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

Lines 10301 through 10400

swulc al þa eorðe; wolde for-bærnen.
     10301
and smiten i þa ueldes; i-mong Childriches teldes.
     10302
Þæt wes þæ æreste mon; þe þer cleopien agon.
     10303
Arður þe heȝe gume; þe wes Vðeres sune.
     10304
kenliche & lude; swa bicumeð kinge.
     10305
Nu fulste us Marie; Goddes milde moder.
     10306
and ich ibidde hire sune; þat he us beon a fultume.
     10307
Æfne þan wordes; turnden heo heore ordes.
     10308
stikeden & sloȝen; al þat heo neh comen.
     10309
And cnihtes ut of burhȝe; buȝen heom to-ȝæines.
     10310
ȝif heo fluȝen to burȝen; þer heo for-wur[d]en.
     10311
ȝif heo floȝen to þa wude. þer hi heom forduden. Page  538
     10312
comen þer heo comen; æuere heo heom sloȝen.
     10313
Nis hit a nare boc idiht; þat æuere weore æi fiht.
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inne þissere Bruttene; þat balu weore swa riue.
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for volken him wes ærmest; þat æuere com to ærde.
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þer wes muchel blod-gute; balu wes on folke.
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dæð þer wes rife; þe eorðe þer dunede.
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Childrich þe kæisere; hæfede ænne castel here.
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a Lincolnes felde; þer he læi wið-innen.
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þe wes neouwen iworht & swiðe wel biwust.
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& þere weoren mid him; Baldulf & Colgrim.
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and iseȝen þat heore uolc; fæie-sih worhten.
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& heo forð-riht anon; on mid heore burnen.
     10324
and fluȝen ut of castle; kenscipe bidaled.
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and fluȝen forð-riht anan; to þe wude of Calidon.
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Heo hafden to i-feren; seouen þusend rideren.
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and ho bilafden of-slaȝen; & idon of lif-daȝen.
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feowerti þusu[n]de; i-feolled to þan grunde.
     10329
Alemainisce men; mid ær[m]ðe for-demed.
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and þa Sexisce men; ibroht to þan gru[n]den.
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Þa isæh Arður aðelest kingen.
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þat Childrich wes i-floȝen; in-to Calidonie. itoȝen.
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and Colgrim & Baldulf; mid him iboȝen weoren.
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in-to þan haȝe wude; in-to þan hæȝe holme.
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& Arður bæh after; mid sixti þusend cnihten.
     10336
Bruttene leoden; þene wude al bileien.
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and an are halfe hine feolden; fulle seoue milen.
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treo uppen oðer; treo-liche faste.
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an oðer halue he hine bilai; mid his leod-ferde.
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þreo daȝes & þreo niht; þat wes heom muchel pliht.
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Þa isæh Colgrim; alse he læi þer-in.
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þat þer wes buten mete; scarp hunger & hete.
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ne heom no heore horsen; hælp nefde nenne.
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And þus cleopede Colgrim; to þan kaisere.
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Sæie me lauerd Childric; soðere worden.
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for whulches cunnes þinge; ligge we þus here.
     10347
Whi nulle we ut faren; & bonnien ure ferden. Page  540
     10348
and biginnen fehtes; wið Arður & wið his cnihtes.
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for betere us is on londe; mid mon-scipe to liggen.
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þene we þus here; for hungere to-wurðen.
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iswenche[ð] us sære; folke to scare.
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Oðer we sendeð wið and wið; and ȝeornen Arðures grið.
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and bidden þus his milce; & ȝisles him bitechen.
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& wurchen freond-scipe; wið þan freo kinge.
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Þis iherde Childric; þer he læi wið-inne dic.
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and he andswarede wið ærm-liche stefene.
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Ȝif hit wulle Baldulf; þe is þin aȝe broðer.
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and ma of ure iferen; þe mid us sunden here.
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þat we bidden Ar[ð]ures grið; & sahtnesse him wurchen wið.
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after æuwer wille; don ich hit wulle.
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For Arður is swiðe hæh mon; ihalden on leoden.
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leof alle his monnen; & of kine-wurðe cunne.
     10363
al of kingen icume; he wes Vðeres sune.
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& of[t] hit ilimpeð; a ueole cunne þeoden.
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þer gode cnihte((s)); cumeð to sturne fihte.
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þat heo ærest biȝiteð; after heo hit leoseð.
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& al swa us to-ȝere; is i-l[u]mpen here.
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& æft us bet ilimp%peð ȝif we moten liuien.
     10369
Sone forð-rihtes; andswareden þa cnihtes.
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Alle us biluuie[ð] þisne ræd; for þu hafest wel isæid.
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Heo nomen twælf cnihtes; & senden forð-rihtes.
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þer he wes on telde; bi þas wudes ende.
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þe an cleopeden anan; mid quickere stefne.
     10374
Lauerd Arður þi grið; we wolden speken þe wið.
     10375
hider þe kaisere us sent; Childric ihaten.
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& Colgrim & Baldulf; beien to-somne.
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Nu and æuere-mare; heo bidde[ð] þine ære.
     10378
þine men heo wulleð bicumen; & þine mon-scipe hæȝen.
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& heo wulleð ȝiuen þe ȝisles inowe.
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& halden þe for lauer[d]; swa þe beoð alre leofest.
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ȝif heo moten liðe; heonene mid liue.
     10382
into heore leoden; & lað-spæl bringen.
     10383
For her we habbeo[ð] ifunden; feole cunne sorȝen.
     10384
at Lincolne bilæued; leofe ure mæies. Page  542
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sixti þusend monnen; þa þer beoð of-slæȝene.
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& ȝif hit þe weore wille an heorte;
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þat we mosten ouer sæ; winden mid seile.
     10388
nulle we nauere-mare. æft cumen here.
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for her we habbeo[ð] for-loren; leoue ure mæies.
     10390
swa longe swa bi[ð] æuere. her ne cume we næuere.
     10391
Þa loh Arður; ludere stefene.
     10392
Iþonked wurðe Drihtene; þe alle domes waldeð.
     10393
þat Childric þe stronge; is sad of mine londe.
     10394
Mi lond he hafeð to-dæled; al his duȝeðe cnihtes.
     10395
me seoluen he þohte; driuen ut of mire leoden.
     10396
halden me for hæne; & habben mine riche.
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& mi cun ai for-uaren; mi uolc al fordemed.
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Ah of him bið iwurðen; swa bið of þan voxe.
     10399
þenne he bið baldest; ufen-an þan walde.
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