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1691 [1653]

Queene Mary. Prayer for Queene Maryes childe.

Marginalia1555. Ianuary.ceaued (as by this child of Queene Mary may appeare) as rather what cause we English men haue to render most earnest thankes vnto almighty God, who so mercifully, agaynst the opinion, expectation, & workyng of our aduersaries, hath helped and deliuered vs in this case, whch otherwise myght haue opened such a wyndow to þe Spanyardes to haue entred and replenished this land, that peraduenture by this time English men should haue enioyed no great quyet in their own countrey: the Lord therfore make vs perpetually mindful of his benefites, Amen.

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Thus we see then, how man doth purpose, but God disposeth as pleaseth hym. For all thys great labour, prouision, and order taken in the Parlament house for theyr young Maister long looked for, comming so surely into the world, in the ende appeared neyther young Maister, nor young Maistres, that any man yet to thys day can here of.

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Futhermore, as the labour of the lay sort was herein deluded: so no lesse ridiculous it was to behold what lytle effect the prayers of the Popes churchmen had wyth almighty God, MarginaliaThe prayers of the Papistes of what litle effecte they are with God. who trauayled no lesse with their Processions, Masses, and Collectes, for the happy delyuerance of thys young Maister to come, as here followeth to be seene. 

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Foxe makes the reason he printed the prayers quite clear: to show 'what litle effect the prayers of the Popes Churchmen had wyth almighty God' (1570, p. 1653; 1576, p. 1410; 1583, p. 1480).

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¶ A prayer made by D. Weston Deane of Westminster, dayly to be sayd for the Quenes deliuerance. 
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Three prayers made for the safe delivery of Mary's child were moved from where they had been printed in 1563 to bring them into the correct chronological position within the narrative. Foxe also deleted the Latin original of the first of these prayers, that made by Hugh Weston, which had been printed in the 1563 edition, from subsequent editions. Weston's prayer (1563, p. 1015; 1570, p. 1653; 1576, p. 1410; 1583, pp. 1480-81) was a printed text circulated by the government; Foxe declared (only in 1563) that it was 'Imprinted by Iohn Cawode'.

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MarginaliaA prayer for Quene Mary and her childe, turned out of Latin into English.O Most righteous Lord God, which for the offence of the fyrst woman, hast threatned vnto all women, a common, sharpe, and ineuitable maledictiō, and hast enioyned them that they should conceaue in synne, and beyng conceiued, should bee subiect to many and greuous tormentes, and finally be delyuered wyth the daunger & ieopardy of their lyfe: We beseche thee, for thine exceding great goodnes & bottomles mercy, to mitigate þe straightnes of that law. Asswage thine anger for a while: & chearish in the bosome of thy fauour & mercy, our most gracious Q. Mary, being now at þe point of her deliuerance. So helpe her, that without daunger of her life she may ouercome the sorow, and in due season bring forth a chylde, in body beutifull and comely, in minde noble and valiant. So that afterward she forgetting the trouble, may wyth ioy laud and prayse the bountifulnes of thy mercy, and together wyth vs prayse and blesse both thee and thy holy name, world wythout end. Thys (O Lorde) we desyre thee, we besech thee, and moste hartely craue of thee. Heare vs oh Lord, and graunt vs our petition: Let not the enemies of thy fayth, and of thy church say: Where is theyr God? Amen.

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¶ A solemne prayer made for K. Philip and Quene Maries Child, that it may be a male childe, welfauoured and wytty. &c. 
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The second prayer (1563, pp. 1015-16; 1570, pp. 1653-54; 1576, pp. 1410-11; 1583, p. 1481) seems also to have been officially inspired, although there is no sign that it was printed.

MarginaliaA deuoute prayer made by the Catholickes for Q. Mary being great and quicke with child.O Most mighty Lord God, which regardest the prayer of the humble, and despisest not their request, bowe downe from thine hye habitatiō of the heauens, the eyes of thy mercy, vnto vs wretched synners, bowing the knees of our hartes, and wyth many and depe sighes, bewayling our synnes and offences, humbly wyth eyes intent, and handes displayed praying, and beseeching thee, wyth the shield of thy protection, to defend Mary thy seruaunt, and our Queene, who hath none other helper but thee, and whom through thy grace thou hast wylled to be conceiued with childe: and at the time of her trauaile graciously wyth the helpe of thy ryght hand delyuer her, and from all daunger wyth the childe in her conceaued, mercifully preserue.

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It hath seemed good in thy syght, mercyfull Father, by thy seruaunt Mary, to worke these wonders, that is to say: in her handes to vanquish and ouerthrow the stout enemy, and to deliuer vs thy people out of the handes of * Marginalia* The Papistes call the Protestantes heretickes & enemies to the crosse of Christ, euen as Achab called Elias the disturber of Israel, when he was onely the disturber himself. Heretickes, Infidels, enemies to thee, and to the crosse of thy beloued sōne Iesus Christ, that of thy seruant thou mightest speake in farre countreyes. Therfore for these wonderfull workes which thou doest to thy seruauntes, thou art magnified Lord God for euer, & we thy people blesse thee the God of heauen, which hast wrought vpon vs this great mercy, and hast excluded from vs the Hereticke, the enemy of truth, the persecuter of thy church. We know, we know, that we haue greuously (Lord) synned, that we haue bene deceaued by vanity, and that we haue

