A handfull of holeſome (though homelie)
of the goodlie garden of Gods
moſt holie word; for the
common benefit and comfortable
exerciſe of all ſuch as
Collected and Dedicated
to all religious Ladies, Gentlewomen,
Imprinted at London
by H. Denham.
To all Ladies, Gentlewomen, and others, which love true religion and vertue, and be devoutlie diſpoſed; Grace mercie, and peace, in Chriſt Jeſus.
For a teſtimoniall to the world, how I have and doo (I praiſe God) beſtowe the pretious treaſure of time, even now in the ſtate of my virginitie or maidenhood; lo heare I dedicate to all good Ladies, Gentlewomen, and others, who have a deſire to invocate and call upon the name of the Lord, a a.ij. ſmall ivA2v ſmall handfull of groſe hearbs; which I have preſumed to gather out of the garden of Gods moſt holie word. Not that there is anie unpurenes therein, but that (peradventure) my rudenes may be found to have plucked them up unreverentlie, and without zeale.
Whereupon of the learned I may be judged groſe and unwiſe; in preſuming, without the counſell or helpe of anie, to take ſuch an enterpriſe in hand: nevertheles, as God dooth know, I have doone it with a good zeale, according to the weakenes of my knowledge and capacitie. And although they be not ſo pleaſant in taſte, as they can find out, vA3r out, to whom God hath given the ſpirit of learning: yet doo I truſt, this ſmall handfull of groſe hearbs, holeſome in operation and workeing, ſhall be no leſſe acceptable before the majeſtie of almightie God than the fragrant floures of others, gathered with more underſtanding.
But without presſumption I may boldlie ſaie, they have not ſought them with a more willing hart and fervent mind; nor more to the advancement of Gods glorie, & the deſire of acceptation, than I have doon. Which if I may obtaine, with the good judgement and liking of all my brethren and ſiſters in the Lord, I ſhall a.iij.thinke viA3v thinke my time moſt happilie beſtowed: for that thereby I did avoid idlenes, to the pleaſing of almightie God; and have gained thoſe, whom I know not, as well ſtrangers to me, as my acquaintance, to be my freends, that ſhall taſte theſe groſe hearbs with me.
The Lord Jeſus Chriſt, who moiſteneth all his elect with his moſt pretious blood, give us all a ſweete taſte in him: whome I humblie beſeech, from the bottome of my hart, to give unto thoſe that are vertuouſlie bent, a deſire to increaſe therein; and thoſe, which have not yet reached thereunto, I praie the holie Ghoſt to inſpire their hearts from viiA4r from above, that they and we may be worthie to meete together, in the bleſſed kingdome of our heavenlie father, which his deare ſonne our ſavior Jeſus Chriſt did purchaſe for us; whoſe bleſſed name, with the living father, and the holie Ghoſt, be praiſed and magnified now and for ever, Amen, Amen.
Yours in Chriſt,
Anne Wheathill, Gent.
I. A praier for the Morning.
O mightie maker & preſerver of all things, God omnipotent, which like a diligent watchman, alwaies attendeſt upon thy faithfull people, ſo that whether they sléepe or wake, live or die, thy providence never forſaketh them: looke favourablie upon me, O Lord, thy poore and ſinfull ſervant, which am not woorthie, but through thy great mercies offered to me in Christ, once to lift up mine B.j.eies 002 B1v eies unto thy mercie ſeat.
Wherefore in the name of thy déere ſonne my Lord and Saviour, I offer unto thée, through him, the ſacrifice of praiſe and thanks giving; that thou haſt preſerved me both this night, and all the time and daies of my life hitherto, untill this preſent houre. I beséech thée of thy great mercie to illuminate my underſtanding, that I may lead and frame my life as thou haſt taught me in thy holie word, that my light may ſo ſhine here on earth, that my heavenlie father may be glorified in me, through Jeſus Chriſt our Lord and redéemer; for whoſe ſake heare me deare father, and 003 B2r 2 and ſend thy holie Ghoſt to direct me in all my dooings. To thée O glorious and bleſſed Trinitie, the Father, the Sonne, and the holie Ghoſt, be given all honor and praiſe, now and for ever more, Amen.
2. A praier for remiſſion of ſinnes, for victorie againſt ſatan, and for the inward light of the ſoule.
O Mercifull Father that art the ſure ſafegard and defenſe of all that earneſtlie truſt in thée, and deſireſt not the death of ſinners, but their converſion and amendment of life; I acknow ledgeb.ij.ledge 004 B2v ledge unto thy highneſſe, all mine offenſes by me committed, which if I would hide from thée Lord, I could not. I conſider the miſerable eſtate, whereto through ſinne I am brought: for thereby I have worthilie loſt thy favour, and am fallen from thy grace, which while thou withdraweſt from me, I can do no good thing, nor thinke one good thought. My ſinnes have cauſed thée to put me out of thy remembrance, and to forget me, delaieng to give me that which is my ſtrength and comfort. But how long wilt thou forget me, Lord? For ever? How long wilt thou withdraw thy grace from me?Thou 005 B3r 3
Thou knoweſt my hartie contrition and ſorrowe; for that I have unkindlie forſaken thy ſervice, and ſerved thine enimies, the divell and ſinne. But truſting aſſuredlie in thy promiſe made to me, and all people, by the mouth of thy prophet Ezechiel, that is; If the ſinner will turne awaie from all his ſinnes, that he hath committed, and kéepe all thy commaundements, doubtles he ſhall live and not die: as for all his ſinnes that he did before, thou wilt not thinke upon them. I now moſt entirelie beſéech thée, that as my ſinnes were the cauſe, why thou diddeſt put me out of thy favour; ſo let my hartie repentanceb.iij.tance 006 B3v tance for them, cauſe thée to put my ſinnes out of thy remembrance
Suffer me not long to remaine in this perplexitie of mind, and to take ſorrow inwardlie in my hart from daie to daie, continuallie fearing the puniſhment due to my ſinne, and looking ſtill for thy comming into my ſoule by grace to deliver me. Hope hath cauſed me long to looke for thée, that art my life and my health; thy long delaie in comming hath much increaſed my deſire; my fervent deſire at length is now turned to a vehement paine. Wherefore make haſt Lord, I beſéech thée, to helpe my ſicke ſoule, and 007 B4r 4 and tarrie not.
Let not mine enimie the divell long triumph over me, whoſe propertie is to tread under his féet, like a cruell prince, all thoſe that be vanquiſhed, even to the pit of hell. He did long hold in captivitie all mankind, untill the comming and paſſion of Chriſt for our redemption; and ſince, through his craftie traines, he hath brought to utter confuſion manie of thoſe that profeſſe thy ſonnes religion. Wherefore behold Lord, and conſider my miſerable eſtate, heare my humble petition, touching my deliverance from out of his danger.
Lighten the eie of my hart b.iiij.and 008 B4v and underſtanding, with the light of thy grace and comfort, thereby expelling the darknes of ignorance. Lighten alſo one other eie of my ſoule, which is the eie of the affection. The ſight of this eie is ſo dimme, that it hath no perfect and true judgement; yea it is ſo blinded with the vanities of this world, that one thing in appearance ſéemeth to be twentie; like the ſight of the deceitfull eies of glaſſe. I beſéech thée ſave my ſaid eie, that it be not put out by our enimie the divell; and ſend me the light of grace, while I have here time, & ſpace of repentance, that at my latter end, mine enimies ſaie not with joie, that they haue 009 B5r 5 have the upper hand over me.
But all my truſt is in thy mercie: for though thou hide thy ſelfe in a cloud, that my praier ſhould not go through it unto thine eares; yet are not thy mercies cleane gone, neither dooth thy loving kindnes ceaſe. Thou art therefore Lord my portion, and in thy mercie ſtill will I hope, and in none other creature; knowing for certaintie, that as God thou onelie maiſt helpe me, and as my loving father thou wilt helpe. Wherefore in thée my hart ſhall be joifull, and in thy ſaving health, which is thy ſonne Chriſt our Saviour and redéemer.
The Philiſtines, knowing b.v.the 010 B5v the preſence of thine arke to be in the campe of the Iſraelits, on the daie of their battell, were ſore afraid, ſaieng; Who ſhall deliver us out of the hand of this mightie God? Much more will I be glad, and take ſure truſt, having the preſence and comfort of thy livelie grace. And in token of the victorie which thou haſt given me over mine enimies, I will not ceaſe (as I have good cauſe) to ſing the praiſes of the Lord, that hath ſo lovinglie dealt with me, and magnifie the name of the moſt high, all the daies of my life, Amen.3. An
3. An other praier for the ſame.
O God give me the excellent féeling of thine aboundant mercie, for thou art my whole goodnes. Who am I, that I dare be ſo bold to ſpeake unto theée? I am thy moſt poore ſinfull ſervant, a vile worme, and much more poore and miſerable, than I either know my ſelfe, or dare tell unto thée: for my ſinnes ſticke ſo faſt to me, that I have nothing, nor worthie anie thing. Thou onelie art good, thou juſt, thou holie, and able to doo all things, and dooſt performe 012 B6v performe all things. Thou fulfilleſt all things, leaving the ſinfull onelie void and emptie.
My conſience accuſeth me ſo, that I can have no reſt, till I be reconciled unto thée O God my ſaviour. Remember thy mercies, O Lord, and fill my ſoule with thy favour: for how may I continue in this life, unleſſe thy mercie and favour doo ſtrengthen me? Give me grace to put my whole truſt in thée, without grudging or doubting: for I have, and doo dailie waite for thy ſaving health.
Turne not awaie thy face from me, neither withdraw thy comforts from me, leaſt my ſoule doo ſéeme in thy ſight like 013 B7r 7 like unto the earth that is void of moiſture. Lord teach me to doo thy will, learne me to walke worthilie and humblie before thée: for thou art my wiſedome, and knoweſt me what I am in all reſpects, and underſtandeſt my thoughts long before.
Grant me alwaies to ſéeke thée in ſinglenes of heart: for the remembrance of thy favor is more swéete unto me, than all the pleaſures and deinties of the world. For my chéefeſt comfort is in thée O Chriſt, and not in anie worldlie meanes, who haſt ſaid; Who ſo overcommeth the world, to them will I grant to féed upon the trée of life. Which grant me 014 B7v me for thy holie name ſake, to whom with the father, and the holie Ghoſt, be praiſe now and for ever, Amen.
4. An Evening praier.
Oeverlaſting light, whoſe brightneſſe is never darkned; looke favourablie upon me thy poore and ſinfull ſervant, who hath not onelie this daie, but all the daies and times of my life hitherto, untill this preſent houre, offended thy divine Majeſtie, in thought, word, and dèed; wherby I have moſt juſtlie provoked thy wrath and indignation againſt me. And now I bow the knées of my hart untoto 015 B8r 8 to thée moſt mercifull and heavenlie father, beſéeching thée for Jeſus Chriſt his ſake, to forgive me all my ſinnes, negligences and ignorances. For I confeſſe how wickedlie I have miſpent the talent that thou gaveſt me, abuſing thy gifts of grace manie waies, burieng the ſame in obſcure darkneſſe, woorſe than the ſervant that hid his maiſters treaſure, not putting it to anie increaſe; for he delivered the principall againe.
But I moſt miſerable creature, can ſhew unto thy majeſtie no part of that which thou gaveſt me, to uſe to thine honor and glorie: for the which I am moſt hartilie ſorie, and doo 016 B8v doo unfeinedlie repent, having no meane to helpe my ſelfe, but onelie to lift up the eies of my faith unto thy deare ſonne Jeſus Chriſt, beſéeching him moſt inſtantlie to make perfect my wants, and to renue whatſoever is lacking in me. For I commit my bodie and ſoule, this night and evermore, into his moſt holie hands; hoping, O Chriſt, thou wilt make me an acceptable ſacrifice unto thy father.
I have no place to flie unto, but to ſhrowd me under the wings of thine almightie power, who waſt ſo loving unto us, that thou waſt contented to ſhed thy moſt pretious bloud, for the ſinnes of the whole 017 B9r 9 whole world; for the which I moſt humblie and hartilie yéeld unto thée thanks, honor praiſe and glorie.
O lambe of God, ſonne of the father, heare thou me, thou that ſaiedſt; I am thy health and ſalvation, I am thy peace and life; cleave faſt unto me, and thou ſhalt live. O Lord I am the woonded man, and thou art the good Samaritane: powre oile into my wounds, and bind them up. Lord heale thou me, and I ſhall be whole: for thou art my God and Saviour.
Heare thou therefore my ſupplications from heaven, and have mercie. Take from me all my ſinnes and wickedneſſe,neſſe, 018 B9v neſſe, and give me thy grace and holie ſpirit. Lighten mine eies, that I ſléepe not in death: ſo ſhall I joiefullie, after this ſluggiſh ſléepe of ſinne, riſe againe, living in thy feare all the daies of my life. Which grant me to doo, O Father, Sonne, and holie Ghoſt, thrée perſons and one true God, world without end, Amen.
5. Againſt the temptation of the divell, and for Gods favour and grace.
O Lord preſerve me, that I fall not into temptation, neither let me be as one of them that contemne thy 019B10r 10 thy word, falling from thée; but arme me with an invincible ſtrength and conſtancie: ſo ſhall I be ſure, that all the powers of the world ſhall not overcome me. For there is none in heaven, earth or hell, that can doo anie thing, but as thou giveſt them power. Séeing that all are thy creatures, thou muſt néeds governe and guide them.
Thy mercie O God almightie is alſo annexed to thy divine nature, for when all mankind was loſt and dead in ſinne, then diddeſt thou, ſitting in thy celeſtiall throne, looke downe to the earth upon our miſerable ſtate, and looſedſt us from the bands of the divell, and 020B10v and ſendeſt downe thine onlie begotten ſonne, that by his death he might deliver from death, ſuch as worthilie were the children of death: for the which I praiſe thée, and doo confeſſe from the bottome of my hart, that our deliverance commeth onlie of thée O God, and not by mans power.
Wherefore I will not come emptie into thy preſence, but with all humilitie I offer unto thée my troubled ſpirit for mine offenſes: and this ſacrifice I am ſure thou wilt not deſpiſe; for I confeſſe my ſelfe ignorant, till thou haſt taught me, O Lord. My heart is alſo variable, and ſeparated from thée. Joine my ſoule and bodie to 021B11r 11 to thée O God, and confirme me in thine obedience: for I deſire not to live, but to ſerve thée as I ought, which we cannot doo aright, except thou open our eies. I reſpect no man, but ſet thée alwaies before me, as the chéefe helper and judge of my dooings.
Certeinlie we can doo nothing of our ſelves: but when thou O God dooſt inwardlie inſtruct us by thy holie ſpirit, then féele we thy graces ſwéeter than the honie and the honie combe. There is no acception of perſons with thée, but all people that feare thée, and worke righteouſneſſe, thou wilt accept. If we be thine, thou Lord wilt ſtrengthen us with 022B11v with all power, and bleſſe us with all felicitie. But thy indignations are moſt conſtant againſt the wicked, and paſſe all our underſtanding: for thou O God never forſakeſt anie that ſéeke unto thée. Therfore man is cauſe of his owne deſtruction.
Give me thy favour, and be mercifull unto me for thine owne ſake: grant me thy heavenlie wiſedome and grace to be governed by thy holie word, which if I follow, I ſhall have all proſperitie, corporall and ſpirituall, bringing foorth ſuch fruits as have life. I acknowledge that all my acts, thoughts, or anie part of my life cannot be hid from thée O God, 023B12r 12 God, though thou ſéemeſt to be farre off; ſo that they are evidentlie knowne to thée: for thou O God underſtandeſt my meaning, before I ſpeake; and ſendeſt the dewes of thy grace upon me, which cauſeth me to bring foorth the fruits of good works, to thine honour, and the helpe of my neighbor: for it is of thy power, ſtrength, and grace, when I doo anie thing that is good, and not of mine owne power.
There is none good, but thou alone; thou killeſt and giveſt life; thou woundeſt, and makeſt whole: neither is there anie that can ſpeake a word, except thou give it him, nor none can ſave himſelfe by his owne labour, 024B12v labour, nor anie worldlie meanes. Wherefore I will reſt in thée, as mine onelie God, through Jeſus Chriſt our Lord and Saviour, Amen.
6. A praier for faith, and for Gods helpe and aſſiſtance at his good pleaſure.
O Lord God almightie, which by thy power & wiſedome haſt made all the world, and dooeſt governe the ſame, and all that therein is: from thy holie heavens, wherein thou dwelleſt, looke favorablie upon us, and grant that in temptation we may have faith to fight againſt the 025C1r 13 the divell, and all his falſe ſuggeſtions, and to crie inwardlie unto thée with groning, alwaies aiding us with thy holie ſpirit, to be humble in al afflictions, with true repentance. For when all mans helpe dooth faile, thou O God wilt helpe us, even as it were by a miracle; if we call upon thée with an upright conſcience.
Lord grant us never to require more of thée, than is neceſſarie; neither to ſéeke to ſeparate thy power from thy will, leaſt we ſhould tempt thée: for though thy helpe dooth not preſentlie appeare, yet haſt thou ſowen and laid up in ſtore for us. We will therefore be C.j.mind- 026C1v mindfull of thy benefits, and onelie truſt in thy defenſe: for though the wicked rage againſt thée O God, yet thoſe that be thy children ſhall praiſe thy name and mightie power. For the more liberallie that thou O God dooeſt deale with thy people, the more dooſt thou puniſh them that abuſe thy benefits. For thou O God haſt care over thine, and dooeſt chaſten them for their health, that they ſhould not periſh for ever with the wicked. For thou wilt reſtore the governement of good things to their uſe, and then the godlie ſhall follow thée chéerefullie.
Grant us we humblie beſéech thée to know thy waies, and 027C2r 14 and to aſcend up unto the throne of thy majeſtie by faith, giving thée praiſe and glorie, for thy fatherlie preſervation and health towards us continuallie. For thou haſt béene a houſe and defenſe for us: thou haſt choſen us to be thy people, before the foundation of the earth was laid. Wherefore we are ſure that thou wilt heare us, whenſoever we call and crie unto thée for mercie and grace. Bleſſe us now and ever with all goodnes, that we may lead our lives according to thy will, living in thy feare all the daies of our life, that after this courſe is ended, we may dwell with thée, world without end, Amen.c.ij. 7. An-
7. Another for the ſame.
Imake my humble petition in thy ſight, O God moſt holie, which biddeſt us aſke, and it ſhall be given; ſéeke, and we ſhall find; knocke, and it ſhall be opened unto us; and be léeve onelie, and we ſhall receive whatſoever we deſire. Lord I beléeve, helpe thou mine unbeléefe, and give me that faith which ſhalbe moſt acceptable in thy ſight. Sowe in my heart, good Lord the graine of ſtedfaſt faith, which may aſpire and ſpring up unto the mercie ſeat of thine 029C3r 15 thine almightie majeſtie: for without true faith and obedience we cannot call upon thée a right.
Give me therefore, good Lord, that moſt pretious jewel of faith, that thou maiſt thereby heare me. And give me comfort & ſalvation through thy mercifull goodneſſe, O God, who never dooeſt forſake thy faithfull ſervants, that come to thée in humbleneſſe of heart, looking upon Jeſus Chriſt thy deare ſonne our Lord and Saviour: for he is the trée of life, which ſtandeth in the middeſt of paradiſe, by whom we have entrance unto thée O déere father.
Whoſoever ſéeketh anie otherc.iij.ther 030C3v ther waie than this thy déere Sonne, he is a théefe and a robber, and ſhall never be partaker of the benefits, which he of his mercie hath moſt lovinglie beſtowed upon us: which grant me Lord Jeſu never to forget, but evermore to ſhew my ſelfe thankefull. For it is thou O Lord that art worthie to receive all glorie, honour, and praiſe: for thou haſt created and redéemed all, and without thée we cannot doo anie thing that is good.
Wherefore Lord Jeſus I come unto thée, craving at thy mercifull hand an humble and contrite heart, a patient mind, a quiet conſcience, the gift of faith, and of the holie Ghoſt. 031C4r 16 Ghoſt. O thou lover of ſoules, heare me poore wretch, although unworthie once to thinke, much leſſe to ſpeake unto thy majeſtie. But thou art the ſame Lord, who dooeſt moſt lovinglie ſaie; Come to me all ye that are heavie loden, and I will eaſe you.
Which comfortable ſaieng of thine, O Chriſt, maketh me bold to come into thy preſence, unloding my ſinfull ſacke of corruption, before the face of thine almightie power; not doubting but thou wilt mercifullie heare me, and eaſe me with thy helpe: for I caſt all my burthen on thée, who art the giver of life and ſalvation. Wherefore I turne my ſelfe c.iiij.vnto 032C4v unto thée O Lord Jeſus Chriſt deſiring thée by praier to renue whatſoever is amiſſe in me, either by mine owne frailtie, or malice of the divell.
