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The firſt Lampe of Virginitie,

conteining
the divine Praiers, Hymnes, or
Songs,

made by ſundrie holie women in the
Scripture:

ſomething explaned in the
hardeſt places, for the better underſtanding and edifieng of the unlearned

Reader: and firſt,

The praier of Hagar the handmaid of Sarai, which ſhe made in hir trouble and baniſhment; wherein ſhe rebuketh hir owne dulneſſe, and acknowledgeth Gods graces, who was preſent with hir everie-where. Geneſis. 16, 13.

Thou God lookeſt on me: have I not alſo looked here after him that ſeeth me?

The ſong of thankeſgiving of Moſes, which Myriam the Propheteſſe and ſiſter of Aaron, together with all the women, ſang upon Timbrels to the praiſe of God, for the people of Iſraëls deliverance out of the hands of Pharao, &c. Exodus. 15, 1.

Sing ye unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriouſlie: the horſe and his rider hath he overthrowne in the ſea.

The Lord is our ſtrength and praiſe, and he is become our ſalvation: he is our God, and we will glorifie him: hee is our fathers God, and we will exalt him.

The Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name: [in battell he ſtil overcommeth, & is ever mindfull of his promiſe.]

Pharaos chariots and his hoſt hath hee caſt into the ſea: his choſen captaines alſo are drowned in the red ſea.

The deepe waters have couered them: they ſvnke to the bottome as a ſtone.

Thy right hand Lord is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath all to daſhed the enimie.

And in thy great glorie thou haſt overthrowne them C.i. that 2 C1v 2 that roſe up againſt thee: thou ſenteſt forth thy wrath, which conſumed them as the ſtubble.

Through the blaſt of thy noſtrils the waters gathered together, the fluds ſtood ſtill as an heape, and the deepe waters congealed together in the hart [or depth] of the ſea.

The enimie ſaid, I will purſue them: I will overtake them, I will divide the ſpoile, and my luſt ſhall be ſatiſfied upon them: I will drawe my ſword, mine hand ſhall deſtroie them.

Thou didſt blowe with thy winde: the ſea covered them, they ſanke as led in the mightie waters.

Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods, [or mightie men of the world?] Who is like thee ſo glorious in holineſſe, fearefull in praiſes, ſhewing woonders?

Thou ſtretcheſt out thy right hand, the earth ſwalowed them.

Thou in thy mercie haſt caried this people, which thou haſt redeemed and delivered: and thou wilt bring them in thy ſtrength unto thine holie habitation [the land of Canaan, or Mount Zion.]

The people and nations ſhall heare, and be afraid: ſorowe ſhall come upon the inhabitants of Paleſtina.

Then the Dukes of the Edomites ſhall be amazed, and trembling ſhall come upon the great and mightieſt men of the Moabites: all the inhabitants of Canaan ſhall ware faint harted.

Feare and dread ſhall fall upon them, bicauſe of the greatnes of thine arme or power; they ſhall be as ſtill as a ſtone, till thy people paſſe through: O Lord till this people paſſe through, which thou haſt gotten, or purchaſed.

Thou ſhalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountaine of thine inheritance, which is [Mount Zion,] the place Lord that thou haſt made and preparedred 03 C2r 3 red for to dwell in, even the ſanctuarie, O Lord, which thine hands ſhall eſtabliſh.

The Lord ſhall reigne for ever and ever.

For Pharao on horſebacke went with his chariots and horſemen into the ſea: and the Lord brought the waters of the ſea upon them: but the children of Iſrael went on drieland in the mids of the ſea.

Sing ye [therefore] unto the Lord: for he hath triumphed gloriouſlie: the horſe and him that rode upon him hath he overthrowne in the ſea.

The ſong or thankeſgiving of Deborah and Barak, after the victorie given of God by the hands of Jaël, againſt Siſera. Judges. 5, 2.

Praiſe ye the Lord, for the avenging of Iſrael: and for the people [of Zabulon and Nepthali] that offred themſelues [gladly,] and became ſo willing [to reſiſt their enimies.]

Heare O ye kings, harken O ye princes: I, even I will ſing unto the Lord, I will ſing praiſe unto the Lord God of Iſrael.

Lord when thou wenteſt out of Seir, when thou departedſt out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens rained, the clouds alſo dropped water.

The mountaines melted before the Lord, even as did Sinai before the Lord God of Iſrael.

In the daies of Samgar the ſonne of Anath, in the daies of Jael, the high waies were unoccupied [for feare of the enimies,] and the travellers walked through bywaies.

The townes were not inhabited, they decaied (I ſay) and the inhabitants thereof were gone in Iſrael: untill I Deborah came up, which [miraculouſly mooved by God to pitie & deliver them] roſe up a mother in Iſrael.

They choſe new gods, and then had they war, or the C.ii. enimie 04 C2v 4 enimie in the gates: was there a ſhield or ſpeare ſeene among fortie thouſand of Iſrael? [they had no hart to reſiſt their enimies.]

My hart is ſet on the governours of Iſrael, and loveth them that are willing among the people: praiſe yee the Lord.

Speake yee [governours] that ride on faire Aſſes [or Moiles,] yee that dwell by Middin [in danger of your enimies,] and that walke by the waies.

For the noiſe of the archers among the drawers of water ceaſed. There ſhall they rehearſe the righteouſneſſe of the Lord, his righteouſneſſe in his unfenced townes in Iſrael: then did the people of the Lord go downe to the gates [without feare of the enimie.]

Up Debora, up, ariſe and ſing a ſong. Ariſe Barak, and lead thy captivitie [or them that kept thy people in bondage and captivitie] captive, thou ſonne of Abinoam.

For they that remaine, have dominion over the mightie of the people: the Lord hath given mee dominion over the ſtrong.

Of Ephraim their roote [Joſua firſt] aroſe [and fought] againſt Amalek: and after thee [Joſua] Benjamin [that is Saule] ſhall fight againſt thy people, O Amalek. Of Machir came rulers, and of Zebulun they that handle the penne of the writer, [even the learned did helpe to fight.]

And the princes of Iſſachar were with Debora, and [the whole tribe of] Iſſachar, and alſo Barak, he was ſent on foote into the vallie: for the diviſions of Ruben were great thoughts of hart.

Why abodeſt thou among the ſheepfolds, to heare the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Ruben [that came not over Jordan to helpe their brethren in their neceſſitie] were great thoughts of hart [and much marvelling.]

Gilead abode beyond Jordan [& yet came to helpe their brethren: therefore thou Ruben canſt have no excuſe,] and why doth 05 C3r 5 doth Dan remaine in ſhips? Aſher continued on the ſea ſhore, and taried in his deſolate & decaied places.

But the people of Zebulun and Nepthalie have jeoparded their lives unto the death, in the hie places of the field.

The kings came and fought, then fought the king of Chanaan in Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo, and wan no monie [but loſt all.]

They fought from heaven, even the ſtarres in their courſes fought againſt Siſera, [and by Gods power his people were holpen to overcome their enimies.]

The river of Kiſhon ſwept them away [as a béeſome doth the filth of the houſe,] that ancient river, the river Kiſhon: O my ſoule, thou haſt marched valiantly.

Then were the horſe hoofes broken with the praunſing and oft beating together of their mightie men.

Curſe ye the citie of Meros [where ye fought] (ſaid the Angel of the Lord,) curſe the inhabitants thereof, bicauſe they came not to helpe the Lord, to helpe the Lord againſt the mightie.

Jael the wife of Heber, the Kenite, ſhall be bleſſed above other women: bleſſed ſhall ſhe be above women dwelling in tents.

He aſked water, and ſhe gave him milke: ſhe brought foorth butter in a lordlie diſh.

She put hir hand to the naile, and hir right hand to the workmans hammer: with the hammer ſmote ſhe Siſera: ſhe ſmote off his head, after ſhe had wounded and perſed his temples.

He bowed him downe at hir feete, he fell downe, and lay ſtill at hir feete, he bowed himſelfe downe, and fell, & when he had ſunk downe, he lay there dead & deſtroied.

The mother of Siſera looked out at a windowe, and cried through the lattiſe: Why is his chariot ſo long a comming? Why tarie the wheeles of his chariots?

All hir wiſe Ladies anſwered hir, yea ſhe anſwered C.iii. [or 06 C3v 6 [or comforted] hir ſelfe with hir owne words.

Surely they have gotten, and found, they divide the ſpoile: everie man hath a damſell or two. Siſera hath a praie of divers coloured garments, even a praie of raiment died with ſundrie colours, and that are made of needle worke; raiment of divers colours, and of needle worke on both ſides, which is meete for him that is chiefe in diſtributing of the ſpoiles.

So let all thine enimies periſh, O Lord: but they that love him, ſhall be as the ſunne when hee riſeth in his might [and growe dailie more and more in Gods favour.] And the land had reſt forty yeeres.

The praier or bleſſing of Naomy for hir two daughters in lawe, Ruth and Orpah. Ruth. I, 8, 9.

The Lord ſhew favour, and deale as kindlie with you [my good daughters] as yee have dealt with the dead [your huſbands my two ſonnes] and with mee. Yea the Lord grant you that you may find reſt, either of you, in the houſe of hir huſband.

The praier or vow of Hanna, for a ſonne. I. Samuel. I, II.

O Lord of hoſts, if thou wilt looke on the trouble of thine handmaid, and remember mee, and not forget thine handmaid, but give unto thine handmaid a manchild: then I will give him unto the Lord, all the daies of his life, and there ſhall no raſor come upon his head.

The ſong of thankeſgiving of Hanna, after ſhe by praier had obteined a ſonne called Samuel. I. Samuel. 2.

Mine hart rejoiceth in the Lord, and mine horne is exalted in the Lord [for I have recovered ſtrength and glorie by his benefit:] my mouth is inlarged or wide open over mine enimies: [ſo 07 C4r 7 [ſo that I can now anſwere them that reproove my barrenneſſe,] for I reioice in thy ſalvation.

There is none holie as the Lord, yea there is none beſides thee, and there is no god like our God.

Speake no more preſumptuouſlie [againſt God in condemning my barrenneſſe,] let not arrogancie come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and his purpoſes come to paſſe, and by him enterpriſes are eſtabliſhed.

The bowe with the mightie men are broken, and they that were weake, have girded themſelves with ſtrength.

