Layamon's Brut (British Museum Ms. Cotton Caligula A.IX)
Layamon

Lines 10101 through 10200

he wes Arðures mæi; Maurin ihaten.
     10101
Maurin bi-halues; to þan wude halde.
     10102
þurh wude & þurh feldes; þat he com to Arðures teldes.
     10103
and þus seide sone; to Arður kinge.
     10104
Hail seo þu Arður; kingene aðelest.
     10105
ich æm hidere icume; ich æm of þine cunne.
     10106
Her is Baldulf icumen; mid swiðe hærde hære-gumen.
     10107
& þencheð in þissere nihte; to slæn þe & þine cnihtes.
     10108
to wracken his broðer; þe swiðe is vnbalded.
     10109
ah Godd him scal for-wrænen; þurh his muchele mihten;
     10110
& send nu uorð Cador; þene eorl of Cornwaile.
     10111
and mid him ohte cnihtes; gode and wihte.
     10112
fulle seoue hundred; selere þeines.
     10113
& ich heom wulle ræden; & ich hom wulle leden.
     10114
hu heo muwen Baldulf; slæn al-se enne wulf.
     10115
Forð ferde Cador; & alle þas cnihtes.
     10116
þat heo comen bihalues; þer Bal((d))ulf lai on comele.
     10117
heo him to helden; on ælchere haluen.
     10118
heo sloȝen heo nomen; al þat heo aneh comen.
     10119
þer weoren aqualde; niȝen hundred alle italde.
     10120
Baldulf wes bi-halues; igan him aburhȝe[n].
     10121
& þurh þa wilderne flæh; feondliche swiðe.
     10122
and hafde his men leofe; mid reouðe bilæfued. Page  528
     10123
& fleh him swa feor norð; þat he com swa uorð;
     10124
þer Arður lai in uolde. mid richen his ferde;
     10125
al a-buten Eouerwic. king swiðe seollic;
     10126
Colgrim wes wið-innen. mid Sæxisce monnen.
     10127
Baldulf hine biþohte; what he don mihte.
     10128
mid wulches cunnes ginne; he mihte cumen binnen.
     10129
in-to þere burhȝe; to Colgrime his broðere;
     10130
þe wes him on liue; leofest alre monne.
     10131
Baldulf lette striken; to þan bare lichen.
     10132
his bærd and his chinne; & makede hine to crosse.
     10133
he lette sceren half his hæfd; and nom him ane harpe an hond.
     10134
He cuðen harpien wel; an his child-haden.
     10135
& mid his harpe he ferde; to þas kinges hirede.
     10136
& gon þær to gleowien; & muche gome to makien.
     10137
Ofte me hine smæt; mid smærte ȝerden.
     10138
ofte me hine culde; swa me deð crosce.
     10139
ælc mon þe hine imette; mid bismare hine igratte.
     10140
swa nauere na mon nuste; of Baldulfes custe.
     10141
buten hit weore crosse; icumen to þan hirede.
     10142
Swa he eode longe up-ward; swa longe he eode a-dun-ward.
     10143
þæt heo weoren warre; þe weoren þær wið-innen.
     10144
þæt hit wes Baldulf; Colgrimes broðer.
     10145
Heo wurpen ut enne rap; & Baldulf hine faste igrap.
     10146
and brud%den up Baldolf; þat he binnen com.
     10147
mid swulches cunnes ginnes; Baldulf com wið-innen.
     10148
Þa wes bliðen Colgrim; and alle his cnihtes mid him.
     10149
and swiðe heo gunnen þrat%tien; Arður þene king.
     10150
Arður bihalues wes; & þis gomen isæh.
     10151
and wraðde hine sulfne; wunderliche swiðe.
     10152
and hæhte anan wepnien; al his wunliche uolc.
     10153
he þohte þe burhȝe; mid strengðe to biwinnen.
     10154
Alse Arður wolde; to þan walle ræse.
     10155
þa com þer riden; Patric þe ric%che mon.
     10156
Þat wes a Scottisc þein. scon((e)) an his londen;
     10157
& þus clupien a-gon. to þan kinge anan.
     10158
Hail seo þu Arður; aðelest Brutten. Page  530
     10159
Ich þe wulle tellen; neouwe tidende;
     10160
of þan kæisere Childriche; þan wode & þan richen.
     10161
þan strongen & þan balden; He is inne Scottlonde.
     10162
ihælde to are hafene; & hames for-berneð.
     10163
and waldeð al ure lond; after his ahȝere hond.
     10164
He haueð uerde wel idone; al þa strengðe of Rome.
     10165
he sæið mid his ȝelpe; þenne me him win scenc%cheð.
     10166
þat þu ne dærst in nare [st]ude; his ræsses abiden.
     10167
no on uelde no on wude; no nauere nane stude.
     10168
& ȝif þu him abidest; he þe wule binden.
     10169
quellen þine leoden; and þi lond aȝen.
     10170
Ofte wes Arðure wa; nauere wurse þene þa.
     10171
and he droh hine a-bac; bihalues þere burȝe.
     10172
clupede to ræde; cnihtes to neode.
     10173
beornes and eorles; & þa hali biscopes.
     10174
& bad þat heo him radden; hu he mihte on richen.
     10175
mid his mon-weorede; his monscipe halden.
     10176
& fehten wið Childriche; þan stronge & þan richen.
     10177
þa hider wolde liðe; to helpen Colgrime.
     10178
Þa andswarede Bruttes; þa þere weoren bihalues;
     10179
Faren we riht to Lundene. and lete hine liðen after.
     10180
& ȝif he cumeð riden; sorȝe he scal ibiden.
     10181
he seolf and his ferde; fæie scal iwurðen.
     10182
Arður al bilufeden; þat radden his leoden.
     10183
forð he gon liðen; þat he to Lundene com.
     10184
Colgrim wes in Eouerwic; & þær abad him Childric.
     10185
Chilric gon wende; ȝeon þan norð ende.
     10186
& nom on honde; muchæl dal of londe.
     10187
Al Scot-þeode; he ȝaf his ane þeine.
     10188
& al Norð-humberlond; he sette his broðer an hond.
     10189
Galeweoie & Orcaneie; he ȝaf his ane eorle.
     10190
him-seolf he nom from Humbre; þat lond into Lundene.
     10191
Ne þohte he nauere-mare; of Arður habben are.
     10192
buten he wolden his mon bicume; Arður Vðeres sune.
     10193
Arður wes in Lundene; mid alle Brutleoden.
     10194
he bed his ferde; ȝeond alle þissen ærde.
     10195
þat æuer-ælc mon; þe him god vðen.
     10196
ræðe & ful sone; to Lundene comen.
     10197
Þa wes Ænglene lond; mid ærmþe of-fulled.
     10198
her wes wop & her wes rop. and reouðen vniuoȝe. Page  532
     10199
muchel hunger & hæte; at æuer-ælche monnes ȝete.
     10200