For I acknowledge, O Lord, that I am the moſt wicked, the moſt fraile of all others, the weakeſt to reſiſt my ghoſtlie enimie. But I truſt, through thy mercie, to be of the number of them, for whom thou haſt overcome the divell and the world: which grant me, Lord Jeſus, for thy bitter paſſions ſake, that after this life I may enjoie the endles bliſſe and glorie of heaven. To thée, with the living Father, and the holie Ghoſt, be given all honour and glorie, all praiſe and 033C5r 17 and thanks, for ever and ever, Amen, Amen.
8. A praier of the juſtice of God, and of his mercie.
O God almightie, Lord of heaven and earth, from whom nothing can be hid or kept ſecret, thou art the ſearcher of the hart and reines, which knoweſt the thoughts of all men: when I remember thy juſt judgment, I tremble and quake for feare, conſidering the burthen, wait, and filthines of ſinne to be ſo great, that for one proud thought, a great number of angels fell from heaven. The c.v.earth 034C5v earth was not able to beare the burthen of Corah, Dathan and Abiram; but for the rebellion againſt thée and thy ſervant Moſes, the earth opened, and ſwallowed them quicke.
For the ſinne and pride of David, who muſtered his men, putting his truſt in the multitude of them, rather than in thée that art the living God, thou ſcourgedſt him with the plague of peſtilence, ſo that there died foure ſcore thouſand of his people, within the ſpace of thrée daies.
Who would not then feare, ſéeing we ſinne dailie with moſt gréevous ſinnes? Now have we no remedie to flie from thy wrath, but to ſhrowd our 035C6r 18 our ſelves in the boſome of thy moſt dearelie beloved ſonne, our Lord and Saviour Jeſus Chriſt, making him our bulworke and houſe our defenſe, betwéene thine anger and us: moſt humblie beſéeching thée for his ſake, and for the bitter paines that he ſuffered for our redemption, to be mercifull unto us, and rebuke us not in thine anger.
Let not the ſentence of everlaſting death take place, which thou gaveſt againſt Adam, and all his poſteritie for his diſobedience. Thou art méeke, gentle, and long ſuffering of thy ſelfe. It is our gréevous offenſes, heaped one upon another, that provoke thée unto anger. 036C6v anger. Therefore, acknowledging our offenſes, we praie thée moſt mercifull father, to have compaſſion upon us: for we are not able of our ſelves to ariſe; it is thou Lord, and thy bleſſed ſonne that muſt heale our infirmities.
We have no ſtrength to withſtand the temptation of our enimies, thy ſonne Chriſt muſt reach us his hand, as he did to Peter,walking on the water, when he was in perill of drowning. His patience is our medicine and health, thy grace and his are ſufficient remedies. We are all carnall, ſold under ſinne; ſo that the good we would doo, that doo we not; but the evill that we wold not, 037C7r 19 not, that we doo. We are all evill of our ſelves. Conſider O God our contrite hearts, and penitent minds, and heare, heale, and amend us.
Hope biddeth us ſtill to crie and call upon thée for helpe, as the woman of Canaan cried ſtill upon thy ſonne Chriſt for the helpe of of hir daughter, and at the laſt was heard to hir owne contentation: ſo we, knocking and calling ſtill, doubt not but thou wilt grant, through our importunacie, our deſires, as he that granted his neighbour thrée loaves.
We doo now knocke, crie, and will never ceaſe, till thou Lord turne towards us, and deliver our ſoules. Turne, we hearti- 038C7v heartilie beſéech thée, from thy wrath, to pittie and mercie; deliver us from the manifold troubles which we have in our conſiences. O ſave us for thy mercie ſake, for thy bleſſed Sonne Jeſus hath dearelie bought us. Wherefore Lord, we thy faithfull creatures, being through thy grace, and the battell of thy ſonne upon the croſſe reſtored to thy favour; and having the houſe of our hearts and ſoules ſwept and made cleane from all vices, which were woont to inhabite in us, we moſt humblie praie thée to give us ſtrength, to kéepe our ſoulesfrom the invaſion of the wilie ſerpent.
Dwell in us ſtill by the continualltinuall 039C8r 20 tinuall grace, make us to be of thy houſhold, that we may live and praiſe thée in this world, and after this life we may enjoie the bleſſed preſence of thine eternall majeſtie, one God in perſons thrée, and everlaſting in unitie, world without end, Amen.
9. A praier for humilitie, and a confeſſion of ſinnes, with a petition to have the ſame remitted.
Lord give me humilitie, being the beautifull flowre of vertue that groweth in the garden of mans soule; one of the moſt pleaſant,ſant, 040C8v ſant, moſt neceſſarie, and moſt acceptable, whoſe power was ſo great, that it drue the ſonne of God, the ſecond perſon in deitie, from heaven, into the wombe of the méeke virgine, whom of all other he choſe to be his mother, for that ſhe was ſo humble and vertuous. Thou O Chriſt our Saviour, being Lord of all the world, walkedſt all the daies of thy life in humilitie, and therein endedſt, humbling thy ſelf unto the vile death of the croſſe.
The wiſe humilitie of Abigael pacified the furie of David, when he was minded to kill all the men of the houſe of hir huſband. The humble ſubmiſſion of wicked Ahab, aſſwagedſwaged 041C9r 21 ſwaged the wrath of God, which was the cauſe that the almightie preſerved him all the daies of his life. The great goodnes of this vertue is made manifeſt, by opening the heinouſnes of the vice contrarie thereto, which is pride: which appeared in the proud Phariſie, when he made boaſt in his praiers of his good déeds, and deſpiſed his poore neighbour, which cauſed his praier not to be hard, when the poore Publican, ſtanding a farre off, with humbleneſſe, durſt not lift up his eies to heaven, but with heartie repentance knocking his breaſt, ſaid; Lord be mercifull to me a ſinner: which hartie confeſſion of his ſinne, was cauſe 042C9v cauſe of his juſtification, and that he was made righteous.
Wherefore moſt gratious Lord our heavenlie father, conſidering the power of humilitie, and the knowledge of our ſinnes, with hartie repentance, to be of ſo great efficacie; I thy poore creature, unworthie to appeare before thy majeſtie, doo powre downe here, before thée, my ſacke that is full of ſinne, which I have committed even from my youth, they are great and manie, without number: nevertheleſſe, truſting of thine accuſtomed nature and propertie, which is, to be mercifull to all ſinners, that be ſorie for their offenſes from the bottom of 043C10r 22 of their hearts, turning to thée, knowing that thou diddeſt ſend thy loving ſonne, not to call thoſe that ſéeme in their owne ſight to be juſt, but to helpe thoſe that confeſſe themſelves to be ſinners.
I therefore, Lord, willing by the helpe of thy grace, utterlie to forſake ſinne, and to fulfill thy holie will hereafter, deſire thée humblie of forgivneſſe, and to admit me among the number of thoſe that are bleſſed, and their unrighteouſnes forgiven. I will not cover from thée my ſinnes, neither yet excuſe them; but I praie thée Lord hide them in the bloodie woonds of thy ſonne Chriſt, where they ſhall be put in perpetuallpetuall 044C10v petuall oblivion. Bleſſed is the man, unto whom thou dooſt not impute ſinne, and in whoſe ſpirit there is no guile.
Wherefore from the bottome of my heart, Lord, I am ſorie for all my ſinnes, and doo aſke thée forgivneſſe. I will acknowledge all mine offenſes, and accuſe my ſelfe unto thée Lord. So ſoone as I was determined no longer to hide mine evill waies, thou Lord ſtraite forgaveſt me. Thine eare was in my heart, before my voice was in my mouth. Thy mercies waſhed awaie my ſinnes, or ever my confeſſion was made. Thou art as readie to heare and forgive, as we to aſke.Where- 045 C11r 23
Wherefore I will ſaie with the prophet Daniel; It is I that have offended and ſinned againſt thy majeſtie. I humblie beſéech thée cure my ſicke ſoule, for I have highlie ſinned againſt thée; yet doubt I not, but thou haſt and wilt forgive the wickednes of my ſinne. It is thou Lord that muſt helpe us; which thou wilt doo, if we call upon thée, whilſt we are in this life, for after death, no intreatie will be heard. It is then too late.
Wherefore Lorde kéepe us in the right waie, and ſuffer us not to ſwarve on the right hand, nor on the left. Thy eies of protection and mercie are ever firmelie fixed upon us; grant 046C11v grant us to ſet the eies of our minds upon thée. Lord call me, plucke me Lord from mine ungodlines, that I may knowe thée, love thée, & put my hope wholie in thée. O glorious God, my maker, ſaviour, & ſanctifier, dwell in me and give me grace to dwell in thée, Amen.
10. A praier for patience in trouble, and constant expectation of Gods goodnes.
O God almightie, grant us never to refuſe thy chaſtening. For though thou make a wound, thou giveſt a plaiſter; though thou ſmite, thy hand maketh whole againe. Thou ſhalt deliver us in 047C12r 24 in ſixe troubles, and in the ſeaventh there ſhall none evill come unto us. In hunger thou ſhalt ſave us from death; and when it is war, from the power of the ſword; thou ſhalt kéepe us from the evill toong; and when trouble commeth, we ſhall not néede to feare. In deſtruction and death we ſhall be merrie: for the ſtones of the land ſhall be confederate with us, bicauſe the Lord of hoſts is our defenſe & refuge for ever.
Let us therefore put our whole truſt in him, rejoiſing with melodie of thankſgiving unto his majeſtie, who onelie is true, and can helpe us with deliverance. Let us lift up our eies unto God, who hath all power; 048C12v power; and therefore ought to be feared. For whatſoever he be that feareth man, more than God, falleth into a ſnare, and is deſtroied. As for all our ſinnes and tranſgreſſions, thou requireſt nothing of us, O Lord God, but to turne unto thée, and to obeie thy holy word, following thy precepts and commandements.
For thou ſaieſt, O Lord, thoſe that honour thée, thou wilt exalt; and whoſoever deſpiſeth thée, ſall be deſpiſed. For thou preferreſt to honour, and putteſt downe, according thy bleſſed will. The wicked when they féele thy heavie hand, grudge at the ſame: but the godlie humble themselves, and 049D1r 25 and crie for mercie. For thou O Lord wilt not heare hypocrits, but thoſe that praie unto thée with an unfained faith, and true repentance. For the praier of the faithfull is a barre to ſtaie thine anger, that thou conſume not all.
Thy mercie is ſo great towards thine, that thou wilt not deſtroie them for their ſinnes, but correct and chaſten them, till thou have purged and pardoned them. Thy favour O God is cauſe of all proſperitie, and thine anger of all adverſitie. For thy care is ſo much over thine, that thou wilt cauſe thier verie enimies to preſerve them. It lieth in thy mightie power, to governe D.i.the 050D1v the hearts of all, thou O God preferreſt and preſerveſt them, which are zealous of thy glorie, and have a care and love towards their brethren: as for them that forget thée in proſperitie, who art the giver of all good things, they procure to themſelves utter perdition. For thou doſt caſt them behind thy backe; but thy loving countenance dooth comfort the troubled, that patientlie wait on thée, conſtantlie putting their truſt in thy mercie.
In this world is continuall trouble and diſquietnes: in heaven is perpetuall reſt. Yet manie there be, who love this world, that could content themſelves, for lacke of faith, that 051D2r 26 that are loth to looſe things certein for things uncertaine. But thy faithfull know, throgh faith, that when in this world the daie paſſeth awaie, then commeth the night & darknes: but in heaven all is there but one daie eternall, a life everlaſting, which endureth for ever, which the ſoule of the righteous ſhall enjoie, through thy mercies O God, bicauſe in this world they walked before thée; of which number make me one, for his ſake that died for me; to whom with the Father and the holie Ghoſt, be given all honour and praiſe, world without end, Amen.d.ij. II. A
11. A praier wherein the bountifulnes of God is confeſſed and praiſed.
O God eternall, the giver of all felicitie, whoſe love is like the evening and morning raine upon the earth, whoſe mercies cannot be numbered, whoſe wiſdome and divine providence is ſuch, that it reacheth from one end of the earth unto an other: moſt mightilie and lovinglie dooeſt thou order all things. Thy bountifulneſſe, Lord, to all mankind, is ſo manfeſt, that no reaſonable creature can ſaie, but that he hath tſted thereof: 053D3r 27 thereof: for what good thing hath man that he hath not received of thée?
Thou art good to all men, but ſpeciallie to thoſe that have an upright conſcience, and ſtraight heart, a mind not bowing downe to carnall and temporall things, but aſpiring unto heavenlie and eternall things: for it is not enough, O God almightie, to praiſe thée with mouth, except our whole hart agrée there unto, framing our life unto the ſame; for whoſoever dooth otherwiſe than thou haſt commanded, dooth pollute thy name. Wherefore give us grace to feare thée, and to obeie thy holie word. Give us alſo a mind to praiſe d.iij.thée 054D3v thée for thy benefits paſt, that therby our minds may be ſtrengthened againſt all perils. When I have grace, O Lord, to take thée for my defenſe & truſt, I ſhall perceive thy protection to be a moſt ſure ſafegard unto me. For though I have not altogither hitherto known thy Majeſtie, as I ought to doo; yet I moſt humblie thanke thée Lord, that I went not from thée; but did cleave faſt to thée by faith.
Though I had almoſt ſlipped and fallen from thée, yet I did not forſake thée. And thou full mercifullie knowing my good will towards thée, didſt hold me up by my right hand, as thou 055D4r 28 thou didſt Peter, when he was in jepardie of drowning; thy goodneſſe brought me to the knowledge of mine infirmitie, thy grace called me from mine error into the right waie, thou ſaveſt me as thou didſt Lot and his houſe, thou didſt lead me with thy counſel, preſerving my weakeneſſe in this preſent life. Wherefore my truſt is, that thou wilt not take thy ſpirit from me, but wilt receive me into glorie: for thy favor hath béen my guide.
Thy grace dooth direct me in all my dooings, by which I am that I am, and thy grace held me ſtill through faith. Wherefore my truſt is, that thou wilt not leave me, but bring me to d.iiij.thy 056D4v thine everlaſting reſt. What wretched foole therefore was I, to deſire of thée, temporall, fraile, and deceitfull proſperitie and pleaſure; knowing by faith, that thou haſt prepared for me, and for all faithfull that love thée, ſuch rewards as neither eie hath ſéene, eare hath heard, nor hart can imagine?
What is ther then that is ordained for me? Even thou thy ſelfe Lord, and the fruition of thy perfect Godhead, wherein is included all the joie that may be deviſed, a treaſure that is immortall, it indureth pleaſant for ever. Shall I then be ſo mad, to deſire of thée moſt mercifull God, worldlie honor, pleaſure, eaſe, or riches, more 057D5r 29 more than is requiſite for this preſent life? Should I deſire of thée that loveſt me, thoſe gifts, wherewith thou rewardeſt thine enimies?
The moſt wicked upon the earth have theſe trifles of thy great goodnes and liberalitie, but there is nothing upon the earth that I deſire ſave onelie thée. The ſwéetnes of thy goodnes hath made all evill to ceaſe in me: for thou Lord art becom the ſtrength of my hart, thou art my portion for ever, thou art my reward thine owne ſelfe, wherwith my hart is ſufficed. For thou art the verie life it ſelfe, in whom whoſoever beléeveth, ſhall live everlaſtinglie, and ſhall not d.v. come 058D5v come into damnation.
Wherefore it is good for me, to hold me faſt by thée, to draw néere unto thée by faith, from whence good works doo ſpring towards my neighbour, and then to put my hope and truſt wholie in thée, as in a ſure and unmooveable altar, from whence no blaſt of winds of temptation ſhall drive me. Through hope I truſt to to be delivered from a corruptible bodie, into thy heavenlie glorie: and this by patience I now abide and looke for. Wherefore, whileſt I live, I will not ceaſe to declare and ſet foorth all thy noble works, which thou haſt wrought, to thine honor and praiſe, and to the profit of them 059D6r 30 them that ſhall profeſſe the ſame Chriſts religion, while the world indureth. As for me, I have none other refuge but thée, in whom my conſcience dooth reſt: for thou O God haſt humbled me by affliction, that I ſhould crie unto thée, and receive the fruit of thy promiſe: which grant O father, ſonne, and holie ghoſt, to me and all thy church to aſpire unto, Amen.
12. A praier for grace and repentance.
O Lord God, we are aſhamed, & dare not lift up our eies unto theée our God; 060D6v God; for our wickedneſſe is gone over our head, and our treſpaſſes are waxen so great, that they reach up unto the heavens. Since the time of our fathers, we have ſinned & treſpaſſed againſt thée, even unto this daie: and now our God, what ſhall we ſaie? Continuallie doo we forſake thy commandements, and harden our harts in miſbeléefe: but thou O God open our eies, to behold thée with a ſtedfaſt faith; & the eares of our harts, to heare thy words, and to underſtand them, that we may know thée the onlie true God, and Jeſus Chriſt whome thou haſt ſent; for whoſe ſake heare us, O déere Father, and ſend thy 061D7r 31 thy holie Ghoſt, to confirme this faith in us evermore. To whom, with thée O Father, & thy ſon our onlie ſaviour, be all honor and glorie, power and dominion, now and for ever, Amen.
13 A praier wherein wee deſire the life to come.
Omoſt high & mightie prince of power, Lorde of hoſts, God and Lord of the heavenly armie of angels, that are thy miniſters: when I conſider the greatnes of thy mightie Majeſtie, I am ſo rapt with the deſire thereof, that my hart and my fleſh reioi- 062D7v rejoiceth in nothing but in thée alone, that art the living God. All earthlie tabernacles and worldlie goods I nothing eſtéeme, when I behold thine everlaſting felicitie, which although I ſée now but darkelie as in a glaſſe; I hope to ſée thée face to face.
Grant me therefore O Lord, whileſt I am in this tabernacle, to build upon faith, which is the altar of thée that art the Lord moſt mightie, my king and my God, upon which we give unto thée ſacrifice, laud and praiſe in the unitie of thy faithfull Church, whereof thy Sonne Chriſt is the ſure rock. The faithfull build on this foundation. Bleſſed are they Lord 063D8r 32 Lord therefore, that dwell in thy houſe, who have occaſion to praiſe thée. They are repleniſhed with aboundance of all things that they deſire, they are made like unto thée, they ſée thée, even as thou art; of which ſight they ſhall never be fullie ſatiſfied: ſuch joie and love ſhall they conceive of the ſight of thy glorious majeſtie.
But to this beatitude can we not atteine, mercifull God, of our owne ſtrength and power; but through the helpe of thy gratious aſſiſtance. Thou muſt ingrave in our harts thy lawes, and direct us in thy waies; and when we are brought to thée by the right waie, we muſt be continuallie aided 064D8v aided by thy grace, that thou maieſt ſtaie and kéepe our féet from ſlipping. Who ſo truſteth to his owne ſtrength or power, or to the helpe of man, is much deceived, and leaneth to a rotten ſtatte: contrariwiſe, he that putteth his truſt in thy gratious power, wanteth never ſuccor at néed.
Thou haſt put us into this preſent world, to fight and to ſtrive with our enimies, who doo continuallie aſſault us; but thy grace maketh us able to repell all their invaſions. Thou ſuffereſt us not to be tempted above our ſtrength, and for our triumph thou rewardeſt us with a crowne of glorie and immortalitie.The 065 D9r 33
The ungodlie fall from thée, deſcending downeward from one vice to an other: but thy faithfull and elect increaſe dailie in godlines. For of thée Lord commeth all our power and ſtrength to doo good, and of thy ſonne Chriſt Jeſus, our maiſter, our teacher and governour, who promiſeth, that if we wéepe and morne heare in this vale of miſerie for our ſinnes; we ſhall hereafter laugh and be joifull in eternall glorie.
If we ſowe with heavines, we ſhall reap with gladnes; if we perſevere good & ſtrong champions héere in batell, we ſhall for our reward behold thy glorious face, in thy heavenlie man- 066D9v manſion; we ſhall ſée alſo thy ſonne Chriſt, who is thy wiſedome, and thy power, which who ſo ſéeth, enjoieth all pleaſures: to ſée that delectable ſight, our hearts doo much deſire of thée, that art the Lord of hoſts.
For this we make humble petition to thée, that art the God of Jacob, who wreſtled with thine angel, and prevailed; whoſe name thou diddeſt change, and calledſt him Iſrael, that is, the fear or beholder of God. Even ſo make me a ſtrong wreſtler againſt mine enimies in this world, that I may after this life behold thy incomprehenſible deitie, to the full contentation both of my ſoule 067D10r 34 ſoule and bodie.
We are much unworthie to obteine anie thing of thée, conſidering our unkindnes ſhewed unto thée, and our wretched eſtate: wherein we remaine. Nevertheleſſe Lord, we praie thée to be our defender and protector, through thy grace; not for our merits, but for the merits of thy moſt entirelie beloved ſonne Chriſt, thine onelie annointed above all other, with the oile of joie and gladnes. He is our head, we are the members of his bodie: he dwelleth in his faithfull, and they in him. Who ſo receiveth anie of his elect, receiveth him. He was incarnate for us, ſuffered death for us, bare our in- 068D10v iniquities on his backe, and roſe againe for our juſtification.