They that were full are hired foorth for bread, [and ſell their labours for neceſſarie foode,] and the hungrie are no more hired, [but ceaſe to have néede:] ſo that the barren hath borne seven [even many,] and ſhee that had many children is waren feeble.

The Lord killeth, & maketh alive: bringeth downe to the grave, and raiſeth up againe.

The Lord maketh poore, and maketh rich: bringeth lowe and exalteth up on high.

He raiſeth up the poore out of the duſt, and [according to his owne will] lifteth up the begger from the dunghill, to ſet them among princes, and to make them inherit the ſeate of glorie: for the pillers of the earth are the Lords, and he hath ſet the world upon them: [therefore he may diſpoſe all things at his pleaſure, and prefer whom he will to honour.]

He will keepe the feete of his Saints [ſo that they ſhall neither walke nor fall into any evill] & the wicked ſhall keepe ſilence in darkeneſſe: for in his owne might ſhall no man be ſtrong.

The Lords adverſaries ſhall be deſtroied, and out of heaven ſhall he thunder upon them: the Lord ſhall judge the ends of the world, and ſhall give power unto his King [Jeſus,] & exalt the horne of [Chriſt] his annointed.

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The ſong of the women of Iſraël, in the praiſe of Davids victorie over Goliah I. Samuel. 18, 7.

Saule hath ſlaine his thouſand: and David his ten thouſand.

The praier or wiſh of Abigaël for king David, againſt his enimies. I. Samuel. 25, 24.

Oh my Lord, I have committed the iniquitie: and I praie thee let thine handmaid ſpeake unto thee, and heare thou the words of thine handmaid. Let not my Lord I praie thee regard this wicked man Nabal, for as his name is, ſo is he. Nabal is his name, and follie is with him: but I thine handmaid ſawe not the yoong men of my Lord, whome thou ſenteſt. Now therefore my Lord, as the Lord liveth, & as thy ſoule liveth, the Lord, I ſay, that hath withholden thee from comming to ſhed blood, and that thine hand ſhould not ſave thee, [nor revenge thée on thine enimies.] So now, I pray God that thine enimies, and they that intend to doo my Lord evill, may be as Nabal: and I praie thee, forget the treſpaſſe of thine handmaid, &c.

The ſong of Sion, or the familiar talke and myſticall communication, or divine dialogue of the ſpeciall love betwene the ſpirituall bridegrome Jeſus Chriſt, and the bride the faithful ſoule, his ſanctified, chaſte, and holie ſpouſe the Church: commonlie called, The Song of ſongs, or Ballat of ballats, made by king Solomon. Cantic. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

The Church or faithfull ſoule ſpeaketh to Chriſt.

O That thou wouldeſt kiſſe me with the kiſſes of thy mouth [even with thy peace which paſſeth all underſtanding:] for thy love [O Chriſt] is better and more pleaſant [unto me] than wine: and that bicauſe of the good and pleaſant ſavour of thy moſt 09 C5r 9 moſt pretious balmes or ointments, [even of thy great benefits, which I taſte and féele from thée.]

Thy name [O Chriſt] is as a ſweet ſmelling ointment when it is powred out and ſhed foorth: [thy mercie is ſet foorth and publiſhed by preaching thy Goſpell,] therefore the Virgins [even they that are pure in hart and converſation] doo love thee.

Drawe thou me [O ſwéete Chriſt] unto thee, and wee will run after thee: [for otherwiſe I confeſſe we can not come to thée, except we be drawne of thée.] The King hath brought me into his privie chambers: [and revealed unto me the ſecret joies not knowne to the world,] we will [therefore] be glad and rejoice in thee, [yea] wee thinke more of thy love, than of wine. [For] they that be rightous love thee [above all things.]

I am blacke [I confeſſe through the ſpots of ſinne, perſecution, and troubles] O ye daughters of Jerusalem: but yet comelie, faire, and welfavoured [through faith in the blood of Chriſt, in whoſe favour I have confidence and truſt,] as the fruites or tents of the Kedarens or Arabians: and as the hangings or curtens of Salomon [which within were all ſet with pretious ſtones and jewels.]

Marvell not therfore at me, bicauſe I am ſo blacke, [nor regard or conſider me by the outward apperance,] for why? the ſunne [even the corruption of nature through ſinne and affliction] hath looked and ſhined upon me. Yea and my mothers children [even mine owne brethren which ſhould have moſt favoured me] were angrie againſt me, and having evill will at mee, they made me the keeper of the vineyards: but mine owne vineyard have I not kept, [ſuch alas hath béene mine owne negligence.]

[Therefore féeling my faults and imperfections, I hie now unto thée, O Chriſt, my ſpirituall huſband onlie for ſuccour, beſéeching thée and ſaieng,] Tell me, O thou whom my ſoule loveth, where thou feedeſt the ſheepe, [O ſhew me, I ſaie,] where thou lieſt, and makeſt them reſt at the noon day: for 10 C5v 10 for why ſhould I be like hir that turneth aſide, or goeth wrong about the flocks of thy companions [whome thou haſt called to the dignitie of paſtors in thy Church: and yet they like apoſtataes not onelie ſet foorth their owne falſe dreames and traditions in ſtéed of thy true doctrine: but alſo are become the domeſticall enimies that perſecute the Church.]

Chriſt ſpeakth to his Church, or the faithfull ſoule.

O Thou the faireſt among women: if thou knowe not thy ſelfe [but art ignorant in my waies:] then go thy way foorth after the footſteps of the flock of ſheepe, [even after the doctrine of the Apoſtles] and feede thy goates and kids by the tents of the ſhepheards [and learne of the true paſtors and ſpirituall doctors.]

I have compared thee, O my love, unto the troupe of horſes in the chariots of Pharao, [bicauſe that for thy ſpirituall beautie and excellencie there was no worldlie treaſure to be compared unto thée.]

Thy cheekes and thy neck are beautifull as the turtles, and behanged with ſpangles, chaines, and goodly jewels: a neckband [alſo] imbrodered with gold and ſtuds, or buttons of ſilver will I make thee.

The Church.

When the King ſitteth at the table, and is at his repaſt: hee ſhall ſmell my Nardus or ſpikenard, [for I rejoice that I am admitted to the companie of my huſband Chriſt] yea my welbeloved is as a bundle of Mirrh unto mee, and he ſhall lie betwixt my breſts, [for he is moſt déere unto me,] my welbeloved [I ſaie] is as a cluſter of Camphire unto me in the vineyards of Engedi: [wherfore ſo long as I followe my Chriſt, I can not erre from the true faith of ſalvation.]

Christ.

O How faire art thou my love? Oh how faire art thou? Thine eies are like the dooves eies. [Behold, moſt acceptable art thou unto me, and I commend thy beautie.]

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The Church.

Oh, how faire art thou [alſo] my beloved? How welfavoured and pleaſant art thou? Our bed [even the hart of the faithfull: where thou, O Chriſt, dwelleſt by thy ſpirit] is all greene, bedecked with flowers: the beames or ſeelings of our houſe are of Cedar trees, and our croſſe joints of Cipreſſe.

I am the roſe of the field, and the lillie of the vallies.

Christ.

Yea like as the lillie among the thornes: ſo is my love among the daughters: [for my Church is to be preferred before & above all other things, yea ſo am I alſo among mine enimies.]

The Church.

Like as the apple tree among the trees of the foreſt: ſo is my welbeloved among the ſonnes of men [I can not but teſtifie my love and great deſire towards him,] for my delight is to ſit and reſt under his ſhadowe, bicauſe his fruite [and word] is ſweet unto my mouth: [and when my ſtrength faileth me] he bringeth me into his own wine ſeller: and ſpreadeth the banner of his love over mee, [and there I deſired to be comforted, ſaieng:] Set about mee cups or flagons of wine, and comfort me with apples, for I am ſicke of love, [and lo, I have felt it.] For his left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth imbrace mee.

Christ.

Icharge you, O daughters of Jeruſalem, yée rulers, which have to doo in the Church, as it were by this ſolemne oth,] by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that yee wake not up my love, nor touch hir, [or trouble hir quietneſſe] untill ſhe pleaſe, or be content hir ſelfe.

The Church.

Me thinke I heare the voice of my welbeloved [ſpouſe Chriſt] behold, he [hath taken our nature upon him, and] commeth 12 C6v 12 commeth leaping upon the mountaines, and ſkipping over the little hils [to helpe his Church:] My beloved is like a Roe or a young Hart. Behold, he [having his divinitie hid under the cloke of our fleſh] ſtandeth behind our wall looking foorth of the windowes, ſhewing himſelfe thorough the grates, [ſo that we can not have full knowledge of him in this life] and my welbeloved ſpake & ſaid unto me.

Christ.

O My love, ariſe, and ſtand up, my faire one, come thy waie, and go to thine owne. Behold, the winter [of ſinne, error, and infidelitie] is now paſt, [driven backe and put awaie by my comming in the fleſh, which is compared to the Springtime, when all things flouriſh:] the raine is changed and gone awaie: the flowers [of good works] are come up and appere in the fields: the time of the birds ſinging is come, and the voice of the turtle doove [or holie Ghoſt] is heard in our land. The fig tree bringeth foorth hir figs, and the vines beare bloſſoms, and have a good ſmell.

O ſtand up then, and come my love, ariſe, I ſaie, my beautifull one, and come awaie, O my doove. Thou that art in the caves of the rocks, holes in the wall, and in the ſecret place of the ſtaires: [thou, I ſaie, that art aſhamed of thy ſinnes, come and] ſhew thy ſelfe unto me. O let me ſee thy countenance, and heare thy voice. For ſweete is thy voice, and faire and comelie is thy face.

Take us the foxes, yea the little foxes, which deſtroy the vines: [ſuppreſſe the heretikes and enimies of my Church whiles they be yoong: that is, when they begin to ſhew their malice, and deſtroie my vine, by preaching falſe doctrine:] for our vines beare bloſſoms, and have ſmall grapes.

The Church.

My welbeloved is mine, and I am his: hee feedeth among the lillies until the daie breake, and till the shadowes be gone.

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Returne [I praie thee] and come againe, O my beloved [Chriſt,] and be like a Roe, or young Hart upon the wild mountaines of Bether, [ever moſt readie to helpe and defend me in all dangers.]

