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

Lines 10801 through 10900

Arður wes forð iwende in-to Scotlonden;
     10801
for Howel lai inne Clud; faste biclused.
     10802
Hafden Scottes hine bi-læien; mid luðere heore craften.
     10803
and ȝif Ar[ð]ur neore þe ra[ð]er icumen; þenne weoren Houwel inumen.
     10804
and al his folc þer islaȝen; and idon of lif daȝen.
     10805
Ah Arður com sone; mid selere strengðe.
     10806
and Scottes to fleonne; feor of þan ærde.
     10807
in-to Muræine; mid mucle mon-weorede.
     10808
And Cador com to Scotlonde; þer he Arður ifunde.
     10809
Arður and Cador; into Clud ferden;
     10810
& funden þer Howel; mid hahȝere blisse an sel.
     10811
of his seo((c))nesse isund wes iwurðen.
     10812
muchel wes þa blisse; þæ þa wes in burȝe.
     10813
Scottes weoren inne Mureine; and þer þeohten wunien.
     10814
& mid bolde heore worden; heore beot makeden.
     10815
and sæiden þat heo wolden; þa riche walden;
     10816
and Arður þer abiden; mid baldere strenðe;
     10817
for ne durste nauere Arður; for his life come þer.
     10818
Þa iherde Ar[ð]ur; ærhðen bi-dæle[d].
     10819
whæt Scottes hafden isæid; mid heore hux-worden.
     10820
þa sæide Arður; aðelest kingen.
     10821
Whær ært þu Howel; hæhst of mine ((cunne)).
     10822
and Cador þe kene ut of Cornwa((i))le.
     10823
Leteð blæwen bemen; & bonnien ure ferden.
     10824
& to þere mid-nihte; we sculleð faren forð-riht.
     10825
toward Mureine; ure mon-((scipe)) to bi-tellen.
     10826
Ȝif hit wule Drihte; þe scop þæs daȝes lihten.
     10827
we heom sculle tellen; sorh-fulle spelles.
     10828
heore ȝælp fellen; & heom-seolue a-quellen.
     10829
To þere mid-nihte; Arður aras forð-riht.
     10830
hornes me gon blawen; mid hahȝere stafnen.
     10831
cnihtes gunnen arisen; and ræhȝe word speken;
     10832
Mid muche mon-weorede; in-to Mureine. Page  566
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forð gunnen wræsten; þreottene þusend.
     10834
a feormeste flocke; feondliche kene men.
     10835
Seoððen com Cador; þe eorl of Cornwæille.
     10836
mid seouentene þusen; selere þeinen.
     10837
Seoððen com Heowel; mid his kemp%pen swiðe wel.
     10838
mid an and twenti þusen; mid aðelere kempen.
     10839
Seoððen com Arður; aðelest kingen.
     10840
mid seouen & twenti þusend; siȝen heom after-ward.
     10841
sceldes þer cliseden; lihten hit gon dæȝen.
     10842
Þat word com to Scotten; þær þar heo wuneden.
     10843
hu Ar[ð]ur þe king; com touward heore londe.
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feond-liche swiðe; mid vnimete folke.
     10845
Þa weoren ærhest; þat ær weoren baldest.
     10846
and gunnen to fleonnen; feondliche swiðe.
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into þan watere; þer wunderes beoð inoȝe.
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Þat is a seolcuð mere; iset a middel-ærde.
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mid fenne & mid ræode; mid watere swiðe bræde.
     10850
mid fiscen & mid feoȝelen; mid uniuele þingen.
     10851
Þat water is unimete; brade nikeres þer ba[ð]ieð inne.
     10852
þer is æluene ploȝe; in atteliche pole.
     10853
Sixti æit-londes; beo[ð] i þan watere longe.
     10854
in ælc of þan æit-londe; is a clude hæh and strong.
     10855
þer næstieð arnes; & oðere græte uoȝeles.
     10856
Þe ærnes habbeoð ane laȝe; bi æuer-ælches kinges dahȝen.
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whænne-swa æi ferde; fundeð to þan ærde.
     10858
þeonne fleoð þa fuȝeles; feor i þan lufte.
     10859
moni hundred þusen; & muchel feoht makieð.
     10860
Þenne is þat folc buten wene; þat reouðe heom is to cumene.
     10861
of summes cunnes leoden; þe þat lond wulleð i-sechen.
     10862
Tweien dæȝes oðer þreo; þus scal þis taken heo.
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ær unkuðe men; to þan londe liðen.
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Ȝet þer is sellic; to suggen of þan watere.
     10865
þer walleð of þan mæren; a moniare siden.
     10866
of dalen & of dunen; & of bæc%chen deopen.
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sixti wateres; alle þer isomned
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swa neuere ut of þan mære; na man no uindeð.
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þat þer ut wenden; buten an an ænde.
     10870
an imet-liche broc; þe of þan mere ualleð. Page  568
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& swiðe isemeliche; in-to sæ wendeð.
     10872
Þa Scottes weoren to-deled; mid muclen vni-selen.
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ȝeond þa monie munten; þa i þan watere weoren.
     10874
Arður biseohte scipen; & gon heom to wenden.
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& sloh þer vniuoȝe; moni and inoȝe.
     10876
& ((moni)) þusend þer wes dæd; for heom trukede ælc bræd.
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Arður þe aðele was an æst side;
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Howel þe sele; wes a suð hal[u]e.
     10879
& Cador þe kene; bi norðen heom biwusten.
     10880
and his smale uolc; he setten alle bi weste. siden.
     10881
Þa weoren Scottes; ihalden for sottes.
     10882
þer heo leien; ȝeond þa cliues faste bi-cluse[d];
     10883
þer weoren sixti þusend; mid sorreȝe for-farene.
     10884
Þa wes Irlondes king; icume in-to hafene.
     10885
twalf milen from Arðure; þer he lai mid ferde.
     10886
Scotten to hælpen; Howel to for-farene.
     10887
Þ[is] iherden Arður; aðelest kinge;
     10888
& nom his ane ferde. & þider-ward fusden;
     10889
& funde þene king Gillomar; þe icumen wes to londe þar.
     10890
Arður him faht wið; & nolde him ȝiuen na grið.
     10891
and feolde Irisce men; feond-liche to gru[n]den.
     10892
And Gillomar mid twalf scipen; teh from þan londe.
     10893
& ferde to Irlonde; mid harme swiðe stronge.
     10894
And Arður a þan londe; sloh al þat he uunde.
     10895
and seoððen he wende to þan mere; þer he his mæi lette.
     10896
Howel þene hende; hahst of Brutlonde.
     10897
wið-uten Arðure; aðelest kingen.
     10898
Arður Howel uunde; þer he wes bi hauene.
     10899
bi þan mere brade; þer he abiden hafde.
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