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

Lines 1101 through 1200

Al his folc he losede þer; þurh Locri[n] & Camber.
     1101
& him-seolf mid wæne; ferde into ane watere.
     1102
Þer-inne he adronc; & mid him muchel folc.
     1103
For Humber kinges deaðe; Humbre was ihaten.
     1104
Humber wi[ð] swiðe mucle an here; in Alemaine hefde iherȝed.
     1105
& hefde þat lond swiðe awest; & þat folc swiðe awemmed.
     1106
He nom of þan mon-kunne; þreo swiðe feire mæidene.
     1107
Þeo an wes ihaten Astrild; anes hahȝes kinges dohter.
     1108
þa alre feireste wifmon; þe þa wunede on folke.
     1109
Þas mæidenes weoran i þan scipen; mid Humbres monnen.
     1110
þe wuste Humberes fæi; þe whilen he wende to fehten.
     1111
Þa Humber was dead; in Humbre adrunken.
     1112
Locrin & Camber to þon scipen comen.
     1113
for to habben al þa æhte; þe Humber king aute.
     1114
Imong þon scipmonnen; i funden þa þreo maidenes.
     1115
Locrin iseh þer Æstrild; & he heo leofliche bi-heold.
     1116
& he heo mid armen inom; eð him wes on heorten.
     1117
& he hire to seide; Sel þe scal iwurðen.
     1118
wifmon þu eart hende; & ic þe wlle habben. Page  58
     1119
mid wurðscipen hæȝe; to richen are quene.
     1120
þa while þe ic libbe; oðer nulle ic habben.
     1121
for þe ic am swa bliðe; swa næs I næuer ær on liue.
     1122
Þa ȝet leouede Corineus; þe in Cornwaile wes dux.
     1123
nefde he bute æne dohter; ah heo wes him swiðe deore.
     1124
Locrin him hefde on foreward; habben þat he heo wolde.
     1125
& he heo hæfde i hond-fæst; at-foren his hired-monnen.
     1126
ah for Æstrilde luue; he heo wolde bi-læuen.
     1127
Þis iherde Corineus; þe wes in Cornwaile dux.
     1128
þet his leoue dohter; wes Locrin at-laðed.
     1129
Corineus wes un-eðe; & wa on his mode.
     1130
He ferde to þisse londe; þat he com to Locrine.
     1131
He lædde on his exle; ane muchele wi-eax.
     1132
He stod bi-foren Locrine; & laðelich him lokede on.
     1133
& þas word him iqueð; Corineus þe kempa.
     1134
Seie me Locrin; saie me læðe mon.
     1135
saie me þu ebare sot; seorwe þe beoð ȝeueðe.
     1136
ne scal þe nan man scilden; wið scondliche deaðe.
     1137
Þu hauest mine dohter; þat is mi bearn deore;
     1138
& me seolfan iscend; þer-fore þu scalt scrinkin.
     1139
Ic liðde mid þine fader; & ledde his ferde.
     1140
moni swinc moni swæt; monine seorhfulne pleiȝe.
     1141
moni grimne reas; moni greatne dunt.
     1142
moni ane wnde; moni wnderlich feht.
     1143
þolede ich on folde; bi-foren Brutone.
     1144
þe wes mi deore wine; mi drihliche lauerd;
     1145
Þer-fore þu scalt beon feie. for nes he neuer þi fader;
     1146
for ȝif þu were Brutus sune; ne deodest þu me nane sceome.
     1147
For his luue moni eotend; ic leide dead a þene grund.
     1148
an þu mi muchele swinc; mid sare forȝeldest.
     1149
bi-leafest feier & sceone; mine dohter Guendoleine.
     1150
for al-þeodisc meiden; Æstrild ihate.
     1151
Þu nast of whulche londe; heo com heder liðen.
     1152
ne whulc king is hire fader; ne whulc quen hire moder.
     1153
Ah þu scalt habben for hire luue; þat þe is alre laðest.
     1154
þat al þu scalt to-scæne; mid scearpe mire eaxe.
     1155
Corineus up ahof; & his eax adun sloh.
     1156
and smat in enne muchele stane; þer Locrin stod vuenan.
     1157
Þe stan al to-sceande; & Locrin at-sturte.
     1158
Alle heo hiȝeden to; an elcher halfe. Page  60
     1159
& to-deleden heom atwa; teona wes on hirde.
     1160
þer wes moni hah word.
     1161
& þa alre seleste eoden to-sumne;
     1162
hulden muchel husting. þa hehste of þan hirde.
     1163
þat heo nolden iþolian; for al-þeodene gold.
     1164
þat þeos laððe weore; bi-tuxe Corineo & Locrine.
     1165
Ah we wlleð ræden; & we wlleð runan.
     1166
þat weo nimen Wændoleine; Locrine to are quene.
     1167
& halden alle vre aðes; bi-twux Corineo & Locrine.
     1168
& halden hiredes luue; mid soð-fasten huiȝe.
     1169
& senden Æstrilde; vt of þissen londe.
     1170
& Locrin þis biluuede; for hit wes his leodene read.
     1171
He nom Guendoleine; & hefde heo to wiue;
     1172
& he hit seide; soð þeih hit nere.
     1173
þat he wolde Æstrilde; senden vt of londe.
     1174
Ah ne dude he nawiht swo; for swiken he þohte.
     1175
ah he nom his enne hired-mon; þe he wel trowede on.
     1176
& hehte hine swiðe stille steolen vt of hirede.
     1177
& hehte hine faren to þon tune; þe Trinouant wes ihaten.
     1178
þe wes on vre leoden; Lundene ihaten.
     1179
& þar an hiȝinge; þurh-ut alle þinges.
     1180
makian an eorð-hus. eadi & feier.
     1181
þe walles of stone; þe duren of whales bone.
     1182
& þat inne swiðe feire stude; from socne þes folkes.
     1183
& dude þer-inne muchel col; & claðes i-nowe.
     1184
pælles & purpras; & guldene ponewæs.
     1185
muchel win muchel wex; muchel wunsum þing.
     1186
& seoððen forð-rihtes; wende al bi nihte.
     1187
& mid stilliche ginne; brohte Æstrild þer-inne.
     1188
Þus dude þes riche mon. swa Locrin hine hefde ihaten.
     1189
for euer-ulc god mon; ah his lauerdes heste to don.
     1190
Seouen ȝer wes Astrild; i þissen eorð-huse.
     1191
þat neuer ne ferde heo wið-uten dore; ne na mon heo þer nuste.
     1192
buten þe king Locrin; & his iueren mid him.
     1193
Þonne he to Trinouant wende; þenne seide he to Wendoleine.
     1194
þat he wolde beon seoueniht þære; & his godd hure.
     1195
inne diȝelnesse; & elles he ne durste.
     1196
þat ei mon wuste; whet he þer sohte.
     1197
Guendoleine him ilefede; luðere weren his craftes.
     1198
Þus ferde Locrin þe wilde; þat Astrild wes mid childe.
     1199
& Guendoleine al-swa; mid childe heo weren ba twa. Page  62
     1200