Wherefore we doubt not, but that through the infuſion of thy grace, thou wilt looke upon him in us, and ſhewe us mercie for his ſake; that we may have aboundance of grace through him, and caſting all the vanities of this world behind our backes, we may enter into the court of thy bright heavenlie Jeruſalem, where one daies abiding is better than a thouſand in this wretched world.
John Baptiſt (as witneſſeth our Saviour) was the greateſt and moſt perfect upon earth: yet (ſaid he) the leaſt in the 069D11r 35 the kingdome of heaven is greater than he. Wherefore moſt mightie Lord, thy faithfull doubt not, whilſt they are here in this vale of miſerie, but that thou wilt ever aſſiſt them, guide them, and bleſſe them that put their whole truſt in thée, who art the living God, and giveſt to thine aboundantlie all things unceſſarie to this preſent life; and afterwards, the fruition of thy Godhead in heaven eternallie, there to dwell with thée everlaſting lie, A men.14. A
14. A praier for comfort in trouble.
The chiefeſt comfort that I receive in this miſerable, wretched, & troubleſome world, O heavenlie Father, and God almightie, is, when I call to mind the truth of thy great promiſes, made to me in Jeſus Chriſt, for whoſe ſake onelie I doo acknowledge and confeſſe, that thou art my mercifull and loving Father, and ſo careſt for me through him, that nothing is able to remoove thy grace and favour from me. Wherefore I come unto thée in humblenes of hart, craving at thy boun- 071D12r 36 bountifull hands the aſſiſtance of thy holie ſpirit, to ſuppreſſe my wicked affections, that I may with a ſtedfaſt faith obeie thy moſt divine Majeſtie, in thought, word, and déed. For thou diſpoſeſt all things moſt wiſelie, and preſerveſt thy children in their greateſt dangers. Wherefore thy holie name be praiſed now and for evermore, through Jeſus Chriſt our Lord and Saviour, Amen.
15. A praier for the proſperitie of the Church.
Omoſt holie, glorious, and bleſſed trinitie, thrée perſons in one Godhead,head, 072D12v head, by whoſe goodneſſe all creatures have their being, whoſe eies behold althings, as well that are paſt, as that are to come, and are accoumpted as preſent to thy mightie Majeſtie: we thy poore faithful ſubjects of the Church here militant upon earth, ſhew foorth our lamentable praiers, beſéeching thée pitifullie to behold the miſerable eſtate thereof, which never had more néed of thy godlie aſſiſtance than at this preſent it hath.
The nature of man is ſo corrupt and abhominable in wickedneſſe, that none dooth good upon the earth; for many there be that deſpiſe God, & oppreſſe the poore. Wherefore, Lord, we beſéech 073E1r 37 beſéech thée, to ariſe up for the trouble ſake of the oppreſſed, and at the complaint of the poore, helpe him, and ſet him at reſt.
Thy Sonne Chriſt is our ſaving health, in whom who ſo truſteth, reſteth in ſuertie, and cannot be deceived. Ariſe up we praie thée mercifull God, and caſt us not away for ever; comfort thy ſmall flocke, to the confuſion of thine enimies; and make us able, through thy grace, to kéepe thy lawes, which are pure; even as the ſilver, which is from the earth is tried and purified ſeven times in the fire.
Thou art néere Lord unto all, that in this life call upon E.j.thée 074E1v thée faithfullie; and thou kéepeſt them from all dangers: for in the midſt of this world, we are in manie temptations and vices, and in the companie of the proud and wicked people, and in manie tribulations. We ſée the vanities of this world readie to moove us, we ſuffer perſecution; yet thou kéepeſt us from deſperation, and thy grace preſerveth us, that they come not néere us. Their entiſements we eſtéeme not, bicauſe we hope in thy mightie power, who art our defenſe in trouble.
Thy ſonne Chriſt is the ſtrong rocke, in the which all birds that build doo reſt out of jeopardie; to him all ſinners maie 075E2r 38 maie flie for ſuccour and comfort, being holden by him, they may be eaſed. This rocke the divell cannot undermine nor ſcale: no water of tribulation can drowne thoſe that build on this rocke. Pharao king of Aegypt, with a great hoſt purſued the children of Iſrael, but he could not hurt them: thou Lord waſt their defenſe, and diddeſt deſtroie all their adverſaries. Even ſo art thou our defenſe, our hope, and our comfort.
Thou wilt compaſſe us about with joifull deliverance. The houſe of our bodies is environed with enimies, but thy providence will defend us out of all dangers. Thou wilt informee.ij.forme 076E2v forme us, and ſhewe us the waie wherin we ſhall go. This life is a pilgrimage, and a jornie for us to travell in. Thou art the end of our waie, O God. Thou art the marke that we ſhoote at, when we come to our jornies end, in thée Lord we hope to have reſt. Thou giveſt knowledge and inſtruction by faith, that if we paſſe well through this world, we ſhall have joie everlaſtinglie: to the which bring us all, thou Lord that diedſt for us all, Amen.16. A 077 E3r
16. A praier, that we may be heard of God.
Thy hand is not ſhortened, O Lord, that it cannot help; neither is thine eare ſtopped, that it will not heare: but our miſdoings have ſeparated us from thée our God, and our ſinnes have cauſed thy face to be hidden from us. Our hands are defiled with unrighteouſneſſe, our lippes ſpeake leaſings, our toongs doo ſet out wickedneſſe. No man regardeth righteouſnes, and none judgeth truelie: everie one hopeth in vaine things, and imagineth deceit, e.iij.con- 078E3v conceiveth wearines, & bringeth foorth evill. For our offenſes are manie before thée, and our ſinnes doo teſtifie againſt us, and we acknowledge that we have doone amiſſe, tranſgreſſing and diſſembling againſt thée, Lord, and fallen awaie from our God, uſing preſumptuous imaginations.
Nevertheleſſe, thou art our God, and everlaſting father, our nouriſher and defender, which wouldeſt not the death of a ſinner, but mercifullie receiveſt all thoſe, that with repentant harts come unto thée. And now we ſet our eies and face towards thée, lifting up our hearts unto thy mercie ſeat, who haſt promiſed to unlodelode 079E4r 40 lode us, whenſoever we come unto thée. Heare us therefore, and forgive us all our offenſes, which we have committed, from the time of our birth, untill this preſent houre. O bleſſe us, and the works alſo of our hands, that we may live and praiſe thée, world without end, through Jeſus Chriſt our Lord and ſaviour, Amen.
17. A praier againſt the enimies of the church.
The ſure ſhips, O Lord, fléete in the ſea under their ſailes, and paſſe through the ſtormie tempeſts without drowning: ſo doo thine e.iiij.elect, 080E4v elect, O God almightie, paſſe through the fearefull perils of all their enimies in this world, by the meanes of thy ſhip the church, and the true faith thereof; of which ſhip our Saviour Chriſt is the ſterneman, the guide, and the ſure anchor, to be caſt in all neceſſities, who ſo truſteth in him, ſhalbe brought to the faire haven of perfect beatitude.
Who ſo kéepeth him within the boords of his faithfull ſhip, néedeth not to feare the dreadfull dragon, that ſturdie ſtrong Leviathan, to whoſe power no power on earth may be compared: for he is ſo mad, that he feareth nothing: he is king over all the children of pride. 081E5r 41 pride. This is the Lucifer, that fell downe from heaven; he is the ſerpent that deceived in paradiſe, and brought death to all mankind.
Nevertheleſſe, when thy faithfull people are penitent for their offenſes, reſiſt his temptations, and followe thy lawes, putting their whole truſt in thée and thy bleſſed ſonne, then doo they mock and deceive him; as Chriſt did with his humanitie, which when he thought to devoure, by tempting the Jewes to put Jeſus to death, he was tripped in his owne turne, and taken into bondage by the vertue of Chriſts divinitie. And whenſoever we that be his faithfull, e.v.be 082E5v be caught (as this our enimie thinketh) in his danger, we turne to our head Jeſus Chriſt for refuge, and by his helpe doo vanquiſh him.
Great, good Lord, is thy mercie and goodnes, that ſuffereth not thy faithfull to be tempted above their ſtrength; but in the midſt of their temptation makeſt a waie for them to eſcape out. The enimie hath no power of himſelfe, but as thou ſuffereſt him; he, with all other creatures, hang upon thy will & commandements: all wait on thée, that thou maiſt give them meate in due ſeaſon; when thou giveſt it them, they gather it.
Thy works Lord are mercie and 083E6r 42 and forgivenes; thou art our juſtice, whereby thou makeſt us juſt, which before were moſt wicked ſinners; thou makeſt us thine humble creatures, to trmble for feare of thy mightie power and juſtice: our pride thereby is abated. We account the good deedes, which we have doone, to be of thy gifts and goodneſſe; nothing preſuming of our owne fraile power: for we knowe that thy holie ſpirit reſteth upon thoſe that have a lowly troubled ſpirit, and dooe ſtand in awe of thy word.
The proud and ſtifnecked people dooeſt thou touch with ſcorpions and puniſhments, & then they come to the knowledgeledge 084E6v ledge of thy Majeſtie; then will they ſaie as Nabucadonoſor ſaid, after his puniſhment; Honour and praiſe be unto thée O God of heaven, whoſe power endureth alwais, and thy kingdome from one generation to another. Then ſhall they be driven to praiſe thy mightie Majeſtie, as thou art worthie.
Cruell Saule was touched of thy hand, and became Paule a welbeloved apoſtle, through the helpe of thy grace, and laboured more aboundantlie than all other of thine apoſtles; ſuch is the power of thy gratious influence. This thy noble grace ſend me, moſt mercifull God, whereby I ſhall have a louing 085E7r 43 loving deſire to honour thée, to praiſe thée, my God and ſaviour, ſo long as I have anie being, I will not ceaſe to confeſſe my ſinnes to thée, and to lament mine iniquities: then ſhall my words be pleſant and acceptable to thée.
And as I joie wholie in thée, that art my creator; and in thy ſonne, which is my redéemer: ſo ſhalt thou alſo delight in me that am thy poore creature and handie worke, granting me the fruit of thy ſonnes paſſion, which he ſuffered for my redemption: to whom, with thée O Father, and the holie Ghoſt, be all honour and glorie, all power and dominion, now and for evermore, Amen,men, 086E7v men, Amen.
18. A praier of the afflicted perſon.
O Lord God, thou art juſt, and all thy works and waies are mercie & truth and thou judgeſt trulie for evermore; remember me, and looke on me O Lord God, and puniſh me not according to my ſinnes, or mine ignorance; but deale with me as it ſéemeth beſt unto thée. And now, O Lord, worke thy will in me, and command my ſpirit to be received in peace, that I may be diſſolved of this fowle fleſhie maſſe, thorough the which 087E8r 44 which I doo nothing but offend thée my Lord God.
Yet nevertheleſſe, if it be thy bleſſed will, to give me longer life in this vale of miſerie; forgive me all my ſinnes for Chriſts ſake: for thou art a mercifull God, ſlowe to conceive wrath, and moſt readie to forgive. Wherefore extend thy favour upon me, O Lord, which ſhall confirme the faith of others. Though I deſerve deſtruction, yet let thy mercie pittie my frailtie: for thou art great, O Lord, for evermore, and thy kingdome is world without end.
Thou ſcourgeſt and healeſt, thou leadeſt unto hell, and bringeſt backe againe: and there 088E8v there is none that may eſcape thy hand. O give thanks unto the Lord ye children of men, for there is none holie, but he; none almightie, but thou O Lord God. Thou haſt chaſtined us for our miſdéeds, and of thine owne mercie ſake thou haſt ſaved us: wherefore thée will we feare and dread, and magnifie the everlaſting king in his works.
As for me and my ſoule, whileſt I live will I praiſe thy Majeſtie; as long as I have anie being. For ever ſince I was borne, thou haſt given me great cauſe to praiſe thée, for thou haſt béene the defenſe of my juſt cause. Heare now my vehement praier, my ſecretcret 089E9r 45 cret complaint, and my ſighes which I make before thée this daie, into whoſe holie hands I commit my bodie and ſoule: for thou haſt redéemed me, O thou God of truth, Amen.
19. A praier of the juſtice of God, and for the aſſiſtance of Gods ſpirit, with an invocation upon the Trinitie.
O Lord I confeſſe thou dooeſt not puniſh me without my deſerts, & therfore I will never accuſe thée of rigour, as the wicked doo: for I acknowledge that when thou laieſt thy hand heavie uponon 090E9v on anie, there is juſt cause why thou ſhouldeſt ſo entreat them. We are occaſion of our owne perdition, and can pretend no ignorance to excuſe us withall: for thou O God calleſt us by thy word and works, to follow vertue, and flie vice; which if we bend our ſelves unto, depending onelie upon thée, thou haſt promiſed to be our ſchoolemaiſter and protectour.
Thy providence, O God, dooth not onelie watch over thy church in generall, but alſo over everie member thereof: for thy word, O Lord, is eaſie to find, if we have a deſire thereunto, if we be not blinded by the prince of this world. Thou moſt mightie haſt powerer 091E10r 46 er both of land and ſea, ſtretch foorth thy mercifull hand to helpe them up that ſinke, to kéepe them up that ſtand; for thou art above all, and over all kingdomes of the earth. Thou haſt made the heaven and earth.
Lord bow downe thine care and heare, Lord open thine eies and behold. Our true refuge and ſuccour in all temptations and dangers is; to flie unto thée by moſt earneſt praier. Thou wilt not here, O Lord God, for manie words ſake, or often repetition, but thou dooſt conſider our faith and fervent mind: for thou dooſt looke upon the heart of man, and not upon the outward appearance.It 092 E10v
It is great gréefe, O Lord, unto thy children, when they ſée not the fruits of their praiers, which cauſeth them to thinke, that thou heareſt not: yet dooſt thou but defer them, to cauſe them to praie more earneſtlie and often. For when there ſéemeth to mans judgement to be no recoverie, but all things are brought to deſpaire, then thou O God dooſt ſhew thy mightie power, there is nothing doone without they providenrce and decrée.
Wherefore I will call upon thée with a ſtedfaſt faith, being aſſured of thy mercies; bicauſe I have found thy helpe at néed in my moſt danger: for thou never forſakeſt them that put their 093E11r 47 their truſt in thée, bicauſe of nature thou art verie mercifull. Therefore the faithfull reverence thée, and are bold to approch néere thy mightie Majeſtie; moſt humblie beſéeching thée, for Jeſus Chriſt his ſake, that thou wilt caſt all our ſinnes behind thy backe; and give us thy grace and holie ſpirit, to lead the reſt of our lives in thy feare, dooing alwaies that is righteous in thy ſight.
For whoſoever walketh in his vocation, and hath the light of God for his guide, néedeth to feare no danger: thy rodde and thy ſtaffe ſhall alwaies hold him up. Guide me, O Lord, and give me the moſt pretious 094E11v pretious gift of faith, which is the head ſpring of all good works. Baptiſe me inwardlie with the holie Ghoſt, burne and conſume all vice in me, inflame my hart with the love of thée, and caſt thy favour upon me, O Lord and holie father.
So doo likewiſe O Chriſt my Lord and Saviour, who waſt contented to put off all thy glorie, that thou waſt in before the beginning of the world, to take our nature upon thée, and to ſuffer moſt bitter paſſion upon the croſſe for our redemption. Waſh me with thy pretious bloud, and make me a choſen veſſell to they ſelfe: give me a thankefull hart 095E12r 48 hart to praiſe thy name with continuall thankeſgiving for thy great mercies. Come holie ſpirit, inſpire my hart with the true knowledge of the father and the ſonne, procéeding from them both; one God in Trinitie, and Trinitie in unitie, world without end, Amen.
20. A praier for faith and grace.
Lord give me faith and grace, that I may be wounded inhart to ſéeke unto thée for mercie: for thou, O God, haſt taught us in thy holie word to looke for aide and helpe 096E12v helpe of thee in all perils, and that thou art the onelie giver of victorie in all temptations of our enimies, bodilie & goſtlie. For when thou giveſt ſentence againſt the wicked, they muſt néeds confeſſe thée to be juſt, and themſelves ſinners. For thou O God, which loveſt purenes of hart, & maieſt juſtlie deſtroie man, who is by nature a ſinner: much more wilt thou laie thine hand upon them, whom thou haſt inſtructed in thy heavenlie wiſdome. Thy favour O God, is the fountaine of all proſperitie, for thou O Lord dooſt ſtill behold us. Thée will we reverence, in what place ſoever we be.
Helpe me therefore, O Lord God, 097F1r 49 God, in my good purpoſes, and holie worſhipping, or ſerving of thée; and grant unto me to make a perfect enterance and beginning in thée; for I have bin an unprofitable ſervant hitherto. O Lord give me a mind never to ſhew my ſelfe unthankful for all thy benefits: for thou art the God, which ever hath béene and ſhall be; the God almightie, by whom all thinges have their being; full of mercie, mindfull of thy promiſe. Who ſo ſéeketh any other than thée, O Chriſt, in whom dooth reſt onlie the ſalvation of our ſoules; that creature ſhal find nothing but miſerie and ſorrow. Wherfore Lord make me rich in thy F.i.fauour 098F1v favour and grace, conducting me by thy power. Craft in me a full truſt in thy promiſes for my deliverance, make me one with thée in everlaſting love, that when it ſhall pleaſe thée to call me out of this miſerable world, I may live with thée and my Saviour Chriſt, who died for me and all people: whoſe name, with thée O Father, and the holie Ghoſt, be praiſed now and for evermore; Amen.21. A
21. A praier of the creation of mankind, of the true Samaritane, & for ſtrength againſt temptation.
Ofather of heaven, of power almightie, which with thine onlie word diddeſt create and make all the whole world, and all for the profit & ſervice of man, whom thou diddeſt create of all other a moſt noble and perfect creature, giving him power upon earth, the waters, and all the fowles and birds of the aire; thou madeſt him alſo after thine own ſimilitude and likenes, induing him with a f.ij.reaso- 100F2v reaſonable ſoule, and all the powers thereof, thou alſo diddeſt put him in the pleaſant garden of paradiſe, excepting nothing from him, but the eating of the onelie trée of knowledge of good and evill: and further, for his helpe, comfort, and companie, of a ribbe of his ſide thou madeſt for him a woman, and gaveſt hir to him to be his wife.
There had they inſtructions given them, and the lawe of life for an heritage. Before them was laid both life and death, good and evill, with a fréewill given them to take which liked them beſt. But their frailtie was ſuch, that they, through a ſmall intiſement,ment, 101F3r 51 ment, choſe the evill, and left the good: they left life, & choſe death. Thus Lord, through ſin, & breaking of thy commandements, man loſt the fréewill that was given him in his creation, and purchaſed death to all his poſteritie.
In the waie as he went to Jeruſalem and Jericho, he fell in the hands of théeves, who hurting and wounding him ſore, departed, leaving him halfe dead; ſo that he could have helpe of none, but only of the good Samaritan, who, as he paſſed by the ſame waie, powred wine and oile into his wounds, and tooke the cure of him.
This onlie Samaritan was f.iij.thy 102F3v thy deare Sonne Chriſt, which tooke upon him all the iniquities of mankind, and laid them on his backe by his death, purging and clenſing him, not onlie from the originall ſin of our father Adam, but alſo from all our ſins which we commit from time to time, by the vertue of his paſſion, and the ſacrament of baptiſme upon our repentance. For as by Adam, death came to mankind, ſo by Jeſus Chriſt was mankind reſtored to life.
For this great and high benefit of thy ſonnes bleſſed paſſion for our redemption, we thy poore creatures praiſe and thanke thée, moſt humblie acknowledging his ineſtimable loue 103F4r 52 love towards us, in that thou vouchſafedſt to die for us, being then ſinners, & thy mortall enimies. Nevertheleſſe, moſt mercifull father, we are of our ſelves not able to do any thing that good is, no not ſo much as to thinke a good thought, without thine aid and aſſiſtance. We wander here miſerablie, in the lowe parts of the vile earth; our ſtrength will not ſerve us to clime to the high of the hilles, where thou dwelleſt in thy mount Sion, a place prepared for thine elect, a choſen inheritance of thy faithfull ſervant Abraham, and his ſéed.
Wherefore ſince we, being burthened with the affects of f.iiij.world- 104F4v worldlie pleaſures, and alſo with other cares and troubles, can by no meanes aſcend to thée, that art on the top of ſo high a mountaine, (ſo manie legions of angels attending on thy Majeſtie) we have no remedie, but with the prophet David now to lift the eies of our harts and minds towards thée, & to crie for helpe to come down from thée to us thy poore and wretched ſervants.
We wander here below, as loſt ſhéepe, having no ſhepheard; we are aſſailed on everie ſide with manifold enimies; the divell ravening and hungering, ſéeketh whom he may devoure; the world allureth us alſo to hir deceitfull vanities;nities; 105F5r 53 nities; our fleſh alſo, which we carrie about us, is our enimie readie and prone to drawe us unto all vices and pleaſures. From this can we by no meanes be defended, but by thée Lord.
