From Christian Prayers and Meditations (1569)
“In time of sicknes”
O Most mightie & most mercifull Sauior Jesu Christ, the onely sonne of the liuing God, who being here upon the earth amongest mortall men, by the healing of all diseases, and pardoning of the sinnes of such as put theyr trust in thee, diddest declare unto the world that thou art that onely heauenly and perfect Physition, as well of our soules as of our bodyes: and when such as trusted in theyr owne righteousnes did lay it to thy charge as a fault, that thou diddest keepe company with sinners, thou diddest expressely testifie, that not such as were in health, but such as were sicke had nede of a Physitian. Beholde O heauenly Physitian, here in me a matter most worthy of thy diuine cure, most meete to shew both thy power and mercy uppon. Behold a person [sore] oppressed both with sickenes of my soul and body. Beholde me thy handmaiden upon whom from my tender yeares unto thys day, thou hast heaped so great & so many, and almost infinite benefites of thy gratious goodness, whom being borne of a king and Queene, thou hast not onely endued with giftes of grace, meete for a kingdome, but also hast deliuered me from many & great daungers, out of the handes of my enemies, & from the snares of death which they had set for my life, hast exalted me unto the dignitie of a Queene, and placed me in the high estate of honour amongest mortall persons, and that not through any my deseruyng, but onely of thy free goodnes and mere liberalitie. But now O Lord, either left too much worldly prosperitie should cary my minde astray and cause me to forget my selfe and my bouden dutie towardes thee, or els for that I being by thee made a Queene ouer thy people, haue neuer as I ought to doe from my hart acknowledged and confessed my self to be the subiecte and handmaiden of thy Maiestie, neither behaued my selfe towardes thee accordingly, as became thy handmaiden, neither being thankfull towardes thee, as my most gratious Sauiour, nor obedient unto thee, as my most dreadfull Lord, or els for other causes unto thy diuine wisedome best knowen: now I say, eyther wholesomly to admonish, or most iustly to punishe thy disobedient seruant, and so gratiously to correcte and amend me, thou hast stricken me with a greuous sicknes of my body, and very dangerous unto my life, and also troubled & abashed my minde with terrours and anguishes of my soule: and withall thou hast by my daunger sore flighted and amased thy people of England, whose safetie & quietnes next after thee, seemeth to stay uppon me aboue all other worldly creatures, and upon my life and continuance amongest them. Wherfore as well I as thy people committed unto me, bowing the knees of our hartes before thy maiestie, do hu[m]bly besech thee most gratious Sauiour, in thy iudgement to remember thy mercy, and according to thy accustomed goodnes, to deliuer me thy handmaiden from thys present perill of daungerous sicknes. And first O heauenly Physitian, I besech thee heale my soule, pardoning my unkindness towardes thee, forgeuing my forgetfulnes of thee and of my selfe, & utterly blotting out and putting cleane away all other my sinnes committed agaynst thy Maiestie. Heale my minde, reforming and instructing me with thy heauenly grace, that I may take thys sicknes, which thou hast most iustly punished me withal, contentedly and paciently, as a bitter, but wholesome medicine of all the diseases of my minde offered unto me by thee, as it were by the handes of the best Physician. And ithall heale my body also making it sound and pure [trò] all infirmities, & remnantes of sicknes, [that] I may be throughly cured by the hauing of awhole minde in a whole body: and that I hauing obteyned perfect health of both by thy only benefite, not onely my self, but also all thy people of England with me may both be taught by the perill past, hereafter to geue due reuerence and obedience unto thy maiestie, and for the deliuere from so great a daunger, and benefite of perfect health, may magnifie thy goodness and mercy with perpetuall prayses and continuall thankesgeuing: who with thy heauenly father, and the holy Ghost are one immortall and most glorious God, to whom belongeth all Empyre, power, and maiestie worlde without end. Amen.
Transcribed from Christian Prayers and Meditations in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Greeke, and Latine (London: John Daye, 1569) (sigs. K.iij–Liij.).