In my bed by night, [or in my troubles] I ſought him whom my ſoule loveth, yea diligentlie ſought I him, but I found him not [by carnall reaſon, but by the ſcriptures] neither was I incontinentlie heard.

[And bicauſe we muſt continue in praier till we féele comfort, though we féele it not at the firſt:] therefore thought I, I will now riſe and get up, and go about the citie by the ſtreets, and by the hie waies and open places, and will seeke him [by praier continuallie,] whom my ſoule loveth, [for I deſire to be joined inſeparably to Chriſt my huſband.] But when I ſought him [by carnall reaſon] I found him not, [but by the ſcriptures. Then ſéeking further unto all others alſo, of whom I hoped to have any comfort & succor, at laſt] the watchmen that went about the citie found mee, to whom I ſaid, Sawe ye not him whom my ſoule loveth?

So when I was a little paſt them, I found him [by the preaching of his word] whom my ſoule loveth. I have gotten hold upon him, and will not let him go, untill I have brought him into my mothers houſe, [even] into the chamber of hir that conceived me, and bare me.

Christ.

I Charge you, O ye daughters of Jeruſalem, [ye rulers and Magiſtrates that have to doo in my Church, as it were by this solemne oth,] by the Roes and by the Hinds of the field: that ye wake not up my love, nor touch hir, [nor trouble the ſtate, quietneſſe, or peace thereof,] untill ſhe pleaſe and be content hir ſelfe.

The Church ſpeaking of hir deliverance out of the wilderneſſe; and of the beautie of Salomons Temple, ſaith:

Who is this that commeth up out of the wilderneſ like pillers or vapours of ſmoke, perfumed as 14 C7v 14 as it were with the ſweet ſmell of Mirrh and incenſe, and with all maner ſpices or ſweet powders of the Apothecarie or merchant, [me thinke it is like the comming of the children of Iſrael, which were led in the wilderneſſe, and followed Chriſt fortie yéeres.]

Behold the bedſted, [or Temple,] which Salomon made, round about it ſtand threeſcore ſtrong men [even] of the moſt valiant and mightie men of Iſrael. They all handle the ſword, and are expert in war, everie one hath his ſword upon his thigh, [watching, keeping, and defending the Temple by the word of God,] bicauſe of the feare in the night.

King Salomon made himſelfe a palace, or chariot, of the trees and wood of Lebanon, hee made the pillers therof of ſilver, and the pavement and covering therof of gold, the hangings thereof of purple, whoſe mids, or ground, was paved pleaſantlie with the love of the daughters of Jeruſalem.

Come foorth, O yee daughters of Zion, [even all yée that are of the number of the faithfull,] and behold this King Salomon [even Chriſt become man] crowned [by the love of God with the glorious crowne of his divinitie,] wherewith his mother crowned him in the daie of his mariage, and in the daie of the gladneſſe of his hart.

Christ.

O How faire art thou my love! how faire art thou! [I can not chooſe but praiſe and commend all that is in thée, in whom I have ſo great delight.] Thou haſt dooves eies, [even a ſimple and ſincere faith,] beſides that which lieth hid within thy hearie locks [even the fruits of a true faith] are like the wooll of a flocke of goates that be ſhorne upon Mount Gilead, [ſo great reſpect have I to the multitude of the faithfull ones, which are manie in number.]

Thy teeth, [or faith by the which all the faithfull are made the ſonnes of God equallie,] are like a flocke of ſheepe in good order 15 C8r 15 order of the ſame bigneſſe, which went up from the waſhing place, where everie one beareth two twins; and not one is unfruitfull or barren among them.

Thy lips are like a roſe coloured riband, thy words are lovelie, and thy talke comlie: thy cheeks or temples are like a peece of a pomgranate within thy hearie locks.

Thy necke [or preachers] is like the tower of David, builded with coſtlie ſtones lieng out on the ſides for defense: a thouſand ſhields hang therein: yea and all the weapons and targats of the giants or ſtrong men [are fired therein.]

Thy two breaſts, [the old Teſtament and the new] wherin are knowledge and zeale, [two pretious jewels] are like two twins of young Roes, which feede among roſes.

O that I might go to the mountaine of Mirrh, and to the hill of frankincenſe, till the daie breake, and till the shadowes be paſt awaie!

Thou art all faire, O my love, and no ſpot [or blemiſh] is there in thee [in my sight.]

Come to mee from Lebanon, O my ſpouſe: come to me from Lebanon. Looke from the top of Amanah, from the top of Shenir and Hermon: from the dens of the lions, and from the mountaines of the leopards [even from all the corners of the world will I call thee, my Church and faithfull unto me.]

O my ſiſter, [for ſo I cal thée my Church, in reſpect that I have taken the fleſh of man upon me.] O my ſpouſe: thou haſt wounded or bewitched my hart with love. O my ſiſter and ſpouſe, thou haſt wounded my hart with one of thy eies, and with a chaine of thy necke, [yea I love my gifts in thée, whom I have therewith made ſo beautifull and rich.]

O how faire are thy breſts, my ſiſter, my ſpouſe, how faire is thy love! Thy breaſts or love are much better and more pleaſant [unto me] than wine, and the ſavour of thine ointments paſſeth all ſpices.

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Thy lips, O my ſpouſe, [bicauſe of thy confeſſion & thankeſgiving, and through preaching of the Goſpell,] drop as the honie combe, [and bring foorth much conſolation and comfort:] yea milke and honie are under thy tongue, and the ſweet ſmell or ſavour of thy garments is like the ſmell of Lebanon.

My ſiſter, my ſpouſe is as a garden well locked or incloſed: as a ſpring ſhut up, and a fountaine ſealed up.

The fruits that are planted in thee are like a verie paradiſe or orchard of pomegranates: with ſweete fruits, as Camphire, Nardus, or Spikenard, Saffron, Calamus, and Cinamon, with all ſweet ſmelling trees of incenſe, Mirrh, Aloes, and all the beſt ſpices.

The Church.

O Fountaine of the gardens! O Well of living waters and the ſprings of Lebanon! [I confeſſe that all my glorie and beautie commeth of thée, O Chriſt, who art the true fountaine of all grace and goodneſſe to me the Church thy ſpouſe.]

Ariſe O north wind, and come O thou ſouth wind, come and blowe on my garden, that the ſpices & ſmell thereof may flowe out, and be carried on everie ſide: yea let my welbeloved come to his garden, and eate of the ſweet and pleſant fruits that growe therein. [For this is all my deſire to have thée, O Chriſt, my beloved ſpouſe, to come and comfort me, and to powre the graces of thy holie ſpirit from all quarters upon me.]

Christ.

Iam come into my garden, [even unto my kingdome and Church, where I prepare the banket for mine elect, and beſtowe upon them my ſingular benefits.] O my ſiſter, my ſpouſe, I have gathered my Mirrh with my ſpice: I have eaten my honie with the honie combe: I have drunke my wine with my milke. Eate ye [alſo] O friends, drink ye, and make you merrie, O welbeloved.

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The Church.

Isleepe [and am troubled with the cares of worldlie things,] but mine hart waketh: I heare the voice of my welbeloved that knocketh, saieng:

Christ.

Open to me, O my ſiſter, my love, my doove, my derling, mine undefiled. For mine head is full of dew, and the locks of my heare are full of the night drops: [having long patience towards ſinners.]

The Church.

Ihave put off my cote, [and confeſſe my nakedneſſe, having of my ſelfe nothing:] how ſhall I put it on again? I have waſhed my feete: [and am made cleane,] how ſhall I defile my ſelfe againe? [Yea therefore, ſéeing I am once by thée made cleane, I here promiſe now unto thée, never to defile or pollute my ſelfe with ſinne againe.]

My welbeloved put in his hand by the hole of the doore, and my hart and bowels were affectioned, or moved towards him.

I roſe up to open to my beloved, and my hands dropped with Mirrh: and the Mirrh ran downe my fingers upon the hands of the barre, or locke.

I opened unto my welbeloved, but he was departed and gone his waie paſt me, and my hart was gone when he did ſpeake. [For when I ſought him, and would faine have béene annointed of Chriſt, I could not find him, bicauſe I thought to annoint him with my good works.] I ſought him, [I ſaie] and could not find him: I called, and cried upon him, but he anſwered mee not. [For he left me for a time, to the end he might ſtir up in me a greater deſire of him by continuall praier.]

So the [wicked] watchmen [and falſe teachers] that went about the citie found me: they ſmote me, and wounded my [conſcience with their traditions,] yea the watchmen that kept the walles, tooke awaie my vaile or kerchife D.i. from 18 D1v 18 from mee.

I charge you [therefore] O ye daughters of Jeruſalem, [ye godlie watchmen of Zion, from whence the lawe & ſalvation commeth] if ye find my welbeloved, that you tell him that I am ſicke of love, [and that ye direct me unto him.]

The daughters of Jeruſalem, or faithfull Chriſtians, to the Church, ſaie:

O Thou faireſt among women, what maner of man is thy welbeloved above other lovers? or what is he more than other welbeloved? or what can thy love doo more than other lovers, that thou doſt ſo ſtraightlie charge us?

The Church.

My welbeloved [to deſcribe his perfect beautie and comlineſſe unto you,] is white, and ruddie coloured, the goodlieſt and chiefeſt perſon among ten thouſand.

His head is as the moſt fine gold, his locks are curled, and blacke as a raven.

His eies are like dooves eies, by the water brookes, [which looke] as though they were waſhed with milke, and remaine by the fullers veſſels, and are ſet like pearles in gold.

His cheekes are like a garden bed, wherin the Apothecaries plant all maner of ſweete ſpices, flowers, and things.

His lips are like lillies, that drop downe pure and ſweet ſmelling Mirrh.

His hands are like gold rings, ſet with the Chryſolite, or pretious ſtone of Tharſis.

His bellie is like white Juorie, deckt or covered over with Saphyrēs.

His legs are as the pillers of marble, ſet upon ſockets of fine gold.

His face or countenance is as Lebanus, and excellent as the beautie of the Cedar trees.

His mouth, and the words thereof are ſweet, and he is 19 D2r 19 is altogither lovelie, and wholie delectable, [even] this or ſuch a one is my love, O yee daughters of Jeruſalem, [and] ſuch a maner of man is this my welbeloved [ſpouſe Chriſt.]