Send us therfore thy helpe and holie angell, to aſſiſt and ſtrengthen us: for of thée moſt mercifull Father floweth all bountie and goodnes. Thou O Lord God madeſt heaven and earth for thine honour, and mans commoditie; eſtabliſh therefore good Lord the choſen works of thy hand with thy eternall helpe: from heaven ſend us downe the welſpring of thy grace, and thy ſtrong angell to aide us by his helpe, f.v. that 106F5v that no aſſault of our ſpirituall enimies doo prevaile againſt us: but from all evils by thy word defend us, Lord, both touching the bodie, and alſo the ſoule, that no temptation prevaile againſt us.
Thou haſt béene our protectour, even from our mothers wombe; and our truſt is that thou wilt ſo continue all the daies of our life, and ſpeciallie at the houre of our death, that we may aſcend to the heavenlie Jeruſalem, where we ſhall reaſt in the boſome of our father Abraham, the father of all faithfull beléevers, there to praiſe thée, and thy loving Sonne, and the holie Ghoſt, world without end, Amen.22. A
22. A praier and thankeſgiving unto God, for his manifold gifts, with an acknowledgment of our ſinne, and pardon for the ſame.
O praiſe the Lord our God for ever, and let us give thanks unto the name of his glorie, which excéedeth all other thankeſgivings and praiſes: for thou art our God alone, thou haſt made the heaven of all heavens, with all the hoſte of them; the earth, and all the creatures, which live by thée; the ſea, and all that move therein: thou preſerveth them all through thine omni- 108F6v omnipotent power. For the which all the hoſt of heaven praiſeth thée, and we thy poore children here on earth doo crie unto thée; Holie, holie, holie, art thou, which ever was, and ever ſhall be, O Lord God of ſabaoth.
Thou haſt made good all thy words and promiſes, for thou art righteous and true, and haſt conſidered the miſerie of our forefathers: for they were ſtubborne againſt thée, not regarding thy precepts and commandements, neither were mindfull of thy wonderous works that thou diddeſt for them, whoſe footeſteps we are prone and readie to follow in all ungodlines, in theſe our daies: 109F7r 55 daies: but thou O Lord art mercifull, patient, and of great goodnes, and forſakeſt us not, whenſoever we returne unto thée.
Wherefore, O Lord, heare us from heaven, and forgive us all our unthankefulnes, and give us faithfull hearts to followe thy commandements; which if we doo, we ſhall live in them. For it is not in mans power to order his owne waies, nor to rule his owne ſteps or goings: therefore chaſten thou us, O Lord, but with favor, not in thy wrath. Bring us not utterlie to naught, for we have none other ſaviour, neither can we helpe our ſelves; for by our ſalvation thy 110F7v thy name ſhall be praiſed.
Therefore Lord helpe us, ſéeing that of thy mercie thou haſt made us a moſt deare poſeſſion unto thée, and we through our ſinnes are worthilie puniſhed. Declare againe thy love, and finiſh the worke that thou haſt begunne in us; ſo ſhall we live and praiſe thy holie name for ever & ever, through Jeſus Chriſt our Lord and redéemer, Amen.23. A
23. A praier wherein the hart poureth out it ſelfe before God, with humble ſubmiſſion and chriſtian lowlines in divers conſiderations.
The moſt pleaſant thing that I can offer unto thy majeſtie, O Lord, is to give thée a thankfull heart for all thy benefits, and to be inwardlie ſorie that ever I did anie thing which ſhould offend thée; then, to mortifie the concupiſcence of the fleſh, to put off the old Adam, and put on Chriſt; to leave to be carnall, and to become ſpirituall. Wherefore I will call on thy holie 112F8v holie name, for thy gratious aid and aſſiſtance; to helpe me and ſtrengthen me in theſe my good purpoſes, not doubting but thou wilt moſt gratiouſlie heare me.
My heart and my whole bodie, I offer willinglie unto thy ſervice, which although it be of ſmall value indéed; yet I doo not miſtruſt but it ſhall be accepted in thy ſight: as was the offring of two mites, which the poore woman threw into the treaſurie at Jeruſalem, which ſmall ſumme of hir povertie thou diddeſt more eſtéeme and praiſe, than all the great gifts of the rich men.
I humblie beſéech thy highneſſe to accept this gift of my poore 113F9r 57 poore ſoule & bodie, which is a declaration of my loving mind towards thée; and vouchſafe Lord ſo to worke in them by thy grace, that they may will and worke that which may be acceptable in thy ſight: ſo that I may truelie performe my vowes made unto thée, by kéeping thy lawes and commandements with my whole hart, which I and everie true chriſtian profeſſe to kéepe. For whoſoever he be that breaketh but one of them, is guiltie of all.
It is not in mans power to turne to thée O God, but thy worke onelie to convert us: for we conſider thy Majeſtie, and the weakneſſe of our ſinfull fleſh. Thy mercie worketh in 114F9v in us ſorrowe and repentance for our former life. All things are governed by thy providence O God; if thou bleſſe us, all creatures ſhall favour us. Let thy holie ſpirit counſell me how to come foorth of this carefull and troubleſome life, that I may hide my ſelfe under the ſhadowe of thy wings, where I know I ſhall be defended by thy power, which ſhall be a ſigne of thy fatherlie care towards me. Wherefore I will reſigne my ſelfe wholie unto thée, truſting in thy protection.
Thou O God art onelie the true felicitie, to heale me thou art able, and to raiſe me to life, though I were dead long ago, and 115F10r 58 and turned to duſt. For I acknowledge thée to be almightie, and that there is nothing done on earth without thy will and ordinance: wherefore I will not truſt to anie worldlie helpe. In the daies of my trouble thou kéepeſt covenant and mercie with thy ſervants that walke before thée with all their heart; and though thou correcteſt from time to time, yet thy helpe will not be farre off, if we returne to thée.
Thy mercie is great to poore ſinners; for thou art more readie to pardon them with long ſuffering, rather than to puniſh them. Thou ſheweſt favor towards the fatherleſſe, which walke after thy commandementsments. 116F10v ments as thou art God, and creator of the ſoule and body ſo wouldeſt thou have us ſerve thée with both, and that thy people be continuallie ſubject unto thée. For the greater gifts that we receive at thy mercifull hands O Lord God, and the higher that thou dooeſt preferre us, the more are we bound to praiſe thée for the ſame. And though we be high or lowe in degrée, yet can we not be exempted from dooing our duties.
Thou O God art the giver of all good things: wherefore I am readie to beſtowe all that I have at thy commandement. Give me grace, O Lord God, that I never provoke thée to anger 117F11r 59 anger by my ſinnes, that thou maiſt mitigate thy puniſhments towards me, & ſtrengthen me with thy holie ſpirit, that I may leade an upright life, with true faith and repentance, unto the glorie of thy holie name, through Jeſus Chriſt our Lord, Amen.
24. A praier wherein the afflicted perſon praieth againſt his enimies, that God would turne upon them his judgements.
O Lord God or our fathers, helpe me poore deſolate creature, I beſéech thée: for thou haſt don althings from 118F11v from the beginning; and looke what thine everlaſting counſell hath deviſed, it came ever to paſſe: for all thy waies are prepared, and thy judgements are doone in thine everlaſting foreknowledge. O looke thou now upon mine enimies, and bring to paſſe, O Lord, that the pride of them may be cut downe: for thy power ſtandeth not in the judgement of men. For there was never proud perſon that pleaſed thée; but in the praier of the humble and méeke hath thy pleaſure béene evermore.
O thou God of the heavens, thou maker and Lord of all creatures, heare and helpe me calling upon thée, and putting my 119F12r 60 my truſt in thy mercie: for I have none other helper but thée O Lord God. Thinke upon me, and ſhew thy ſelfe unto me, in the time of my diſtreſſes and troubles, ſtrengthen me with patience in all averſities. Thou Lord of all power knoweſt all things. O thou mightie God above all, heare the voice of them that have none other hope but onlie thée; deliver me out of the hands of mine enimies, and make me not a ſcorne unto the fooliſh.
Heare thou my God, for I am deſpiſed; turne their ſhame upon their owne heads: for they are puft up with pride, as the ſtomach that is choaked with fat. O Lord of hoſts, thou 120F12v thou righteous ſearcher, which knoweſt the reines and the verie heart; let me ſée them puniſhed, if it be thy will: for unto thée doo I commit my cauſe. For though they wickedlie provoked me to doo evill for evill, yet thy word kept me backe: for I behaved my ſelfe uprightlie towards mine enimies. Therefore I humblie beſéech thée, let them knowe that thou art the defender of my juſt cauſe.
Let my perſecutors be confounded, but not me; thou ſhalt bring upon them the time of their plague, and ſhalt deſtroie them right ſoone. Wherefore O Lord my ſaviour, let the ſame ſhame and confuſion light uponon 121G1r 61 on them, which they intended to have brought upon me, and bicauſe thou haſt all things in thy hands and power, thou wilt ſpéedilie reward them after their deſervings: for the deapth of thy providence governeth all things, and diſpoſeth them as it pleaſeth thée.
Good Lord make me not a mocking ſtocke unto the wicked, nor wrap me up with the deceitfull, when they are put to ſhame: for ſéeing my troubles come of thy appointment, I will with thy helpe indure them with patience, for I put not my truſt in anie worldlie thing, but in thée O God my maker and defender. I will ſerve thée with a pure affectiōon, G.j. and 122G1v and with the godlie that worſhip thée in ſpirit and truth: which that I may the better fulfil, bleſſe me with thy grace, now and for ever, Amen.
25. A praier for the increaſe of faith, wherein alſo the unmeaſurable love of God the father is recorded.
Omercifull God, that art ſo good and loving a Father, make me heire of thy heavenlie kingdome, with thy bleſſed ſonne Jeſus Chriſt; increſe my faith in thée O Lord, that I may moſt faithfullie beléeve all that thou haſt commanded in thy holie 123G2r 62 holie word: for whatſoever is not of faith, the ſame is ſinne. Faith is the ſure and perfect foundation of all chriſtian religion, wherby they faithfull hope ſurelie, that all thy promiſes made unto them of thy méere goodnes and liberalitie, ſhall ſurelie, and undoubtedlie be fulfilled. Heaven and earth ſhall periſh, rather than thy word and promiſe ſhalbe unperformed.
By faith Abraham was juſtified, and by faith he was readie to make ſacrifice of his onlie begotten ſonne Iſaac. Upon thoſe that were faithfull did our Saviour worke his miracles, in ſo much that in his countrie of Galilie he did not g.ij. ma- 124G2v manie, bicauſe of their unbeléef. And by this faith, with the helpe of thy grace at this daie, and to the end of the world, are and ſhall all thy choſen people be ſaved, and that fréelie, without anie deſerving of theirs.
And being fullie perſuaded by thy holie ſcripture, I beléeve in thée my moſt mightie God, thrée perſons in one eſſence, and in all things conteined in thy holie word; and the ſame faith I will not let to confeſſe before all the world. I will not doo as manie of the Jewes did, which beléeved on thy ſonne, yet durſt they not boldlie confeſſe him, neither make their faith known, leaſt they ſhould have béene expelledled 125G3r 63 led out of the ſynagog. They more eſtéemed the glorie of this world, they did eſtéeme the glorie of God.
But through the helpe of thy grace, Lord, I will ſpeake nothing, but that I firmlie beléeve, and that which I doo beléeve; I will by no meanes hide, but ſpeake boldlie: for I know, that who ſo dooth confeſſe thée before men, him wilt thou confeſſe before thy father which is in heaven. Faith cauſeth me to love thée for thine own ſake, above all creatures. Love cauſeth me to confeſſe thée before all the world, and for thy ſake to worke towards my neighbour, as thou hasſte commanded me. It is thy g.iij. grace 126G3v grace that maketh man vertuous and good, which grace is the nurſe of all good things: it leadeth man from one vertue to another; it kéepeth us from falling, lifting us up againe when we are fallen. Thy loving kindneſſe hath béen from everlaſting, and endureth for ever.
What ſhall I give againe unto thée O Lord, for thy manifold benefits, that thou haſt doone unto me? Great cauſe have I to be thankfull, when I remember thy tender love, ſhewed unto man, in his firſt creation, next in power, wiſedome, knowledge, and underſtanding to the nature of angels, made alſo touching the ſoule 127G4r 64 ſoule like unto thine owne image; which he through frailtie did abuſe: yet nevertheles, thou of thy mercifull pitie, being willing that this noble worke of thine ſhould not utterlie be loſt, diddeſt ſend thine onelie begotten ſonne to become man, and wiledſt him to ſuffer death for mans redemption.
What more love could be ſhewed than thou haſt ſhewed? what more could be doon to thy vineyard than thou haſt doone? thy charitie was fervent to us when we were all ſinners; few men would now die for their righteous fréend, but thou ſendedſt thy ſonne to ſuffer death for thine enimies, that were g.iiij. ſin- 128G4v ſinners: yea, when we dailie now doo fall ſtill from thée, by committing all kind of vices; yet dooeſt thou mercifullie ſuffer us, and gentlie receive us, ſo oft as we do returne againe to thée by repentance.
We forgive our neighbours ſcarſcelie one or twiſe, when they diſpleaſe us: but thou Lord forgiveſt us, not ſeven times, but ſeventie times ſeven, that is, ſo often as we fal. Even ſo willeſt thou us to forgive one another. Wherefore, Lord, reach unto me thy helping hand, as thou diddeſt unto Peter; and as he was thereby made able to walke upon the water, ſo ſhall I be able thereby to performe thy holie lawe, 129G5r 65 lawe, which my hart is deſirous to doo in the preſence of all the congregation, that other may take example by my dooings, and glorifie thy Majeſtie for thy noble gifts.
Strengthen me, Lord, with thy holie ſpirit; give me an hart and will rather to chooſe to ſuffer death, than to breake anie of them: for right deare in thy fight is the death of thy ſaints. Thy name will I call upon, and honour it all the daies of my life. I will alſo, as I have promiſed, fulfill my vowes that I have made unto thée. I will give up my ſelfe to thée, as an oblation; and ſéeing I am thy image, I will declare unto the holie congregation,g.v. gation, 130G5v gation, how mercifullie thou haſt received me to thy grace. I will honor thée in thy church wherof I am partaker, through the meanes of thy ſonne Chriſt Jeſus, my onelie Lord and ſaviour, Amen.
26. A praier unto God the father, wherein the ſinner openeth his greefe of conſcience.
O God I am not worthie of the leaſt of thy mercies and truth, which thou haſt ſhewed unto me thy ſervant: for though thou haſt, O Lord aſſaide me with the one hand, thou haſt ever holden me vp 131G6r 66 up with the other: for thou art ever preſent with us, to ſuccor us in our troubles. And if thou O God diddeſt not open our eies, we could neither ſée, nor use the meanes, which thou haſt ſet before us. As for me, when thou openedſt mine eies and heart, I was readie to obeie thée, being aſſured, that I was written in the booke of thine elect to this end: for thy providence watcheth alwaies to direct thy children, that they ſlide not.
Wherefore now, O Lord, call to remembrance the cares and gréefes which we have ſuffered; conſider and ſée our confuſion. Our inheritance is turned unto ſtrangers, we are 132G6v are become carefull and fatherleſſe; our parents, which now are gone, have ſinned, and we muſt beare their wickedneſſe. Alas that they and we have ſinned ſo ſore! Therefore is our hart full of heavines, but thou O Lord that remaineſt evermore, and thy ſeat world without end, doo not forget us.
Let all the world ſée thy judgements, in that thou art our God, and ruler over all: which we will ever confeſſe, bicauſe thou art ſo glorious; and through thy mercifull aid I will remaine ſtedfaſt, being upholden by thy power O God. For I have ever this hope of conſcience, that thou wilt 133G7r 67 wilt not impute unto me my ignorance. Wherefore grant unto me from hencefoorth, to live in thy feare all the daies of my life, and to end this pilgrimage in faith and truth, to the glorie of thy holie name. Which grant us, O deare father, for thy deare ſonne Jeſus Chriſts ſake, who is bleſſed with thée O father. To whom with thée, and the holie Ghoſt, be given all honour & praiſe, world without and, Amen.27. A
27. A praier unto the ſonne of God, wherein the ſoule is comforted, by the rehearſall of Chriſts manifold benefits.
Omy ſoule, inforce thée with all thy ſtrength to ſet foorth the noble praiſes of the Lord thy God and redéemer. Thou haſt within thée manie goodlie gifts of nature and grace, which give thée occaſion never to ceaſe from giving of thanks. Forget not theſe beneficiall gifts, which he hath given thée: for of forgetfulneſſe commeth vn unthankefulneſſe; which unkindneskindnes 135G8r 68 kindnes maketh thée not worthie to enjoie that is given thée. Conſider my ſoule, firſt, the miſerable eſtate wherein thou waſt brought by ſinne.
Thou waſt the enimie of God, the bond-ſervant of the divell, and ſubject to death everlaſting. From this hath thy mercifull brother Jeſus Chriſt, being both God and man, delivered thée, making ſatiſfaction for all thy ſinnes, through his death and paſſion. What greater love could he ſhewe, than to die for thée, whereby he driveth awaie all thine offenſes.
If thou ſet before thine eies the multitude of thy ſinnes, then ſhalt thou alſo behold the bene- 136G8v benefits and goodnes of thy redéemer. Give him therefore the ſacrifice of praiſe, and glorifie him; for therein he delighteth: not for his profit, but for thine; not for that he is anie thing thereby advanced, but that dooing thy dutie by faith, thou maiſt be made partakerof joie everlaſting with him.
And though he ſend thée manie adverſities in this world, thinke that he loveth thée: for if he did not, he would leave thée to ſinke in thine owne ſinne, to the utter loſſe both of bodie and ſoule. But he hath ſaved thy life from everlaſting deſtruction, he hath redéemed thée with his moſt pretious blood, he died for thy ſinnes, and roſe 137G9r 69 roſe againe for thy juſtification. Love him therefore my ſoule, and magnifie him all the daies of thy life. Put thy whole affiance in him, and feare no violence of enimies: for although they aſſault thée, yet can they not vanquiſh thée.
For he, that through his mercie and loving kindneſſe, hath given thée power by him to vanquiſh thine enimies; will not faile, after thy fight and victorie, to reward thée with a crowne of glorie and immortalitie. When death thy laſt enimie ſhall be overcome, the ſhalt thou be admitted to the joifull companie of angels and ſaints in heaven, there to have more joie and comfort than 138G9v than hart can wiſh. When the glorie of the Lord ſhall appeare then ſhalt thou be fullie ſatiſffied, to thy contentation. His countenance ſhall repleniſh thée with all joie.
Wherefore my ſoule, whileſt thou art in this preſent life, joined with thy fraile and heavie carcaſe, give thanks lovinglie to thy gentle redéemer, for his unſpeakeable kindneſſe. His grce is readie at hand at thy call, fight therefore manfullie and mightilie, againſt all ſinfull concupiſcence and vice; put off the old man, and leave all the works of darkenes; put on the new man, & arme thée with the armor of light.
Beginne a new life, and flie vnto 139G10r 70 unto Chriſt the ſtrong tower and ſure rocke; leave all worldlie pleaſures and vanities, and call for his grace, and doubt not but he will make thée live a new ſpirituall life, and give thée immortallitie both of ſoule and bodie in heaven everlaſtinglie, where thou ſhalt continuallie behold the face of God, to the fulneſſe of all thy joie and contentation.
Stand faſt in this hope, and miſtruſt not the mercies of God; call to remembrance the ancient goodnes of thy heavenlie father, which is all one with the mercie of his ſonne and the holie Ghoſt. Behold how mercifull and beneficiall he hath ever bin to thoſe that beléeue 140G10v beléeve and truſt in him. For looke how high the heaven is from the earth, ſo great is his mercie alſo to them that feare him.
How much are we bound to ſerve this our God in Chriſt, by whom we have received redemption? He is a God of all gods, mightie and terrible, which accepteth no perſons, nor taketh rewards. Thou dooſt right unto the fatherleſſe, and helpeſt the ſtranger that is in diſtreſſe. Come unto me moſt loving God and ſaviour, helpe and fight thou for me; let not mine enimies have the victorie over me.
Powre foorth thy grace upon my corrupt nature, and I ſhall 141G11r 71 ſhall be purged from all wickedneſſe. I am almoſt dead in ſinne; quicken me, and give me life againe, ſithence thou art God the author of life and health: for none can doo it but thou alone, my God and ſaviour; then ſhall my toong praiſe thy righteouſneſſe, O Lord God, without ceaſing, Amen.
28. Another praier unto the ſonne, wherein the miſeries of this our mortall life are remembred.
Omoſt loving Lord and Saviour Jeſus Chriſt, that art the verie naturall ſonne of the almightie heavenlielie 142G11v lie father, God of God, light of light, a God thou art without beginning, a Lord from everlaſting, before the mountains were brought foorth, or ever the earth and the world were made, whoſe kingdome likewiſe ſhall endure world without end. Thou Lord (I ſaie) that art equall with thy father in power and glorie, dideſt not diſdaine to become a man among men, to the intent thou wouldeſt by ſuffering painfull paſſion, be the refuge of mankind, from one generation to another.
