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

Lines 11001 through 11100

þat water him glit bisiden; and þe mon þer wuneð softe.
     11001
after his iwille; he wuneð þer uul stille;
     11002
þat no bið he for þan watere; nað%ðing idracched.
     11003
Þa sæide Howel hæh mon of Brutten.
     11004
Nu ic ihere tellen; seolcuðe spellen.
     11005
& seollic is þe lauerd; þat al hit isette.
     11006
Þa cleopede Arður; aðelest kingen.
     11007
Blaweð mine hornes; mid hæhȝere stæfne.
     11008
and suggeð mine cnihtes; þat ic fare forð-rihte.
     11009
Bemen þer blewen; hornes þer stureden.
     11010
blisse wes an hirede; mid bisie þan kinge.
     11011
for ælc wes ifreoured; & ferde to-ward his ærd.
     11012
And þe king for-bæd heom; bi heore bare liuen.
     11013
þat na mon on worlde; swa wod no iwurðe.
     11014
no swa ær-witte gume; þat his grið bræke.
     11015
and ȝif hit dude æi mon. he sculden dom ðolien.
     11016
Æfne þan worde; fusde þa uærde.
     11017
þer su[n]gen beornes; seolcuðe leoðes.
     11018
of Ar[ð]ure þan kinge; & of his. here-þringen.
     11019
and sæiden on songe. to þisse worlde longe.
     11020
neo[re] neuere-mære swulc king; ase Arður þurh alle þing.
     11021
king no kæisere; in næuere nare kuððe.
     11022
Arður forð to Eouuerwic; mid folke swiðe seollic.
     11023
and wunede þer wiken sixe; mid muchelere wunne. Page  576
     11024
Þa burh-walles weoren; to-broken & to-fallen.
     11025
þat Childric al for-barnden; & þa hallen alle clæne.
     11026
Þa cleopede þe king; Piram. ænne preost mæren.
     11027
he wes swiðe wis mon; and witful on bocken.
     11028
Piram þu ært min aȝe preost; þe æð þe scal iwur[ð]en.
     11029
Þe king nom ane rode; hali and swiðe gode.
     11030
and [bi-tok] Piram an hond; and þer-mid swiðe muchel lond.
     11031
and þene ærchebiscopes staf; þer he Piram aȝaf.
     11032
Ær wes Piram preost god; nu he is ærchebiscop.
     11033
Þa hæhte hine Arður; aðelest kingen.
     11034
þat he rærde churechen. & þa songes rihten.
     11035
and Goddes folc biwusten; & fæire heom diht%ten.
     11036
And he hæhte alle cnihtes; demen rihte domes.
     11037
and þa eorðe-tilien; teon to heore cræften.
     11038
& æuerælcne gume; oðerne i-græten.
     11039
& wulc mon swa wurs dude; þene þe king hafde iboden;
     11040
he wolde hine ifusen. to ane bare walme.
     11041
& ȝif hit weore læð mon; he sculde hongie for þon.
     11042
Þa ȝet cleope[de] Arður; aðelest kingen.
     11043
hæhte þat alc mon; þe his lond hafde for-gan;
     11044
mid wulches cunnes wite; swa he bi-wæiued weore.
     11045
þat he aȝain come; ful raðe & ful sone.
     11046
þe riche & þe laȝe; and hefde æft his aȝen.
     11047
bute he weore swa fule biwite; þat he weore lauerd-swike.
     11048
oðer touward his lauer[d] man-swore; þene þe king demde for-lore.
     11049
Þer come þreo ibroðeren; þe weore kiniborne.
     11050
Lot & Angel & Vrien; welle ((h))wulche þreo men.
     11051
Þeos here-þringes þreo; comen to þan ki[n]ge.
     11052
& setten an heore cneowen; biforen þan kæisere.
     11053
Hal seo þu Arður; aðelest kingen;
     11054
and þi duȝeðe mid þe; a mote heo wel beo.
     11055
We sundeð þreo broðeren; iboren of kingen.
     11056
is al ure icunde lond; i-gan ut of ure hond.
     11057
for habbeoð hæðene men; us hene imakede.
     11058
and iwæst us al Leonæis; Scotlond & Muræf
     11059
& we biddeð þe for Godes luue; þat þu us beo fultume.
     11060
and for þire mucle wurð-scipe; þat þu us wurðe milde.
     11061
aȝif us ure icunde lond and we þe sculleð luuien. Page  578
     11062
hælden þe for lauer[d]; an ælche leod-wisen.
     11063
Þis iherde Arður; aðelest king.
     11064
hu þeos þreo cnihtes; fæire hine bisohten.
     11065
reousede on heorte; & he reordien gan.
     11066
and þas word sæide; selest alre kinge.
     11067
Vrien bi-cum mi mon; þu scalt to Muræiue aȝæn.
     11068
þer-of þu scalt beon; icleoped king of þan londe.
     11069
& hæh an mine hirede; mid þine mon-weorede.
     11070
And Angele ich sette an hond; al to-gadere Scotlond.
     11071
habbe hit an honde; and beon king of þan londe.
     11072
from þan fader to þan sune. þer-of þu scalt mi mon bi-cumen.
     11073
And þu Lot mi leofe freond; Godd þe wurðe liðe.
     11074
þu hauest mine suster to wiue; þæ bet þe scal iwur[ð]e.
     11075
Ich þe ȝifue Loenæis; þat is a lond faier.
     11076
and ich wulle le[g]gen þer-to; londes swiðe gode.
     11077
biside þere Humbre; wurð an hundred punden.
     11078
For mi fader Vðer; þe while þe he wes king here.
     11079
lufede wel his dohter. þe wes his bæd iþohte.
     11080
& heo is mi suster; & haueð sunen tweien.
     11081
þeo me beoð on londe; children alre leofest.
     11082
Þus spæc Ar[ð]ur þe king; þa wes Wolwain lute child.
     11083
swa ((ves)) þe oðer; Modræd his broðer.
     11084
Wale þat Mod%dræd wes ibore; muchel hærm com þer-fore.
     11085
Ar[ð]ur for to Lundene; & mid him his leoden.
     11086
he heold inne londe; ane muchele hustinge.
     11087
and sette alle þa laȝen; þat stoden bi his ælderne daȝen.
     11088
alle þa laȝen gode; þe her ær stoden.
     11089
he sette grið he sette frið; and alle freodomes.
     11090
Þenene he for to Cornwale; to Cadores riche.
     11091
he funde þer a mæide; vnimete fæier.
     11092
Wes þas mæidenes moder; of Romanisce mannen.
     11093
Cadores maȝe; & þat maide him bi-tahte.
     11094
& he heo fæire a-feng. and softe heo fedde.
     11095
Heo wes of heȝe cunne; of Romanisce monnen.
     11096
næs in nane londe; maide nan swa hende.
     11097
of spec%che & of dede; and of tuhtle swiðe gode. Page  580
     11098
heo wes ihaten Wenhauer; wif-monne hendest.
     11099
Arður heo nom to wife; & luuede heo wunder swiðe.
     11100