares, but they shall returne with ioie. Giue also to thy Church in all ages for euermore, faithfull and holie teachers, which may be fishers of men; reteine the forme of sound doctrine; dispense thy mysteries faith∣fullie, and gather to thy kingdome great companies, till the number of thine elect being filled, the net shall be cast off, and thy whole Church enioie thy visible and blessed sight for euermore,

Amen.

2. On Saint Thomas daie. I beléeue, O Lord, helpe mine vnbeléefe, and increase my faith.

LOthsome is the darkenesse, and hor∣rible the streames of diffidence and mistrust, euen in the elect, as the A∣postle Thomas, albeit he had sen∣siblie heard the voice of the Sonne of God, & seene the miracles which bare testimonie that he taught and preached the truth: yea albeit in mind inwardlie he beheld the presence of his Lord, yet beleeued he not the resurrection of Christ, which is the principall article of our faith, neither gaue he credit to such as had seene the Lord liuing againe: which doub∣ting thou didst suffer in him for the more confirmation of the faith. But confirme thou vs, as thou didst con∣firme this thy weake disciple Thomas, and grant vs so perfectlie, and without all doubt to beleeue in thy Page  865 Sonne Iesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight neuer be reproued. Strengthen our frailtie by thy liuelie pre∣sence. Appeare to vs in the night, that humane darke∣nesse doo not extinguish the light in vs. Bring thy gifts into houses shut vp, into our poore cottages, which are in great danger, by reason of thine enimies. Speake thou vnto vs with thy blessed voice, outwardlie by thy word, and inwardlie by thy spirit working thy peace within vs, that filled with the sense of thy presence, we may rest, coupled through thee in the spirit vnto thine eternall Father. Take vs vp being fraile and fallen downe in this life. Shew vs thy woonders, that in the fight of our conscience with the displeasure of thine e∣ternall Father, we may remember thy merits. Laie vs miserable and weake ones in thy side and wounds, that we may be hid and couered from the wrath of God, and sucke from thy bodie the water which wa∣sheth all our vncleannesse, and the liuelie nourishment of thy bloud, which may strengthen vs into euerlasting life, that we be not vnbeleeuers, but in the number of the faithfull, and from our hart may imitate that noble confession of this thine Apostle Saint Tho∣mas, and against all the blasphemous spirits, and thine enimies, acknowledge that thou art the Lord, and our God, euen that God, which from the begin∣ning hath beene present with his Church, both exter∣nallie by his Ministers, and inwardlie by the secret working of his holie spirit, which may euermore de∣fend his Church against the rage of his enimies, and by a couenant with mankind, knitteth the faithfull to his owne flesh. Grant O Sonne of God, and mightie Iehoua, that firmelie we may beleeue this thy pro∣mise, depend vpon thee, hope of thine aid against hope, & begin our saluation from thy word reuealed, that be∣leeuing in thee our Sauiour, which art Christ our high Priest & King, we may find eternall life in thee,

Amen.
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3. On Saint Steeuens daie; VVho was the first that was martyred, and shed his bloud for Christ crucified. They gather themselues togither against the soule of the righte∣ous, and condemne the innocent bloud.

O Christ our Lord and sauiour, which with greefe of hart didst bewaile the ingratitude of the Iewish nation, which both vnkindlie contemned thy benefits, & killed thy Prophets most cruellie; we beseech thee make vs euermore to haue in mind, and acknowledge the greatnesse of thy loue towards mankinde.

Thou art that naturall hen. Thou begettest to thy selfe a congregation by the egge, and singular seed of thy first promise made in Paradise. Thou gatherest such as beleeue and depend thereon vnder thy wings; by thine intercession, against the wrath of God, which is a consuming fire; and by thy liuelie heate thou non∣rishest them, powring vpon them thy spirit, which is a substantiall fire flowing from the brest both of thee and thine eternall Father, expelleth the coldnesse of our nature, and quickneth such as are ingraffed in thee vn∣to a new life. Thou encounterest with Kites, rauening birds, raging spirits, and all the mortall infernall e∣nimies, for the safegard of thy poore chickens. Where∣fore keepe vs, we humblie praie thee, among thy chic∣kens, which with a woonderfull and entire affection acknowledge thy voice when thou callest, which couer themselues vnder thy wings, and drawe from thy brest most godlie comfort in their greefe of hart, and strength against all enimies.

