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

Lines 12701 through 12800

fifti þusend cnihtes kene; and ohte men to fihte.
     12701
Howel of Brutaine; cnihtes mid þan bezste.
     12702
ten þusend la[d]de; of his leod-folke.
     12703
Of ganninde monnen; þa heo forð wenden.
     12704
þurh nane cunnes spelle; ne cuðe heom na mon telle.
     12705
Arður þa hehte; aðelest kinge.
     12706
to ane isette time; þat folc isomnien
     12707
bi heore bare lifen. at Barbe-fleote;
     12708
& þer he wolde gædere. sele his þede.
     12709
Þis lond he bi-tahte; ane sel-cuðe cnihte.
     12710
he wes Walwain%nes broðer; næs þer nan oðer.
     12711
Moddred wes ihaten; forcuðest monnen.
     12712
treouðe nefde he nane; to nauer nane monne.
     12713
he wes Arðures mæi; of aðelen his cunne.
     12714
ah cniht he wes wunder god. & he hafde swiðe muchel mod.
     12715
Arðures suster sune; to þere quene wes his iwune.
     12716
þat wæs ufele idon; his æme he dude swike-do[m].
     12717
Ah al hit wes stille; in hirede and in halle.
     12718
for na man hit ne wende. þat hit sculde iwurðe. Page  666
     12719
ah men to soðe i-wenden; for Walwain wes his broðer.
     12720
þe alre treoweste gume; þe tuhte to þan hirede.
     12721
þurh ((Wal))wain. wes Modræd; monnen þa leouere.
     12722
and Arður þe kene; ful wel him iquemde.
     12723
He nom al his kinelond; & sette hit Moddræd an hond.
     12724
and Wenhauer his quene wurðlukest wiuen.
     12725
þa þe in þissere leode; wunede; an londe.
     12726
Arður bi-tahte; al þat he ahte.
     12727
Moddrade and þere quene; þat heom was ique[m]e.
     12728
Þat was ufele idon; þat heo iboren weoren.
     12729
þis lond heo for-radden; mid ræuðen uniuoȝen.
     12730
and a þan ænden heom-seoluen; þe Wurse gon i-scenden.
     12731
þat heo þer for-leoseden; lif and heore saulen.
     12732
and æuer seoððe laðen; in auer-ælche londe.
     12733
þat nauer na man nalde; sel bede beoden for heore saule.
     12734
for þan swike-dome; þat he dude Ar[ð]ure his æme.
     12735
Al þat Arður ahte; he Moddrede bitahte.
     12736
lond and his leoden; & leofen his quene.
     12737
and seððen he nom his ferde; of folken swiðe hende.
     12738
and ferde ful sone; touward Suð-hamtune.
     12739
Þer comen seilien sone; ȝeond þa sæ wide.
     12740
scipes uniuoȝe; to þas kinges folke.
     12741
þe king þat folc beide; ȝeond þa scipen longe.
     12742
bi þusend & bi þusend; to þan scipen þrasten.
     12743
þe uader weop a þene sune; suster a þene broðer.
     12744
moder a þa dohter; þa þa duȝeðe sturede.
     12745
Weder stod on wille; wind wex an honde;
     12746
ankeres heo up droȝen; drem wes on uolken.
     12747
Wunden in-to widen sæ; þeines wunder bliðe.
     12748
scipen þer forð þrungen; gleo-men þer sungen.
     12749
seiles þer tuhten; rapes þer rehtten.
     12750
wederen alre selest; and þa sæ sweuede.
     12751
For þere soft-nesse; Ar[ð]ur gon to slæpen.
     12752
Alse þe king slepte; a sweuen him ((i))mette.
     12753
feorlic wes þat sweouen. þene king hit auerde;
     12754
þa þe king him awoc; swiðe he wes idræcched.
     12755
and granen agon; ludere stefenen.
     12756
Næs þer nan swa þriste; cniht under Criste. Page  668
     12757
þat durste þene king fræine; of his fare-coste.
     12758
ær þe king him-seolf speke; and spilede wið his beornen þere.
     12759
and þus Ar[ð]ur him seide; þa he awoc of slæpe.
     12760
Lauerd Drihten Crist; domes waldende.
     12761
midelarde mund; monnen froure.
     12762
þurh þine að-mode wil; walden ænglen.
     12763
let þu mi sweuen; to selþen iturnen.
     12764
Þa spac Angel þe king. Scottene deorling.
     12765
Lauer[d] sæi us þi sweuen; seleȝehðe us beo ȝeueðe.
     12766
Bluðeliche quað þe king; to blisse hit iwurðe.
     12767
Þer ich lai a sweuete; agan ich forto slepe.
     12768
me þuhte þat in þere weolcne; com an wunderlic deor.
     12769
æst in þan leofte; ladlic an sehte.
     12770
wið leite mid storme. sturn-liche wende.
     12771
nis in nare leode; nan swa lad-lic beore.
     12772
Þa com þer westene; winden mid þan weolcnen.
     12773
a berninge drake; ((burh))[ȝes he] ((suel))[de]
     12774
mid his feure he lihte. al þis lond-riche;
     12775
me þuhte a mire sihȝeðe. þat þa sæ gon to berne;
     12776
of leite & of fure. þa þe drake ferede;
     12777
Þes drake and beore. beien to-somne.
     12778
radliche sone; to-gadere heo come;
     12779
heo smiten heom to-gaderen; mid feondliche ræsen.
     12780
[f]loȝen of heore hæȝene; swulc fur-burondes.
     12781
Ofte wes þe drake buuen; and eft seoððen bineoþen.
     12782
neoðeles a þan ænde; heȝen he gon wende.
     12783
and he flah dun-rihte; mid feond-liche ræsen.
     12784
and þene beore he ismat. þat he to þere eorðe iwhat.
     12785
and he þer þene beore of-sloh; and hine lim-mele to-droh.
     12786
Þa þat feht wes ido; þe drake aȝen wende.
     12787
Þis sweuen me imette; þer ich lai and slapte.
     12788
Biscopes þis iherden; & boc-ilærede men.
     12789
þis iheorden eorles; þis iherden beornes.
     12790
ælc bi his witte; wisdom sæiden.
     12791
þis sweuen aræhten;
     12792
Ne durste þer na cniht; to ufele ræcchen na wiht.
     12793
leoste he sculden leosen; his leomen þat weoren him deore. Page  670
     12794
Forð heo gunnen liðen; an eouste bilife.
     12795
wind heom stod on wille; selest alre wedere.
     12796
heo hæfden al þat heom wes neod; to londen heo comen at Barbe-fleot.
     12797
To Barbe-fleot at Costentin; þer com muchel moncun in.
     12798
of alle þan londe; þa Arður hafde an honde.
     12799
Swa sone swa heo mihten; ut of scipe heom rehten.
     12800