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

Lines 10401 through 10500

& hafeð his fulle ploȝe; & fuȝeles inoȝe.
     10401
for wild-scipe climbið and cluden iseche[ð].
     10402
i þan wilderne; holȝes him wurcheð.
     10403
Faren wha-swa auere fare; naueð he næuere nænne kare.
     10404
he weneð to beon of duȝeðe; baldest alre deoren.
     10405
Þenne siȝeð him to; segges vnder beorȝen.
     10406
mid hornen mid hunden; mid haȝere stefenen.
     10407
hunten þar talieð; hundes þer galieð.
     10408
þene vox driueð; ȝeond dales & ȝeond dunes.
     10409
he ulih to þan holme; & his hol isecheð.
     10410
i þan uirste ænde. i þan holle wendeð.
     10411
þenne is þe balde uox; blissen al bideled.
     10412
& mon him to-delueð; on ælchere heluen.
     10413
þenne beoð þer for-cuðest; deoren alre pruttest.
     10414
Swa wes Childriche; þan strongen & þan riche.
     10415
he þohten al mi kine-lond; setten an his aȝere hond.
     10416
ah nu ich habbe hine idriuen; to þan bare dæðe.
     10417
whæðer-swa ich wulle don; oðer slæn oðer a-hon.
     10418
Nu ich wulle ȝifen him grið; & leten hine me spec%ken wið.
     10419
nulle ich hine slæ no ahon; ah his bode ich wulle fon.
     10420
ȝisles ich wulle habben; of hæxten his monnen.
     10421
hors & heore wepnen. ær heo heonne wenden.
     10422
and swa heo scullen wræcchen; to heoren scipen liðen. Page  544
     10423
sæilien ouer sæ; to sele heore londe.
     10424
& þer wir[ð]-liche; wunien on riche.
     10425
and tellen tidende; of Arðure kinge.
     10426
hu ich heom habbe i-freoied; for mines fader saule
     10427
& for mine freo-dome; ifrouered þa wræcchen.
     10428
Her wes Arður þe king; aðelen bidæled.
     10429
nes þer nan swa rehȝ mon; þe him durste ræden.
     10430
þet him of-þuhte sære; sone þer-after.
     10431
Childric com of comela; to Arðure þan kinge.
     10432
& he his mon þer bi-com; mid his cnihten alle.
     10433
Feouwer and twenti ȝisles; Childric þer bitæhte.
     10434
alle heo weoren icorene; and hæhȝe men iborenne.
     10435
heo bi-tahten heore hors; and heore burnen.
     10436
scaftes & sceldes; & longe heore sweordes.
     10437
al heo bi-læfden; þat heo þer hæfden.
     10438
forð heo gunnen siȝen; þat heo to sæ comen.
     10439
þer heore scipen gode; bi þere sæ stoden.
     10440
Wind stod on wille; weder swiðe murie.
     10441
he scufen from þan stronde; scipen grete & longe.
     10442
þat lond heo al bilæfden; & liðen after vðen.
     10443
þat nænne siht of londe; iseon heo ne mahten.
     10444
Þat water wes stille; after heore iwille.
     10445
heo letten to-somne; sæiles gliden.
     10446
bord wið borden; beornes þer spileden.
     10447
sæiden þat heo wolden; eft to þissen londe;
     10448
& wreken wur[ð]liche; heore wine-mæies.
     10449
& westen Arðures lond; & leoden aquellen.
     10450
and castles biwinnen; & wilgomen wurchen.
     10451
Swa heo liðen after sæ; efne al swa longe.
     10452
þat heo commen bitwiȝe; Ænglelonde & Normandie.
     10453
heo wenden heore lofes; & liðen toward londe.
     10454
þat heo comen ful iwis; to Derte-muðe at Totteneis.
     10455
mid muchelere blisse; heo buȝen to þan londe.
     10456
Sone swa heo a lond comen; þat folc heo a-sloȝen.
     10457
þa cheorles heo uloȝen; þa tileden þa eorðen.
     10458
heo hengen þa cnihtes; þa biwusten þa londes.
     10459
alle þa gode wiues; heo stikeden mid cnifes.
     10460
alle þa maidene; heo mid morðe aqualden. Page  546
     10461
and þaie ilærede men; heo læiden on gleden.
     10462
Alle þa heorede-cnauen; mid clibben heo a-qualden.
     10463
heo velled%den þa castles; þat lond heo a-wæsten.
     10464
þa chirechen heo for-barnden; baluw wes on folke.
     10465
þa sukende children; heo adrenten inne wateren.
     10466
Þat orf þat heo nomen; al heo sloȝen.
     10467
to heore inne ladden; and suden and bradden.
     10468
al heo hit nomen; þat heo neh comen.
     10469
Alle dæi heo sungen; of Ar[ð]ure þan kinge.
     10470
and sæiden þat heo haueden; hames biwunnen.
     10471
þæ scolden heom i-halden; in heore on-walden.
     10472
& þer heo wolden wunien wintres & sumeres.
     10473
and ȝif Arður weoren swa kene; þat he cumen wolde;
     10474
to fihten wið Childrichen; þan strongen & þan richen.
     10475
heo wolden of his rugge; makien ane brugge.
     10476
and nimen þa ban alle; of aðele þan kinge.
     10477
and teien heom to-gadere; mid guldene teȝen.
     10478
and leggen i þare halle-dure; þer æch mon sculde uorð faren.
     10479
to wurð-scipe Chil[dri]che; þan strongen & þan riche.
     10480
Þis wes al heore gome; for Arðures kinges sceome.
     10481
ah al hit iwrað on oðer; sone þer-after.
     10482
heore ȝelp & heore gome; ilomp heom-seoluen to scame.
     10483
& swa deð wel iwære; þe mon þe swa ibereð.
     10484
Childric þe kaisere; biwon. al þat he lokede on.
     10485
he nom Sumer-sete; & he nom Dorsete.
     10486
and al Deuene-scire; þat volc al for-ferde.
     10487
and he Wiltun-scire; mid wiðere igrætte.
     10488
he nom alle þa londes; in-to þære sæ-stronde.
     10489
Þa æt þan laste; þa lette heo blawen.
     10490
hornes & bemen; & bonnien his ferden.
     10491
& forð he wolde buȝen; & Baðen al biliggen.
     10492
and æc Bristouwe; abuten birouwen.
     10493
Þis was heore ibeot; ær heo to Baðe comen.
     10494
To Baðe com þe kæisere; & bilæi þene castel þere.
     10495
& þa men wið-innen; oht-liche agunnen.
     10496
stepen uppen stanene wal; wel iwepned ouer-al.
     10497
& wereden þa riche; wið þan stronge Childriche.
     10498
Þer lai þe kaisere; & Colgrim his iuere. Page  548
     10499
& Baldulf his broðer; & moni an-oðer.
     10500