And, O comfortable ghest of the soule, leaue not our houses desolate, cease not to fill vs by thy continuall Page  867 presence, with thy life and righteousnesse: giue vs the true comfort of mind, that before all worldlie things we may prefer the confession of thy truth, euen as that reuerend old man Zacharie father of Iohn Baptist, betweene the temple and the altar with his bloud, as with a pretious burnt sacrifice, did confesse thee to bee the Messias sent frō thine eternall Father. Saue vs from bloud-shedding, O Lord our Sauiour, that we wrap not our selues in paines most intollerable, wher∣with thine enimies, which haue defiled themselues with the innocent bloud of thy martyrs, are oppressed.

And as thy glorious martyr and trustie Deacon of thy Church Steeuen, when most heinous faults were laid vpon him, as though he had proclaimed defiance both to God and his Church, did continue constant in thy faith; vsing a most excellent and effectuall forme of praier for his enimies thy persecutors, conteining the summe of true doctrine; sawe the heauens open, and thee, O Sonne of God, standing on the right hand of thy Father, to whom at the point of death he commen∣ded his soule: so assist vs with thy grace, that wee by his example may learne both to loue, and praie for our enimies, and that we feare not the peruerse opinions of the wicked world. Be thou with vs in trouble accor∣ding to thy promise; open to vs the heauens; shew vs thy liuelie countenance by thy good presence; comfort our sorowfull minds; make it knowne vnto vs, that thine eternall Father is pacified through thee. And fi∣nallie, when our soules shall depart frō our bodies, re∣ceiue them, we hartilie beseech thee, into thine almigh∣tie hands. Giue grace, that quietlie we may rest, and fall asleepe, till at the resurrection of mankind, thou bringest thy Church and chosen to thy visible presence in the heauens, where thou remainest, and watching full tenderlie ouer thy flocke, thou placest the same at the right hand of thy Father,

Amen.
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4. On Saint Iohn the Euangelists daie: Being the Disciple whom Christ so deerlie loued, and who at the resurrection of Christ was 22. yeeres old, and liued in all eightie nine yeeres. With the bread of life and vnderstanding shall the Lord féed him, and giue him the water of wholsowe wisedome to drinke.

O Sonne of God, full sixtie and seuen yeeres did thy beloued disciple Iohn, among great miseries, & greeuous combats, spread abroad thy Gospell in Asia the lesser, where much idola∣trous seruice, curiositie, and Gree∣kish lightnesse was vsed. He rested himselfe not onelie corporallie vpon thy bosome or shoulders, being conuersant with thee in the earth, and loued of thee as thy kinsman; but spiri∣tuallie also drue from thy breast the spirit of wisdome, replenishing his mind and hart with heauenlie light, strength of faith, and celestiall vertues. He sawe the wofull destruction of his countrie, and beheld the tra∣gicall ouerthrowe of his nation. He sawe the decaie of that Common-weale, that was ordeined of God; and of that temple, which in all the world was the onelie temple of God. He encountered with Ebion and Ceryn∣thus, most wretched heretikes, which were the trum∣pets of Sathan to blowe abroad damnable opinions; which as the first Cain, by the prouocation of the di∣uell, did contumeliously deale with the Sonne of God, & derided his promise. And as afterward the nations by their monsterous multitude of feined gods did re∣iect Christ, and his benefits: so in a desperate boldnes did they set themselues against heauen, and blasphe∣mouslie detract from the Sonne of God his diuinitie.

But thanks be to thee, O Sonne of God, which art the substantiall image and word of the eternall Fa∣ther, Page  869 thou hast by the doctrine and authoritie of this thy blessed Apostle & Euangelist S. Iohn, not onlie in∣lightned thy Church greatlie with the bright beames of thy heauenlie light of diuine knowledge; but also by the testimonie of thy iudgement, with horrible punish∣ment cut off those blasphemers and heretikes that troubled thy Church, and deliuered the truth of that article vnto vs. O preserue this light among vs hence∣forward, that we may attaine thereby to thine euer∣lasting gifts, and suffer vs not to bee wrapped anie more in idolatrous darknesse and superstition, which is contrarie to thy glorie.

