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

Lines 10201 through 10300

Arður sende ouer sæ; sele tweie cnihtes.
     10201
to Hoele his mæie; þe wes him leofest monnen.
     10202
þe ahte Bruttaine; cniht mid þan bezste.
     10203
and bad hine ful sone; þat he hider come.
     10204
liðen to londe; leoden to helpen.
     10205
for Chældrich hafde an honde; muchel of þissen londe.
     10206
and Colgrim & Baldulf; him to iboȝen weoren.
     10207
and þohten Arður þene king; driuen ut of cuððen.
     10208
binimen him his icunde; and his kineriche.
     10209
þenne were his cun iscend mid scome-liche witen.
     10210
heore wurð-scipe iloren; a þissere worlde-richen.
     10211
þenne weoren þan kingge betere; þat he iboren neore.
     10212
Þis iherde Howel; þa hahste of Brutaine.
     10213
& he cleopien agon; his sele cnihtes anan.
     10214
& bæd heom to horse; hiȝenliche swiðe.
     10215
& faren into France; to þan freo cnihten.
     10216
& seide heom þat heo comen; raðe & ful sone.
     10217
to Mihæles Munte; mid muchere strenðe.
     10218
alle þa þe wolden; of seoluere & of golde.
     10219
wurh-scipe iwinne; a þissere weorlde-richen.
     10220
To Peito he sende; sele his þeines.
     10221
& summe touward Flandres; feondliche swiðe.
     10222
and to Turuine; tweie þer wenden.
     10223
& into Gascuinne; cnihtes æc gode.
     10224
& hahten heom mid maine; touward Mihhæles Munte.
     10225
& ær heo eoden to ulode; heo sculden habbeon ȝiuen gode.
     10226
þat heo mihte þa bliðere; buȝen from heore ærde.
     10227
& mid Howele þan hende; cumen to þissen londe.
     10228
to helpen Arðure; aðelest kingen.
     10229
Þreottene dæies i-gon weoren; seoððen þa beoden com%men þære.
     10230
þa halden h[eo] to sæ; swa hahȝel deh from wolcne.
     10231
twa hundred scipene; þer weoren wel biwitene.
     10232
me feolden heom mid folke; and heo forð wenden.
     10233
wind stod & þat weder; after heore wille.
     10234
and heo at Hamtone; halden to londe.
     10235
Up leoppen of scipe; wode scalk%kes. Page  534
     10236
beren to londe; halmes & burnen.
     10237
mid spæres & mid sceldes; heo wriȝen al þa feldes.
     10238
Þer wes moni bald Brut; þat beot wes aræred.
     10239
heo beoteden swiðe; bi heore quiken liue.
     10240
þat heo wolden igræten; Cheldric þene richen.
     10241
þene [balde] kæisere mid muchele harme þere.
     10242
And ȝif he nolde awæi fleon; & touward Alemaine teon.
     10243
and he wolde on londe; mid fehte atstonden.
     10244
mid balde his beornen; beorkes abiden;
     10245
here beo sculde bilauen; þat heom weore alre l[eof]est.
     10246
hafden and heore honden; & heore white halmes.
     10247
& swa heo scullen on londen; losien heore freonden.
     10248
hælden into hælle. hæðene hundes.
     10249
Arður wes i Lundene; aðelest kingen.
     10250
& iherde suggen; suðere spellen.
     10251
þat was icumen to londe; Howel þe stronge.
     10252
to Hamtune forð-rihtes; mid þritti þusen cnihten.
     10253
& mid vnimete uolke; þat wolleȝede þan kinge.
     10254
Arður him to-ȝaines bah; mid hæhȝere blisse.
     10255
mid muchelere mon-weorede; to-ȝæines his mæie.
     10256
To-somne heo comen; blisse wes on hirede;
     10257
custen & clupten; & cuðliche speken.
     10258
& anan forð-rihtes; somneden heore cnihtes.
     10259
Þa weoren þer to-somne; sele twa ferden.
     10260
Howel sculde dihten; þritti þusend cnihten.
     10261
& Arður hafde an londe; feouwerti þusend an honde.
     10262
Forð-rihtes he wenden; touward þan norð ænde.
     10263
toward Lincolne; þe Cheldric þe kaisere bilai.
     10264
Ah he heo þa ȝæte; nefde noht biwunnen.
     10265
for þer weoren wið-innen; seoue þusen monnen.
     10266
ohte men and wihte; dæies and nihtes.
     10267
Arður mid his ferde; fusde touward burȝe.
     10268
& Arður for-bæd his cnihtes; dæies & nihtes.
     10269
þat heo liðen stille; swulc heo stelen wolden.
     10270
liðen ouer leoden; & luden bilefden.
     10271
hornes & bemen; alle weoren bilafde.
     10272
Arður nom enne cniht; þe wes oht mon and wiht.
     10273
& sende hine to Lincolne; to leuen his monnen. Page  536
     10274
& he heom to soðe; sæide mid muðe.
     10275
þat cumen wolde Arður; aðelest kingen.
     10276
to þere middernihte; & mid him moni god cniht.
     10277
& ȝe wið-inne; þenne beoð eou iwarre.
     10278
þat þenne ȝe i-hereð þene dune; þat ȝe ȝæten untunen.
     10279
and fuse[ð] ut of burȝe; & eoure feo[n]d felleð.
     10280
& smiteð a Cheldrichen; þan strongen & þan richen.
     10281
and we heom sculleð tellen; Bruttisse spelles.
     10282
Hit was to þere middel-niht; þe mone scæn suð-riht.
     10283
Arður mid his ferde; fusde to burh.
     10284
þat folc wes swa stille; swa heo stelen wolden.
     10285
forð heo comen liðen; þat heo iseiȝen Lincolne.
     10286
Þus him cleopien agon; Arður þe kene mon.
     10287
Whar beo ȝe mine cnihtes; mine hære-kemppen.
     10288
Iseo ȝe þa teldes; þer Childrich lið i ueldes.
     10289
Colgrim & Baldulf; mid baldere strengðe.
     10290
þat Alemainisce uolc; þat us hæfeð ihærmed.
     10291
& þat Sæxisce uolc; þat sorȝen us bihateð.
     10292
þat alle habbeoð aqualde; þa hæhste of mine cunne.
     10293
Constanz and Co[n]stantin; & Vðer þe wes fader min.
     10294
and Auriliæn Ambrosie; mines fader broðer.
     10295
& moni þusend monnen; of aðele mine cunne.
     10296
Uten we heom to liðe; and to grunde leggen.
     10297
and wreken wruð-liche; ure cun & heore riche.
     10298
and alle some[d] forð-riht; nu ride æuer-alc god cniht.
     10299
Arður gon to riden; þa ferde gon gliden.
     10300