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AS WELL FOR PRIVATE AS
In the Evening and Morning and at Noon will I pray unto the
The Parker Society,
FOR THE PUBLICATION OF
THE WORKS OF THE FATHERS AND EARLY WRITERS OF THE
REFORMED ENGLISH CHURCH.
and holy meditations, as
well for private as pub-
by H. B.
prayer. Psalme 55
On the back of the title is as follows:
men hath appeared, and teacheth us that we should deny vngodlines, and worldly lustes, and that we should liue soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world, looking for that blessed hope and notable appearing of the glory of the mighty God, which is of our Sauiour Iesus Christ.
NOTICE OF THE PRESENT EDITION.
The number of books of private prayer and manuals of devotion, sanctioned by the church of Rome for the use of the people, has always been very great, though for the most part replete with error and superstitious addresses to the virgin and saints., Early in the English Reformation there was a demand for improved books of private devotions; and several primers and other manuals of prayers, more scriptural in their contents, were sent forth. During the reign of Queen Mary the greater part of these were destroyed, and the Popish Hours, and similar collections, were again used. In the first years of Queen Elizabeth the need for Protestant manuals was again felt; but while the Queen and the Convocation gave especial attention to the Public Liturgy, or Book of Common Prayer, the care of providing smaller books for private devotions was left to individuals; although some, as a book of devotions called the Horarium or Hours of Prayer, and a Primer, were set forth in 1560, by the Queen's authority, the former of which Bishop Cosins adopted in forming his manual in the following century, entitled, “A Collection of Private Devotions in the practice of the ancient church, called the Hours of Prayer.” But other