The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2503
IMEV 1488
NIMEV 1488
In four points my will is ere I hence depart
The Testament of one about to die — four stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: death, approach of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4171
First Lines:
In iiij poyntis or I hens departe
Reason me moveth to make as I maye…
Last Lines:
…Vnder whose lycense yet while I may breth
Vnto hevyn on high my sowle I bequeth
Note: Preceded by Latin verse which this translates: ‘Terram terre tegat demon peccata resumat / Mundus res habiat spiritus alta petat’.
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
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: 86-7.
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, f. 243
First Lines:
In iiij Poyntys my Wyll ys or I hens departe
Reȝon me movyth to make as I may…
Last Lines:
…Vndure whose lycens þet whyle that I may breth
Vn to hevyn on hy my sowle I be quethe
Note: Added by a later hand of the fifteenth century, same as 3765.
3.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 3
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.260-1.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 255-6.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 287-8.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 126-126v
First Lines:
In fowre points my will er I hence departe
Reason me mevithe to make as I may…
Last Lines:
…wnder whos licence yet whill I may brethe
to hevyn on hye my swete soule I byquethe
Note: Latin enclosed in red box above first heading: ‘terram terra tegat demon peccata resumat mundus res habeat spiritus alta petat’ (f. 126); five phrases from this form the rubric headings for each stanza, of which the first is ‘Terram terra tegat’ (f. 126); rubric after last line, ‘Amen quod Robartus peet’ (f. 126v), all by scribe (John Stow).
Attributed Author: Robert Peet (f. 126v)