The yoong chickens, when the kite ſtriketh at them, have none other refuge but to run dickering under the wings of the 143G12r 72 the hen: no more hath mankind anie other defenſe againſt his ravening enimies, but onelie the covering of thy grace, and the ſhadowe of thy moſt pretious paſſion; which is unto us a ſtrong tower, and ſure ſhield of defenſe againſt all invaſions.
This grace, mercifull Lord, we humblie beſéech thée to ſend us, that by turning thy favourable countenance upon us, we may knowe our owne infirmities; and leaving all pleaſure in vile temporall things, we may turne to thée that art our Saviour, and redéemer, our God and our brother.
Make us to knowe in what miſerie 144G12v miſerie, in what trouble, and in how manie kind of diſpleaſures we lead our lives here continuallie, untill the time that age or ſickneſſe commeth upon us; at which time thou wilt call us, ſaieng; Ye children of Adam, returne ye now againe into the earth from whence ye came. This is the debt due unto nature. Of earth we came, in the earth we travell, of earth we live, and into earth we muſt returne againe.
For the life of man is to be likened unto a night watchman, that when his houre is paſt, taketh his reſt. Thus fareth it by the life of man, who firſt paſſeth awaie his childhood,hood, 145H1r 73 hood, next in youth, the third in manhood, the fourth in age, which vaniſheth awaie like ſmoke that passeth awaie out of the chimneie. For as ſoone as men begin to live, they begin to die; as ſoone as thy plesure is, Lord, to have them, they fade awaie ſuddenlie like the graſſe, which is in the morning gréene, and growing, and in the evening it is cut downe and withered.
In youth we are pleaſant and merrie, luſtie and ſtrong, ſpringing up gréene as dooth the corne: but when harveſt commeth, it ripeth, and withereth, and is cut downe. When age commeth, the body of man drieth awaie; then death overtakethH.j. taketh 146H1v taketh us. Al this remembred, who can take anie comfort? who can be merrie, that remembreth the laſt end? for we bring our yeares to an end, even as a tale that is tould. Wherefore teach us, mercifull Chriſt, to number our daies, that we may applie our harts unto wiſedome.
Give us grace to have in remembrance the ſhort daies of our life, with the dangerous paſſage of our time in this world: ſo that having no truſt or affiance in the uncertaintie thereof, we may wholie applie our ſelves to the contemplation of thy heavenlie wiſdome; that we may conſider earneſtlie thy goodneſſe ſhewed unto vs 147H2r 74 us, who art the power and the wiſdome of God thy father.
Behold Lord our hartie repentance for our ſinnes, we beſéech thée, turne thy mercie and loving kindneſſe unto us, be gratious to us that are thy ſervants: for although we fall often times from thée, through frailtie of our nature; yet we forſake thée not utterlie, but return to thée, as the prodigall ſonne returned to his father after long abſence, & wa received & well accepted of. We are thy ſervants, redie to ſerve thée by the helpe of thy grace.
Heare therefore our humble petition, which is, to crave thy mercie and grace: with the ſame ſatiſfie my ſoule, moſt h.ij. grati- 148H2v gratious Lord, for the which all thy faithfull doo ſore hunger and thirſt, ſo long as they abide in this life, but they ſhall be perfectlie and faithfullie moſt fullie ſatiſfied, when thy glorie ſhall be manifeſt unto them in thy heavenlie habitation.
Then ſhall we rejoiſe and be glad all the daies of our life. With that joifull daie comfort us, good Lord, in recompenſe of the yeares wherein we have ſuffered much adverſitie. Let thy grace ſhine upon us, let it ever aſſiſt us, O mercifull Jeſus, which art the bright light of God thy father. Then ſhall we proſper in this world, and after follow thée the lambe, whereſoever thou goeſt: which grant for 149H3r 75 for thy mercie ſake. To thée, with the Father, and the holie Ghoſt, be praiſe and glorie, now and for ever, Amen.
29. A praier unto the holie Ghoſt, wherein his glorie is confeſſed.
O Holie Ghoſt, thou art my ſtrength, power, and refuge in time of my trouble: thou diddeſt helpe me in my youth, when I had more ſtrength; helpe me now, good Lord, ſo much the more in my old age and weaknes, for the depth of thy providence governeth all things. Thou art the Lord of life, whoſe throne is moſt excellent, with God the h.iij. Fa- 150H3v Father and the Sonne, which dwelleſt in the place of our holie reſt. Thou art the comfort of thine elect, and the ſevenfold diſpoſer of the works of God. All they that forſake thée ſhall be confounded, and they that depart from thée ſhall be written in earth, bicauſe they have forſaken the Lord of life.
Turne ye therefore all ye ſinners, and doo righteouſnes before God, and be ye ſure that his holie ſpirit will not depart from you. For he did not refuſe the praier of Abraham, when he was entreated for the wicked Sodomites, if there could have béene found ten righteous in the citie: how much more wilt thou grant the praiers 151H4r 76 praiers of the godlie, when they call upon thée, either for themſelves, or for the preſervation of the church? Wherefore, bicauſe thou art juſt, O Lord, lead me out of the danger of mine enimies: for unto thée doo I make my praier, O thou moſt high poſſeſſer of heaven and earth. Be not terrible unto me, O Lord: for thou art God my comforter, in whom I hope, when I am in perill. O thou finger of God, touch my heart, and unloſe the ſame from all worldlie vanitie.
Inſpire me with thy grace, that I may confeſſe the father and the ſonne, with thée O holie Ghoſt, to be one God in perſons thrée, and everlaſting h.iiij. in 152H4v in unitie; who guideſt and governeſt the world, through thy omnipotencie, whoſe mercies be praiſed for all thy benefits, in the world of worlds, now and for evermore, Amen.
30. A praier in the remembrance of death, wherein the va of riches is touched, and the revelation and reward of mens works is promiſed.
Make us, O Lord, to remember our end, whereunto all men by nature muſt come: then ſhall we never doo amiſſe. Inſtruct our harts in thy godlie wiſedome, that we may applie our time according to thy holie worde and will. Defend us from the ſnares 153H5r 77 ſnares of our wicked enimie the divell. Let us not be intangled with the wicked mammon of this deteſtable world, nor boaſt our ſelves in the multitude of our riches, for they and we ſhall fade and fall awaie, as the freſh flower that kéepeth his colour and ſwéet ſavour for a ſhort ſpace, but the heate of the ſunne maketh it wither, his beautie to periſh, and his flower to fall awaie. Even ſo ſhall it be with all ſuch as put their truſt in their riches; they ſhall periſh togither with their aboundance; their goods maie ſerve them here for a ſhort ſpace, but no man can with monie win his brother from death, or h.v. make 154H5v make agréement unto God for him, for it coſt more to redéeme their ſoules, ſo that they muſt let that alone for ever.
Onelie thy ſonne Jeſus Chriſt was our redemption, which price if it well not ſerve the wicked, for that they end in ſinne, our ſaviour will not paie for them a ſecond death to redéeme them withall, but leve them to be tormented for ever. Wherefore give us grace Lord, that we may laie up our riches in the hands of Chriſt, the ſure treſure houſe, that is, in the hands of the poore; that we may be ſure to find it againe, with greater gaine, when we depart out of this wretched world: ſo ſhall we lay vp 155H6r 78 up temporall things, and receive againe eternall.
For if we will be rich in good works, and readie to give and to diſtribute, we ſhall laie up for us a good foundation againſt the time to come: contrariewiſe, the wicked, which are now here in great glorie; whoſe dwelling is in the night, their works are hid, and appéere not; but at the great judgement, when Chriſt which is our life ſhall ſhew himſelfe, then ſhall the juſt appéere with him alſo in glorie; then ſhall it be cléere day light, all mens works ſhall appéere as they be.
The trée that in the winter ſheweth no freſhneſſe, ſhall then receive ſap from the root, and 156H6v & appéere beautifull, where the flower and herbe that was in ſight pleaſant for a while ſhall wither awaie and fall. Then ſhal the ſtrength of the wicked conſume, hell ſhall be their dwelling in perpetuall moorning. Thus wilt thou deſtroie all the ungodlie, yet have wée a ſure hope thou wilt deliver our ſoules from the power of hell, and receive us to thée by grace, here in this world; and after, when thou ſhalt come to the laſt judgement, to take us to thy ſelfe in glorie; that where thou art, there may we be with thée. For we are not gréeved at the ungodlie, nor afraid when they be made rich, and the glorie of their houſes increa- 157H7r 79 increaſed. We knowe that their honour indureth but a ſmall ſeaſon, & vaniſheth awaie as dooth the ſmoke; for thou regardeſt them not: therfore thou giveſt them things of ſmall eſtimation.
Abraham gave gifts to the ſonnes of his concubines, and ſent them awaie; but unto Isaac he gave his poſſeſſions, and all that he had: ſo Lord, to the wicked thou giveſt temporall things, but for thy faithfull thou reſerveſt thy everlaſting heavenlie inheritance. This is a ſure and permanent reward, the otheer ſoone ſlippeth awaie; their time here is but ſhort, and when they die, they ſhall carrie nothing awaie with 158H7v with them, neither ſhall their pompe followe them. For thou O Lord wilt drive them awaie.
As wax melteth at the heat of the fire, ſo ſhall the ungodlie periſh at thy preſence; then ſhalt thou change their honour into ſhame: for while they lived, they were counted happie men, and ſo long as they were in proſperitie, men ſpake good of them; but when they followe their fathers generation, they ſhall never ſée light any more. They were the children of Canaan, come of a wicked progenie, they have followed their forefathers ſteps, their déedes were evill, they loved darkeneſſe better than light. Whereforefore 159H8r 80 fore they ſhall have everlaſting darknes with torments, they ſhall have fire, but it ſhall give them no comfortable heat.
Theſe paines are ordained for them that were in honour, and had riches in aboundance, and did forget their eſtate, and for lacke of knowledge were led into captivitie. Wherefore O good God, let us not be of the number of them; but build us upon thy bleſſed ſonne Jeſus Chriſt, the head corner ſtone: in him whoſoever is builded, groweth unto an holie temple in the Lord his God. For of our ſelves we have hard harts to beléeve, except thou write thy law in our harts 160H8v harts by they holie ſpirit. Now is the acceptable time; Lord let us find grace and favour in thy ſight, pardon our wickednes and ſinne, and take us to thine inheritance, that we may reigne with thée in glorie, for ever and ever, Amen, Amen.
31. A praier that we may heare the word of God and keepe it.
Iam thy ſervant, Lord, give me underſtanding, that I may learne thy lawe and decrées: incline my ſoule to the words of thy mouth, bicauſe thy talke flowetheth 161H9r 81 eth like unto dew. The Iſraelits ſaid unto Moſes; Speake thou unto us, and we will heare thée, but let not the Lord ſpeake, leaſt we die. Howbeit, I praie not ſo, O Lord, but rather with the prophet Samuel I doo humblie and earneſtlie beſéech thée thus; Speake on Lord, for thy ſervant dooth hearken, for thou art the giver and inſpirer of life, who art able without anie to inſtruct me.
Thy Miniſters ſpeake for thée thy ſecreates, but thou unlockeſt the underſtanding of the things pronounced; they rehearſe to us thy commandements, but it is thy aid and helpe that giveth ſtrength to walke 162H9v walke over the ſame, and giveſt light unto the minds. Wherefore, bicauſe thou art the everlaſting truth, ſpeake thou Lord my God unto me, leaſt I die, and be made unfruitfull: for thou haſt the words of everlaſting life. Speake therefore that thing, which may bring both comfort unto my ſoule, and amendment unto my life, and alſo may cauſe glorie and immortall honor unto thée. For man dooth periſh, but thy truth indureth, O God, for ever.
Bleſſed are they therefore, whom thou inſtructeſt and giveſt knowledge unto O Lord, and dooſt teach thy lawe, that thou maiſt helpe them in time of 163H10r 82 of trouble, that they periſh not. Looke favourablie upon me, O God, and grant (I praie thée) that thy truth may teach me, kéepe me, and bring me unto a happie end. Let the ſame deliver me from all wicked luſts, and from inordinate love. Thou haſt infinit means, and all creatures are at thy commandement; therefore good Lord ſhewe ſome ſigne, whereby I ſhall be delivered, and ſend thine holie angell before me, to kéepe me in thy waie, and to bring me to the place which thou haſt provided for me, that I may live with thée everlaſtinglie, world without end, Amen.32. A
32. A praier wherein the word of God is praiſed, and what things are thereby to be wrought & accompliſhed, his mercie and juſtice alſo heare declared.
Grant me, good Lord, to ſerve thée with a perfect hart and willing mind: for thou Lord ſercheſt the hart, and underſtandeſt all our imaginations and thoughts. If we ſéeke thée, thou wilt be found; but if we forſake thée, thou wilt caſt us off for ever. If we depend onelie upon thée O God, we ſhall not néed to be troubled with theſe worldlie re- 165H11r 83 reſpects: for thou wilt give us at all times that which ſhall be neceſſarie for bodie and ſoule; if we feare thée, and obeie thy holie word, which thou wilt have found true, and alſo magnified for thine owne honour and glorie, and for our commoditie.
Upon thée therefore will I ſtill call, truſting that thou wilt ſhortlie heare and helpe me; I will alſo call upon the mightie name of thy ſonne Jeſus Chriſt, in whoſe name the faithfull have and doo dailie caſt out divels from the poſſeſſed. They have ſpoken and doo ſpeake with new toongs. And though they drinke anie deadlie thing, it ſhall not hurt them. 166H11v them. By which alſo they are procured to leave their wicked minds, and diveliſh works, in the which they before lead their lives.
They ſpeake thy holie word, and alſo ſet foorth thy veritie, leaving all lies and deceits. They doo ſuppreſſe the old ſerpent ſathan, plucking out the ſting of his taile, wherewith he was accuſtomed to wound them. And if at anie time they have conſented to ſinne, and received his poiſon, this name of our ſaviour ſhall kéepe them from all hurts; becauſe they made invocation on his holie name, which dooth purge them cleane after their heartie repentance. For thou O Chriſt wilt 167H12r 84 wilt deliver thine, though all worldlie meanres faile. And though we be committed by tyrants unto temporall death, yet through thée ſhall we vanquiſh all our enimies: for the death of thy ſaints is deare and pretious in thy ſight: they néede not feare thoſe that have power onelie to kill the bodie, but let us feare thy mightie hand, which haſt power to flea both bodie & soule. This worldlie death is a waie to bring us from much trouble, to the haven of everlaſting health, into the land of livers.
Nevertheleſſe Lord, of thy juſtice let the unjuſt and cruell enimies of the faithfull ſtand in dread of thy ſtretched out 168H12v out arme, wherewith in thine anger thou wilt ſtrike them. Of thine infinite goodnes thou ſuffereſt long, abiding their converſion; but after long forbearing thou ſtrikeſt verie ſore, throwing both bodie and ſoule into the pit of hell, having ſuch meaſure of puniſhment, as they gaine in this world. For as thy mercies is unmeaſureable, ſo is thy juſtice unremooveable to thoſe that depart this world in their wickedneſſe.
Make me, O Lord God, of the number of thoſe that be thy faithfull children; let me not waver nor fall from my hope, but put on me the ſhield of faith, that I may ſtronglie fight 169I1r 85 fight againſt my ghoſtlie enimie. Grant me to vanquiſh and overcome him, that after triumphant victorie, I may live and reigne with thée O Father, Sonne, and holie Ghoſt, thrée perſons, and one true and everlaſting God; through the merits & death of thy Sonne my Lord and Saviour Jeſus Chriſt, to the which moſt glorious Tri nitie, be given all honor, glorie, and praiſe, now and for ever, A men.I.j. 33. A
33. A praier to be ſaid at all times, wherein our frailties are confeſſed, and requeſt made to have them redreſſed.
Bleſſed art thou O God of our fathers, and bleſſed is thy holie name, which is moſt glorious for ever. Let the heavens bleſſe thée, and all thy creatures, thou art the Lord, ſtrong and mercifull, gratious, ſlow to anger, and abounding in goodneſſe and truth, reſerving mercie for thouſands, forgiving iniquities, tranſgreſſions and ſinnes, 171I2r 86 ſinnes, making the wicked innocent, if they will repent with all their whole harts, and returne unto thée.
Thou viſiteſt the ſinnes of the fathers upon the children; unto the third and fourth generation: for as thou art mercifull, even ſo goeth juſtice from thée. For thou ſetteſt ſo much ſtore by man, that thou haſt a regard over him, and dailie careſt for us, O Lord God, and makeſt proofe and triall of him everie houre, beholding thoſe with a fatherlie eie that ſerve thée in faith and truth.
Thou haſt uſed correction unto us, but we gathered therby no repentance; thou haſt i.ij. correc- 172I2v corrected us, to the end we ſhould amend, but we refuſed thy fatherlie viſitation. For thoſe that are thine enimies, thou wilt declare thine heavie judgments againſt them; but thou wilt ſhew thy favourable kindneſſe towards thy children. For thou haſt ſaid; I wil puniſh them that ſerve me otherwiſe than I have commanded them, not ſparing the chéefe, that the people may feare and praiſe my judgements. For to the wicked and carnall man thou appéereſt as a flaming fire, but unto them that be drawne with thy holie ſpirit, thou art like a pleaſant ſaphir to behold.
Holineſſe perteineth unto thée 173I3r 87 thée O Lord God, and thou O God art moſt holie, and nothing unholie may appéere before thée. Therefore whoſoever commeth unto thée, muſt be waſhed from all ſinne and corruption. And ſéeing thou governeſt all things by thy providence, thou wilt put a difference betwéene the godlie and ungodlie. Wherefore we humblie beſéech thée O Lord God, lighten our hearts with thy holie ſpirit, that we maie féele thy favour towards us, as thoſe that be thine elect doo. The right hand of thy majeſtie is glorious in power.
Grant us, O God, continuallie to depend upon thy providence,i.iij. dence, 174I3v dence, with patience, from daie to daie, with full truſt in thy promiſes for our deliverance. For though we provoke thée juſtlie to anger, O God; yet wilt thou never forſake us. Thou art our Lord almightie, Jehovah is thy name, which declareth that thou art conſtant, & wilt performe thy promiſe.
Grant us grace therefore, that we may worſhip thée aright, in the place which thou haſt appointed us: for thou O Lord requireſt puritie. We cannot be thine, except our ſinnes be purged with the bloud of Jeſus Chriſt, by whoſe grace we may learne to deteſt all ſinne. Which grant us all to 175I4r 88 to doo, O Father, for Chriſtes ſake, whoſe figure we repreſent, on him we laie all our offenſes, who is able to beare the burthen of them for us all. We preſent him to thée O Father, whom we know both can and will make us cleane and perfect before thée, whoſe mercies we dailie praiſe, with thée O father, and the holie Ghoſt, now and for ever, Amen.
34. An humblie confeſſion of our ſinnes before God, as al a petition to have the ſame remitted.
O Lord heare my harty repentance, for I am ſorrowfull and gréeved i.iiij.with 176I4v with the burthen of my ſins; the remembrance of them is intollerable. Wherefore looke downe upon me with thy favourable eies of pittie, and behold me which lie here proſtrat before the ſight of thy majeſtie: for I confeſſe that I am waxen old in ſin and wickedneſſe, wherin I firſt was conceived, but now my moſt hartie deſire is to be borne anew, and to be graffed in my Lord and Saviour Jeſus Chriſt.
For thus my faith dooth perſuade me, that none can come too late unto thée, who forgaveſt the théefe all his wickedneſſe at his laſt houre, when he aſked mercie of thée. And manie other more examples I find 177I5r 89 find in thy moſt holie word, how mercifull thou haſt béene alwaies to thoſe thy ſervants, that ſought the ſame of thée. And ſhall I then deſpaire, hearing dailie thy voice crie out unto me, ſaieng; Come all ye that are heavie loden, and I will eaſe you. Knocke, and it is heard; aſke, and it is given.
Who can yet thinke that he ſhall miſſe of mercie, if he crave it in faith; ſéeing thou art ſo true and juſt in all thy promiſes? Thy creatures faile in their words and works, but thou kéepeſt thy promiſe and fidelitie, and thy word indureth unremooveable for ever and ever. O thou God almightie, unto whom all things are knowen,i.v. wen, 178I5v wen, ſhew on me thy mercie, even in the ſight of the children of men, that they may knowe and ſée how gratious and mercifull thou art unto thoſe, that give over themſelves un to the hands of thy almightie Majeſtie.
Thou art the helper of the forſaken and fréendles, and there is none that may be compared unto thée that art ſo rich in mercie, and loving kindneſſe, that diddeſt not ſpare thine onlie begotten Sonne Jeſus Chriſt, to give him a ſlaine ſacrifice for my ſinnes, and the ſinnes of the whole world; but alſo haſt promiſed, that whoſoever dooth come unto thée in his name, with full aſſurance in 179I6r 90 in his bloud, death, and paſſion, ſhall not onelie receive remiſſion of all their ſinnes and iniquities that ever they have committed, but alſo inherit the crowne of everlaſting glorie, which thou wilt give unto all thoſe that be thine elect in Chriſt. Of which number, through thy grace, I account my ſelfe for one, making me moſt aſſured thereof, bicauſe thou haſt promiſed the ſame.