Mo enimies also, Lord, hath Sathan stirred vp to deface this thy truth and glorie, euen the horrible po∣wer of the Turks, which with brazen faces, both blas∣phemouslie deale with thee, and persecute thy Church, confessing thy truth: but suffer not, O Sonne of God; suffer not, we beseech thee, the true knowledge of thee, by the power of Sathan, and his ministers, to be blot∣ted out: but keepe for thy selfe an holie seed among vs, which against all the gates of hell may professe thee to be the eternal Sonne of the euerliuing God, to whom the whole societie of Saints with one consent doth ascribe all power, all knowledge, all heauenlie ver∣tues, and willeth all praiers and supplications to bee directed to thee alone, which art God alone. Main∣taine also among vs the true sense of the difference betweene humane righteousnesse and thine. Grant that willinglie we may obeie thee, leading vs vnto the exercises of true repentance, vnto the crosse, vnto troubles, and vnto death, where our will is truelie bound, and obeieth altogither. Giue grace likewise, that we mooue not vnnecessarie strife, through pride, ambition and curiositie, as did Samosatenus, Arrius, and manie mo; but may followe thee, and in our vocation both in teaching, and learning, and liuing, may conti∣nue Page  870 in the truth of doctrine; that we may be found in that companie, which thou louest intirelie, and wilt prouide for, vntill thou returne,

Amen.

5. On the holie Innocents daie: VVhich washed their garments in the bloud of the Lambe euen in their infancie, by the crueltie of Herod. The soules of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall no torment touch them.

O Sonne of God, in the time of thine humiliation, euen from thy natiui∣tie and infancie, trulie diddest thou taste the streame of mans miserie. Poorlie thou wast borne; naked and despised in the strawe wast thou laid, and among the beasts diddest thou send foorth thy crie. The seed of Dauid had almost withered awaie. Thy good mother, that blessed virgin Marie, nursed and nourished thee vp as a spring in a drie land, among much troubles; and in thy tender age, what with the tyrannie of Sa∣than, and the crueltie of Herod, into a farre countrie thou wast exiled. The good old man Ioseph, thy foster∣father, and thy blessed mother Marie, at the comman∣dement of the Angel astonished, through the feare of danger at hand, in the night stole awaie with thee, and tooke a long iournie, euen with greefe of hart. An hun∣dred miles trauelled they through the desolate wilder∣nesse, by the craggie and solitarie places of Arabia, euen through that nation, which alwaie for theft, rob∣berie, theeuerie, and crueltie, hath been most infamous, and at length they brought thee into the prouince of the Emperour of Rome, whom God would should bee thy protectour. The watch of Angels did defend thee Page  871 with thy blessed mother; they were thy leaders, and companions of thy banishment, and draue awaie the cruell theeues alwaies from thee.

Hereby hast thou, O Sonne of God, put vs in mind both of our miserie, and of thy benefits. For mankind was banished out of paradise, from the state of happi∣nesse and ioie, into the miseries of this life. Yea, thy Church in this world is in banishment, and oppressed with men of might. The most excellent members of thy Church, most commonlie are pursued to the death; but taking compassion on our miseries, of thine owne accord thou becamest an exile for our sakes, and an in∣tercessor for mankind. Thou madest thy selfe of no re∣putation, thou tookest vpon thee the miserable masse and skin of our nature: thou wast a pilgrime in this world; thou haddest not a place to hide thine head in; thou vsurpedst none authoritie without calling: after a woonderfull maner did the word lurke, thy flesh suffe∣ring and dieng, and all to bring vs againe into our na∣tiue countrie indeed, from whence our beginning was, and where our citie is.

Wherefore from the bottome of our hart we beseech thee Sonne of God, instill into vs a true loue of that celestiall countrie; kindle within vs a true desire of thy companie; comfort vs in this our banishment; and send thine holie Angels to protect vs, & to driue awaie the tyrannie of Sathan, and of thine enimies. Finallie, when our soules shall depart out of this vale of mise∣ries, place them, we beseech thee, in the tower of our true countrie. And as thou sauedst thy Church, not∣withstanding the raging tyrannie of cruell Herod, when both thou with thy carefull parents tookedst thy flight into Aegypt; and Iohn the Baptist was hid in the desert beyond Iordan: so hence forward defend vs against the furie of diuels and men.

Oh Lord, from the brests and imbracements of their Page  872 tender mothers, did the cruell and wicked seruants of bloudie Herod the tyrant, as this daie, plucke awaie the yoong infants. And such is the outward state of thy Church manie times, that of hir it may be said; Rachel would not be comforted, bicause hir children were not left aliue vnslaine: yet maintainest thou for all that, some remnant, and castest thine enimies into eternall damnation.

Wherefore, as thy praise was this daie confessed and shewed foorth, not in speaking, but in dieng, by the yoong babes, infants and innocents, who washed their wounds, and tender skins in the bloud of the Lambe, and bare witnesse of thy comming in the flesh by their death; the which are exalted into a farre better life, where thou wipest all teares from their eies: and at the glorifieng of thy Church, wilt place before all thine elect this sweet companie in vnspeakeable glorie; and rebuke to their vtter confusion the diuell and his in∣struments hired for their wickednesse: so mortifie and kill all vice in vs, that in our conuersation, our life may expresse thy faith, which with our tongues we doo confesse: and keepe vs in the profession of thy truth. Mitigate the troubles of thy Church, that it perish not altogither, and being deliuered from this sorow∣full banishment; ioine vs to the citizens of thy king∣dome, which folowe the Lambe whither soeuer he go∣eth, and cheerfullie sing; Glorie be to God on high:

Amen.

