Item 1 (Front matter)
[Information on the first four leaves of this manuscript has been omitted.]
Item 2 (Prayer), fols.4v-18r
A Confession of Faith with Meditation and Prayer
My Belief is in God
trust in thee, O God, in thee O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Item 3 (Prayer), fols.18v-22v
A Prayer in the sickness of my girl Frances
O Almighty and eternal God
Our Father which art in Heaven etc80 lines.
[Frances is not recorded as surviving to adulthood. See also item 45.]
Item 4 (Prayer), fols.22v-27v
A Prayer when I was with Child
O God to thee I give all
grant for thy son my Redeemer's sake, to whom be glory and honour. Amen104 lines.
Item 5 (Prayer), fols.28r-29v
A Prayer in time of Labour
Lord Jesus since thou art pleased my time is come
everlasting in the true belief of thee who art my only saviour. Amen38 lines.
Item 6 (Prayer), fols.30r-32v
A Prayer after I was brought to bed
My Lord and my God, to thee I give all prayer and thanks
to thee alone is all praise due to perpetuity. Amen50 lines.
Item 7 (Prayer), fols. 32v-35r
A Prayer when I was with Child
Great God and Christ hear the prayer of me
Grant that I may rejoice with thy Saints in glory55 lines.
Item 8 (Prayer), fols.35v-38v
A Prayer when I continued with child, after I thought I should have fallen in labour
My Christ and my Jesus
and this I beg for thy son my saviours sake58 lines.
Item 9 (Prayer), fols. 38v-45v
A Prayer when I was with Child
O Great God Almighty
and so let us praise thy holy name both now and ever. Amen. Amen136 lines.
Item 10 (Prayer), fols. 45v-49v
A Prayer when I was with Child of Stuart
O my God great Almighty
who liveth and reigneth now and for evermore. Amen83 lines.
[Stuart Egerton was born in 1660 and died unmarried.]
Item 11 (Verse), fols.50r-53r
A Meditation mixed with Prayer
Consider and hear me O Lord my God
shall never be confounded, nor left destitute67 lines.
Item 12 (Prayer), fols.53v-56r
O Lord I am vile, being sinful, but let me not run into despair
Why I sit sighing here ask me no more
Therefore to thee all honour, and power be given now and for evermore50 lines.
Item 13 (Prayer), fols.56r-59r
A Prayer before the receiving: the Communion at Easter
O great and glorious Lord God
sweet Jesus, mercy to me miserable sinner59 lines.
Item 14 (Prayer), fols.59v-63r
A Prayer before the receiving of the Communion
O God, O my God, and the only God of all true believers
['xxx' inserted between 'only' and 'God', possibly covering a deletion.]
which God of thy mercy grant me
[One line inserted between lines 70 and 71. In the same hand.]75 lines.
Item 15 (Prayer), fols. 63v-65r
A Prayer before the Communion
My God, and my Lord, of thee I beg compassion
This I beg for my Son my Saviour's sake35 lines.
Item 16 (Prayer), fols.65v-68v
A Prayer before the Communion at Easter, being at the same time with Child
This thy resurrection, I intend with thy leave
I shall enjoy thy Heavenly Kingdom. Amen60 lines.
Item 17 (Prayer), fols.68v-71r
A Prayer after delivery, before receiving the Communion on Christmas day
Thou O Christ, which on this day
evermore lauding and praising thee, my God my Saviour45 lines.
Item 18 (Prayer), fols.71r-73r
A Prayer before receiving the blessed Sacrament
My God let me not think
and this I beg of thee, my God and only Saviour38 lines.
Item 19 (Meditation), fols.73r-76v
A Meditation concerning Fasting, before the receiving of the holy Communion
Now that I am come to the time to receive the blessed sacrament
whether therefore you eat, or drink, do all to the glory of God67 lines.
Item 20 (Prayer), fol.78r
A Prayer after I had received the Blessed Sacrament
I was washed clean O Lord
grant me for thy Son my only Saviour's sake. Amen32 lines.
Item 21 (Meditation), fols.78v-84r
Considerations concerning Marriage
Some account of marriage as an unhappy life
grant all my friends to enjoy this happy and blessed friendship110 lines.
Item 22 (Meditation), fols.84r-87v
Of Marriage and of Widows
As concerning marriage, I would never have married
they ever most loved, and lived with all73 lines.
Item 23 (Meditation), fols.88r-91v
Against Sluggishness and Laziness in Religious duties
The condition which we are in
O my Soul for the Lord hath dealt graciously with thee76lines.