Which dooth imbolden me at this preſent, to crave thy moſt mercifull aid, and aſſiſſtance of thy holie ſpirit, to ſtrengthen me in faith, to confirme me in hope, to ſtabliſh me in charitie, that I may be knowen by thy cogniſance and 180I6v and badge, to be thy child and faithfull ſervant; that I may uſe the talent which thou haſt given me, to thine honor and glorie, and the health of my ſoule.
That when it ſhall pleaſe thée to take a reckoning, how I have ſpent the gifts of grace, which thou haſt lent me, I may yéeld a juſt account, with much advantage, ſo that I may be worthie to heare thy voice, ſaieng unto me; Come thou true & good ſervant, thou haſt béene faithfull in a little, I will make thée ruler over much; enter thou into thy maiſters joie.
O bleſſed and happie are they that ſhall be ſo placed of thée; 181I7r 91 thée; they have fought a good fight, and thorough Jeſus Chriſt have overcome the battaile, and prince of this world. Therefore ſhall they live and reigne with the ſame Chriſt, their grand capteine; bicauſe they tooke him for their guide, in all their dooings, and fought manfullie under his banner. Thy poore ſoldier I am, Lord, and fight dailie. Lord helpe me for thy mercies ſake, to overcome all mine enimies.
Give me, O Lord, a waking mind, and underſtanding hart, and renue in me a right ſpirit, which may lead me unto thée, who art the waie, the truth and the life, whoſe mercies remaine for ever, whoſe truth indurethdureth 182I7v dureth from generation to generation. Glorie be to the father, who ſo mercifullie created us; and to the ſonne, who lovinglie redéemed us; and to the holie Ghoſt, who ſanctifieth us, and maketh us bleſſed, thrée perſons and one God, whoſe name be praiſed for evermore, Amen.
35. A thankeſgiving unto God for the redemption of the world, wherein is ſhewed from what graces he fell, and how he was reſtored.
Omoſt holie father of heaven, the onelie living God, of power ineſtimable,ble, 183I8r 92 ble, of wiſdome incomprehenſible: to thée be honour, and glorie, and thanks, for thy noble works, in the creation of mankind, and alſo for our redemption out of captivitie, and thraldome of the divell, by the paſſion of thy moſt deare beloved ſonne Jeſus Chriſt. For thou madeſt Adam the firſt man, and gaveſt him frée will to obeie thy commandements; from the which he fell by the intiſement of the divell, and by his owne ſtubbornes, whereby he ſpoiled himſelfe and his after commers, of thoſe godlie gifts, which thou of thy mercie haddeſt beſtowed upon us.
Howbeit, thou of thy fatherlielie 184I8v lie goodneſſe diddeſt not utterlie leave him, but gaveſt him faith to beléeve thy promiſes made unto him, and to us all, in Jeſus Chriſt, with grace and obedience to kéepe thy lawe. By faith we beléeve in thée, by charitie we worke towards our neighbour, according as thou haſt commanded. No man liveth without ſinne, but happie and bleſſed are they to whom thou giveſt thy grace, not to abide and ſléepe in ſin, but by penitence to come to a godlie converſation.
Lord give us faith, and a willing heart to follow thy holie word, ſo that we may exerciſe our ſelves in it all the daies 185I9r 93 daies of our life. Make us, O Lord, like unto the wiſe virgins, that were provided of oile in their lampes, againſt the comming of the bridegroome. Then wilt thou know us to be thy faithfull children by election, and open the gate to us, that we may enter in, to our comforts. Which grant us Lord for thy bleſſed ſonnes ſake, who to ſave us ſuffered bitter paſſion, whoſe mercies be praiſed for his goodnes, with thée O father, and the holie ghoſt, in the world of worlds, now and for ever, Amen.36. A
36. An other praier of praiſe and thankeſgiving to the ſame purpoſe aforeſaid.
What living creature can give condigne thankes, moſt gratious & heavenlie father, for the manifold gifts which thou of thy infinite mercie and goodnes haſt given him? Firſt for his noble creation, wherein he excelleth all other earthlie creatures; & then for his redemption, through the bitter paſſion and reſurrection of thy moſt loving ſonne. For the which I, as one of thy poore creatures, moſt 187I10r 94 moſt humblie give thée thanks. For had not our redemption enſued our creation, it had béene much better for us that we had never béene made.
The love above all other was moſt fervent, when thou diddeſt not ſpare to give thine onelie begotten ſonne for us, waſhing awaie all our filthines in the blood of that méeke lambe, thine onelie naturall ſonne, who being God, was made man, to the intent that we, who naturallie are the ſonnes of men, by him (through grace) might be made the ſonnes of God.
And not being contented with this kindneſſe, thou alſo Lord, 188I10v Lord, conſidering our weake and fraile nature, readie to ſinne, dooeſt with thy grace, guide us and governe us, as the ſhéepheard dooth his ſhéepe, ſuffering us not to want anie thing, defending thy poore flocke from the ravening woolves, that would elſe devoure us. Thy bleſſed ſonne hath put us to féed in the pleaſant, gréene, and beautifull paſture of his holie church, making us to reſt in the unitie thereof, by a livelie faith and hope in him.
Which church is verie plentifull, abounding with all ſpirituall meate of the word of God, which nouriſheth and giveth life to the ſoule, as bread and 189I11r 95 and other food féedes the bodie. With this food thou diddeſt féed the prophet Ezechiel, when thou diddeſt cauſe him to eate a booke, wherewith his bowels were filled, and it ſéemed in his mouth ſwéeter than honie.
In this paſture runneth alſo a freſh and pleaſant river of running water of godlie doctrine, wherewith we often doo refreſh our ſoules. In this alſo is a water of ſpirituall waſhing, by baptiſme, whereby we were woonderfullie refreſhed in our youth. For our ſoules being made foule, through the divell and ſinne, by baptiſme are repaired and made beautifull, according to the firſt creation, that is, to thy 190I11v thy likeneſſe and image: and by this water we are repleniſhed with thy holie ſpirit.
This water ſaw the prophet Ezechiel long ago, guſhing foorth of the right ſide of the temple, and grew to a great river, that no man could wade over; to which water whoſoever we come, was made whole. Even ſo, in the water of our baptiſme, we were borne againe, in the water of godlie doctrine we are nouriſhed, and without theſe we are but dead in ſinne and wickedneſſe, and at the end ſhall go to everlaſting death: but theſe waters are to us a well ſpringing up unto everlaſting life. And if at anie time 191I12r 96 time by our frailtie we fall into ſinne; yet is thy mercifull ſonne readie to receive us to his grace, and quicken our ſoules; if we be ſorowfull and penitent.
By which grace he maketh us alſo to know how to love him, and not to eſtéeme the pleaſures of this world, but to have our eies onelie fixed upon him. So that with thine apoſtle Paule, we account all things but loſſe, that we may winne Chriſt, and be found in him, not having our owne righteouſneſſe, but that which ſpringeth of the faith which is in Jeſus Chriſt. Whoſe grace if we have, though we walke in the vallie and ſhadow of death, 192I12v death, yet we feare none evill; for thou art with us.
This life is a ſhadow of death, after which we truſt by faith to dwell with thée. Nevertheleſſe, whileſt we are here, thou art with us, and thy ſonne hath alſo promiſed to be with us unto the end of the world; his rod of diſcipline and correction dooth chaſten us, when we ſwarve at anie time out of the right waie: by which we judge that he dooth love us; for whoſoever he be that he loveth, him he dooth chaſten. Chriſts ſtrong ſhéepheards ſtaffe dooth ſtaie us, when we are weake, as a ſicke man is by his ſtaffe.
In Christ thy ſonne is the fulnes of grace, from whom diſtillethſtilleth 193K1r 97 ſtilleth all goodneſſe that we have; through his holie ſpirit is our cup filled full of pure liquor: it cauſeth us, for joie of heavenlie contemplation, to forget all the troubles and miſeries of the world, the dregs of worldlie pleaſures, and carnall affections. For as thy mercie hath gone before us, plentifullie giving us aboundance of thy great graces: ſo we truſt, and doubt not, but it will followe us all the daies of our lives, and kéepe us that we fall not from faith.
Thou Lord muſt helpe our houſe, or elſe we labour in vaine; thou muſt be our beginning and end, and then we be ſure to dwell in the houſe of K.j. the 194K1v the Lord for ever. For we know ſurelie, that if our earthlie manſion, wherein we now dwell, were diſſolved, we have a building ordeined of God, an habitation not made with hands, but eternallie in heaven, where is perpetuall joie and beatitude, world without end, Amen.
37. A breefe confeſſion, that we receive all goodnes from God.
Ariſe up O Lord God, and let thine enimies be ſcattered before thée, and let them that hate thée be brought to confuſion. Declare O 195K2r 98 O Lord thy might and power, for thou art a conſuming fire and a gelous God, viſiting the ſinnes of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation. For thy governement is ſo just, conſtant, and without change or repentance, that thy verie enimies ſhall be compelled to confeſſe the ſame.
O God almightie, thou dooſt puniſh thine elect by meaſure, & giveſt them grace to beare it; but to the reprobate, it is thy juſt vengeance, to drive them headlong to all madneſſe. For thy omnipotencie hath all power in it ſelfe, to execute thy terrible judgement againſt obſtinate ſinners: as thou art k.ij. rich 196K2v rich in mercy to comfort them which obeie thy word and love thée.
The faithfull, in all their adverſities, doo knowe that all ſhall go well with them: for God will be mercifull and juſt, and though they want for a time, yet thou wilt ſend them comfort in due ſeaſon. For thy Majeſtie is ſo great, that it filleth both heaven and earth, and there is no power ſo high that can let thée, when thou wilt deliver thine. The wicked riſe up ſuddenlie to honour, and periſh as quicklie; but the inheritance of the children of God continueth for ever. For thou O God wilt take vengance upon the wicked,ked, 197K3r 99 ked, and meaſure them according to their dealings.
Thus thou O God canſt plucke backe the bridle of tyrants, and deliver thine owne out of the lions mouth: for though the wicked ſwell never ſo much, yet we feare them not. They cannot utterlie deſtroie us, for thou Lord hast promiſed to abide with thy faithfull people, to the end of the world. Thy grace will not leave us, nor anie that love thée and ſerve thée with a faithfull heart. Thy favour O God reſteth on thine, for thy ſonne Jeſus Chriſts ſake, that from him we might receive thy bleſſings. For we deſerve nothing of our ſelves, but k.iij. thy 198K3v thy wrath and indignation.
Wherefore grant us, good Lord, firſt to ſéeke thy glorie, and above all things reigne thou over us al, and let us render to thée perfect obedience, as thine angels doo, whom thou haſt commanded to take charge of thy children. For the which if the wicked deſpiſe them, thou of thy mercie wilt revenge their cauſe: for thou wilt preſerve the faithful branches of thy vineyard; but the rotten ſtocks wilt thou deſtroie, according to their hypocriſie. For there is none like unto thée in heaven above, or in the earth beneath. Thou dooeſt bleſſe the labour of the poore, and conſumeſt the goods 199K4r 100 goods of them which are negligent, bicauſe they boaſt and thinke they have enough.
The wicked wallow in their riches, yet are they but ſlaves to the godlie that are true profeſſors of the gift of God. The cup which thou gaveſt to me wicked to drinke, is much bitter than that thou dooſt beſtow on thine own: them thou meaſureſt by mercie, the other by juſtice. And though thou ſuffer thy children to live under the croſſe, leaſt they ſhould imbrace wickedneſſe; yet thou wilt not ſuffer it to reſt upon them, that it ſhould drive them from their hope: for all thy promiſes are true. Wherefore we are ſure of thy helpfull deliverance,k.iiij.liuerance, 200K4v liverance, ſéeing the earth and all creatures remaine in that eſtate, wherein thou haſt created them; much more thy truth indureth conſtant and unchangeable. Bleſſed be thou O God of truth, and bleſſed be the glorie of thy holie name, world without end, Amen, Amen.
38. A praier wherein is ſhewed, that there is none omnipotent, but God alone.
O Lord God almightie, it is not in mans power or counſell to hinder that thou haſt determined ſhall come to paſſe: for as the in- 201K5r 101 inſenſible heaven is not ſubject to anie alteration and change, ſo ſhall the truth of thy promiſes be unchangeable, ſith our infirmities cannot in any wiſe comprehend thée in thy majeſtie. There is none like thée, neither is there anie God beſides thée: thou killeſt, and giveſt life; thou woundeſt, and makeſt whole. Wherefore bleſſed are they that confeſſe thée, and obeie they word: to them thou giveſt life and felicitie.
The joies that are ſtedfaſt and perdurable, are given of thy goodneſſe, to thoſe that are méeke and humble in ſpirit. Thou dooeſt grant to the faithfull of thy goodneſſe, both grace k.v.and 202K5v and glorie; ſo that no good thing ſhall be withholden from them that live in thy feare: for thou caſteſt awaie none that will ſéeke thée in righteousnes. And though thou ſuffer the world to hate thine elect, it is bicauſe thy children ſhould forſake the filthines of this world, and cleave unto thée. Wherefore grant us, O Lord, that we may alwaies have the eies of our faith fixed upon thée: for whatſoever thou O God haſt promiſed, ſhall ſurelie be performed. For as it was thy frée mercie, O God, that did chooſe us: ſo is it thy frée mercie that muſt ſave us. Thou dooſt call us by thy rod, to conſider the ſhortnes of our life: 203K6r 102 life: for our ſinnes have abridged our daies, which be not onlie ſhort, but miſerable, bicauſe we are ſo ſinfull, that we doo nothing but provoke thée to wrath; ſo weake we are, ſo fraile, and unable of our ſelves to doo that good is, inclining alwaies to things forbidden. There is nothing ſo ſecreatlie doone on earth, but thou O God dooſt ſée it, who dooeſt fulfill both heaven and earth.
Grant us, O Lord, alwaies thy feare, which ſhall be a bridle to ſtaie us from all wickedneſſe. For as thou haſt created all people, even ſo dooeſt thou governe the hearts of all, joining the ſalvation of thine with thine owne honour, ſo that 204K6v that they cannot periſh, unleſſe thy glorie ſhould be diminiſhed. For thou art ſo mercifull, that a ſinner can no ſooner humble himſelfe, but thou receiveſt him to mercie, waiting as it were with patience, to call him to repentance.
Wherefore we crie now unto thy majeſtie, from the depth of our hearts; moſt humblie beſéeching thée to put all our wickedes out of thy remembrance, and give us grace to put our onelie truſt in thée, from whom we looke for our deliverance, who ſhalt change our bodies, and make them like to the moſt glorious bodie of thy ſonne Jeſus Chriſt; to whom, with thée, & the holie Ghoſt, 205K7r 103 Ghoſt, be given all praiſe, honour, and glorie, now and for ever more, Amen.
39. A praier of lamentation, wherein the ſinner lamenteth his miſerable eſtate, and crieth for mercie.
My God, when I do earneſtlie behold mine owne ſtate, whereunto I am brought through ſinne, not onlie being naked and bare of all goodnes, but alſo to be overwhelmed in the depth of all iniquitie; I cannot but lament, moorne, and crie for helpe, as dooth a woman, whoſe time draweth néere to be delivered of 206K7v of hir child; for ſhe can take no reſt, till ſhe be diſcharged of hir burthen.
No more can I, Lord, as long as I féele my ſelfe loden with my heavie burthen of ſinne, the weight whereof draweth me downe to the déepe bottome of all miſerie from whence I can by none be delivered, but onelie by thée, that art the guide and the eie to thoſe that are blind through ignorance, the ſuccor of the oppreſſed, the comfort of the weake, the life of thoſe that are dead; ſo that they repent and turne unto thée.
It is not the long diſtance of us from thy highneſſe. which kéepeth our praiers from thée; thine 207K8r 104 thine eares are readie in the hearts of all that are willing to crie for the help of thy grace. Who ſo is made farre from thée, through ſinne, by repentance is made néere unto thée. He that is in the bottom of the ſea of miſerie, if he beginne to call for thy helpe, he ſhall not be ſuffered to ſinke. From all déepe dangers moſt mercifull God deliver me.
I crie and call pitiouſlie unto thée, which art onelie able to helpe me. Heare therefore, I moſt hartilie praie thée, my ſorowfull praier, and let my poore petition pearſe the eares of thy Godhed. And ſince thy ſonne Chriſt died for to releaſe us of ſinne, let not my ſinnes be 208K8v be a ſtaie, whereby my praiers ſhould not be heard, but wipe them cleane awaie, that they never more appéere. For I miſerable ſinner doo flie to the gentlenes of they favourable mercie, whoſe nature and propertie is to have pitie & compaſſion.
From thée floweth all mercie and grace, which was ſo great unto us, that it mooved thée to ſend thine onlie Sonne to die for our redemption; whereby thy juſtice was ſatiſfied, and thy mercie found that it ſought. O how fervent was this thy noble charitie to us vile wretches! It tooke root & beginning in thy mightie deitie, & from thence it was derivedued 209K9r 105 ved to mankind; being an example that we thy chriſtian people ſhould, like loving brethren, beare one anothers burthen.
Wherefore I am moſt willinglie contented, to remit all injuries doon to me; as it hath pleaſed thy goodnes to forgive me much greater offenſes committed againſt thée. And whenſoever it ſhall pleaſe thée to ſcourge and puniſh me, I will gladlie receive thy chaſtiſement, for that I knowe it procéedeth of love for my wealth and ſuretie; truſting that after my long abiding & ſuffering in this life, I ſhall ſurelie obteine thy reward, by thy promiſe, that is; If we ſufferfer 210K9v fer with Chriſt, we ſhall alſo reigne with him.
Such ſure hope have I ever had in thée Lord, and by the ſame hope I truſt to have thy favour, and live for ever. For bleſſed are they that truſt in thée, moſt mercifull Father; and curſed are they that truſt in man. Of thy grace and mercie onelie commeth all goodnes; they mercie forgiveth onelie our ſinnes dailie and hourelie, & the painfull death of thy ſonne Chriſt delivereth us from all the paines due for our ſinnes. Thou boughteſt us not with gold and ſilver, but with the pretious bloud of that lambe without ſpot, thy bleſſed Sonne, whoſe death had béene ſuf- 211K10r 106 ſufficient for thouſands of worlds.
The greatnes of thy love cauſed the plentifull paiment of the price of our redemption. The charitie of our Lord Jeſus Chriſt hath burnt up, and conſumed, by his death, all our iniquities. Wherefore the faithfull, being thus delivered from all dangers, by thine onlie goodneſſe, may now give thanks unto they mightie Majeſtie, reſting in hope to have, after this life, everlaſting joie and felicitie; thorough Jeſus Chriſt our mercifull Lord and redéemer; to whom with thée O deare Father, & the holie Ghoſt, be given all honor, glorie, and praiſe, now and for euer 212K10v ever, Amen.
40. A praier, wherein the fatherlie love and preſervation of God is ſet foorth, and a requeſt that we may continue faithfull and conſtant unto the end.
Grant us, O Lord that we may conſtantlie beléeve in thée; that being certified by thy juſtice, taught by thy wiſedome, governed by thy power, we may ſtedfaſtlie perſevere even unto the end, in hope of that joie that is ſet before our eies, framing our lives continuallie in chriſtian exerciſes, that we may ſhew our 213K11r 107 our ſelves thankful to thée our God, with dutifulneſſe to our neighbour. For thy judgements appéere manifeſt in this world, againſt thoſe that ſuppreſſe thy word, and perſecute thy ſervants. For thou dooeſt diſappoint the lot and expectation of the wicked, turning their joie into ſorrowe, and the teares of the godlie into gladneſſe, dwelling in the harts of thy faithfull by thy holie ſpirit, who are called thy glorie, bicauſe thy image, and the token of thy grace ſhineth in them.
Thou art a light to comfort thy people, and a fire to conſume thine enimies. Thou art he, O Chriſt, that toucheſt the harts 214K11v harts of all thy ſervants, mortifieng their concupiſcence: but to the wicked thou art the ſavour of death. Wherefore the faithfull deſire of thée to be delivered, that thou by them maiſt be glorified: for thou haſt promiſed to be true and juſt unto all that truſt in thée. Wherefore we will take thée for our defenſe againſt all our enimies, what danger ſoever we fall into.
Thy word giveth life unto man, cauſing him to ſée and trie the ſecrets of his darke heart. For thou ſheweſt thy ſelfe moſt liberall to thine, when they ſéeme to be moſt deſtitute, kéeping them under thy protection, that they may be 215K12r 108 be ſafe againſt all dangers, and frée from the cruelties of their enimies. For as to the elect all things turne to their profit; ſo to the reprobate, even thoſe things that are good, turne to their damnation.
As for me, I will never boaſt of mine owne vertues, O God; but confeſſe that thou of thy frée goodnes, haſt ever bin mercifull unto me, and given me power againſt mine enimies, as to one of thine houſehold. Wherefore grant me alwaies to make my praier unto thée, from the fountaine of my heart, that I offend thée not through hypocriſie.
