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

Lines 13301 through 13400

and smiten to a-uorenon; and feollen an hundred anan.
     13301
Þa wenden Rom-leoden; þat Arður come riden.
     13302
and weoren afered feondliche swiðe. and Bruttes after heom;
     13303
and sloȝen of þan folke. fiften hundred;
     13304
Þa com heom to fulste; of heore aȝe uolke.
     13305
þa Arður þider hafde isend; sixtene þusund.
     13306
baldere Brutten; mid burnen bihonged.
     13307
Þa com þer ride; þat wes an eorl riche.
     13308
Petreius ihate; heh of Rome.
     13309
mid six þusend kempen; þan Romanisce to helpen.
     13310
& mid muchelere strengðe. leopen to þan Brutten.
     13311
and lut þer-of nomen; ah monie heo of-sloȝen.
     13312
Bruttes to wude hælden; þe oðere after wenden.
     13313
and þa Bruttes auoten; uaste aȝæin stoden.
     13314
and þa Romanisce men; fuhten ridende.
     13315
and Bruttes heom to heolden; & heore ((hors)) sloȝen.
     13316
& moni þer nomen; & in þene wude droȝen. Page  698
     13317
Þa iwarð Petreius wrað; þat his wes þa wurse þer.
     13318
and he mid his uerde; from þan wude wende.
     13319
and Bruttes heom to buȝen; and bi-æften heom sloȝen.
     13320
Þa Bruttes weoren ut of wude; iȝein to þan felde.
     13321
þa atstoden Rom-leoden; mid ræȝe strenȝe.
     13322
Þa bi-gon þat muchele fiht; þer ueollen eorl%les & moni god cnih[t].
     13323
þer ueollen a dæi; fiften þusend.
     13324
aðelere monnen; ær hit weore æfen.
     13325
Þer he finden mihte; þe his main wolde fondien.
     13326
hond aȝan honde; strongne ((aȝein str))[onge].
     13327
sceld aȝein scelde; scalkes þer ueollen.
     13328
Vrnen þa streten; mid blode-stræmen.
     13329
leien ȝeond þan ueldes; gold-faȝe sceldes.
     13330
al þene dæi longe; heo heolden þat feht stronge.
     13331
Petreius an his halue; his folc heold to-somne.
     13332
þa iwræð sone; þat Bruttes hafden þat wurse.
     13333
Þat isæh þe eorl heȝe; of Oxeneuorde.
     13334
Beof wæs ihæten; hæh Bruttisc mon.
     13335
þat a nare wisen; ne mihte hit i-wurðen.
     13336
þat Bruttes ne mos((ten)) reosen; buten heo ræd haueden.
     13337
Þa eorl þa cleopede; cnihtes aðele.
     13338
of þan alre bezsten; of alle þan Brutten.
     13339
and of þan kennesten; þe þer quike weoren.
     13340
and tuhte hine ut a þan felde; aneouste þere ferde.
     13341
and þus him iseide; an heorte him wes unneðe.
     13342
Cnihtes hercnieð nu to me; Drihten us helpe.
     13343
we beoð hidere icumen; and þis feht habbe((oð)) under-numen.
     13344
buten Arðures rede; þe is ure hexte.
     13345
ȝif us oht ilimpeð; we him þa bet likieð.
     13346
and ȝif us ilimpeð uuelen. he us wule hatien.
     13347
Ah ȝif ȝe wulleð minne ræd; þenne ride we al glad.
     13348
We beoð þreo hundred cnihtes; ihelmede þeines. Page  700
     13349
ohte men and kene; aðele iborene.
     13350
Cuðeð eouwer cniht-scipe; we beoð of are cu[ð]ðe.
     13351
Rideð þenne ich ride; and fulieð mine rede.
     13352
Alle haldeð him to; to þan cnihte þa ich do.
     13353
ne nime ȝe nenne stede; no nanes cnihtes iwede.
     13354
ah æuer-ælc god cniht; slæn æuere adun-riht.
     13355
Æfne þan worde; þe þe cniht sæide. of Oxene-uorde.
     13356
to his iueren bisiden; þe gon he to riden;
     13357
æfne al swa swiðe; swa hund þene heort driueð.
     13358
and his iueren after; mid allen heore mahten.
     13359
þurh-ut þene muchele uehte; al þa cniht-weorede.
     13360
fluen an heore steden; uolc heo þere aqualden.
     13361
Wo wæs heom iboren; þa i þan weie heom weoren biuoren.
     13362
for alle heo hit to-treden; mid horsen & mid steden.
     13363
and swa aneouste heo iwenden; and Petreium iuengen;
     13364
Beo[f] him bi-arnde; and mid ærmen bi-clupte.
     13365
& bræid hine of his stede; & to eorðe hine istræhte.
     13366
he wuste him bihalues; balde his cnihte.
     13367
Bruttes adun sloȝen; Petreius heo droȝen.
     13368
and þa Rom-leoden; ræhliche fuhten.
     13369
and a þan laste ne mihte mon wite. wha oðerne smite.
     13370
þer wes muchel blod-gute; balu wes on compe.
     13371
Þa isæh Walwain; þer he wes bihaluen.
     13372
mid seouen hundred cnihten; þider he gon hælden.
     13373
in his wæiȝe þat he funde; al he hit aqualde.
     13374
and ridende igrap Petreiun; on richen his steden.
     13375
and ladde uorð Petreiun; læð þeh hit weore him.
     13376
þat heo to þan wude comen; þer heo wel wusten.
     13377
sikerliche to halden; þene riche mon of Rome.
     13378
and æft ut a þene ueld wenden and bi-gonnen to fehten.
     13379
Þer me iseon mihte; sorȝen inoȝe.
     13380
sceldes scenen; scalkes fallen.
     13381
halmes to-hælden; hæh((ȝe)) men to-swelten.
     13382
blodie ueldes; falewede nebbes.
     13383
Bruttes heom to-ræsden; þa fluȝen Rom-leoden.
     13384
Bruttes heom sloȝen; and monie heo quic. nomen.
     13385
and þe dæi-ende þæ; wa wes Rom-leoden [þ]a.
     13386
Þa bond men uaste; kempen Romanisce.
     13387
and lædden heom to þan wude; biuoren Walwaine. Page  702
     13388
heom biwakeden a þere nihte. twenti hundred cnihten.
     13389
Þa hit dai wes amarȝen; duȝeðe gon sturie.
     13390
forð heo gunnen liðe. to heore kine-lauerde;
     13391
and swulc lac him brohte; þat leof him wes to habben.
     13392
Þa spac Arður him þus; Wulcume Petreius.
     13393
Nu ic þe wulle teche. Bruttisce spæche.
     13394
Þu ȝulpe biforen þan kaisere; þat þu me woldest aquellen.
     13395
Nimen mine castles alle; and mine kine-riche.
     13396
and muchel þe sæl iwurðen; of þat þu wilnedest to habben.
     13397
Ich wulle bitachen þe; ful iwis; minne castel inne Paris.
     13398
and þer þu scalt wunien; swa þe beoð alre leoþest.
     13399
ne scalt þu nauere. mare; þi lif þenne lede.
     13400