The daughters of Jeruſalem, or the faithfull to the Church, ſaie:

Othou faireſt among women, whither is [this] thy welbeloved [Chriſt] gone? whither is thy welbeloued turned aſide, that we [alſo] may ſeek him with thee. [For hearing of this his excellencie and beautie, we are inflamed greatlie with deſire to knowe how and where to find him alſo,]

The Church.

My welbeloved is gone downe into his garden, [and is converſant here in earth among men in his Church, which is directed by his ſcriptures,] unto the ſweet ſmelling beds of ſpices, [is my love come,] that he may refreſh himſelfe, and feede in the gardens, and gather lillies.

[I aſſure my ſelfe of the love of Chriſt, and that] I am my welbeloveds, and my welbeloved is mine, who feedeth among the lillies.

Christ.

Thou art beautifull, O my love, as is the place, or ſtrong and faire citie Tirzah: thou art comlie and faire as Jeruſalem: fearfull and terrible as an armie of men with their banners.

Turne awaie thine eies from mee, for they have ſet me on fire, and overcome mee: [ſo excéeding is my love towards thée my Church, yea I muſt néeds praiſe thy ſpirituall and comelie beautie alſo in all thy members. For] thy hearie locks are like a flocke of goats, which go downe to be ſhorne upon the mountaine of Gilead.

Thy teeth are like a flocke of ſhorne ſheepe, which go up from the waſhing place, where everie one beareth twins, & not one is barren, or unfruitfull among them.

Thy cheekes, or temples, are like a peece of pomgranate, within thy locks of heare.

There are threeſcore Queenes, and foureſcore concubines,D.ii. cubines, 20 D2v 20 cubines, or wives, and of the damſels without number. [For the faithfull are manie in number, and divers orders and degrées of men there are therein: or the gifts and graces which I doo give unto the Church, are infinit.]

But my doove is one alone, and mine undefiled dearling, ſhe is the onlie beloved daughter of hir mother, and deere unto hir that bare hir. [For divers particular Churches diſperſed, make but one catholike Church.] When the daughters ſawe hir, they ſaid ſhe was bleſſed: yea even the Queenes and concubins, or wives praiſed hir.

What, or who is ſhe that looketh foorth as the morning, faire as the moone, pure as the ſunne, terrible and fearfull as an armie of men with their banners? [Though the beginning of my Church was but ſmall, yet hath it growne up to a great multitude.]

I went downe unto the nut garden, [and looked upon my Church, ſubject to affliction, what fruit it bringeth,] and to ſee what grew by the brooks in the vallie, if the vine budded, and if the vineyard & pomgranats flouriſhed: [I went downe, I saie, into the Synagogue, to ſée what fruits came of the lawe and the Prophets, but] I knew nothing, [nor found any thing but rebellion therin.] My ſoule ſet me as the chariots of my noble people that be under tribute: [and I ran as ſwift as the nobles of my people in their chariots, to call them to repentance, ſaieng:]

Come againe, turne againe, O Shulamite, thou perfect one: turne againe, O my people of Jeruſalem, turne againe, and we will looke upon thee. What ſhall ye ſee in the Shulamite, [that is, Jeruſalem, the which was Shalem, that signifieth peace,] but like men of war ſinging in a companie?

O how pleaſant and beautifull are thy goings with ſhooes, thou princes daughter! The joints of thy thighs are like a faire jewell, which is wrought by the hand of cunning workemaiſter?

Thy navell is like a round goblet or cup, which is neuer 21 D3r 21 never without drinke, or wanteth liquor, [but is ever repleniſhed with the rich knowledge of Gods word, and heavenlie deſires.]

Thy bellie or wombe is as an heape of wheate that is ſet about with lillies: [even full of ſpirituall treaſures.]

Thy two breaſts [of the old teſtament and the new, which came from God,] are like two twins of yoong Roes, [and are of equall authoritie in the Church.]

Thy necke [or preachers,] is like the tower of Juorie, [and ought to be pure and godlie.] Thine eies alſo are like the water pooles that are in Heſbon, by the gates of Bath-Rabbin, [even thy magiſtrates muſt be well inſtructed in Gods word.] Thy noſe [or Judges of good & evill,] is like the tower of Lebanon, which looketh toward Damaſcus.

Thine head that ſtandeth upon thee is like Carmel, or ſkarlet, & the heare of thine head like purple. The king is tied in the gallerie or rafters, or dwelleth among manie water conduits, [and delighteth to come néere thée, and to be in thy companie.]

O how faire and lovelie art thou my love! How pleaſant art thou O my dearling in pleaſures!

This thy ſtature is like a palme tree, [which the more it is preſſed & perſecuted, the more it groweth and increaſeth,] and thy breaſts are like the cluſters of grapes.

I ſaid, I will climbe up into the palme tree, and take hold of hir high boughes. Thy breaſts alſo ſhall now be like the cluſters of the vine, and the ſmell of thy noſtrils like as the ſavour of apples.

And the roofe of thy mouth like the beſt wine, which is meet for my beſt bloud, and cauſeth the lips of the ancient to ſpeake.

The Church.

Iam my welbeloveds, and his deſire is to turne towards me. O come on my welbeloved, let us go forth into the field, and take our lodging in the villages, and there remaine.

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Christ.

In the morning will we get up earlie, and go ſee the vineyard, we will ſee if the vine be ſproong forth, if the grapes be growne, and if the pomegranates flouriſh, and be ſhot out. [I will call them that profeſſe my word to an account, what fruit they doo bring foorth in my Church.] There will I give thee my love, or my breaſts: [even my graces to the faithfull that are in my Church.]

The mandrakes have given their ſmell, and in our gates are all ſweet things, new and old, which I have kept for thee, O my beloved.

The Church.

Othat I [that is, the fathers of the old teſtament,] might find thee without, [that is, ſée the incarnation of Chriſt,] and kiſſe thee, whome I love as my brother, which ſuckt my mothers breaſts, then they ſhould not deſpiſe thee nor mee.

I will leade thee, and bring thee into my mothers houſe, that thou [O Chriſt] mighteſt teach me, and that I might give thee drinke of the ſpiced wine, and of the ſweet ſap of my pomgranats.

His left hand ſhall be under my head, and his right hand ſhall imbrace me. [His gratious favour ſhall preſerve me from deſperation in adverſitie, and from preſumption in proſperitie.]

Christ.

Icharge you, O ye daughters of Jeruſalem, [ye magiſtrates or elders, which rule in my Church,] that ye ſtir not up [contentions, or wars therein,] nor wake my love, [by tumults and troubles,] untill ſhe pleaſe.

Who is ſhe that thus commeth up from out of the wilderneſſe, leaning upon hir welbeloved? I waked, or raiſed thee up among the apple trees, where thy mother conceived thee, where thy mother, I saie, that bare thee, brought thee into the world.

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The Church.

Oset me as a ſeale upon thine hart, and as a ſignet upon thine arme. [For I thy ſpouſe deſire to be joined in perpetuall love with thée, O Chriſt, by the ſeale of the holie Ghoſt.] For love is ſtrong as death, and jelouſie is cruell as the grave.

The coales thereof are fierie coales, and a verie vehement flame of the Lord: ſo that manie waters are not able to quench love, neither may the ſtreames of fluds drowne it: yea if a man would give all the ſubſtance of his houſe for love, he ſhould count it nothing: [but] would greatlie contemne it.

We have a little ſiſter, [namelie, the Church of the Gentils,] ſhe is but yoong, and hath no breaſts, [but wanteth both the old and new teſtament.] What ſhall we doo for our ſiſter, when ſhe ſhall be ſpoken for?

If ſhe be [ſure and firme as] a wall, we will build upon hir a ſilver palace: and if ſhe be a doore, we will keepe or faſten hir with boords of Cedar trees. [If the Church be ſure and faſt, ſhe is méete for the huſband to dwell in, and we the Apoſtles will preach to them that are called inwardlie of God to ſalvation.]

[Yea] I am a wall, and my breaſts are as towers. [For I doo promiſe fidelitie & conſtancie unto my ſpouſe Chriſt.] Then was I as one that hath found favor and peace in his ſight.

Salomon [the Lord Chriſt] hath a vineyard at Baalhamon, and this vineyard let he out unto kepers, that everie one, for the fruit therof, ſhould give him a thouſand peeces of ſilver.

But my vineyard, which is mine, is in my ſight before me: to thee O [Chriſt the ſpirituall] Salomon apperteine a thouſand peeces of ſilver, and two thouſand to them that keepe the fruit thereof: [even the greateſt profit, which is life everlaſting, obteined by the grace of God, and not by our merits.]

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O thou that dwelleſt in the gardens, [thy Church, where] thy companions [or faithfull ones,] hearken unto thy voice. O let me heare it [alſo,] that my companions may hearken unto the ſame.

O my welbeloved [Chriſt, if thou] flie awaie, and [depart from us thy faithfull ones for a while, yet we beſéech thée] be like unto the Roe, or as the yong Hart upon the ſweet ſmelling mountaines of ſpices, [and make haſte (we praie thée) to come againe, and helpe us in our troubles, Amen.]

The foure lamentations of the daughter of Zion, the Church, wherin with weeping, ſighing, howling, and with an heavie and wofull hart ſhe ſorowfullie bewaileth hir miſerable eſtate, being plagued of God, and forſaken of hir ſpouſe Chriſt, for hir ſinnes, unfaithfulneſſe, and rebellion.

Lament. 1. The firſt Lamentation.

Alas, how doth the citie [Jeruſalem] remaine ſo ſolitarie and deſolate, that ſometime was full of people? How is ſhe become like a widowe? How is ſhe brought under tribute that was great among the nations, & ruled the lands and provinces as princeſſe?

She weepeth ſore continuallie in the night, and the teares run downe by hir cheekes: [ſo that ſhée taketh no reſt.] For among all hir lovers ſhe hath none to comfort hir, yea all hir next friends trangreſſe againſt hir, and have dealth unfaithfullie with hir, and are become hir enimies.

Juda is caried away captive, becauſe of [hir crueltie] affliction and great bondage, or ſervitude, [and oppreſſion of their ſervantes, and the poore:] ſhe dwelleth [now] among the heathen, and findeth no reſt: all hir perſecutours tooke hir in the ſtrait places, where ſhee could not eſcape.