And though the wicked deale rigorourſlie with me, yet I beſéech 216K12v beſéech thée let me find comfort from thée; for hitherto haſt thou ſtrengthened me againſt my outward and inward enimies, ſo that all the world ſhall confeſſe, that thou haſt wonderfullie preſerved me, and performed thy promiſe. For thou dooeſt ever guide me with thy hand, that I can turne no waie but where thou appointeſt me. Thy providence doth ſo faſt hold me, that I cannot by anie meanes eſcape from thée. Thou haſt made me in all parts, and therfore muſt néeds know me. Wherefore, conſidering thy wonderfull worke in forming me, I cannot but praiſe thée, and feare thy mightie power, who art the creator of 217L1r 109 of all things, the kéeper of juſtice, the lover of right, the hater of malice; beholding from the high throne of thy Majeſtie the children of men.
Bow downe thine eare, O mercifull Father, I humblie beſéech thée, and heare me thy ſervant, whom thou haſt hitherto brought up frōom my tender age, and delivered me untill this daie from the hands of the wicked, whoſe rage was furious, untill thou brakeſt their force. I ſet my hope in thée O God, and life everlaſting, knowing that theſe earthlie things ſhall periſh, having a ſure hope, that both my ſoule and bodie ſhall injoy thy preſence, O God of my L.i. ſalua- 218L1v ſalvation, in the laſt reſurrection. The ſhall I féele thy mercies, and anſwere when thou calleſt me.
Wherefore I ſet all my felicitie and joie in that I am united with thée O God, and ſhall injoie thy preſence; ſo that I reject all other things ſave that which furthereth me to attaine to thy heavenlie treaſures, which is ſure, and cannot be found in anie but in thée alone, whoſe praiſe ſhall indure for ever, world without end Amen.41. A
41. A praier, wherein the ſinner praieth for grace, that he may make a godlie end.
Bleſſed Father of heaven, fountaine of all grace and goodnes, that art rich in mercie, and plentifull in giving the ſame to all that doo faithfullie call upon thy holie name. O good God, thou having a ſonne no leſſe rich in power, wiſedome, knowledge, and mercy, than thou art thine owne ſelfe, diddeſt not ſpare to ſend him from thy heavenlie palace, downe to the earth, into the wombe of a virgine, l.ij.for 220L2v for the ſalvation of mankind, to declare thine aboundant love towards us.
Thou diddeſt for our ſakes make him poore, which before was rich; to the intent that we, which before were verie poore, ſhould by his povertie be made rich; that he which before was all one with thée, in thy divine ſubſtance, might now be made one with us, that are members of the bodie, whereof he is the head. Hearken good Lord, give eare unto my praier, let my petition aſcend up before the ſight of thy Majeſtie. The comming of thy mercifull ſon did make me thine, but the vilenes of mine owne acts hath caſt me downe, and made 221L3r 111 made me verie miſerable. The greatnes of mine offenſes hath cauſed thée to turne awaie thy face from me, withdrawing thy grace, which was the cauſe of the good works I did.
Thou canſt find no good thing in me, worthie of thy favour; wherfore, Lord, behold the face of Chriſt thy deare Sonne, my mediator; for his ſake give me that which of my ſelfe I am much unworthie to obteine of thée. Looke on me with thy pitifull eie, and in the time of my trouble incline thine eare and heare me. My old enimie daily aſſalteth me and vexeth me. Wherefore I will not ceaſe to call upon thée dailie: but ſpecialliel.iij. allie 222L3v allie at the houre of my death Lord heare me & defend me, at which time my cruel enimie will moſt buſilie invade me. At that inſtant Lord looke upon me with the eie of thy mercie, now whileſt I am in this wretched world.
I crave not of thée aboundance of earthlie goods, but as honeſt neceſſitie dooth require, but the aboundance of thy grace in this life. This haſt thou of thy méere li liberalitie promiſed to grant, to all that in ſtedfaſt faith call upon thée. This haſtie calling upon thée dooeſt thou delight in, for thou art as redie to anſwer me, as I am to call upon thée. Wherefore make ſpéed in hearing, as 223L4r 112 as I am bold to call upon thée for I confeſſe O Lord I have left thy holie word and commandements, which is as bread unto the ſoule, giving nutriment and moiſture by faith and charitie, and have eaten of the trée which thou forbadeſt me.
I have, with our father Adam, followed the illuſions of the ſerpent, & taſted of ſin; but thy bleſſed ſonne my ſaviour Jeſus Chriſt hath ſhed his bloud for us, whereby we are reſtored unto thy grace, mercie, and favour, through the ſacrament of baptiſme, if we hartilie repent. He quickneth us, which before were dead in ſinne; he ſlaieth, and can raiſe l.iiij. againe; 224L4v againe; he ſtriketh and healeth: as he did Panule in his perſecution.
How much therefore are we bound to his grace, that without anie deſerving on our parts, willinglie offered himſelfe to the death for our redemption: and to thy majeſtie alſo, who diddſt not ſpare thine onelie begotten ſonne, but of thy pure pittie, ſentedſt him downe to ſuffer the moſt vile death of the croſſe for our ſakes.
Wherefore I am much aſhamed to lift up my eies to heaven towards thy highneſſe, being ſo unkind to thée againe ſo manie waies. I have loved the works of darkenes, and thereforefore 225L5r 113 fore I fled from the light of the bright ſunne of juſtice: for which cauſe doo I ſigh, ſorrowe, and bewaile my wretchednes, in the bitterneſſe of ſuch thoughts for feare of thine anger towards me; knowing that at the time of thy comming to the dreadful generall judgement, the ſtorme of thine indignation ſhall go forth, and fall downe upon the heads of the ungodlie.
Thou lifteſt me up of a great hight, in that thou thou madeſt me like unto thine image, touching my reaſonable ſoule, and haſt given me power, by thy grace, to inherit everlaſting joies of heaven, both bodie and ſoule, if I lived here l.v. after 226L5v after thy rcommandements. What greater gift canſt thou give me, Lord, than to have the fruition of thée? But alas I beare ſo heavie and erthlie fraile bodie, joined to my noble ſoule, that my heart and mind is drawne downe from the conſideration of thy goodnes, and from well dooing, unto all kind of vices.
Wherefore, Lord, grant me, that in the ſhadow of this life, I may have grace to ſée light, and to know thée, thy waies, and thy holie word, which giveth light and underſtanding unto babes: for after this life, there is no place nor time left of repentance. And ſince my time is here but ſhort, continuenue 227L6r 114 nue thy grace towards me, that I may live in thy feare all the daies of my life, and end my life in thy favour, who dooſt indure for ever, and thy remembrance through all generations, world without end, Amen, Amen.
42. A praier againſt the offenſes of this world.
My hart ſhall praiſe thée O God, for my ſoule is in love with thy majeſtie, for the which I deſpiſe all earthlie things, in reſpect of of thée the everlaſting God, without meaſure, who féedeth all things. Thou art the comfortfort 228L6v fort of the ſoule, and the true joie of the heart. Wherefore Lord continue thy graces towards us, and helpe our preſent neceſſities: for we are far unworthie of thy great benefits, which thou beſtoweſt upon us and all people, who appointeſt the earth to bring foorth to mans use. Thou art a moſt nouriſhing father, providing for all creatures their dailie food; for none is able to do anie thing, but as thou appointeſt them, ſith they are but inſtruments to doo thy worke, though intentions be divers.
Thou O God art the ſender of peace and warre, proſperitie and adverſitie, puniſhing whole nations for their ſinnes. How 229L7r 115 How can we then ſo fooliſhlie perſuade our ſelves, that we ſhall eſcape unpuniſhed for our offenſes? Séeing thou heareſt and ſéeſt all things, who haſt in all ages plagued all ſuch as maliciouſlie and contemptuouſlie depart from thy truth. For who ſo forſaketh thée O God, ſhall be puniſhed, and made wearie of his ſinnes, wherein he delighteth. As for me, I hate them, O Lord, that preſumptuouſlie dare attribute unto themſelves, that they can guide their owne harts; ſéeing it lieth in thy omnipotencie to give the will, and further the worke. For there is none able to ſpeake a word, except thou give it him; neither 230L7v neither is anie able to thinke a good thought, without thée: much leſſe may anie doo the thing that good is, without the aſſiſtance of thy holie ſpirit.
Wherefore regenerate me, O Lord God, by the ſame ſpirit, and reſtore me to thine image, giving me grace, and an aſſured faith, to thinke & doo that which is righteous in thy ſight. For I deſire to live but onelie to pleaſe thée, as thy ſervant Moſes did, who was brought up with the daughter of Pharao, and taken as hir ſonne; where he might have lived ſtill in much wealth, if he would. But when he was great through faith, he refuſed to be called hir ſonne, & choſe rather 231L8r 116 rather to ſuffer adverſitie with the people of God, than to enjoie the pleaſure of ſinne for a while; and all for that he had reſpect to the reward to come in thy heavenlie houſe.
Which grant me to aſpire unto, for thy mercie ſake, whatſoever vexation or trouble my bodie bide. For what ſhould all the world gaine me, if I loſe my ſoule? Better I were in this world to féed upon the bread of teares, and to waſh my cup with moorning, than to live in all proſperitie, wallowing in worldlie wealth, and forget thée my God, as the rich glutton did. For aſſuredlie it is thy plague, when the rich man hath not a liberall hart to vse 232L8v use his riches, to thine honour and glorie. For there is no power ſo high or mightie, but thou O God canſt viſit him with thy rod; neither is there anie mountaine or hill ſo ſtrong or mightie, that it can preſerve the wicked from thy wrath, O moſt mightie, when thou wilt ſtrike; for thine office is to take vengeance on the wicked, and to reward them according to their wickednes and deſerving. Bleſſe me, O God, and make me of that number, which regard not the pleaſures of this world, with the temporall commodities thereof: but make me ſtrong againſt my ſpirituall enimie, that I may be thy well belovedued 233L9r 117 ved child and ſervant: for I have no other refuge but thée O Lord, in whom my conſcience is at reſt. Thou art named mercifull, gratious, and long ſuffering: Lord ſhew thy ſelfe ſo unto me thy poore creature, who is moſt weake and fraile of all other.
Lord I have confeſſed all mine offenſes and imperfections unto thy Majeſtie: and now I depend wholie on thée, reſting ſtill on thy moſt holie word; beſéeching thée to ſtrengthen my poore ſoule, which ſigheth and groneth unto thée, with gréefes that cannot be expreſſed, untill thou have mercie upon me. Which grant me for thy deare ſonne Jeſus Chriſt our 234L9v our Lord and ſaviour, Amen, So be it.
43. A praier for the good eſtate of the church and congregation of God.
Ariſe O Lord God, and have mercie upon thy church and faithfull congregation. Give us that be of the houſhold of faith, joie and conſolation. Thou dideſt ever ſhew mercie unto thy ſervants; for ever ſince the fall of angels, unto the end of the world, thy mercie hath ever béene, and ſhall be aboundantlie ſhewed to all mankind: but 235L10r 118 but chéefelie it was ſhewed when thy ſonne was ſent into this world, to ſuffer death, whereby the gate of heaven was opened, which before was ſhut, that no man might enter. This time was the beginning of grace, and was certeinlie appointed, when the fulnes of time was come, which was before ſinne, by the everlaſting wiſdome of thy deitie, whereby thou dooeſt all things in moſt perfect order. This time of grace, we truſt, ſhall continue for ever, to thoſe that are penitent.
Wherefore we praie thée without ceaſing, to have mercie upon the church: for we faithfullie build upon a ſure rocke, 236L10v rocke, thy ſonne Jeſus Chriſt is our foundation. Wherefore moſt loving father, turne thée unto the praiers of us that are poore & deſtitute of any helpe; but onelie of thy helpe, through thy mercie. Deſpiſe not, we humblie beſéech thée, our humble deſire. Behold our petitions with thy fatherlie eie, wherewith thou didſt looke upon the oblation of Abel, and receive it thankfullie, wherewith alſo thou beheldeſt the the praier of the Iſraeltiites, being in bitter bondage in Aegypt, and deliveredſt them: with thoſe ſame mercifull eies vouchſafe to looke upon us, and our praiers, whereby the noble fame and praiſe of thy mercie 237L11r 119 mercie ſhall be written for thoſe that come after, which ſhall be borne in faith by baptiſme, and may praiſe thée. For thoſe that be thy children, ſhall have a power above nature, & in their age ſhall they bring foorth moſt ſwéet and pleaſant fruit.
Thou wilt ever declare thy ſelfe the preſerver of the church in deſtroieng thine enimies, as thou diddeſt in thy red ſea. Thou O God art mercifull, and wilt not forſake us, neither deſtroie us: nor forget the appointment of our Fathers, which thou ſwareſt unto them. And forſomuch as thou O God haſt appointed that thy church in this world ſhal be under the croſſe, 238L11v croſſe, both bicauſe we ſhould learne, not to put our truſt in anie worldlie thing, and alſo féele thy comfort when all other helpe faileth. Therefore we humblie beſéech thée O Lord, gather thy church which is diſperſed, and give us conſtancie under the manifold croſſes which we ſuffer, that we may with one conſent all togither praiſe thée for ever. For thou haſt promiſed, by the mouth of thy ſwéet ſonne Jeſus Chriſt, that thy power, and thine aſſiſtance ſhall be with hir unto the end of the world.
Strengthen us therefore with thy grace and holy ſpirit, that we may ſowe the ſéed of good works in this world, that they 239L12r 120 they may declare us to be thy faithfull ſervants, and that they may be acceptable fruit in thy ſight: for thou dooeſt trie our faith, and teacheſt us to forget the world, and to depend on thée O father of all goodnes. Thy promiſe never faileth, thou governeſt, by thy holie ſpirit, as ſéemeth beſt to thy godlie wiſedome: for thou O God art rich in mercie and truth, which féedeſt all things, and none can juſtlie complaine. For as by thy preſence all things have life; ſo if thou withdraw thy bleſſing, we all periſh.
Thou haſt a little flocke, féed them with thy ſpirituall foode, and governe thy church, ſéeing thou 240L12v thou haſt choſen them out of the world: joine it unto thy ſelfe, that thy faithfull may continue for ever. For thou art everlaſting, thou haſt ever loved truth, thou art veritie it ſelfe, all thy promiſes are unremooveable. Thou diddeſt promiſe to Abraham to multiplie his ſéed, as the ſtars of heaven, and as the ſands upon the ſea ſide; which promiſe at the laſt he enjoied: even ſo diddeſt thou promiſe Iſaac and Jacob. When Ezechias was ſicke unto the death, thou diddeſt promiſe him life fiftéene yéeres more, which thou didſt performe for thy names ſake.
Even ſo Lord kéepe thy promiſe with us, that are thy poore 241M1r 121 poore ſhéepe, ſo ſhall we praiſe thée, and thy Sonne our ſaviour Chriſt, which is our good ſhéepeheard; who ſuffered death for his flocks ſake, to make them triumph over their enimies. And as he roſe againe for our juſtification, ſo grant that we may riſe in newnes of life, and aſpire unto the ſame place whither our ſaviour is gone before; whoſe name be praiſed, with thée O déere father, and the holie Ghoſt, now and for evermore, Amen.M.i. 44. A
44. A praier, wherein is ſhewed, that the wiſedome of God is to be praiſed; as alſo how he trieth his ſervants is declared.
Thou, O moſt mightie God art the creator & maker of all things, whoſe power is everlaſting, which ſhal never be put down; whoſe kingdome indureth incorrupt for ever, and thy going out hath béene from everlaſting. Great art thou, high & unmeaſureable; thou onelie knowſt the waies of wiſdome none other is there that can find hir paths, but thou the mightie 243M2r 122 mightie God, which haſt found hir out with thy foreknowledge; & by the ſame thy godlie wiſedome haſt created all things, according to thy noble will and pleaſure. This thine omnipotent power, Lord, I thy ſinfull ſervant and ſubject doo honour, and thy excéeding wiſedome I have in great reverence. By the one thou madeſt all things, and by the other thou kneweſt what thou wouldeſt make, long before they were made; in both theſe haſt thou declared thy ſelfe to be the living God.
And although our acts, which be paſt, preſent, and to come, be all open before thine eies, and our thoughts manifeſt in m.ii.the 244M2v the ſight of thy divine preſence; yet dooeſt thou dailie ſearch and proove thine elect people, ſometimes by adverſitie, ſometimes by proſperitie, to cauſe us thereby to be knowen to other. After this ſort diddeſt thou proove Abraham, in the oblation of his ſonne, to the intent his obedience might be an example to all that ſhould come after him. Thus alſo diddeſt thou proove thy ſervant Job, and he was found both faithfull, conſtant, and juſt. Thou knoweſt what men be, before thou trieſt them. But after the triall, thou heareſt them & their praiers, and alloweſt their good actes and intentions: by ſuch proofe, Lord, 245M3r 123 Lord, haſt thou tried me both within and without.
And though through frailtie I have erred, wandering from thée; yet at length have I béene found to returne againe to thée, that art the perfect waie, and to beléeve faithfullie in thée, as in my verie God, to truſt wholie in thée, & to love thée as my mercifull father: and all through the gift of thy grace, not of mine owne ſtrength or will. For what were I ſillie wretch, if I were deſtitute of thy helpe? I doo conſider thy goodnes, and thy godlie providence, by which thou waſt the cauſe of my firſt being; and ſtill am I much bound unto thy Majeſtie, for m.iij.the 246M3v the great love thou bareſt unto me. Firſt for my creation, and alſo for thy mervellous protection, aſſiſtance, inſpiration, redemption, and reconciliation, which the eie of my ſoule dooth right well conſider.
Wherefore I moſt humblie praie thée Lord, to regard what ſhall redound to thy glorie: for thine honour is more advanced in ſaving one poore miſerable and ſinfull creature, through thy mercie, than in the damnation of a thouſand, by the rigour of thy juſtice. For in hell none can praiſe thée, but curſſe, waile, moorne and lament their miſerable eſtate. Now, O my God, I moſt hartilie 247M4r 124 hartilie beſéech thée, to give me grace to flie the companie of all ſuch as ſpeake untruelie of thée, and of thy holie will and word; & alſo of them that exalt themſelves preſumptuouſlie, leaſt being converſant in their wickedneſſe, I might fall from that right way, in the which it hath pleaſed thy gratious goodnes to direct me: for whoſoever is familiar with the proud, ſhal be clothed with pride.
He that dooth evill is worthie of death; ſo are all thoſe that communicate with him that hath pleaſure in evill. As for ſuch as decline from thée, I will abhorre: thoſe that doo me anie wrong, I cléerelie forgivem.iiij.giue, 248M4v give and forget whatſoever they doo unto me; yea I doo praie unto thée my moſt mercifull father, even from the bottome of my hart, to forgive them. But thoſe, Lord, that maliciouſlie reſiſt thée, and thy holie word, I hate them, even as though they were mine enimies. Nevertheleſſe, I doo praie thée for amendment of their lives, and ſalvation of their ſoules.
Conſider Lord the frailtie of our nature, none can ſtand in the right waie, but ſhall ſlide and fall, unleſſe thou give him the ſtaffe of thy grace, to ſtaie himſelfe thereby. As for me, I have wandered from thée, as a ſhéepe that is ſtraied from 249M5r 125 from the flocke: but they goodnes hath found me out again, and brought me unto the fold. Lead me therfore, out of mine owne wicked waie, into thie bleſſed waie of truth, through the merits of thy déer beloved Sonne Chriſt, who is the very true perfect path to all beatitude, by whoſe helpe I may ſo direct my ſteppes, in the waie of this life, that I may kéepe the waie unto life everlaſting, Amen.m.v. 45. A
45. A praier wherin is ſhewed how ſtranglie preſerved, and how bleſſed they are, that truſt in God: the mercie of God alſo toward ſinners is declared.
O Lord almightie, father of mercie, & God of all comfort, which in the treaſure of thine infinit mercies, diſpoſeſt all things, not onlie among us thy poore creatures upon earth, which is bountifullie repleniſhed therewith; but alſo among thy holy angels, and bleſſed ſpirits in heaven, who are all preſerved by thy grace. Lord God, whoſe nature and propertie is to haue 251M6r 126 have mercie upon all thoſe that love thée, and in faith call on thée; thou ſaieſt by thy prophet Eſaie, that the mountaines ſhall remoove, and the hilles ſhall fall downe, but thy loving kindneſſe ſhall not moove from thoſe that truſt in thée.
Thou Lord, of thy mercie, ſavedſt Noa frōom the generall floud; and Abraham in his voiage; Lot, from ſinking among the ſinfull Sodomites; Joſeph, from the danger of his wicked ladie and miſtres; the Iſraelites, from the bondage of Pharao; Daniel, from the lions; Jonas, from drowning, being thrée daies & thrée nights in the whales bellie; the thrée 252M6v thrée yoong men, from burning, that were put into the flaming fornace; with manie thouſands more, whom of thy naturall accuſtomed mercie and goodneſſe, thou dooeſt preſerve, and ever wilt doo, all thoſe that it pleaſeth thée to drawe unto thée, thorough grace.