6. On the daie of Saint Paules conuersion, from a persecuter, to an Apostle. Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words into the ends of the world.

WE yeeld thee most hartie thanks, O Lord Christ, Sonne of the liuing God, for gathe∣ring alwaies to thy selfe a Church out of mankind, through the voice of the ministe∣rie, Page  873 and especiallie at this time, for sending thine elect vessell Paule thine Apostle, to spread foorth the memo∣riall of thy benefit among the Gentiles and people, whose life at that time was most filthie vnder that monster among men Nero the Emperour. Great was the benefit which came by his preaching, and as great was and is the commoditie which they did in fore∣time, and we in these last daies of the world doo reape by his godlie and heauenlie writings. We beseech thee euen with deepe sighes, continue oh continue among vs thy light inflamed through the ministerie of this heroicall Doctor. And grant, that as thou hast taught all the world, through the preaching of this thy blessed Apostle; so we which haue his woonderfull conuersion now in remembrance, may followe and fulfill the holie doctrine that he taught. Grant that manie labourers mightilie may be thrust into thy vineyard, and faith∣full obseruers of the doctrine of Paule, earnest seekers of the aduancement of thy truth, right diuiders of the word of life, learned in shewing the difference be∣tweene the Lawe and the Gospell; wise in comforting the troubled conscience of the wicked, patternes of the faithfull in word and conuersation; such as may be∣come all in all, to winne manie to the glorieng in af∣flictions; fearing neither the hatred of men, nor the ingratitude of the world; shewing constancie vnto the death in the confession of the truth.

Blesse also the hearers of Saint Pauls preaching, that they may prooue the true followers of Paule, fighting a good fight, keeping faith and a good consci∣ence, casting off the old man, and putting on the new, euen thee Iesus Christ, being renewed by thy spirit, vnto a true light and life, trulie touched with a desire of thee, trulie coueting to be dissolued, and to be with thee, that translated out of this darkenesse into thy woonderfull light, they may see thee face to face, and Page  874 knowe the causes of secret things, which are hid from vs in this life.

And forasmuch as in this world thou wilt haue the beginning of thy wisedome to be learned, and biddest vs to drawe our water from thee the fountaine, grant that heerein also manie may imitate the faithfulnesse and labour of thine Apostle: make them as diligent in reading and preaching, so in brideling and chastising their bodies, painefull, and constant in thy seruice, till they be brought vnto thy schoole, where all thy Saints in a cleere and perfect light shall behold thee,

Amen.

7. On the feast daie of the purification of Saint Marie the virgin, and mother of Christ. The word became flesh, and dwelt among vs: Halleluiah.

O Eternall Father of thine onelie Sonne our Lord and Sauiour Christ, which in the Common-wealth of Israell (ordeined accor∣ding to thy wisedome, and adorned with excellent statutes necessarie for the state of mankind, and signi∣fieng secret and heauenlie things) didst make diuers lawes concerning vncleannesse, and the keeping of women with child, and another for the first borne; and that not onlie to put vs in mind of order in this life, and thankefulnesse towards thy ministe∣rie; but also to teach, that this our giltie and polluted nature, like the foule and menstruous cloath of a wo∣man, is washed by the bloud of thy Sonne, which is thy first borne, thy substantiall image, and the word sounding thy will, whome from the heauens thou commandest to be harkened vnto.

Gouerne vs by thy first and onlie begotten Sonne. Giue vs thy holie spirit, that earnestlie we may be∣waile Page  875 our vncleannesse and pollusion; aske helpe at thy mercifull hand, be purified by the bloud of thy Sonne, and be redeemed by him vnto true integritie and cleannesse, which pleaseth thee, that for his sake we may be adopted into thy children, and find fauour in thine eies.

