The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1271
IMEV 769
Farewell this world I take my leave forever
A Farewell to the World — five stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 407; for stanza 5 occurring separately see 1265.
Title(s): A Farewell to the World
Subjects: farewells; death; epitaphs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 4172-418
First Lines:
ffarewell this world I take me leve for euer
I am arrestid to appere affore godes face…
Last Lines:
…Graunte me in paradise to haue a mancyoun
That shede his blode for me Redempsoun
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
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Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 87-8.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 133-4.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 545-6.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 111-13.
Bad Key: Burrow1977: 306.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 394-5.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 67
First Lines:
ffare well this world I take my leve for euer
I am arested to apere at goddes face…
Last Lines:
…But at the last he yeveth hem a bable
when his peynted Cloth
Note: Ends imperfectly (only 24½ lines).
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 236-7.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 206-7.
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Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 170-1.

1.Source: olim Maldon, Essex, Church of All Saints brass tomb
Farwel you world I tak leue for euer
I am cityd to appere I not where
Þen al þis world þis tym had I leuer
A litl spase to mak a sith for fere
Of my trespace broken is for sorrow
Myn hart now be that sal not be to morrow
Farwell frendys þe tide bidyth no man
I am tak fro hens and so sal ye
But to what passage tel you I ne can
Ye þat be liuyng may prey wel ye be
Nakyd I go nakyd hider we cam
Prey ye for me Requiem eternam
Weever, John. Ancient Funerall Monuments within the United Monarchie of Great Britaine. London: T. Harper, 1631 (STC 25223); repr. Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; and NY: Walter Johnson, 1979: 610.
Ravenshaw, Thomas Fitz-Arthur Torin. Ancient Epitaphes from A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1800. London: Masters, 1878: 10.
Gray, Douglas. “A Middle English Epitaph.” Notes and Queries n.s. 8 [206] (1961): 132-5: 134.