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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
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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
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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 covered 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 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 C2r 3
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
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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 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 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 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,
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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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 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.

C.iiii. The C4v 8

The song of the women of Israël, in the praise of Davids victorie
over Goliah INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 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 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.]

The C6r 11

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 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.

Returne C7r 13

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 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 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.

Thy C8v 16

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.

The D1r 17

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 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 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, D2v 20
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 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.

D.iii. Christ. D3v 22

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.

The D4r 23

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.]

D.iiii. O D4v 24

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.

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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.

The D5r 25

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.

The D5v 26

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 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.

The D6v 28

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 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 Jerusalem.?salem? D7v 30
[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 us
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.

Behold D8r 31

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.

For D8v 32

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.

But E1r 33

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 us 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 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 E2r 35
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.

E.ii. For E2v 36

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.

Feare E3r 37

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 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.]

The E4r 39

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,
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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 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.

The E5r 41

The praier of Judith, which she made with fasting and teares, for
the deliverance of hir people the Bethulians, out of the hands of
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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 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 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,
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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 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
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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 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 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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 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 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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 utterlie 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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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 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. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.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.

F.j.