And as that good old man father Simeon, notwith∣standing that publikelie little or no talke was vsed of thy benefits, by reason of the manifold sects then sproong vp, and horrible tyrannie of Gouernours; yet was confirmed by thy holie spirit in the truth, and re∣ceiued a singular promise, that he should see the Messi∣as: so by the same thy spirit kindle in vs faith, where∣by we may escape the palpable and curssed darkenesse of idolatrie, which in the world welnigh is vsed. And grant that we may apprehend thy Sonne, who as this daie was presented in the Temple in substance of our flesh, and in his armes depart in peace, and be pre∣sented vnto thee with pure and cleane minds. Assist vs, that from our harts, as did good father Simeon and holie Iacob, we may firmelie keepe him among the feares of conscience, and pangs of death. Grant that he may be our light, inflaming the darkenesse of our feeble minds with the brightnesse of his glorie. Blot out all our doubtings; heale the diseases of our soule; and kindle that benefit and excellent light of true reli∣gion, that being made followers in the spirituall soci∣etie of thy people Israell, whose glorie is thy Sonne, witnessing, that among that people the promises and reuelations of the essence and will of the true God were made, we may also come to thy glorie, which our nature needeth, and be adorned by thy Sonne, with the heauenlie blessing of the forgiuenesse of our sinnes, and receiuing righteous∣nesse and eternall life,

Amen.
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8. On Saint Matthias daie. Thou hast exalted one chosen out of the people, to publish thy lawe: blessed be thy name, O Lord.

ALmightie God, and most mercifull heauenlie Father, who (because the Scripture must needs haue beene fulfilled, which the holie Ghost, through the mouth of Dauid, spake before of the Traitor Iudas, who was guide to the Iewes that tooke Iesus thy deere Sonne our Lord, and who now in reward of his iniquitie, for betraieng thine innocent Sonne his Lord and Maister, went & hoong himselfe in the feeld of bloud called Acheldama, till he burst asunder in the midst, and all his guts and bowels gushed out) didst afterward, at the earnest praiers and petition of the rest of thy disciples, choose thy faithfull seruant Matthias out of all the compa∣nie that followed thee, or had their conuersation with thine Apostles, to be of the number of thy twelue A∣postles, and ordeinedst him to be a witnesse with them of thy Sonnes resurrection, as it is written in the 109. Psalme, Let his habitation be void, and no man be dwelling therein, and his Bishoprike or charge let another take: grant we beseech thee, that thy Church being alwaie preserued from hirelings, traitors, and false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by godlie, faithfull, and true pastors and ministers.

O Christ Sonne of God, greatlie didst thou reioice at the gathering of the Church; and high thanks didst thou yeeld to thy Father, because he had chosen an holie seed out of mankind, and suffered not their pains to be altogither frustrate. We thanke thee also from our harts, for reioicing at our well-doing, and for repres∣sing the diuell by thy power, that some may be saued. Page  877 Gather heereafter, we beseech thee, from among vs a righteous people pleasing thee. And although mise∣rable and ouglie be the outward shew of thy Church, and they which seeme to be the light of the world, de∣spise thy wisedome; euen as neither Tiberius the Emperour, with the Senate of Rome, neither the Princes and Priests of the Iews would vouchsafe to heare thee wandering with thy Disciples & Christian auditorie: yet assist vs, that these sinister iudgements of the world doo not dismaie vs, but that we may bring our minds into a godlie captiuitie, acknowledge thee by a true and liuelie faith, to be the Sonne of thine e∣ternall Father, & receiue the words from thee, which from the bosome of thy Father vtterest the counsell concerning the restitution of man, to whom all things both in heauen and earth are giuen for vs, which are thy parteners.

Leade vs by thine hand, by thy word and spirit, be∣fore the presence of thy Father: shew vs in a new light inwardlie in our soules the presence of thy Fa∣ther, which is pleased with vs for thy sake. Abide thou among vs. Powre on vs by thy spirit the beginning of that light and righteousnes, which appeareth in thee, being the light of light, lightning the darkenes of our nature.

Behold O good Samaritane, and Physician of our soules, to thee doo we lift vp our hands: we are woun∣ded: we labour and are heauie laden: thine enimie hath spoiled vs, and wounded vs to the death. We are so burthened with the weight and greeuousnes of sick∣nesse, that our soule is comfortlesse, readie to faint and fall into death and damnation. Wherfore comfort our miserable soule with thy ioifull wine and oile, with thine heauenlie and quickening balme raise vs from death: vtter thy comfort to our harts, and grant that our soules may find rest and gladnesse in thee.

