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

Lines 12901 through 13000

wanede hire siðes; þat heo wæs on liues
     12901
þat set bi þan fure; mid reolichen ibere.
     12902
& sæt & bi-heold æuere; ænne burinæsse.
     12903
and hire ȝeddes sæide; ȝeomere stefne.
     12904
Wale Eleine; wale deore maide. Page  676
     12905
wale þat ich þe uedde; þat ich þe uostredde.
     12906
wale þat þæ wald-scaðe; here þe haueð þus for-uare.
     12907
wale þat ich wes iboren; mine leomen he haueð to-broken.
     12908
Þa bi-sæh þat wif abuten; whar þe eotend come buȝen.
     12909
bi-seh a þene eorl Beduer; þa icumen wes þer.
     12910
Þa sæide þat wif here; þer heo sæt bi fure.
     12911
Whæt ært þu fære whit; eært þu angel eært cnih[t].
     12912
beoð þine feðer-heomen; ihaneked mid golden.
     12913
Ȝif þu ært of heuene; þu miht isund faren heonene.
     12914
and ȝif þu ært eorðlic cniht; ærm þu iwurðest forð-riht.
     12915
For nu anan cumeð þe scaðe; þe alle þine leomen wule to-draȝen.
     12916
þeh þu weore stel al; he þe awalt iwildel.
     12917
He uerde to Brutaine; to að[el]est alre bolde;
     12918
to Howeles castle; hæh mon inne Brutene.
     12919
þa ȝaten alle he to-brac; and binnen he gon wende.
     12920
He nom þare halle wah; and helden hine to grunde.
     12921
þæs bures dure he warp adun; þat heo to-barst a uiuen.
     12922
he funde i þan buren; fæirest alre bruden.
     12923
Eleinen wes ihaten; aðelest kunnen.
     12924
Howeles dohter; hæh mon of Brutene.
     12925
Arðures maȝe; of swiðe heȝe cunne.
     12926
Ich wes hire uoster-moder; and feire heo uostredde.
     12927
Þer þe eotend unc ifeng; forð mid him-seoluen.
     12928
fiftene mile;
     12929
into þisse wilde wude. hider to þissen ilke stude;
     12930
þus he us diste; to-dæi a seouen nihte.
     12931
Sone swa he hider com; swa he þat maide inom.
     12932
he wolde mon-radene; habben wið þan maidene.
     12933
Ælde næfde heo na mare; buten fihtene ȝere.
     12934
ne mihte þat maiden; his mone i-þolien.
     12935
anan swa he lai hire mide; hire lif heo losede sone.
     12936
& her he heo bi-burede; burden alre hendest.
     12937
Eleine min aȝen uoster; Howelles dohter.
     12938
Þa [h]e hafde þis idon; swa me seoluen inom.
     12939
a uolden he me laiden; and lai mid me seoluen.
     12940
nu hafeð he mine ban alle; lad-liche a-brokene.
     12941
mine leomen al to-leðed. mi lif me is a-laðed.
     12942
Nu ich habbe þe itald; hu we beoð her ihæd.
     12943
flih nu swiðe; lest he þe ifinde.
     12944
for ȝif he cumeð a-bolȝen; mid his balu-ræsen. Page  678
     12945
nes he neuere iboren; þe maȝen stonden þe biuoren.
     12946
Efne þissen worden; þa þat wif seide.
     12947
Beduer heo gon hirten; mid hende-liche worden.
     12948
Leofe moder ich æm mon; and cniht æm wel idon.
     12949
and ich þe wule suggen; þurh soðe mine worden.
     12950
næs nan kempen i-boren; of nauer nare burden.
     12951
þat mon ne mæi mid strenðe; stupen hine to grunde.
     12952
& hire þe ane alde wifmon; swiðe lutle beoð þine mæhten.
     12953
Ah hafuen nu swiðe godne dæi; and ich wulle faren minne wæi.
     12954
Adun him ferde Beduer; to his duȝeðe-kinge.
     12955
and talde him hu he hafde kare; and hu he hafde al ifare.
     12956
and what þat wif alde; of þan maidene him talde.
     12957
and hu þe eotend ælche dæi; bi þan alde wiue lai.
     12958
Þer heo heom bi-twenen; heolden heore runen.
     12959
hu heo mihten taken on; þat þe scucke weore fordon.
     12960
Þeo while com þe eoten[de] faren; and fusden to hi[s] fure.
     12961
he bar uppen his rugge; burðene grete.
     12962
þat weore twælf swine; iteied to-somne;
     12963
mid wiðen swiðe grete, y-wriðen al to-gadere;
     12964
Adun he warp þa dede swin; & him-seolf sæt þer-bi.
     12965
his fur he beten a-gon; & muchele treowen læiden on.
     12966
þa six swin he to-droh; & euere he to þan wiue loh.
     12967
& sone umbe while; he lai bi þan wife.
     12968
ah he nuste noht þan tidende; þat comen to his wife-þinge.
     12969
He droh ut his gleden; his flæsce he gon breden;
     12970
and þa six swin he gon æten alle; ær he arise of selde.
     12971
al biwaled on axen; wanliche weoren þa sonden.
     12972
and seoððen he gon ræmien; and raxlede swiðe.
     12973
& adun lai bi þan fure; & his leomen strahte.
     12974
Lete we nu þene eotend bi-lafuen; and atlien to þan kinge.
     12975
Arður at þan watere; his wapnen ((nom)) an honde.
     12976
& þe eorl Beduer; god cnih[t] wis and war.
     12977
and þe þridde wes Kæi; þes kinges stiward & his mæi.
     12978
Ouer þan watere heo comen; iwepned mid þan bezsten.
     12979
& stiȝen up þan hulle; mid allen heore maine.
     12980
þat heo comen fusen; a-neuste þan furen. Page  680
     12981
þer þe eotende lai and slæp; & þa quene sæt and weop.
     12982
Arður hine teh bi-siden his iferen.
     12983
for-bad heom bi heore leomen; & bi heore bare liuen.
     12984
þat nan neoren swa kene; þat heom neh comen.
     12985
buten he iseȝen; þat hit ned weoren;
     12986
Beduer at-stod him þere; and Kæi his iuere.
     12987
Arður gon stepe vorð; stið-imoded kempe.
     12988
þat he com to þan ulette; þer þe feond lai and slæpte.
     12989
Æuere wes Arður; ærhðe bideled.
     12990
þet wes sutel þer-on; sellic þah hit þunche.
     12991
for Arður mihte þere; þene eotende al to-hæuwe.
     12992
slan þene scucke; þer he lai & slapte.
     12993
Þa nolde Arður on slepen; na wiht hine areppen.
     12994
leste he an uferre daȝe; up-bræid iherde.
     12995
Þa cleopede Arður anan; aðelest kingen.
     12996
Aris aris feond-scaðe; to þine fæie-siðe.
     12997
nu wit scullen delen; þene dæd of mire maȝen.
     12998
Ær þe king hæfde; þæs ful isæide.
     12999
þe eotend up a-sturte; & igrap his mucle clubbe.
     13000