Item 24 (Meditation), fols.92r-96r
A Persuasion of the Forgiving of Injuries
Let us endeavour to follow this holy Doctrine
and more than the tongue of me an unworthy sinner can express83 lines.
Item 25 (Meditation), fols.98r-100r
A Meditation on the Confidence of forgiveness of sins
Our sins are great, and what Creature can own they have none?
with whom we shall inherit our salvation33 lines.
Item 26 (Meditation), fols.100r-102r
Against Judging of others; with encouragement to bear affliction
Let us not value this world as we see it full of varieties
with assurance is our greatest consolation44 lines.
Item 27 (Meditation), fols.102v-103v
To take care rightly to understand ourselves
Let us not forget ourselves, but remember what we are
we must go on to our house of hope, to our true eternity28 lines.
Item 28 (Meditation), fols.104r-106r
A Meditation of purity before receiving the Communion
We all ought to give our obedience to God
and thankful heart for our redemption42 lines.
Item 29 (Devotional writing), fols.106v-107r
An Exhortation to confidence in God's mercy
Let us in affliction never doubt of God's mercy
and sacrifice ourselves to his will as Abraham would his Son upon the Altar18 lines.
Item 30 (Devotional writing), fols.106r-108r
Repent in Dust and Ashes
That is truly to repent, without pride
which was to give us a testimony of the mystery of our salvation18 lines.
Item 31 (Verse), fols.108v-109v
Upon occasion of the unwinding of a skein of silk
unwind me O Lord from my sins
where I shall be blessed forever23 lines.
Item 32 (Prayer, Devotional writing), fols.109v-111v
Upon recovery out of sickness after Delivery
O Lord God to thee all thanks and praise belongs
to whom I give all thanks and glory now and for evermore35 lines.
Item 33 (Prayer, Devotional writing), fols.111v-113r
Upon the occasion of my Husband'sBirthday
[John Egerton was born on 30th May 1623 .]
O my God, the only and everlasting God
and be you ever with him in his greatest extremity and distress28 lines.
Item 34 (Prayer), fols.113r-114v
A Prayer for my Husband
O my Christ give me once more leave to Petition thee
call, and thou wilt hear28 lines.
Item 35 (Meditation, Devotional writing), fols.114v-118v
Upon occasion of the death of my boy Henry
If God be pleased to give me a Child
to his glory and my comfort85 lines.
[Line inserted between the lines, after line 30.]
[See also item 36.]
Item 36 (Verse, Elegy, Devotional writing), fols.119r-v
On my Boy Henry
Here lies a Boy the finest child from me
I mourn not for thy Birth, nor Cry
[See also item 35.]10 lines.
Item 37 (Meditation, Devotional writing), fols.119v-121v
When I lost my Dear Girl Kate
My sorrow is great I confess
so great a blessing as that sweet child upon me
[See also the next two items (38 and 39).]39 lines.
Item 38 (Meditation, Devotional writing), fols.121v-125v
On the same occasion
It was God's pleasure to afflict me
he may call us all to his blessed Kingdom to live with him forever
[The occasion is the death of her daughter Kate (see also items 37 and 39)]81 lines.
Item 39 (Meditation, Devotional writing), fols.125v-127r
On the same occasion
In the sight of us the unwise
so must my sorrow submit
[The occasion is the death of her daughter Kate (see also items 37 and 38)]23 lines.
Item 42 (Verse, Elegy), fol. 127r
Made on the sight of the Countes of Bridgewater's Picture
On thy true Picture all may look
Thy children cannot give thee praise too much8 lines.
Item 43 (Verse, Amorous writing), fol.127v
Spoken Upon the receiving a cake of perfume made up in the shape of a heart
My Dear I thank thee that thou hast so well
To show that you and I are one, not two6 lines.
Item 44 (Meditation), fols.128r-130v
A Contemplation upon the sight of a Cushion
Everything I see reminds me of the Almighty power of God
to the Exaltation of God's holy name53 lines.
Item 45 (Prayer), fols.130v-136r
A Prayer in the sickness of my Girl Frances
O Lord God Almighty
O gracious and Loving Father, Amen, Amen106 lines.
[Frances is not recorded as surviving to adulthood. See also item 3.]
Item 46 (Prayer), fols.136r-149r
A Preparatory prayer before the receiving of the blessed Sacrament of the Lord's supper
Most merciful Father, I thy poor Creature
be all glory, honour and power, both now and evermore. Amen282 lines.
Item 47 (Contents list, Table), fols.150r-153r
[Table split into prayers, meditations and devotional pieces, and a 'spoken' section from fol.52r-53r]81 lines.