Page  878 Put on vs thy sweet yoke: tame our flesh by thy spi∣rit. Raise vp in vs new motions, and holie cogitations agreeable to thy will and word. Thou art meeke in deed, not desirous of reuengement. Thou hast not throwne miserable man into euerlasting damnation, as thou didst the diuels, but hast suffered punishment for vs in thy bodie, and praied for thine enimies. Thou art meeke and lowlie in hart. Thou flangest thy selfe vnder all angels and men; thou tookest our fraile and fowle flesh vpon thee; thou she wedst not the power of thy diuinitie in the time of thy passion, but hidst (if it might be) thy diuinitie, after a woonderfull & vnspeak∣able maner, that thy humane nature might suffer and die. Quench also in vs by thy spirit mercilesse fires of hatred, and desire of reuenge (which as worldlie men doo saie, is sweeter than life it selfe) with all the flames of pride. Grant that acknowledging our filthines pro∣strate before thy face in true lowlinesse, we may aske thine helpe, & being healed, may perseuere in the imi∣tating of thy perfect example. Assist vs, that while we liue in euerie trouble and temptation of ours, we may drawe the water of comfort from thee, which art the well of life, and afterward enioie perfect ease, and a ioi∣full sabboth, and feastfull holidaies in the heauens, at such time as thou wilt shew thy Father to thine elect, where each shall behold the other face to face,

Amen.

9. On the feast daie of the annuntiation of the blessed virgin Marie. Shew vs thy mercie, O Lord, and grant vs thy saluation.

BY thy wisedome, O eternall God, are the times distinguished, whereby we are cer∣tified of thy benefits, and euerlasting blisse, which after this life, and destruction of the world, is prepared for thine elect. Now are Page  879 there passed 5543 yeeres, sith the creation of heauen and earth, of thine Angels, & of all creatures. By thy word thou madest man out of the slime of the earth; thou breathedst on him the breth of life, and inspiredst into him a soule adorned with perfect wisedome and righteousnesse.

Afterward thy Sonne did vtter a secret decree a∣bout the restoring of man, fallen through sinne out of thy fauour into euerlasting death. About the same time of the yeere was innocent Abel murdered, which was a figure of the sacrifice to come, whose bloud in∣deed crieth vnto thee Father in heauen, and beggeth the forgiuenesse of sinnes to all beleeuers. In the like time was Isaac carried to be offered: and thou com∣mandedst the people of Israell to keepe holie these daies, in which thou wouldest haue thy benefits to bee spoken of. Likewise on this solemne and ioifull daie of the Equinoctiall spring time, which sithence is 1582 yeeres, thy Sonne, as the Angel Gabriel signified to Marie the virgin, by the working of the holie Ghost, coupled the humane nature to himselfe, after a woon∣derfull and vnspeakable maner. The same daie 1549 yeeres sithence, thy Sonne, redeemer of mankind, in his weake and bloudie flesh hoong vpon the Crosse, be∣ing the true Silo. And when the sunne going betweene Orion and the Pleiades leeseth his light, he left his life through intollerable sorowe and torments. And an old saieng it hath beene, that about this time of the yeere, our Lord and Sauiour Christ will returne in the clouds, both to vanquish his enimies, and to exalt his Church and chosen most gratiouslie vnto a new and eternall kingdome.

O Sonne of God, stir vs vp vnto the consideration of those so excellent mysteries, and worke thou so in our harts by thy grace, that as we haue knowne thy holie incarnation by the message of an Angel, so by thy Page  880 crosse and passion, we may be brought vnto the glorie of thy resurrection. Through the protection and watch of thine Angel, the holie families of chaste virgins and matrons remained safe and vnspotted among infinite dangers: by thy spirit the truth was sealed in them, that they could not be subdued by the errours of the Pharisies and Saduces. Preserue likewise in this last age of the world, some holie assemblies, and suffer not the whole world, before thy cōming againe, to become blasphemers. This shall be the wisedome of eternall life, in which thou wilt open the causes why thou wouldest after this maner restore mankind, and how God the word could couple our flesh to himselfe.

Assist vs, that in this life we may learne the ele∣ments, and in true faith be ioined through the holie spirit to thy bodie, which thou tookest from the sanctifi∣ed bodie of the sacred virgin. And as thou cariest, and liuest in the same flesh; so make vs branches of the tree of life, and fruitfull vine, and replenish vs with like light, life, and glorie. Be thou our Sauiour through thy merit and vertue. Thine eternall Father hath pla∣ced thee in the throne of Dauid, that thou maist be the head of the Church, working all in all; and the giuer of all good things, and of the blessings promised to Dauid. Thou reignest in this life by thy ministerie, ga∣thering to thy selfe an eternall Church, and repressing thine enimies by thy mightie power. Thou sittest ex∣alted in light, and incomprehensible glorie at the right hand of thy Father, making alwaies intercession for vs, vntill thou bring thy Church vnto thy selfe in glo∣rie at the generail resurrection, and shine in them visi∣blie, and for euer.

