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Prayer Book of Frances Parker(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
This MS description is not part of the M. R. James catalogue.
Codicology:Vellum 68 x 49 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (2.75 x 2 in.), ff. 82. Single column of 13 lines. Writing, in an italic hand, and decoration English, c. 1570-74.
Writing:The scribe, according to a note of December 10th 1973 by Berthold Wolpe in the Parker Library copy of Vaughan and Fines' 'Handlist', was the Huguenot, John de Beauchesne (c. 1538-after 1610), who was working in London at the time. He was author of A Booke containing divers sortes of handes, London, 1570.
Binding:Contemporary binding embroidered with flowers and leaves.
Provenance:Made for Matthew Parker, the second son of Archbishop Matthew Parker, and given by him to his wife, Frauncis (or Frances), as a New Year s gift. They had been married on the 29 December 1569, and Matthew died prematurely in December 1574, thus enabling a dating of the book 1570-74. Purchased at the sale of the Huth manuscripts at Sotheby s 13 July 1917, lot 5571. Inside the front cover is the bookplate Ex musaeo Huth with a price of 24 noted. Given to the College by Almeric Hugh Paget, First Baron Queenborough, in 1923.
Decoration:Illuminated borders and ornamental initials.
Foliation: ff. 1-82. Partially imaged due to the extreme fragility of the binding: front cover exterior and interior + ff. 1r-7v + back cover exterior only(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: English.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
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Book of Prayers and Meditations (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
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A Booke wherein is conteined most necessary prayers and confortable meditations to be used with ernest zeale often to be said of a godly and christian person
This text is written in gold, red and black. There is an illuminated framed border, decorated with flowers and leaves in the manner of Flemish sixteenth-century Books of Hours. This border is somewhat rubbed and damaged, as also are the final illegible words of the text in gold referring to the compilation of the texts
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A list of thirteen lines of advice, each beginning with a gold capital which spell out the name of the owner, Francis Parker. The text block is framed with a thin line gold frame which is used for almost all the text pages of the book
Feare God with true hart
Remember the ende
Acknowledge thy sinns
Never ceace praying
Condemne thy self
Imitate Christ
Serve God devoutly
Persist to do well
And reverence thy mate
Rejoye in his love
Kepe still thy good name
Embrace thou vertu
Remember thes sayings
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To his welbeloved wyf Frauncis Parker Mathew Parker wisheth many happy new yeres with continu all encrease of health
This text is written in gold, red and black, and is followed by a prayer with an ornamental initial in gold set on a red ground. Similar gold initials on red, dark blue or grey blue grounds are used at the beginning of all the prayers and meditations
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Being desirous that above all thinges you should have greatest respect to God
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eternall salvation in the worlde to come with God the father and his sonne Iesu christ to whome be all honoure and glorye. AMEN. Your loving husband Mathew
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Meditation for the morning when one ariseth
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Muse a while how muche the light and eye of the mind and soule is better then of the body
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Explicit:
have eyes of the minde, and that such as godly wise
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A prayer at the same tyme
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O Almighty and most gracious God, we hartely thanke thee for the sweete sleepe and confortable reste which thou have geven us this night past
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that may be found acceptable before thy divine maiestie through Jesus Christe our Lord. So be it
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A Meditation when we go to bed and before we slepe
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Thinke that as we do willingly put of(f) our garments
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shall receave them againe in the resurrection of the just
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A prayer at the same tyme
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The day nowe ended men give them selves to rest in the night
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I will lay me downe in pece and take my rest. Psal. 4
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A Confession of sinnes
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O Eternall God and most mercifull father, we confesse and acknowledge here before thy divine maiestie that we are miserable sinners
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be all honor and glory world without ende. So be it
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A Meditation of the blessed state and felicitie of the lyfe to come
This meditation is in three sections
Incipit:
This body is but a prison wher in the soule is kept
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Oh God the creatour, Oh Lorde Iesu the redemer, O holy Spirite the conforter
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In recordation of this, oh how thy children rejoice: how conttemne they the pleasure of this worlde
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Come ye blessed of my father posesse the kingdome prepared for you from the beginning
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Then shall they be lyke to thy Angels. Then shall they be lyke to the Sunne in thy kingdom
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but see that immortable and incorruptible inheritance which they shall enjoy for evermore. Amen
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A prayer for the desire of the lyfe to come
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This my bodye is the very darke and filthye prisone
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and most fervently desire the sweteness of thy familiaritye in the which all goodnesse is conteined. To the(e) be glory for ever
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A prayer for present helpe in tentation
This is in three sections
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Deare Father, to whom it is more easi to do all things then for me to thinke any one good thing
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and thy holy spirite against my sinfull flesh and old man
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Thou art faithfull O father who hast promised that I shall not be tempted further than thou wilte make me able to beare
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and praise thy holy name for the victory through Iesus Christe our Lord. Amen
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My sonne if thou wilt come into the service of the Lord
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and feare and prepare the soule to tentation. Eccles. 2
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A prayer for the peace of the Church
This prayer greatly exceeds in length any other text in the book
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Lorde Iesus Christe which of thy almightinesse madest all creatures visible and invisible
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which, after the most perfect example of concorde, be distincted in property of persons and one in nature, to whom be prayse and glory eternally. Amen
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A Psalme to be saide in the tyme of any common plague, sikness, or other crosse and visitation of God
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O come let us humble our selves and fall downe before the Lord with reverence and feare
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and will always be shewing forth thy prayse from generation to generation. Glory be to the Father ...... world without end. Amen
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A Meditation of death and the commodities it bringeth
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What other thing do we daily in this present life but heape sinne upon sinne
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into a much more large and faire place, even into heaven
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A prayer at the houre of death
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O Lord Iesus Christ which art the only health of all men living, and the everlasting life of them
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Lord into thy hands I commend my soule, Lord receive my spirite
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The Litany
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O God the father of heaven have mercy upon us
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The Litany ends
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Prayers following the Litany, ending 67r
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A Prayer for the Queenes maiestie
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O Lord our heavenly father, high and mighty King of Kings
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A Prayer for pastoures and ministers of the church
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Almighty and everlasting God, which onely workest great marvailes, send down upon our pastoures
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For rayne
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O God heavenly father, which by the same Jesus Christ hath promised to all them that seek thy kingdom
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For fair weather
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O Lord God which for the sinne of men
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In the tyme of dearth and famine
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In the tyme of Warre
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A prayer for obtaining the Holy Ghost
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For the true knowledge of God and his worde and a life agreable to the same
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A Prayer for the gift of faith
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For a godly life
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A Prayer for true perseverance and assured hope of eternall lyfe
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A Prayer of Chrisostome
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The maner of our redemption purchased by Jesus Christ
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A forme of thankes giving for our redemption
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A fruitful prayer to be said at all times
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Prayer for a maried woman
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At the end of this prayer are the initials M.P., presumably for Matthew Parker
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A Table of this present Booke
A meditation for the morning when you arayse 1
A prayer for the same tyme 1
A meditation when we go to bed and before we slepe 2
A prayer at the same tyme 3
A confession of synnes 4
A meditation of the blessed state and felicite of the lyfe to come 6
A prayer for the desire of the lyfe to come 14
A prayer for present helpe in tentation 15
A prayer for the peace of the churche 18
A Psalme to be said in the tyme of any comon plague 31
A meditation on death and the comedities it bringeth 36
A prayer at the houre of death 39
The Litany 42
The maner of our redemption 62
A forme of thanksgiving for our redemption 67
A fruitful prayer to be sayd at all tyme 69
A prayer for a maried woman 71
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