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The waies and ſtreets of Zion mourne and lament, bicauſe no man commeth anie more [with mirth and joie as they were woont] to the ſolemne feaſts: all hir gates are deſolate: hir prieſts ſigh and make lamentation: hir virgins are diſcomfited, hir maides are carefull, and ſhe hir ſelfe is in great heavineſſe.

Hir adverſaries are the chiefe [rulers over hir,] and hir enimies proſper. For the Lord hath chaſtened and afflicted hir for hir great wickedneſſe, and hir children are gone into captivitie before the enimie, for the multitude of hir tranſgreſſions.

And from the daughter of Zion all hir beautie is gone and departed, hir princes are become like harts that finde no paſture, [even as men pined awaie with ſorowe, and have no courage,] and they are driven awaie, and gone without ſtrength before the enimie and purſuer, ſo that they have no more power.

Now Jeruſalem remembred, in the time of hir miſerie and affliction, bare eſtate and rebellion, all hir joie and pleaſure that ſhe hath had in times paſt: ſeeing hir people is brought downe under the power of the enimie, and there is no man for to helpe hir. The enimies ſtand looking at hir, and laugh and mocke hir Sabboth daies [that is, hir Religion and ſerving of God,] to ſcorne.

Jeruſalem hath greevouſlie ſinned, therefore is ſhe come in decaie, and had in deriſion: all they that had hir in honour [now] deſpiſe hir, becauſe they have ſeene hir filthineſſe: yea ſhe ſigheth and turneth backward, as ſhe that is aſhamed of hir ſelfe.

Hir filthineſſe is in hir ſkirts [and manifeſt,] yet ſhe [was not aſhamed of hir ſinne, nor] remembred hir laſt end: therefore is hir downe-fall ſo woonderfull, and there is no man to comfort hir. O Lord, behold mine affliction, and conſider my trouble, for mine enimie hath the upper hand, and hath proudlie magnified himſelfe.

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The enemie hath put his hand to all the pretious things that ſhe had: yea even before hir eies came the heathen, and entred in and out of hir Sanctuarie, whome thou (nevertheleſſe) didſt command and forbid to come within thy Church and congregation.

All hir people ſigh, and ſeeke their bread with heavineſſe: and looke what pretious or pleaſant thing everie man hath, that giveth he for meate to ſave his life, and refreſh his ſoule. Conſider O Lord, and ſee, how vile I am become.

Have ye no regard [to pitie me] all yee that paſſe by this waie? Behold and ſee, if there be anie ſorowe like unto mine, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted or troubled me, in the day of his fierce and fearefull wrath, [and learne to beware by mine example.]

From above hath he [even God] ſent downe a fire into my bones, which prevaileth and burneth them cruellie: he hath ſpred or laid a net for my feete, turned me backe, and throwne me wide open: he hath made me deſolate, ſo that I am dailie in heavineſ, and muſt ever be mourning.

The yoke of my tranſgreſſions is bound faſt to [God] his hand, they are wrapped or wreathen, and come up upon my necke, [ſo that by no meanes it can be ſhaken off, or remitted, but onlie of his ſpeciall grace and mercie.] He hath made me ſtrength to faile: the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, neither am I able to riſe up, and quit my ſelfe from them [that have me in bondage.]

The Lord hath troden under foote, and deſtroied all my valiant and mightie men, that were in the middes of me: he hath proclaimed an appointed time, and called an aſſemblie to ſlaughter and deſtroie all my beſt yoong men. The Lord hath troden downe the virgin, the daughter of Juda, like as it were [grapes] in a wine-preſſe.

Therefore do I weepe, and mine eies, even mine eies guſh 27 D6r 27 guſh out with water, becauſe the comforter that ſhould quicken me and refreſh my ſoule, is far from me. My children are driven awaie and deſolate. And why? Becauſe the enimie hath gotten the upper hand, and prevailed.

Zion caſteth out hir hands, and there is none to comfort hir: the Lord hath laid the enimies of Jacob round about him, and Jeruſalem is as a menſtruous woman, [who for hir pollution, is ſeparate from hir huſband,] and is become abhomination in the middeſt of them.

The Lord is righteous, for I have rebelled againſt his commandements, & provoked his countenance to anger. O heare I praie you, and take heede all ye people, behold my ſorowe, and conſider my heavineſſe: my virgins, my maidens, and my yong men are led awaie [priſoners, and] gone into captivitie.

I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: for my prieſts and counſellers, but they periſhed [and died for hunger] in the Citie, even whiles they ſought for meate to ſave their lives, and refreſh their ſoules.

Behold, O Lord, and conſider how I am troubled, my bowels ſwell, my wombe is diſquieted, my hart turneth about within me, and I am full of heavineſſe, becauſe I rebelled ſtubbornelie: the ſword ſpoileth me abroade, as death doth at home.

They heare my mourning, but there is none that will comfort me: all mine enimies have heard of my trouble, and are glad thereof, becauſe thou haſt done it: [but] thou wilt bring forth the daie and time that thou haſt pronounced, and calledſt, when they alſo ſhall be like unto me.

Let all their wickedneſſe come before thee, and do thou unto them, as thou haſt done unto me for all my tranſgreſſions and treſpaſſes. For my ſorowe is verie great, my ſighes are manie, and mine hart is heavie.

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The ſecond lamentation of Zion.

Alas, how hath the Lord darkened the daughter of Zion in his wrath, [and brought hir from proſperitie to adverſitie?] How hath he caſt the beautie and honour of Iſrael downe from heaven unto the earth, and [given hir a moſt ſore fall,] not remembring his owne footeſtoole, [the Temple of Jeruſalem,] in the daie of his wrath, when he was angrie?

The Lord hath caſt out and deſtroied all the habitations of Jacob, without anie favour: all the ſtrong places or holdes of the daugher of Juda hath he broken in his wrath, and throwne them downe to the ground, and not ſpared hir kingdome, and the princes thereof hath he prophaned and polluted.

In the wrath of his fierce indignation he hath broken all the horne [or power and ſtrength] of Iſrael, he hath drawne backe his right hand [of ſuccour] from before the enimie: yea a flame of fire was kindled in Jacob, which hath conſumed & devoured up all round about.

He hath bent his bowe like an enimie, his right hand was ſtretched up and faſtned as an adverſarie, and everie thing that was pleaſant to the eie to ſee, he hath ſlaine, he hath powred out his wrath like a fire into the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion.

The Lord is become as it were an enimie, he hath devoured Iſrael, and conſumed all his palaces: yea all his ſtrong holds hath he deſtroied, and filled and greatlie increaſed the daughter of Juda with much ſorrowe and heavineſſe, lamentation and mourning.

For he hath deſtroied his tabernacle as a garden, his ſolemne meetings or congregation hath he put downe, yea the Lord hath brought it ſo to paſſe, that the high ſolemne feaſts and ſabboths are cleane forgotten in Zion, and hath deſpiſed in the heavie diſpleaſure and indignation of his wrath [both] the king and 29 D7r 29 and the prieſt.

The Lord hath forſaken his owne altar, and hath abhorred his owne Sanctuarie: he hath given the walles of hir palaces and towers into the hand of the enimies, who have made a noiſe [with blaſphemous ſhoutings and criengs] in the houſe of the Lord, as in the daie of ſolemnitie and feaſting [when the people were accuſtomed to praie.]

The Lord hath determined to breake downe the walles of the daughter of Zion, he ſpread out his line, and hath not withdrawne his hand from deſtroieng: therefore he maketh the [inſenſible things, even the] rampart turrets, and walles [as it were to take part of the ſorowe, and to] mourne & lament, becauſe they fell downe and were deſtroied together.

Hir gates are ſunke downe to the ground, hir bars are broken and ſmitten in ſunder, hir king and princes are caried awaie to the Gentiles, they have not the lawe, neither have hir Prophets anie viſion from the Lord.

The Senatours and Elders of the daughter of Zion ſit upon the ground, and keepe ſilence, they have caſt up duſt and aſhes upon their heads, and girded themſelves with ſackcloth: the virgins or maides of Jeruſalem hang downe their heads to the ground.

Mine eies do faile through weeping, and abundance of teares: my bowels ſwell, my liver is powred upon the earth, for the great hurt and deſtruction of the daughter of my people, bicauſe the children, babes, and ſucklings faint and ſowwone in the ſtreetes of the Citie.

They have ſaid to their mothers, Where is bread and drinke? when they ſowwoned and fell downe as the wounded in the ſtreetes of the citie, and when they gave up the ghoſt, and died in their mothers boſome.

What thing ſhall I take to witneſſe againſt thee? Or what thing ſhal I liken to thee, O daughter Jeruſalemſalem? 30 D7v 30 ſalem.? [Thy calamitie is ſo evident, that it néede no further proofe.] To whome then ſhall I compare thee, O thou virgin daughter Zion, to comfort thee withall? For the breach [in thy hart] is like [the breach in] a maine ſea. Who may heale thee?

Thy [falſe] Prophets have looked out vaine and fooliſh things for thee, and they have not diſcovered thine iniquitie, or ſhewed thee of thy wickedneſſe, to turne awaie thine affliction, and to keepe thee from captivitie: but they [to flatter thée in thy ſinnes] have ſeene or looked out for the falſe propheſies, and cauſes of baniſhment, [and deſtruction.]

All that paſſe by the waie, clap their hands at thee, hiſſing and wagging their heads upon the daughter Jeruſalem, and ſaie: Is this the Citie that men call ſo faire,the perfection of beautie, and the joie of the whole earth?

All thine enimies gape upon thee with open mouths, they hiſſe at thee, and grinde their teeth, ſaieng: Let vs devoure it, for certainlie this is the daie, the time that we looked for is come, we have found, and ſeene it.

The Lord hath fulfilled the thing that he was purpoſed to doo, and performed his word that he had deviſed and determined of old time long ago: he hath throwne downe, deſtroied, and not ſpared: he hath cauſed thine adverſarie to reioice and triumph over thee, and hath ſet up the horne [or power] of thine enimie.

Their hart cried unto the Lord: O thou wall or citie of the daughter Zion, let thy teares run downe like a river: daie and night take thee no reſt, neither let the apple of thine eie ceaſe or leave off [wéeping.]