I moſt miſerable and wretched ſinner doo now call upon thée for mercie and grace, acknowledging my ſelfe gréevouſlie to have offended the eies of thy deitie, ſo manie waies, that I am not worthie to beare the name of a chriſtian; the burthen of mine offenſes is ſo great. Wherefore diſcharge me of them, Lord, accor- 253M7r 127 according to thine infinit mercie. For ſmall ſinnes, thy ſmall mercie ſufficeth; but my great ſinnes require thy great mercie. And as my offenſes are manie in number, ſo is there of thy mercies a great multitude: yea they cannot be numbred. But of one thing I am ſure, that it lieth not in mans power ſo much to offend, as it is in thy mercifull power to forgive. My woonds cannot be ſo great and noiſome, but thy medicines are moſt pretious and healthſome: wherefore heale thou me, and I ſhall be whole from my ſinnes.
The children of Iſraell might not come into thy ſight, 254M7v ſight, being once defiled with anie uncleanneſſe, till they were ſanctified; and the prieſts alſo durſt not come to thy preſence, till they were waſhed, for feare leaſt they ſhould periſh: how much more néed I then to deſire thée Lord to waſh my uncleane ſoule? For my ſoule hath néed of manie dews of thy grace, and manie ſecret drawings to thée with ſpirituall violence, or ever it can be made cleane. The leproſie of Naaman of Syria could not be clenſed, till he had waed himſelfe ſeaven times in the river of Jordan: how manie waters have I néed to be waſhed with, or I be purged from my uncleanneſſe? But thy 255M8r 128 thy mercie, O Lord, is as great as thy ſelfe. Thy grace maketh a ſtonie heart to be a fleſhie heart; in a ſturdie ſtomach, it bréedeth an humble ſpirit; of a fierſe lion, it maketh a méeke lambe. Whie ſhould I then deſpaire of thy goodnes, conſidering that thy juſtice willeth me to truſt in thée?
Thy promiſe is to have mercie on all thoſe that be penitent for their offenſes, ſo that thou wilt no more remember them. This promiſe no doubt, ſhall ſtand faſt and ſure, when both heaven and earth ſhall paſſe awaie. Wherefore I offer now to thy majeſty a hart contrite, being ſorie for the wickednes by it conceived, with a bodie 256M8v bodie ſubject to thée with all humilitie, and ſorowfull for all the ſinnes by it committed. I acknowledge my faults, and my ſinne is ever before me; I puniſh my ſelfe with contrition, bicauſe thou Lord ſhouldſt give me grace and remiſſion. I have it ever in remembrance, and ſet it up in my ſight, bicauſe thou ſhouldſt forget it, and put it out of thy ſight. Conſider Lord (I praie thée) the fraile metall whereof I am made, receive me thy poore creature into thy favour: for before thée I accuſe my ſelfe, to the intent thou ſhouldeſt ſhew mercie, as thou haſt promiſed, who haſt ever béene found juſt in all thy ſaiengs.I 257 M9r 129
I have long ſtraied from thée, yet now am returned to thée, with all my whole heart. Make me therefore upright., and ſo to aſpire to heavenlie things, that neither adverſitie, nor worldlie pleaſure plucke it downeward. Caſt awaie my ſinnes behind thée, but caſt not me from thy mercifull countenance, as thou diddeſt king Saule for diſobedience. For if I looſe thy gratious preſence, I am then ſure thou wilt alſo take me from thy holie ſpirit, as thou diddeſt from Saule. O how gratious and ſwéet is thy ſpirit in all things, it paſſeth all other ſwéetenes, it leadeth thoſe that love thée, into the land of righteouſnes.This 258 M9v
This thy holie ſpirit I deſire may remaine ſtill with me, to teach me all veritie, to confirme me in goodnes, to make interceſſion for me unto thée in all my neceſſities and infirmities. Give me therefore againe the comfort of thy helpe, and ſtabliſh me with thy principall ſpirit. For thou onelie art mightie, faithfull, and conſtant, and never faileſt them that call upon thée in faith and truth. Wherefore I offer unto thée the ſacrifice of praiſe and thankeſgiving, for all thy mercies and benefits, putting my whole truſt in thée, who haſt never failed me; for which cauſe I am bound to praiſe thée, now and for evermore, Amen.46. A
46. A praier of the majeſtie of God, and of his bountifull liberalitie towards mankind.
O Lord, thou art my God, and my king, my hope and my comfort, who haſt by ſo grat providence created and ordained all thy creatures, that the beautie & excellencie of them declare thy mightie magnificence, to us all which are thy reaſonable creatures. The power of thy majeſtie to us knowne before, is by the contemplation of them made manifeſt, cauſing us to praiſe and mag- 260M10v magnifie thée with all our powers. We acknowledge thy power, thy wiſedome, thy honour alſo, and thy great glorie, wherewith thou art garniſhed. Thou art the everlaſting light, and thy wiſedome is the brightneſſe thereof, which ſhall never be quenched. Thou art compaſſed about with bright angels, and with thy ſaints ſhining in clearneſſe, whoſe inheritance is to enjoie light.
As for us thy poore creatures on earth, great cauſe have we to praiſe thée world without end; bicauſe thou haſt ſo mercifullie declared thy great goodnes to mankind, in this world, to his moſt comfort that could be deviſed, givinguing 261M11r 131 ving unto us all things to doo us ſervice. All beaſts thou madeſt ſubject for his use; which to nouriſh and to féed, thou cauſeſt the ground naturallie to bring foorth graſſe, and all kind of hearbes, repleniſhing the earth with all kind of fruit, to the comfort of mans heart.
But above all things, Lord, féed us with thy holie word, whereby our ſoules are made ſtrong and comforted. For in a miſerable caſe doo they live, from whom thou takeſt awaie thy holie word, which is the true bread, which came downe from heaven: which whoſoever eateth of, ſhall live for ever. Lord never take the ſame awaiewaie 262M11v waie from us againe, but evermore féed us with this bread. Thy word maketh our enimies afraid, they have no further power to hurt thy faithfull, than thou permitteſt them. Wherefore, although the wicked ſwell never ſo high, yet we feare them not; they may invade thy church, and manie of the elect members of the ſame, but they ſhall never have power to deſtroie them. For thou Lord haſt promiſed to abide with thy faithfull, unto the end of the world; they grace will not leave them that love and ſerve thée.
Send us, good Lord, this grace, that we may ferventlie imbrace that ſpirituall food of our 263M12r 132 our ſoules, that it may cauſe us to forget our wanton and idle lives, that we have hitherto lead, and now beginne to frame a new, ſpirituall, godlie life, building the houſe of our ſoules on the ſure rocke, which is thy ſonne Jeſus Chriſt, reſting in him as a ſure habitation. For it is he, Lord, that thou haſt annointed above all other, to be our mediatour and mercie ſeat, who is ſo gentle, mercifull, and loving, that he is moſt readie to receive us, whenſoever we come unto him. O glorious God, how excellent art thou? How noble and manifeſt be thy works, paſſing farre the capacitie of all thy creatures to comprehend?hend? 264M12v hend?
But thou full wiſelie haſt wrought all things, by the ſame wiſedome that hath bin with thée before anie thing was created, and before all times, by the which thou haſt numbred the ſands of the ſea, the drops of raine, the daies of time. By it haſt thou meaſured the height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, and the déepneſſe of the ſea. This wiſedome is thy verie ſonne, our Lord and Saviour, the ſecond perſon in Trinitie, he is the power, in whom are hid all the treaſures of wiſedome and knowledge. By him haſt thou wrought the worke of our redemption, and delivered us from 265N1r 133 from eternall damnation.
And although thou be ſometimes angrie with us for our wickednes; yet nevertheleſſe, if we call upon thée in thy ſons name, thou wilt ſhew us mercie: for it is thy nature and his to be mercifull. Lord kéepe our enimie farre from us, let him not devoure thoſe, for whoſe redemption and ſalvation thou vouchſafedſt to ſend thy moſt entirelie beloved ſon, to ſuffer death and paſſion. Bring them alſo (we humblie beſéech thée) into the true faith of thy holie church, that they may knowe thée, and him whom thou haſt ſent for the ſalvation of the world; that there may be on both ſorts one N.j.ſhéepe- 266N1v ſhéepeheard, and one flocke. Send us all, moſt mercifull father, thy gratious favor, and open thy liberall hand, and fill us all with thy goodnes, hide not thy face from us for our offenſes.
O ſend forth, good Lord, thy ſwéet breath upon us, make us new againe, that we may leave our old naughtines, and become new creatures. We acknowledge our ſelves to be duſt and aſhes, ſend therefore thine holie ſpirit to renew our ſoules, making it conformable to thine image, according as thou diddeſt firſt create it; which through ſinne we have made verie foule and deformed. Then ſhall we give glorierie 267N2r 134 rie unto thy majeſtie, which indureth for ever, and thy kingdome from one generation to another, world without end, Amen.
47. A praier, wherein is ſhewed how bleſſed they are that feare the Lord.
O Lord Lord, thou art a great God, mightie in power whom no man may overcome. Let all thy creatures praiſe thée, for thou ſpakeſt the word, and they were made; thou ſenteſt thy ſpirit, and they were created, and there is none that may withſtand thy voice. The n.ij. moun- 268N2v mountaines ſhall remoove from the foundations, and the waters ſhall melt like wax; but they that feare thée, ſhall be great with thée in althings. For thou dooeſt abhore the ſacrifice of the ungodlie, but the praier of the righteous is acceptable unto thée: and whoſoever followeth righteouſnes, him thou dooeſt love.
The feare of thée O Lord God, is a well of life, and the right waie to avoid the ſnares of death: for thou preſerveth the welfare of the godlie, and defendeſt them that walke innocentlie, and kéepeſt them in the right path, preſerving ſtill the waie of thy ſaints, and never ſuffering their ſoules to 269N3r 135 to féele hunger, but giving them long life. As for the ungodlie, thou putteſt him from his deſires, ſhortening his yeares with gréefe.
Lord grant me therefore to put my truſt in thée, with all my hart, that I never leane unto mine owne underſtanding; but in all my waies to have reſpect unto thée: ſo wilt thou order my goings. For it is thou O Lord, that giveſt wiſedome, & out of thy mouth commeth knowledge and underſtanding. O God my father, thou art he that haſt brought me up, and lead me from my youth; therefore of thy mercie have regard unto me, and kéepe me ſtedfaſt in n.iij. the 270N3v the feare of thée, in mine age, untill I depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eies doo dailie ſée thy ſalvation which thou haſt prepared for all thy people, which is thy deare ſonne Jeſus Chriſt.
He is my mercifull mediator, advocate, and interceſſor, by whom I hope to have pardon of all my ſinnes: in him I live, moove, and have my being; and after I am diſſolved of this my corruptible bodie, I beléeve, through his mercie, to riſe againe an incorruptible bodie: for that I knowe my redéemer liveth by whom I ſhall live, and ſhall ſée him face to face, not with other eies, but with the ſame eies 271N4r 136 eies which I doo now, O God my ſaviour, lift up with a ſorrowfull and repentant heart, for my moſt gréevous ſinnes and iniquities, unto the ſeat of thy majeſtie.
Beſéeching thée, O my moſt ſwéet Lord Jeſus, to waſh me cleane, with thy moſt pretious blood, and make me one with thée, as thou and thy heavenlie father art one; and as thou overcameſt, ſo grant me to overcome all the temptations of the divell, that I may be a piller in the temple of my God, and ſit with thée on thy ſeat, as thou haſt promiſed to all that overcome the world, and die in the faith of thée. Thou art the waie, the truth, n.iiij. and 272N4v and the life. No creature commeth to the father, but by thée; and none can truſt in thée, except the father drawe him.
O déere father, which art the good huſbandman, graft me in the true vine thy ſon. O Lord Jeſu Chriſt, nouriſh me a true branch in thée, that I may abide everlaſtinglie, and bring forth much fruit. O holy ghoſt, water me with the dew of thy grace, that I may be gréene, and growe in the love and favour of my father and redéemer. O thou, which art the finger of Gods hand, touch my hart, and unloſe the ſame from all blindneſſe and hardneſſe, that I may heare the voice 273N5r 137 voice of Gods heavenlie word, and bring foorth much fruit, untill I be come unto my full perfection, that I may be worthie to be placed among thy choſen and elect people: through the pretious death and blood ſhedding of Jeſus Chriſt, my onelie Lord and ſaviour; to whom, with thée, and the father, be all honour and glorie, now and for ever, Amen.
48. A praier, wherein is ſhewed, that God dwelleth in the harts of the righteous, though his ſeat be in heaven.
The mightie power of thy divine majeſtie, O Lord of Lords, and God n.v. of 274N5v of all gods, with the plentifull aboundance of thy goodneſſe daily declared unto mankind, inforceth me to conſider mine owne weakenes, and inſufficiencie, in yeelding to thée anie recompenſe. Thou Lord art omnipotent, and madeſt al things of naught: I am thy ſimple creature, made with thy hand, and without thy help I am able to doo no good thing. Thou art the God eternall, beſides whom there is no god; I am a woorme of the vile earth, not worthie to beare the name of a chriſtian, for that through mine own ſin, I have defaced the beautie of the principall part of man, which is my ſoule, made to thy godlie 275N6r 138 godlie image.
Nevertheleſſe, ſince thou art the reformer of all our harts, and the inſpiror of all grace and goodneſſe, I moſt humblie beſéech thée, to correct by thy power, that which through my frailtie is amiſſe. Redres by thy pitie that which I have mard through my follie; make me able to yéeld unto thée, that which thou requireſt of me, acknowledging mine owne unworthines; and to render unto thée noble praiſes, and loving thanks for thy manifold gifts of grace, wherby thou haſt, of thy méere liberalitie, indued both my ſoule and bodie. Make me worthie to laud thée, which I cannot doo vnleſſe 276N6v unleſſe thou give me grace, to wipe awaie all mine iniquities. For thy praiſes be not ſéemelie in the mouth of a ſinner.
Yea Lord, I praie thée inflame my hart with the love of thée, ſo that from the bottome thereof, I may ſpeake them, and not to love anie thing in this world but thée, & for thée. Thou art the true God and ſaviour, and there is none but thou O Lord. Out of thy mouth commeth the word of righteouſnes, which no man may turne. Wherefore, all other gods ſet I aſſide, to thée onelie will I ſing praiſes, and confeſſe thée onelie to be the living God, which I will acknowledgeknowledge 277N7r 139 knowledge before the whole congregation of the faithfull.
Thou knoweſt the inward intent of the heart; for in the hearts of the beléeving is thy ſeate, and reſting place. The ſoules of the juſt are the temples, wherein thou dooeſt inhabit. To this temple, good Lord, will I turne my ſelfe, by pondering the ſtate of mine owne ſoule; for ſtrength whereof I call moſt humblie unto thée, moſt mercifull God, that I may be able to vanquiſh the illuſions of the ſubtill ſerpent.
Performe in me, that which thou haſt promiſed; for all thy waies are mercie and truth. Thy mercie reacheth unto the heavens, and thy faithfulneſſe vnto 278N7v unto the clouds: & thy righteouſnes ſtands like the ſtrong mountaine. When thy goodnes is conſidered, all the rulers of the earth muſt néeds confes, that great is thy might and thy glorie. Nevertheleſſe, although thou dwelleſt above the heavens, yet haſt thou a loving reſpect unto the lowlie and méeke of ſpirit, and dooeſt behold them, as one looketh on his friend, if they truſt in thée.
Thou draweſt néere unto them that ſéeke thée, to heare their praiers; yea thou art their ſhéeld and protection, in all their neceſſities: as for the proud workers of iniquitie, thou ſéeſt them a far off, thou beholdeſt them with a fearſe looke, 279N8r 140 looke, to their confuſion, to deſtroie and roote out their memoriall out of the everlaſting beatitude. Who ſo therefore will have thy majeſtie come néere unto him, muſt plucke downe his mind, and become lowe in heart. For the méeke & humble people be thoſe that ſhall enjoie the hevenlie countrie. And though they walke in the middeſt of trouble, yet ſhalt thou refreſh and quicken them.
This world is a place ordeined for trouble, and not for reſt. Here we are appointed to travell, in this place is no want of tribulation: but thou ever gratiouſlie comforteſt the faithfull, thou ſuffereſt them not to be overcome in any tribulation;bula- 280N8v bulation; for through thée they vanquiſh all their enimies. Wherefore, Lord, powre out thy mercies (I beſéech thée) upon thy flocke; deliver us from all our enimies, ſpirituall and temporall; let thy right hand ſave us, and lead us through thy grace, into eternall felicitie. As for riches, eaſe, honor, or any kind of temporall pleaſure, which be thy gifts alſo, but of thy left hand, we nothing eſtéeme.
Manie times thou beſtoweſt theſe benefits upon thine enimies, the other thou reſerveſt for thine elect, to receive after manie tribulations. And the ſame, Lord, I humblie beſéech thée, to kéepe in ſtore for me, thy 281N9r 141 thy poore ſervant. Regard not the wickednes which I dailie commit, but looke upon the merits of thy ſon Jeſus Chriſt, my God and my ſaviour: for it is he that hath paied my debt, and thou Lord haſt ſealed the acquitance: grant me to honour thée therefore, as I ought to doo, now and for ever, Amen, Amen.
49. A praier, wherein is ſhewed, that God is alwaies our protection, if we truſt in his ſonne Jeſus Chriſt.
O Lord, thou art my God; I will praiſe thée and magnifie thy name, and thy word 282N9v word above all things. Thou bringeſt marvelous things to paſſe, according to thy will and pleaſure. Thou art the poore mans helpe, & a ſtrength for the néedfull in the time of trouble, defending them againſt all weathers, and their ſhadowe in the time of heate. Likewiſe to the preſumptuous, thou art like a ſtrong whirle wind, that caſteth downe the boaſting of the ungodlie, bicauſe they know not thée to be the everlaſting ſtrength: but the righteous Lord, have a reſpect unto the waie of thy judgements, and thy name and remembrance rejoiſeth their hearts. As for my ſoule, it thirſteth after thée, both 283N10r 142 both daie and night; and my mind haſteth fréelie unto thée, bicauſe thou art ſo mercifull unto all them that ſéeke thée in ſingleneſſe of heart: for thou wilt be found of them that thirſt after thée.
Thou art the well of pleaſant waters, wherewith whoſoever is filled, they ſhall never be a thirſt: for thou O lambe of God, that dwelleſt in the middeſt of the throne, wilt lead thine unto the founteine of living waters, and give them everlaſting reſt; bicauſe that in this world they made themſelves white in thy blood, bearing thy croſſes with willing minds, and confeſſed thée before men on earth. For this cauſe 284N10v cauſe wilt thou acknowledge them before God thy father in heaven, where they ſhall praiſe thée and him, world without end. O God moſt holie, I acknowledge that I am none of thoſe that have deſerved halfe ſuch mercie at thy hands: but I hope, through the mercies and merits of thy deare ſonne Jeſus Chriſt my Lord and ſaviour, to be made as perfect before thée, O heavenlie father, as if I had never ſinned.
For thus I ſtedfaſtlie beléeve; if I come unto him, he will not refuſe me; and if I praie heartilie, deſiring his helpe, he will heare me, and cloath me with his righteouſnes, and take from me all the ſinnes 285N11r 143 ſinnes that ever I have committed, from my birth untill this preſent houre, as he hath promiſed in his holie word. Come Lord Jeſus, for thou art true and juſt in all thy waies, and waſh me with thy moſt pretious blood. Sanctifie me with thy bitter paſſion, pretious death, and glorious reſurrection. Reſtore me to thoſe joies, that thine elect doo find in thée, & powre thy holie ſpirit into my heart, that he may draw my mind continuallie unto thée: for thou art the waie, the truth, and the life. Bleſſed are they that truſt in thée, and with a ſtedfaſt faith make thée their onelie ſtaie and refuge; they ſhall be ſure of all happineſſe in this 286N11v this world: and when it ſhall pleaſe thée to call them hence, they ſhall enjoie with thée, the crowne of glorie, who haſt all power given thée, both in heaven and earth: for the father judgeth no man, but hath committed all unto thée, who art the verie wiſedome of God.
Wherfore, Lord Jeſu, make me bleſſed with thée, like as thou art bleſſed; for I commit my ſelfe, both bodie and ſoule, into thy mercifull hands, who haſt redéemed me, O thou God of truth. Thou O Lord, art worthie to receive all glorie, and honour, and might: for thou haſt created all things, and for thy willes ſake they were and are created. O moſt noble 287N12r 144 noble creator of light, ſhine into my hart, that it may cléerlie ſée the excellencie of thy majeſtie; and quicken my ſoule and ſirit , that they may continuallie be ſtirred to honour and glorifie thée, as thou art worthie, which by thy grace I ſhall not ceaſe to do, with hart ſoule, mind, and ſtrength, among thy faithfull congregation, which of thy mercie, Lord preſerve and kéepe, that we may praiſe thée, one God in perſons thrée, and everlaſting in unitie, world without end, Amen.
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