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forsaken thee our God. Our iniquities bee multiplyed vpon our head, and our synnes bee increased vp to heauen, and we our selues haue offended, and our Princes, and our priests for these our sinnes haue deserued an hypocrite to our Prince: MarginaliaIf our sinnes had not deserued, we should not haue had such cause so iustly to say, as here you say truely.our synnes haue deserued a Tyrant to our Gouernour, that shoulde bryng our lyfe to bitternes. We be not worthy to haue so gentle and mercifull a Quene, so godly a ruler, and finally so vertuous a Prince: at the very beginning of whose raynge, a new light as it were, of Gods religion, seemed to vs for to spring and rise. MarginaliaQ. Mary compared of the Papistes to Queene Iudith.The Iewes did blesse the widow Iudith wyth one voyce, saying: Thou art the glory of Hierusalem, thou art the ioy of Israell, thou art the honor of our people, for that thou hast loued chastitie, and thou shalt be be blessed for euer.

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And we the English people, wyth one agreable consent do crye: MarginaliaMarke how forgetting hys prayer, he falleth to the praysing of Q. Mary.Thou Mary art the glorye of England, our ioy, the honor of thy people, for that thou hast embraced chastitie: thine hart is strengthened, for the hand of our Lord hath comforted thee, & therefore thou shalt be blessed for euer. But bow downe, O most mercifull Father, thine eare, and open thine eyes, and behold our afflictiō, and our humble confession. Thou knowest lord, that agaynst Philip, not by humane, but by thy prouidence our King, and against thy seruant Mary, by thy ordinaunce our Quene, the restorers and maintainers of thy Testament and of thy faith, and most constant defenders of thy church? thou knowest I say, that against these our two Gouernours (the enemies of thy holy * Marginalia* The Testamēt setteth vp onely the glory of Christ. Of thys glory whether the Papistes or Protestantes be greater enemyes, let the world iudge. Testament, and of the church thy spouse) be most rancke Rebels & spitefull murmurers, walking after theyr lusts, whose mouth speaketh wordes of pride, to the ende they may set vp the kingdome of Heretickes and Schismatickes. By the power of their handes they would * Marginalia* If the chaūging of Gods promises, destroying hys inheritaunce, stopping the mouthes of Gods people, if contentions, warres, and schismes, be tokens of heretickes, who so great heretickes as the Papistes be? chaunge thy promises, and destroy thine inheritance, and stop and shut vp the mouthes of them that praise thee, and extinguish the glory of thy catholicke church and aultar.

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It is manifest and playne, how many contentions how many conspiracies, & seditions, how great warres, what tumultes, how many, and how great troublesome vexations, how many heresies and schismes (for these be the most ready deuises, and euident tokēs of heretickes) for our sinnes do hang ouer vs, if thy seruaunt be taken from this lyfe: for we acknowledge that our Lord is omnipotent, who hath pitched his dwellyng place in the myddest of his people, to the intent to deliuer vs out of the handes of our enemyes. Turne therfore thy countenance vnto vs, shew vnto vs, O Lord, thy face. Punish vs for our synnes accordyng to thy will & pleasure, only now deliuer vs. We bowing þe knees of our hart, besech thee that thou wilt not reserue vnto vs punishment for euer, and we shall prayse thee, all the dayes of our lyfe. Heare our cry, and the prayer of thy people, and open to them the treasure of thy mercy, thy gracious fauour, the spryng of lyuely water. Thou that hast begon, make in the hand of the seruaunt a perfect worke. Suffer not, we pray thee, the * Marginalia* Cry vp louder you priestes, peraduenture your God is a sleepe. faithles rebels to say of thy seruant & her Coūsellours, that they haue deuised matters which they can not performe. And graūt vnto thy seruaunt an happy and an easy trauaile. For it is not impossible to thy power, not indecent to thy iustice, nor vnwonted to thy mercy.

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It is well knowen vnto vs, how maruelously thou thou diddest worke in Sara of the age of xc. yeares, MarginaliaThe Lord gaue a promise to Sara and Elizabeth: so dyd he not to Q. Mary. and in Elizabeth the barrein, and also farre strickē in age: for thy counsell is not in the power of men. Thou Lord that art the searcher of hartes and thoughtes, thou knowest that thy seruaunt neuer lusted after man, neuer gaue her selfe to wanton company, nor made her selfe partaker with them that walke in lightnes: but she consented to take an husband with thy feare, and not with her lust. Thou knowest that thy seruaunt tooke an husband, not for carnall pleasure, but onely for the desire and loue of posteritie, wherin thy name might be blessed for euer and euer. Geue therfore vnto thy seruauntes, Philippe our kyng, and Mary our Queene, a male issue, which may sit in the seate of thy kyngdome. Geue vnto our Queene thy seruaunt, a litle infant in fashion and body comely & beautifull, in pregnaunt wytte notable and excellent.

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Graunt the same to be in obedience lyke * Marginalia* It is not best such one to be graunted vnto you: for being lyke Abrahā, Ioseph, Moses, & Salomon, he may chaūce to smell out your corrupt doctrine, and to detest your bloudy tyrāny. &c. Abraham, in hospitalitie lyke Loth, in chastitie and brotherly loue lyke Ioseph, in meekenes and myldnes lyke Moses, in strength and valiauntnes lyke Sampson. Let hym bee founde faythfull as Dauid after thy harte. Let hym bee wise among kynges as the most wyse Salomon. Let him belyke Iob, a simple and an vpright man, fearyng God and eschewyng euill. Let him finally be garnished

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