Ariſe, ſtand up, and crie in the night, in the beginning of the watches: powre out thy hart like water before the face of the Lord, lift up thine hands towards him, for the lives of the yong children that faint and die for hunger in the corners of the all the ſtreets.

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Behold, O Lord, and conſider to whome thou haſt done thus. Shall the women then eate their own fruit, even their children of a ſpan long? Shal the Prieſt and the Prophet be ſlaine in the Sanctuarie of the Lord?

The yong & the old lie on the ground in the ſtreetes: my virgins and my yong men are ſlaine, and fallen with the ſword: thou haſt ſlaine them and put them to death in the daie of thy wrathfull indignation: yea even thou haſt killed them, and not ſpared.

My terrours [even mine enimies whom I feared] that are round about me, haſt thou called as it were to a feaſtdaie, ſo that in the daie of the Lords wrath none eſcaped, neither was anie left behinde: thoſe that I have nouriſhed and brought up, hath mine enimie deſtroied and conſumed.

The third lamentation of Zion.

How is the gold [or the princes] become ſo dimme? the moſt fine gold ſo changed? How are the ſtones of the Sanctuarie [or the prieſts] ſo ſcattered in the corner of everie ſtreete?

The noble men of Zion that were alwaie in honour, and cloathed with the moſt pretious gold, how are they eſteemed, and now become like the earthen veſſels, the worke of the potters hand? [of ſmall eſtimation, and without anie honour.]

The Dragons [though they be cruell, yet for pitie] drawe out their breaſts, and give ſucke to [nouriſh] their yong ones: but the daughter of my people is become cruell, [and the women forſake their children] like the Eſtriches in the wildernes, [which forſake both egge and bird.]

The tongs of the ſucking children cleave to the roofe of their mouths for verie thirſt, the yong children aſke bread, but there is no man that giveth it them.

They that were woont to fare delicatelie, periſh in the ſtreets: they that afore were brought up in purple and ſcarlet, now make much of doong.

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For the iniquitie of the daughter of my people is beecome greater than the wickedneſſe of Zodome, that ſuddenlie was deſtroied, and not taken with hands, nor anie camps pitched againſt hir.

Hir Nazarites or abſteiners were purer than the ſnowe, and whiter than the milke: their colour in bodie was freſh & red as corall, and their beautie like the poliſhed Saphyr, [ſo greatly were they once in Gods favour.]

But now their faces be verie blacke as a cole, in ſo much that none can knowe them in the ſtreetes: their ſkinne cleaveth to their bones, it is withered, and become like a drie ſtocke, [and they are in greateſt abhomination unto him.]

They that be ſlaine with the ſword, are happier than they that are killed or die with hunger. For they fade [and pine] awaie, as they were ſtriken through for the lacke of the fruits of the field [and foode.]

The women, which of nature are pitifull, have ſodden their owne children with their hands, that they might be their meate in the miſerable deſtruction of the daughter of my people.

The Lord hath performed his heavie wrath, he hath powred out the furiouſneſſe of his wrathfull diſpleaſure: he hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath conſumed the foundations thereof.

Neither the kings of the earth, nor all the inhabitors of the world, would have beleeved, that the enimie and adverſarie ſhould have entred and come into the gates of Jeruſalem.

Which nevertheleſſe [contrarie to all mens expectation] is come to paſſe, for the ſinnes of hir Prophets, and the iniquities of hir Prieſts, that have ſhed the bloud of the juſt and innocent in the midſt of hir.

As blind men went they ſtumbling in the ſtreets, and ſtained or polluted themſelves with bloud, ſo that the heathen would not touch their garments.

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But they cried unto them, Depart and flee ye polluted: Awaie, get you hence, touch not [thoſe prieſts,] for they are uncleane, and be removed. Therfore they fled awaie, and wandered, yea they have ſaid among the heathen, They ſhall no more dwell there.

The anger, wrath, & countenance of the Lord hath ſcattered them, and ſhall never looke more upon them, nor regard them. For they themſelves neither regarded, nor reverenced the face of the prieſts, nor had compaſſion or pitie of their Elders.

Wherefore our eies failed, whiles we yet looked for our vaine helpe of man. For in our waiting we have looked for [the Aegyptians,] a nation & people that could doo us no good, nor ſave us.

They hunt our ſteps, and lay ſo ſharpe wait for us, that we can not go ſafe in the ſtreets: our end is neere at hand, our daies are fulfilled, for our end is come.

Our perſecutors are ſwifter than the Eagles of the aire, they purſued & followed upon vs over the mountaines, and laid wait for us in the wilderneſſe.

The verie breath of our noſtrels, even [Joſiahs the king and] the annointed of the Lord, (himſelfe) [in whome ſtood our hope of Gods favour, and on whome depended our ſtate and life,] was taken in their nets, [and ſlaine,] of whome we ſaid, Under his ſhadowe we ſhall be preſerved alive among the heathen.

And thou, O daughter Edom, that dwelleſt in the land of Huz, [go to,] be glad and rejoice [at our deſtruction and fall: yet be thou ſure thou ſhalt not eſcape.] For the cup [of Gods wrath] ſhall paſſe through, and come unto thee alſo: thou ſhalt be dronken, and diſcover thy nakedneſſe, and vomit [up thine owne ſhame.]

[Be of good comfort therefore] O thou daughter Zion, thy ſinnes are fullie puniſhed, and thy puniſhment accompliſhed. [For after ſeventie yeres, thy ſorowes ſhal have an end.] He will no more carie thee awaie into captivitie: but E.i. thy 34 E1v 34 thy wickedneſſe, O daughter Edom, ſhall he viſit, and will diſcover thy ſins: [ſo that the wicked ſhall be tormented for ever.]

The fourth lamentation or complaint of Zion.

Iam ſhe, that through the rod of his wrath have experience of miſerie.

He drove me foorth, and led me: yea into darkeneſſe, but not into light.

Surelie againſt me is he turned, he turneth his hand dailie againſt me.

My fleſh and my ſkinne hath he made to ware old, and my bones hath he bruſed and broken.

He hath builded againſt me, and cloſed me in with gall and travell.

He hath ſet me in darke places, as they that be dead for ever.

He hath hedged me in, that I can not get out, and he hath laid heavie linkes and chaines upon me.

Alſo, though I crie and call pitiouſlie, yet heareth he not my praier.

He hath ſtopped up my waies with hewen or ſquared ſtones, and made my paths crooked.

He laieth waite for me like a Beare, and as a Lion in a hole, or ſecret places.

He hath ſtopped up my waies, and broken me in peeces, he hath laid me waſte, and made me deſolate.

He hath bent his bowe, and made me a marke to ſhoote at with the arrowe.

The arrowes of his quiver [I saie] hath he ſhot [at me,] and they are entered even into my reines.

I am laughed to ſcorne and had in deriſion of all my people, and they make ſongs [or ballets] upon me all the daie long.

He hath filled me with bitterneſſe, and made me dronken with woormewood [and with great anguiſh and ſorowerowe 35 E2r 35 rowe he hath made me looſe my ſenſes.]

He hath ſmitten my teeth in peeces with ſtones, and rolled me in the duſt.

Thus my ſoule was farre off from peace, I forgat proſperitie, and all good things.

And I ſaid, My ſtrength and mine hope is periſhed from the Lord.

O remember yet my miſerie, and my trouble, the woormewood and the gall.

Yea in remembring, my ſoule doth ſtill remember them, and is humbled within me.

I conſider theſe things in my hart, and therefore I get hope againe.

Namelie, it is of the Lords mercies, that we are not utterlie conſumed for our wickedneſſe: for truelie his pitifull compaſſions faile not.

New mercies ſhall the Lord ſhew upon thee earlie in the daie ſpringing everie morning. O Lord great is thy faithfulneſſe: [for we féel thy benefits continuallie.]

The Lord is my portion, ſaith my ſoule, therefore will I hope in him.

O how good is the Lord unto them that put their truſt in him, and to the ſoule that ſeeketh after him!

The good man with ſilence and patience doth both truſt and waite for the health and ſalvation of the Lord.

It is good for a man to take and beare the yoke uppon him, in and from his youth up.

He ſitteth alone [and murmureth not, but is patient,] and holdeth him ſtill, and keepeth ſilence, becauſe he hath taken and borne the Lords yoke upon him.

He laieth his face upon the earth [and humbleth himſelfe, waiting with patience,] if there may happen to be anie hope [of ſuccour.]

He offreth his cheeke to the ſmiter, he will be content with reproches.

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For the Lord will not forſake for ever.

But though he ſend affliction, and puniſh, yet will he have compaſſion, and according to the multitude of his mercies he receiveth to grace againe.

For he doth not plague willinglie, nor [delighteth to] afflict the children of men, [but doth it of neceſſitie for our amendment.]

To treade all the priſoners of the earth under his feete,

To overthrowe the right of a man before the face of the moſt high,

To condemne a man in his cauſe: the Lord hath not pleaſure in ſuch things.

What and who is he then that ſaith, And it commeth to paſſe, And the Lord commandeth it not. [For without his providence nothing is done.]

Out of the mouth of the moſt high proceedeth not evill and good: [both proſperitie and aduerſitie.]

Wherefore then mourneth the living man, [when God afflicteth him?] Let him mourne, and be ſorowfull for his owne ſinnes, for which he ſuffereth.

Let us ſearch and trie, and looke well upon our owne waies, and remember our ſelves, and turne againe to the Lord.

Let us [without hypocriſie] lift up both our harts and our hands unto God, that is in the heavens, [and ſaie:]

We have ſinned, and rebelled, therefore haſt thou not ſpared.

Thou haſt covered us in thy wrath, and perſecuted us: thou haſt ſlaine without anie favour.

Thou haſt hid thy ſelfe as in a cloud, that our praiers ſhould not paſſe through.

Thou haſt made us the offſcowring and reffuſe in the mids of the people.

All our enimies have opened their mouths againſt us, and gape upon us.

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Feare and ſnare is come upon us, yea deſolation and deſtruction.

Whole rivers of waters guſh out of mine eies, for the deſtruction of the daughter of my people.

Mine eie droppeth without ſtaie, and ceaſeth not: for there is no reſt,

Till the Lord looke downe from heaven, & conſider.

Mine eies breake mine hart, [and I am overcome with wéeping:] bicauſe of all the daughters [or people] of my Citie.

