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

Lines 10901 through 11000

Þa fainede swiðe; folc an hirede.
     10901
of Arðures cume; & of aðele his dede.
     10902
þer wes Arður for[ð]-riht; twei dæies & twa niht.
     10903
Scottes leie ȝeond clude; moni þusend dede.
     10904
mid hungere for-uarene; folkene alre ærmest.
     10905
I þan þridde dæiȝe; faire hit gon daȝiȝen.
     10906
þa tuȝen touward hirede; alle þat weoren ihadded.
     10907
& þreo biscopes wise; a boke wel ilæred. Page  570
     10908
preostes & muneckes; vnimete monie.
     10909
canones þer comen. monie & wel idone.
     10910
mid alle þan halidomen; þa hahst an londe weoren.
     10911
and ȝeornden Arðures grið; & his aðmeden.
     10912
Þider þa wifes comen; þa i þan londen. wuneden.
     10913
heo wæiden in hære ærmen; heore children ærmen.
     10914
heo weopen on Arðure; wunder ane swiðe.
     10915
and heore uæx fæire; wælden to volde.
     10916
curuen heore lockes; & þer niðer læiden.
     10917
to þas kinges foten; bi-foren al his duȝeðen.
     10918
nailes to heore nebbe; þat æfter hit bledde.
     10919
Neh þan alle clæne; nakede heo weoren.
     10920
sorhliche heo gunnen clupien; to Arðure þan kinge.
     10921
and summe þus iseiden; þer heo on sið weoren.
     10922
King we beoð on ærde; ærmest alre uolke.
     10923
we ȝeorneð þine milzce; þurh þæne milde Godd.
     10924
Þu hauest a þisse londe; ure leoden aslæȝen.
     10925
mid hungere & mid hete; mid feole cunne hærmen.
     10926
mid wapnen mid wæteren; mid feole wan-siðen.
     10927
vre children imaked faderlese; & frofre bidæled.
     10928
Þu ært Cristine mon; & we al-swa sunden.
     10929
Sæxisce men beoð; hæðe[ne] hundes.
     10930
Heo comen to þisse londe; and þis folc here a-qualden.
     10931
ȝif we heom hereden; þat was for ure hermen.
     10932
for we nefden nænne mon; þe us wið heom mihten griðien.
     10933
Heo us duden swiðe wa; & þu us dest al swa.
     10934
þa heðene us hatieð; & þe Cristine us sari makieð.
     10935
Wær scullen we bicumen; queðen þa wif to þan kinge.
     10936
A-ȝef us ȝet þa quicke men; þa liggeð ȝeond þas cluden.
     10937
and ȝif þu ȝiuest milze; þisse moncunnen.
     10938
þi mon-scipe bið þa mare; nu and æuere-mære.
     10939
Lauer[d] Arður ure king; leoðe vre benden.
     10940
Þu hafust al þis lond inomen; & al þis folc ouercumen.
     10941
We beoð under uote; a þe is al þa bote.
     10942
Þis iherde Arður; aðelest kingen.
     10943
þesne wop & þesne rop; & reouðen vniuoȝe.
     10944
þa toc he to ræde. and reosede on heorte.
     10945
he uunde on his ræde; to don þat heo ((hine)) beden Page  572
     10946
he ȝæf heom lif. he ȝef heom lumen; & heore lond to halden.
     10947
He lette blæwen bemen; and þa Scottes bæcnien.
     10948
& heo ut of cluden; to þan scipen comen.
     10949
an auerælchen siden; siȝen touwar[d] londe.
     10950
Heo weoren swiðe iharmede; mid scærpen þan hungre.
     10951
aðes heo sworen; swiken þat nalden.
     10952
and heo þa iȝefuen; ȝisles þan kingen.
     10953
and alle ful sone; þas kinges men bi-comen.
     10954
& seoððen heo gunnen fusen; þat folc þer to-delden.
     10955
ælc mon to þan ende; þer he wes wuniende.
     10956
and Arður þer grið sette; god mid þan bezste.
     10957
Whær ært þu Howel mi mæi; monne me leofest.
     10958
isixst þu þisne muchelne mære; þer Scottes beoð amærred.
     10959
isihst þu þas hæhȝe treon; and sihst þu þas ærnes teon.
     10960
Inne þisse uenne; is fisc unimete.
     10961
Isihst þu þas æit-londes; þe ȝeond þas watere stondeð.
     10962
Seollic þuhte Howel; of swulchere isihðe.
     10963
and wond%drede wide; bi þan watere flode.
     10964
and þus þer cleopede Howel; hæhes cunnes.
     10965
Seoððen ich wes mon iboren; of mire moder bosme.
     10966
no isah ich a none londe; þus seolcu[ð]e þinges.
     10967
swa ich here biuoren me; mid æȝenen bihælde.
     10968
Wundreden Bruttes; wunder ane swiðe.
     10969
Þa cleope[de] Arður; aðelest kingen.
     10970
Howel min aȝe mæi; monnen me leofest.
     10971
lust mire worden; of mucle mære wunder.
     10972
þat ic þe wulle tellen. of soðe mine spellen.
     10973
Bi þisse mære enden; þer þis water wendeð.
     10974
is an lutel wiht mære; monnen to wundre.
     10975
He is end-longe; feouwer & sixti munden.
     10976
he is imeten a bræde; fif & twenti foten.
     10977
fif foten he is deop; alfene hine dulfen.
     10978
Feower-noked he is; and þer-inne is feower kunnes fisc.
     10979
and ælc fisc an his ende; þer he his cun findeð.
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ne mai þer nan to oðere; buten al swa tacheð his icunde.
     10981
Nes næuer nan mon iboren; ne of swa wise crafte icoren.
     10982
no libbe he swa longe; þe maȝen hit vnder-stonde.
     10983
what letteð þene fisc; to uleoten to þan oðere.
     10984
for nis þer noht bitwenen; buten water clæne. Page  574
     10985
Þa ȝet cleopede Ar[ð]ur; aðelest kingen.
     10986
Howel i þissen londes ænde; neh þere sæ-stronde.
     10987
is a mære swiðe muchel; þat water is un-fæle.
     10988
and whænne þa sæ vledeð; swulc heo wulle aweden.
     10989
and falleð inne þene mære; vnimete swiðe.
     10990
no bið næuere þæ mere; on watere þa mare.
     10991
Ah þenne þa sæ falleð in; and scen warð þa uolden.
     10992
and heo bið al inne; in alden hire denne;
     10993
þenne swelleð þe mære; and swærkeð þa vðen.
     10994
vðen þer leppeoð ut; vnimete grete.
     10995
fleoð ut a þat lond; þat leoden agriseð an hond.
     10996
Ȝif þer cumeð æi mon; þat noht ne cunne þer-on.
     10997
þat seollic to iseonne; bi þere sæ-stronde.
     10998
ȝif he his neb wendeð; touwærd þan mære.
     10999
ne beo he noht swa loh iboren; ful wel he beoð iborȝen.
     11000