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

Lines 11701 through 11800

þat he þa æð mihte; wið Arðure uihte.
     11701
and ulemen of londe; Arður þene stronge. Page  612
     11702
Cnihtes gunnen riden; vt of Rom-leoden.
     11703
fif and twenti þusend; ferden touward France.
     11704
Þis iherde Frolle mid muchele his ferde.
     11705
þat þe Romanisce uolc; riden touward londe.
     11706
Frolle & his ferde; heom to-ȝeines ferde.
     11707
þa heo comen to-somne; kene men and wihte.
     11708
of alle þan ærde; vnimete uerde.
     11709
Þæt iherde Arður; aðelest kingen;
     11710
& sumnede his ferde; and heom to-ȝaines wende.
     11711
Ah næs næuere king nan; þa quic wes an eorðen.
     11712
þa eouere ær an uolde; swulc folc a-walde.
     11713
for of alle þan kine-londe; þe Arður hafuede an honde;
     11714
forð he ladde mid him; alle þa kenneste men.
     11715
þat nuste he neuere on weorlde; hu feole þusend, þer weoren.
     11716
Sone swa heo comen to-somne; Arður & Frolle.
     11717
harliche heo igrætten; al þat heo imette.
     11718
Cnihtes swiðe stronge; igripen speren longe.
     11719
and ræsden heom to-gædere; mid ræhȝere strengðe.
     11720
Alle dæi þer weore duntes swiðe riue.
     11721
folc feol to uolden; and fæie-sið worhten.
     11722
græmende segges; gras-bæd isohten.
     11723
gullen þa helmes; ȝeoumereden eorles.
     11724
sceldes þær scenden; scalkes gunnen reosen;
     11725
Þa cleopede Ar[ð]ur; aðelest kingen.
     11726
Whar beo ȝe mine Bruttes; balde mine þaines.
     11727
Þe dæi him forð ȝeongeð; þis folc us aȝein stondeð.
     11728
Lette we heom to gliden; scærpe gares inoȝe.
     11729
& techen heom to riden; þene wæi touward Romen.
     11730
Æfne þan worde; þe Ar[ð]ur iseide.
     11731
he sprong forð an stede; swa sparc de[ð] of fure.
     11732
Him weore fuliende; fifti þusende.
     11733
hærde here-kempen; hælden to fihte.
     11734
smiten uppen Frolle; þær he wes on ulocke.
     11735
and brohten hine of fleme; mid muclen his folke.
     11736
þer Ar[ð]ur of-sloh; muchel uolc and vniuoh.
     11737
Þa fleh in-to Parise; Frolle þe riche.
     11738
and þa ȝeten tunden; mid teonen inoȝe.
     11739
and þa word seide; sorhful an heorte. Page  614
     11740
Leouere me. weore; þat ich iboren neore.
     11741
Þa weoren inne Paris; plihtliche spelle((s)) ful iwis.
     11742
sorhfulle iberen; burhmen gunnen beouien.
     11743
walles heo gunnen rihten; þa ȝæten heo gunnen dihten.
     11744
mete heo nomen; al þat heo neh comen;
     11745
an ælchere halue; heo heolden to burȝe.
     11746
heo uerden þider alle; þe heolden mid Frolle.
     11747
Þat iherde Arður; aðelest kingen.
     11748
þat inne Paris wunede Frolle; mid unimete uerde.
     11749
and seiden þat he wolde wið Arðure stonden.
     11750
To Paris ferde Arður; ærhðe bi-deled.
     11751
and bi-læi þa walles; and are[r]de his teldes.
     11752
a feower halue he heo bi-lai; fouwer wiken and enne dæi.
     11753
Auared weoren þa leden; þa þere weoren wið-innen.
     11754
þa burh wes wið-innen; afulled mid monnen
     11755
and æten sone þene mete; þe þer wes isomned.
     11756
Þa feouwer wiken weoren aȝonged; þa Arður wes þær atstonden.
     11757
þæ wes inne burȝe; vni-mete sorȝe.
     11758
mid wræcche þan falke; þe leie þer an hungre.
     11759
þer wes wop þe[r] wes rop; and reou[ð]en vniuohȝe.
     11760
Heo cleopeden to Frolle; and beden hine frið wurchen.
     11761
Arðures mon bi-cumen; and his mon-scipe bruken.
     11762
and þene kinedom halden; of Arðure þan kenen.
     11763
and no lete noht þat wræcche uolk; uor-faren al mid hungre.
     11764
Þa andswarede Frolle; freo he wes an heorte.
     11765
Nai swa me helpe God; þæ alle domes awalt.
     11766
ne scal ich nauere his mon bicume; no he mi kine-laue((rd)).
     11767
mi-seolf ich wulle fihte; a Gode is al þat rihte.
     11768
Þa ȝet cleopede Frolle; freo mon an heorte.
     11769
Næi swa me helpe Drihten; þe scop þas dæies lihten.
     11770
nulle ic nauere-mare; ȝirnen Arðures ære.
     11771
ah fehten ich wulle; buten ælche cnihte.
     11772
licame wið licame; biforen mine leoden.
     11773
hond aȝain honde; wið Arðure kinge.
     11774
Whaðer unkere swa beoð þere wakere; sone he bið þe laðere.
     11775
wahðer vnkere swa þer ma luuien; his freonden he bið þe leouere.
     11776
and wha[ð]er unkere þe mæi of oðere; þat betere biwinne. Page  616
     11777
habben al þis oðeres lond; and sette hit an his aȝere hond.
     11778
Þis ic wulle ȝirne; ȝif Arður hit wule ȝetten.
     11779
and þis ich wulle swerien; uppen mine sweorden.
     11780
and ȝisles ich wulle finden; þreo kingene sunen.
     11781
þat ich þis forward wulle; fast-liche halden.
     11782
þat nulle ich hit liȝen; bi mine quike liuen.
     11783
For leouere me is to liggen; bi-fore mine leoden;
     11784
þan ich iseo an uolde; for-faren heom mid hungre.
     11785
For we habbeoð mid fehte; ure cnihtes ((uor))-farene.
     11786
scalkes auælled; fifti þusende.
     11787
and moni ænne gode wifmon; i-whorht to ble((ð))ere widewe.
     11788
moni child fader-læs; and frouere bidaled.
     11789
and nu þis folc mid hungre; wunderliche ihærmede.
     11790
For-þi hit is betere; bi-twixen unke seoluen.
     11791
to-dælen and to-dihten þis kine-lond mid fihte.
     11792
and habbe hit þa betere; and bruken hit on wunne.
     11793
Frolle nom twalf cnihtes; mid þissen worden forð-rihtes.
     11794
and sende heom an sonde. to Arðure kinge.
     11795
& iwuste ȝif he wolde; þis fore-warde halde.
     11796
and mid his aȝere hond; bi-telen þat kine-lond.
     11797
oðer uore-liggen; his leoden to harmen.
     11798
and ȝif he hit bi-talden; hafde hit on an onwalde.
     11799
Þat iherde Arður; aðelest kingen.
     11800