Mine enimies hunted and chaſed me ſore like a bird, yea and that without a cauſe.

They have ſhut up my life in a dungeon, and caſt a ſtone upon me.

The waters flowed over mine head: then thought I, Now I am deſtroied.

I called upon they name, O Lord, out of the deepe pit, and lowe dungeon.

Thou haſt heard my voice: ſtop not thine eare from my ſighings and crieng.

Thou dreweſt neere unto me in the daie when I called upon thee, and haſt ſaid, feare not.

O Lord, thou haſt maintained the cauſe of my ſoule, and haſt redeemed my life [that was in danger.]

O Lord, thou haſt ſeene my wrong: take thou my cauſe upon thee, and judge it.

Thou haſt ſeene all their vengeance, and all their deviſes againſt mee.

Thou haſt hard their reprochfull & deſpitefull words O Lord, yea and all their imaginations againſt me.

The lips alſo of thoſe that riſe againſt me, and their deviſes and whiſperings that they take againſt me all the daie long.

Behold alſo their ſitting downe, and their riſing up: how I am now their ſong.

Reward them, O Lord, according to the works of E.iii. their 38 E3v 38 their hands.

Give them ſorrowe of hart, and an obſtinate hart, even thy curſe to them.

Perſecute them, O Lord, with thine indignation, and root them out, and utterlie deſtroie them from under the heaven.

The fift lamentation, or praier of Zion.

Call to remembrance, O Lord, what is come upon us: conſider and behold our confuſion and reproch.

Our inheritance is turned to the ſtrangers, and our houſes to the aliens.

We are underlings without fathers, and our mothers are as widowes.

We have drunken our water for monie, and our wood have we by ſale ſold unto us.

Our necks are under perſecution: we are wearie, and have no reſt.

Aforetime we yeelded our ſelves to the Aegyptians, and now [we have ſubmitted our ſelves] to the Aſſyrians, onlie that we might be ſatiſfied, & have bread inough.

Our fathers which now are gone have ſinned, and we muſt beare their wickedneſſe.

Servants have the rule of us, and no man delivereth us out of their hands.

We muſt get out living with the perill of our lives, bicauſe of the drought of the wilderneſſe.

Our ſkin is made blacke like as an oven, bicauſe of the trouble, famine, and verie ſore hunger.

They raviſh and defile the wives in Zion: and the maidens in the citie of Judea.

The princes are hanged up by their enimies hand: they have not honoured the old ſage mens faces.

They have taken the yoong men [for ſlaves] to grind, and the boies fainted under the burden of wood, [not able to abide it.]

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The elders have ceaſed from the gates [ſo that there were no more lawes, nor forme of Commonwealth:] and the yoong men from their ſongs.

The joie of our hart is gone, our danſe and melodious meeting is turned into mourning.

The garland or crowne of our head is fallen: Wo now unto us, and alas that ever we ſinned.

Therefore our hart is full of heavineſſe, and for theſe things our eies are dimme [with wéeping.]

Bicauſe of the hill or mountaine of Zion, which is deſtroied and deſolate, inſomuch that the foxes runne upon it.

But thou, O Lord, remaineſt for ever, and thy ſeate & throne from generation to generation, world without end: [and therefore thy covenant and mercies can never faile.]

Wherefore doſt thou forget us for ever, and forſake us ſo long time?

Turne thou us unto thee, O Lord, and ſo we ſhall be turned: renew our daies as in old times.

But thou haſt utterlie baniſhed and rejected us: and thou art exceedinglie angrie and diſpleaſed againſt us.

The praier and thankeſgiving of Sarra Tobits wife, which in hir virginitie, with faſting and weeping for the ſpace of three daies and three nights, ſhe made to be delivered from the ſhame and reproch, wherewith hir fathers maids upbraided hir. Tobit. 3, 11.

Bleſſed art thou, O Lord my God: and thine holie and glorious name is bleſſed and honourable for ever. Let all thy works praiſe thee for ever, O God of our fathers, which when thou art wroth ſheweſt mercie: and in the time of trouble thou forgiveſt the ſinnes of them that call upon thee. Unto thee, O Lord, turne I now my face: unto thee lift I up mine eies, and [saie,] I beſeech thee, E.iiii. O 40 E4v 40 O Lord, looſe me out of the bonds of this rebuke, or elſe take me utterlie awaie from out of the earth, that I may heare no more anie reproch. Thou knoweſt, O Lord [mine innocencie,] that I never had deſire unto man, and that I have kept my ſoule cleane from all uncleanlie luſts. Thou knoweſt, O Lord, [I say,] that I am pure from all ſinne with man, and that I have neuer polluted my name, nor the name of my father in the land of my captivitie. I have not kept companie with thoſe that paſſe their time in ſport: neither have I made my ſelfe partaker with them that walke in light behaviour. I am the onelie daughter of my father, neither hath he anie man child to be his heire, neither anie neere kinſman or child borne of him, to whom I may keepe my ſelfe for a wife. An huſband have I conſented to take, not for my pleaſure, but in thy feare: and my ſeven huſbands are now dead, [one after another,] and why ſhould I live [to endure ſo great reproch, as to be counted a murtherer of my huſbands? Now] peradventure, either I have beene unwoorthie of them, or elſe were they unmeete for me. But if it pleaſe not thee that I should die, [as I deſire:] for thou happilie haſt kept me to another huſband, command [then] to looke on me, & to pitie me, that I doo no more heare reproch. For why, thy counſell is not in the power of man: but everie one that ſerveth thee, is ſure of this, that if his life be in trieng, he ſhall be crowned: and if he be in trouble, that God no doubt ſhall deliver him: & if his life be in chaſtening, that he ſhall have leave to come unto thy mercie. For thou haſt no pleaſure in our damnation. And why? After a ſtorme thou makeſt the weather faire and ſtill: after weeping and heavineſſe thou giveſt great joie. Thy name, O God of Iſrael, be praiſed for ever, Amen.

And at the ſame time were hir praiers heard before the majeſtie of the great God.

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The praier of Judith, which ſhe made with faſting and teares, for the deliverance of hir people the Bethulians, out of the hands of Holophernes, and the Aſſyrians hoſt that beſieged their citie. Judith. 9, 2.

O Lord God of my father Simeon, which gaveſt him a ſword for a defence againſt the enimies, and to take vengeance of the ſtrangers, which uſed violence in their uncleanneſſe, and opened the wombe of the maid [Dinah,] and defiled hir: that raviſhed the virgine, and diſcovered the thigh with ſhame, and polluted the wombe to hir reproch & confuſion. (For thou hadſt commanded that it ſhould not ſo be: yet they [the Sichemites I meane,] did things, for the which thou gaveſt their princes to the ſlaughter. For they were deceived, and waſhed their beds with bloud.) And haſt ſtriken the ſervants with the governors, & the governors upon their thrones. Thou that gaveſt their wives for a praie, and their daughters to be captives, and all their ſpoiles for a bootie unto thy children and ſervantes the Iſraelites, that thou lovedſt, which were mooved with thy zeale, and abhorred the pollution of their bloud, and called upon thee for aid.

O God, O Lord my God, heare me alſo a widowe, and helpe mee, I beſeech thee. For thou haſt wrought the things afore, and theſe; and the things that ſhall be after: and thou conſidereſt the things that are preſent, and the things that are to come. For the things which thou doſt purpoſe are preſent, and ſaie, Behold, we are heere: and looke what thou haſt taken in hand and deviſed, it came ever to paſſe. For all thy waies are readie prepared, and thy judgements are put in thine everlaſting foreknowledge. O looke now upon the armies of the Aſſyrians, like as it was thy pleaſure ſomtime to looke upon the hoſt of the Aegyptians, when 42 E5v 42 flawed-reproductionapproximately 5 wordsted thy ſervants, flawed-reproductionapproximately 4 words chariots, horſemen, and in the mflawed-reproductionapproximately 3 words men of war: but thou lookedſt upon their hoſt, caſting a thicke darkneſ before them. And when they came into the deepe, the waters overwhelmed them: even ſo Lord, behold, and let it go with thoſe Aſſyrians, which are multiplied by their power, and have exalted themſelves with horſes, & horſemen: which glory in the ſtrength of their footmen, that truſt in ſhield, ſpeare, and bowe: and do not knowe that thou only art the Lord our God, which breakeſt the battels, and deſtroieſt the wars from the beginning. The Lord is thy name, and it apperteineth unto thee to be called Lord.

O lift up thine arme now like as ever from the beginning, and breake thou their ſtrength by thy power, & cauſe their force to fall by their wrath. For they have purpoſed, yea and make their vaunt and boaſt, to unhalowe and defile thy ſanctuarie, to pollute the tabernacle where thy glorious name reſteth: and to waſte, ſpoile, and caſt downe with ſword and weapons the horns of thine altar. Behold their pride, and bring to paſſe, O Lord, that the blaſphemie of this enemie [Holophernes] may be cut downe with his owne ſword, and ſend thy wrath upon their heads. Give into mine hand which am a widowe, the ſtrength that I have conceived, that he may be taken with the ſnare of his eies in me, and that thou maieſt ſmite him with the lips of my love. Smite (I saie) by the deceit of my lips, the ſervant with the prince, and the prince with the ſervant.

O give me a ſtedfaſt mind, that I may deſpiſe him and his ſtrength, and that I may deſtroie him. This ſhall bring thy name an everlaſting remembrance, if thou abate his ſtrength, and overthrowe him by the hand of a woman. For thy power, O Lord, ſtandeth not 43 E6r 43 not in the multitude of men, nor thy might in ſtrong men, neither haſt thou anie pleaſure in the ſtrength of horſes, neither was there from the beginning anie proud perſons that pleaſed thee. But in the praier of the humble and meeke hath thy pleaſure been evermore. Thou (I ſaie) O Lord, art the helpe of the humble and little ones: the defender of the weake, and the protector of them that are forſaken, and the Saviour of them that are without hope. Surelie, ſurelie, thou art the God of my fathers, and the God of the inheritance of Iſrael: the Lord of heaven and earth: the Creator of the waters: the King and Lord of all creatures. O heare thou my praiers: heare me (I ſaie) poore woman, calling upon thee, and putting my truſt in thy mercie. Remember thy covenant, O Lord, and miniſter words in my mouth, and ſtabliſh this deviſe in my hart, that thy houſe may continue ſtill in holineſſe: yea grant me words, I ſaie, and craft, and a wound, and a ſtroke againſt them that enterpriſe cruel things againſt thy covenant, and againſt thine holie houſe, and againſt the top of Zion, and againſt the houſe of the poſſeſſion of thy children. Shew evidentlie among all thy people, and all the tribes, that they and all the heathen may knowe, that thou art the God of all power and ſtrength, and that there is none other that defendeth the people of Iſrael, but thou: So be it.