O Sonne of God, we are bone of thy bones, and flesh of thy flesh. Thou broughtest not thy flesh from heauen, neither was the same borne of the substance of thy Father; but truelie thou tookest thy flesh from the Page  881 seed of Abraham, out of the sanctified wombe of the ho∣lie and blessed virgin S. Marie. This nature did the word couple to himselfe by an eternall couenant, and adorneth the same with surpassing glorie, which thou she wedst not in the time of thine humiliation. There∣fore in truth did blessed Marie beare God, euen that person, in which two natures, that is to saie, the word and flesh were vnited togither, and that without anie confusion; euen as the soule and bodie are coupled in vs men.

Wherefore we come vnto thee our Mediator, God and man; and respecting thy promise in a liuelie faith, we beseech thee haue mercie vpon vs; wash vs with thy bloud, and make vs members of thy bodie and nature. No man at anie time hath hated his owne flesh: make vs to sticke vnto thee by the same spirit, and to drawe from thee the iuice, which may strengthen vs to eter∣nall life,

Amen.

10. On Saint Marks daie. Thou hast made them princes in all lands, therefore shall they re∣member thy name, O Lord, from one generation to another.

O Eternall, omnipotent, and euerli∣uing God, Father of our Lord Ie∣sus Christ, which togither with the Sonne and the holie Ghost, hast not onelie created the whole frame of this world, with all things therein conteined; but also appointed thy Sonne the word, to be a Mediator for vs men, and for our saluation: we beseech thee, most humblie from the bottome of our harts, thou which art the good husbandman, ingraffe vs in thy Sonne, which is the true vine: make vs branches of his bo∣die; purge vs from the horrible corruption of our na∣ture; giue vs grace to continue in the vine, that being Page  882 deliuered from sinne, we may bring foorth abundance of fruit to thy honour and glorie.

O Christ, thou art the vine, we are the branches, through thy grace, not of our owne goodnesse; gratiou∣slie behold vs, we beseech thee, that euermore we may cleaue to thee. For (alas) without thee, what can we doo that good is? Abide thou in vs, that we may abide in thee; giue vs of thy vertue; let thy light shine in our harts, to the extinguishing of the fowle darknesse of our filthie flesh: and quicken vs to the bringing out of that fruit, which both may please thee, and profit thy Church: so shall we escape the vnquenchable fire, into which they which depart from thee are cast, and be sure to obtaine whatsoeuer we shall aske at thy mercifull hands in true faith and feare. For thy Fa∣ther is glorified through our willingnesse, which is al∣so his gift to obeie him. Furthermore, as thou hast in∣structed thy holie Church with the heauenlie doctrine of thine Euangelist S. Marke: giue vs grace like∣wise, that we be not, like children, caried awaie with euerie blast of vaine doctrine; but firmelie to be esta∣blished in the truth of thy holie Gospell.

And thou holie Ghost, come thou incessantlie into our harts: first to instruct our minds with thine hea∣uenlie and eternall will, and being instructed, confirme vs in the feare of thy Maiestie, that at no time we de∣part from the path of thy commandements. For our continuance in the race of the commandements of God, is a speciall argument, that we loue God vnfei∣nedlie, whom we see not. And secondlie, that we may find ioie and comfort in all our troubles, crosses, and persecutions whatsoeuer; that in this life we may al∣waies abide among the companie of the regenerate, and in the other be made partakers of eternall happi∣nesse ordeined for the elect, before the beginning of the world,

Amen.
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11. On Saint Philip and Iames daie. The heauens declare the glorie of God; and the firmament she∣weth his handie worke.

O Sonne of GOD, whom truelie to knowe is euerlasting life, and with∣out whom no man commeth vnto the Father: grant vs perfectlie to knowe thee to be (as thou hast said of thy selfe) the waie, the truth, and the life, as thou hast taught Saint Philip, & other the Apostles. Bring vs wandering trauellers into the waie of saluation; shew vnto vs thy truth; quicken vs by thy spirit; lead vs to thy Father, that by thee, and thine humane flesh now exalted and glorified, the light and life of thine heauenlie Father may be spred in vs. Make vs, mise∣rable exiles, citizens of thine euerlasting kingdome; prepare vs places & mansions, where we may drawe from thee, which art the true vine of eternall life, in the house and table of thy Father, the new iuice of hea∣uenlie comfort, and may continuallie be there, where thou art; that trulie thine eternall Father may be glo∣rified in vs,

Amen.

