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

Lines 11101 through 11200

þis maiden he gon wedde and nom heo to his bedde.
     11101
Arður wes i Cornwale; al þene winter þere.
     11102
and al for Wenhæuere lufe; wimmonne him leofuest.
     11103
Þa þe winter wes agan; and sumer com þer anan.
     11104
Arður hine biþohte; whæt he don mahte.
     11105
þat his folc gode; aswunden ne læie þere.
     11106
He ferde to Æxchæstræn; to þan mid-festen.
     11107
& heold þer his hustinge; of hehȝen his folke.
     11108
& seide þat he wolde; in-to Irlonde.
     11109
wenden al þat kine-lond; to his æhȝere hond.
     11110
buten þe king Gillomar; to him raþer come ær.
     11111
and mid listen him speken wið; & ȝirnde Arðures grið.
     11112
he wolde westen his lond; and luðere him gon an hond.
     11113
mid fure mid stele; streit gomen wurchen;
     11114
& þat lond-folc aslæn; þe wolde stonden him aȝein.
     11115
Æfne þan worde; þa þe king sæide;
     11116
þa andswarede þat folc; fæire þan kinge.
     11117
Lau%uerd king hald þi word; we beoð alle ȝarewe.
     11118
to ganne & to ride; oueral to þire neode.
     11119
Þer wes moni bald Brut; þe hafde beres leches.
     11120
heouen up heore bruwen; i-burst an heore þonke.
     11121
Wenden touwarde innen; cnihtes mid heore monnen.
     11122
heo ruokeden burnen; bonneden helmes.
     11123
heo wipeden hors leoue; mid lin%nene claðe.
     11124
heo sceren heo scoiden; scalkes balde weoren.
     11125
sum scæft horn; sum scaft ban. sum ȝarked stelene flan.
     11126
sum mak((de)) ((þ))wonges; gode & swiðe strong.
     11127
summe beo((ve))den speren; & beonneden sceldes.
     11128
Arður letten beoden; ȝeond al his kine-þeoden.
     11129
þat æuerælc god cniht; to him come forð-riht.
     11130
and euerælc oht mon; comen forð-riht anan.
     11131
& wa-swa bilæfden; his leomen he sculde leosen.
     11132
& wha-swa come glad-liche; he sculden wurðe riche.
     11133
Seouen niht uppen Æstre; þa men hafden iuast.
     11134
þa comen alle þa cnihtes. to scipen for[ð]-rihtes.
     11135
wind heom stod an honde; þe scaf heom to Irlonde. Page  582
     11136
Arður a þet lond ferde; and þa leoden a-merden.
     11137
muchel uolc he asloȝ; orf he nom vniuoh.
     11138
& æuere he hæhte ælcne mon; chireche-grið halden.
     11139
Þet tidinde; com to þan kinge. þe lauerd wes of þan londe;
     11140
þat þer wes icu[m]en Arður; and ærmþen iwrohte þer.
     11141
He sumnede al his leoden; ȝeond his kine-londe.
     11142
and his Irisce uolc; fusden to fehte.
     11143
to-ȝæines Arðure; þan aðele kinge.
     11144
Arður & his cnihtes. heom wepnede forð-rihtes.
     11145
& foren heom to-ȝeines; folc vnimete.
     11146
Arðures men weoren; mid wepnen al bi-þehte;
     11147
Þa Irisce men weoren; nakede neh þan.
     11148
mid speren & mid axen & mid swiðe scærpe sæxen.
     11149
Arðures men letten fleon; vnimete flan.
     11150
and merden Irisc ((folc)); & hit swiðe ualden.
     11151
ne mæhten heo iþolien; þurh nanes cunnes þingen.
     11152
ah fluȝen awai [on] siðe; swiðe uæle þusend.
     11153
and Gillomar þe king flah; & awæ-wardes teh.
     11154
and Arður him after; and þene king ikahte.
     11155
he nom bi þan honde; þene king of þan londe.
     11156
Arður þe hæȝe; herbeorwe isohte.
     11157
an his mode him wes þa æðe; þat Gillomar him wes swa neh.
     11158
Nu dude Arður; aðelest kingen.
     11159
swiðe muche freond-scipe; at-foren al his folke.
     11160
he lette þene king scrude; mid ælchere prude.
     11161
and æc bi Arðure sat; and æc mid him-seolue æt.
     11162
mid Arðure he win dronc; þat him wes mucheles unðonc.
     11163
Naðeles þa he isah; þat Arður wes swiðe glad.
     11164
þa cleopede Gillomar; an his horte him wes sær.
     11165
Lauerd Arður þi grið; ȝef me leomen & ȝif me lif.
     11166
ich wulle þi mon bicumen; & biteche þe mine þreo sunen.
     11167
mine sunen deore; to don al þine iwille.
     11168
& ȝet ich wulle mare; ȝif þu me wult ȝefen ære.
     11169
ich wulle þe bi-tache; ȝisles swiðe rich.
     11170
children sume sixti; hæȝe & swiðe mæhti.
     11171
Ȝet ((ich)) wulle mære; ȝif þu me ȝifuest ære.
     11172
ælche ȝere of mine londe. seouen þusend punde. Page  584
     11173
& senden heom to þine londe; & sixti mark of golde.
     11174
& ȝet ich wulle mare; ȝif þu wult me ȝifuen are.
     11175
alle þa steden; mid alle heore iweden.
     11176
þa hæuekes & þa hundes; & hehȝe mine mahmes.
     11177
ich bitache þe to honde; of al mine londe.
     11178
And þenne þu hauest þis idon; ich wulle nimen. halidom.
     11179
of seint Columkille; þe dude Godes iwille.
     11180
& seint Brændenes hæfed; þe Godd seolf haleȝede.
     11181
& seinte Bride riht fot; þe hali is & swiðe god.
     11182
& halidomes inoȝe; þe comen ut of Rome;
     11183
& swerien þe to soðe; swiken þe þat ich nulle.
     11184
ah ich þe wulle luuien; and halden þe for lauerd
     11185
halden þe for hahne king; & mi-seolf beon þin vnderling.
     11186
Þis iherde Arður; aðelest king;
     11187
& he gan lihȝen; luddere steftne.
     11188
& he gon andswerie; mid ædmode worden.
     11189
Beo nu glad Gillomar; ne beo þin heorte noht sær.
     11190
for þv ært a wis mon; þa bet þe scal iwurðen.
     11191
for æuere me æhte wisne mon; wurðliche igreten.
     11192
for þine wis-dome; no scal þe noht þa wurse.
     11193
muchel þu me beodest; þe scal beon þa betere.
     11194
Her forð-rihtes; bi-foren al mine cnihtes.
     11195
forȝiuen þe amare; al þæ haluen-dæle.
     11196
of golde & of gærsume; ah þu scalt mi mon bicumen.
     11197
and half þat gauel sende; ælche ȝere to mi[n]e londe.
     11198
Halfe þa steden; & halfe þa iweden.
     11199
halue þa hauekes; & halue þa hundes.
     11200