Judith hir praier that ſhee made ſecretlie, or mentallie in hir hart, when ſhe ſtroke off the head of proud Holophernes. Judith. 13, 14.

O Lord God of all power, behold at this preſent, and have reſpect unto the works of my hands in this houre for the exaltation of Jeruſalem, that thou maieſt ſet up thy citie like as thou haſt promiſed. Strengthen me, O Lord God of Iſrael, and grant that I may performe the thing, which 44 E6v 44 which in hope that it may be done by thee I have deviſed. For now is the time to helpe thine inheritance, and to execute mine enterpriſes to the deſtruction of the enimies, which are riſen againſt us. Strengthen me therefore this daie, O Lord God of Iſrael, now ſtrengthen me [I saie] O Lord God, [even] in this houre.

Judith hir ſong of praiſe and thankeſgiving, which ſhe, togither with all the people, made for their deliverance from the hands of the Aſſyrians, by the deſtruction of Holophernes. Judith. 16.

Begin unto my God with Timbrels: ſing unto my Lord with Cimbals: O tune unto him a Pſalme, and ſing a new ſong of thankeſgiving unto him, exalt his praiſe, be joifull, and call upon his name.

For it is the Lord that deſtroieth wars, and breaketh battels, even the Lord is his name.

It is God, which hath pitched his tents, or campe in the mids of his people, and delivered me and them out of the hands of all the perſecutors our enimies.

Aſſur came out from the mountaines of the north, in the multitude of his ſtrength, he came with thouſands in his armie: ſo that the multitude of his people ſtopped the water brookes, and their horſes covered the vallies.

He purpoſed to have burnt up my borders and land, and ſaid that he would kill my yoong men with the ſword, & daſh the ſuckling children againſt the ground, and lead awaie my children, and my virgins as a praie or ſpoile into captivitie.

But the almightie Lord hindered him, and delivered him into the hands of a woman, which hath brought him to naught and confuſion.

For the mightie [Holophernes] did not fall, nor was deſtroied by the yoong men. It was not the ſonnes of Titan 45 E7r 45 Titan that ſlue him, neither have the great giants invaded him, or ſet themſelves againſt him: but Ju dith the daughter of Merari, with hir faire beautie and comelie countenance hath diſcomfited and brought him to naught.

For ſhe put off, and laid awaie the garment of hir widowhood, and put on the apparell of gladneſſe, for the exaltation and rejoicing of thoſe that were oppreſſed in Iſrael.

She annointed hir face with ointment, and bound up hir haire in a coife, and tooke a new ſtole or linnen garment to beguile him.

Hir ſlippers raviſhed his eies, hir beautie captivated and tooke his mind priſoner, with the ſword or faulchin ſmote ſhe off his head.

The Perſians were aſtoniſhed at hir boldneſſe: and the Medes were troubled with hir hardineſſe.

But mine afflicted rejoiced, and my feeble ones that appeared drie of thirſt, ſhowted for joie: then [the Perſians and Medes] feared, they lift up their voice and howled, and turned backe.

The children of maides, or the ſonnes of the daughters have pierced them through, and wounded them as they fled awaie like fugitive children: they periſhed in the battell for the verie feare of the Lord my God.

I will ſing unto the Lord a ſong of thankeſgiving: a new ſong of praiſe will I ſing unto my God.

O Lord, Lord, thou art a great and glorious God, marvellous mightie and inuincible in power, whom no man may overcome.

Let all thy creatures ſerve thee. For thou ſpakeſt but the word, and they were made: thou ſenteſt thy ſpirit, and they were created: and there is none that can reſiſt or withſtand thy voice.

For the mountaines moove, and leape up from their foundations with the waters: the ſtonie rocks melt at 46 E7v 46 at thy preſence like waxe: yet thou art mercifull to them that feare thee.

For all ſacrifices are too little for a ſweet ſavour, and all the fat is too little for thy burnt offering. But they that feare thee, O Lord, ſhall be great with thee in all things at all times.

Wo to the people and nations that riſe up againſt my generation and kindred. For the almightie Lord will take vengeance himſelfe of them, and in the daie of judgement will hee viſit them, in ſending fire and woormes in their fleſh, and they ſhall burne, and feele them, and weepe for evermore: So be it.

The praier of Queene Heſter, which ſhe made for the deliverance of hir ſelfe, and hir people, out of the bloudie hands of Haman, that conſpired their death. Hester. 14, 3.

Omy Lord, thou onlie art our King: helpe me deſolate woman, which have no helper but thee. For my danger, miſerie, and deſtruction is hard at hand. From my youth up I have heard in the kindred of my father, that thou, O Lord, tookeſt Iſrael from among all people, and our fathers from their predeceſſors and foreelders, that they ſhuld be thy perpetuall inheritance. And looke what thou didſt promiſe them, thou haſt performed, and made it good unto them.

Now Lord, we have ſinned before thee, therefore haſt thou given us into the hands of our enimies: bicauſe we worſhipped their gods. O Lord thou art righteous: nevertheleſſe, it ſatiſfieth them not that we are in bitter and heavie captivitie, and oppreſſed among them. But they have ſtroken hands with their idols, that they will aboliſh and take awaie the thing, that thou with thy mouth haſt ordeined and appointed, and deſtroie thine inheritance, to ſhut, and to ſtop vp 47 E8r 47 up the mouthes of them that praiſe thee, and to quench the glorie of thy temple, and worſhip of thine houſe and altar: and to open the mouthes of the heathen, that they may praiſe the power and vertue of the gods or idols, and to magnifie a fleſhlie king for ever.

O Lord, give not thy ſcepter unto them that be nothing, leaſt they laugh us to ſcorne in our miſerie and fall: but turne their deviſe upon themſelves, and puniſh him [this wicked Haman I meane,] and make him an example, that hath begun the ſame againſt us. Think upon us, O Lord, & ſhew thy ſelfe unto us in the time of our diſtreſſe & trouble: and ſtrengthen mee, O thou King of gods, and Lord of all power. Give me an eloquent and pleaſant ſpeech in my mouth before the lion, [king Aſhuerus my huſband.] Turne his hart to hate our enimies, and to deſtroie him, [that Haman I meane,] and all ſuch as conſent unto him: but deliver us with thy hand, and helpe me thine handmaid that am ſolitarie, and have no defence, nor helper, but onlie thee, O Lord.

Thou knoweſt all things, O Lord: thou woteſt that I hate the glorie and worſhip of the unrighteous, and that I abhor the bed of the uncircumciſed, and of all the heathen. Thou knoweſt my neceſſitie, that I hate this token of my preeminence, worſhip, and dignitie, which I beare upon mine head, what time as I muſt ſhew my ſelfe, and be ſeene, and that I abhor it as ann uncleane or menſtruous cloth, and that I weare it not when I am quiet and alone by my ſelfe. Thou knoweſt alſo, that I thine handmaid have not eaten at Hamans table, and that I have had no pleaſure not delight in the kings feaſt, nor drunke the wine of the drinke offerings. And that I thine handmaid have no joie, ſince the daie that I was brought hither, untill this daie, but in thee, O Lord God of Abraham. O thou mightie God above all, heare (therfore) the voice of 48 E8v 48 of them that have none other hope, and deliver us out of the hand of the wicked: and deliver me out of my feare: So be it.

Suſanna hir praier, which ſhe made, at what time ſhe was condemned by falſe witneſſes, to die for adulterie. Suſanna. I, 42.

O Everlaſting God, thou ſearcher of ſecrets, that knoweſt all things before they come to paſſe. Thou knoweſt that they have borne falſe witneſſe againſt me: and behold I muſt die, whereas I never did anie ſuch thing, as theſe men have maliciouſlie invented againſt me.

A praier of the Church made in hir affliction and captivitie. Pſalme. 123.

Unto thee lift I up mine eies: O thou that dwelleſt in the heavens.

Behold, even as the eies of ſervants looke unto the hand of their maiſters: and as the eies of a maiden unto the hand hir maiſtreſſe: even ſo our eies waite upon the Lord our God, untill hee have mercie upon us.

Have mercie upon us, O Lord, have mercie upon us: for we are vtterlie deſpiſed.

Our ſoule is filled with the ſcornefull reproofe of the wealthie: and with the deſpitefulneſſe of the proud.

The ſong of the bleſſed virgine Marie, the mother of our Saviour Chriſt, which ſhe made at the time that ſhe felt hir ſelfe conceived of our Saviour Jeſus in hir wombe. Luke. I, 46.

My ſoule magnifieth the Lord: and my ſpirit reioiceth in God my Saviour.

For he hath looked on the poore degree and lowlineſſe of his handmaiden and ſervant: for 49 F1r 49 for behold from hencefoorth, now ſhall all generations call me bleſſed.

Bicauſe he that is mightie hath done for me great things: and holie is his name.

And his mercie is on them that feare him, from generation to generation.

He hath ſhewed ſtrength with his arme: he hath ſcattered the proud in the imagination of their harts.

He hath put downe the mightie from their ſeates, and exalted them of lowe degree.

He hath filled the hungrie with good things: and ſent awaie the rich emptie.

He hath upholden and helped his ſervant Iſrael, being mindfull of his mercie.

Even as he ſpake to our fathers Abraham, and to his ſeede for ever.

The woman of Canaans praier unto Chriſt for hir ſicke daughter. Matthew. 15, 22.

Have mercie on mee, O Lord, thou ſonne of David: My daughter is grievouſlie vexed with a divell: Lord, helpe me, and vouchſafe I beſeech thee, that the whelpes may eate of the childrens crums, which fall from their maiſters table.

The praier (but all too late) of the five fooliſh virgins. Matthew. 25, 11.

Lord, Lord: open to us.

To God onlie be all glorie, Amen.

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