12. On Saint Barnabas daie. Praise the Lord, O my soule, and forget not all his benefits.

O Christ, Sonne of GOD, which art perfect charitie, louing vs to the end, and sufferedst vpon the altar of the Crosse a most shamefull death for our sakes, to deliuer vs from death and damnation, and to allure vs by that thine example vnto mu∣tuall amitie and good-will: we be∣seech Page  884 thee, inflame our cold harts with the burning af∣fections of hartie loue. And as thou hast indued thine holie Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts of the ho∣lie Ghost: so let vs not be destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to vse them alwaie to thine ho∣nour and glorie, as he did. Giue vs grace, I saie, first aboue all things to loue thee the true and onelie God, with the Father and the holie Ghost, with all our harts, with all our soule, and with all our strength, that continuallie we may cleaue vnto thee with full purpose of hart, as this thine holie Apostle exhorteth. Raise vp secondlie a desire of brotherlie good-will to∣wards our neighbours; that we may helpe one ano∣ther, and as members of one bodie, haue a mutuall compassion ech of other, so that we may loue among our selues vnfeinedlie, and abound in mutuall good-will, that our harts may be vnblameable in holinesse before God.

Inflame our breasts, that by thine example we may loue euen our verie enimies, and blesse them, which curse vs; doo good to them, which hate and hurt vs, lea∣uing reuengement alwaies vnto thee. For he, which loueth not his brother, knoweth not God; but abideth in death, and dooeth vainelie boast against the truth. Wherefore, let not the Sunne go downe vpon our wrath; but make vs quiet, putting on tender mercie, kindnesse, humblenesse of mind, meeknesse, and aboue all, charitie, which is the bond of perfection; the end of the cōmandements, and fulfilling of the lawe: so that by loue our faith may be fruitfull, and we at no time seuered from thee. For thou art loue, and he that dwel∣leth in loue, dwelleth in God, and God in him: so that we shall be no more seruants, but friends, in dooing the will of the heauenlie Father, through the grati∣ous good-will of thee his onelie begotten Sonne our Sauiour, which hast chosen vs to bring foorth fruit, Page  885 whereby we shall so please his and thy sacred Maie∣stie, that we shall be sure to obteine whatsoeuer we aske at his hands through faith in thy name,

Amen.

13. On Saint Iohn Baptists daie. I giue mine owne selfe the blame, and take repentance in dust and ashes.

O Eternall Father of our Lord Iesu Christ, wee yeeld thee most hartie thanks for gathering to thy selfe, for and through thy Sonne, an ho∣lie companie, praising and celebra∣ting thy goodnesse for euermore. Also for sending from time to time tea∣chers adorned with excellent gifts and warrants from heauen, to spread foorth and pub∣lish the truth to mankinde, among whome, we knowe right well, that the famous fore-runnner of thy Sonne, euen the holie and reuerent Saint Iohn the Baptist excelled. He by thy prouidence was woonder∣fullie borne, and sent to prepare the way of thy Sonne our Sauiour, by preaching repentance. He was the first publisher of the new Testament; the first purger of the Gospell from the grosse errours of the supersti∣tious Pharises; the spreader abroade of the articles of our faith, and the imprinter of Iesus Christ the Sonne of God in the harts of men.

We humblie beseech thee, gather from among vs an eternall Church. Teach our harts by thine heauenlie spirit, that vnfeignedlie we may listen to, and loue the doctrine which Iohn soundeth to the world. Make vs so to followe his doctrine and holie life, I saie, that we may trulie repent according to his preaching, and af∣ter his example constantlie speake the truth, boldlie rebuke vice, and patientlie suffer for the truth sake, as Page  886 he did, that being ingraffed into thy flocke, we may be∣come his disciples, and bring foorth fruit woorthie re∣pentance, and behold the diuinitie which he sawe; so shall we be deliuered from the wrath of God, and ad∣mitted into the fellowship of eternall life,

Amen.

14. On Saint Peters daie. Their spéech is gone out into all lands, and their words into the ends of the world.

O Lord Iesu Christ, Sonne of God, which art the word of the eternall Father, and the Embassador sent frō the beginning vnto thy Church, speake thou inwardlie to our harts thine heauenlie wisedome: lighten our nature & vnderstanding with thy newe light, that being deman∣ded in euerie anguish, we may trulie acknowledge and confesse that thou art the Sonne of the liuing God our King and Sauiour. And for asmuch as great is the rage, and mightie the power of thine enimies, which fight against the truth, mercifullie defend thy Church, sounding foorth this thy wisedome, defend the same we beseech thee against the verie gates of hell.

And as thou hast giuen to the Apostle Saint Peter