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

Lines 13501 through 13600

and alle þa scut%ten; scuuen heom bisides.
     13501
and þa men auoten; to gunnen fusen;
     13502
and alle somed smiten on; mid smarten heore dunten.
     13503
At þan uorme smællen; Romaniscen veollen.
     13504
fiftene hundred; folden to grunden;
     13505
þer wes islæȝen Euander; þe king wes ful sturne. ær.
     13506
Catellus of Rome; forȝæt his domes þære.
     13507
Þæ astalden þer flem; þat ær staðel heolden.
     13508
þa rugges to-wenden; & fluȝen Rom-leoden.
     13509
Bruttes heom after buȝen; & mid baluwe heom. igrætten;
     13510
and swa monie heo þer nomen; and swa monie heo þer sloȝen.
     13511
þat no mihte Bruttene uerde; bi-ueolen na-mare.
     13512
And þa Romanisce men; þe þer at-faren mihten.
     13513
at-arnede ful sone; to þan kaisere.
     13514
and talden him tidende; of Arðure þan kinge.
     13515
for heo wenden to soðe; þat Arður þider comen.
     13516
þer wes auared swiðe; þe kaisere & his ferde.
     13517
þe Bruttes islaȝen hafden; þat heom sel þuhten.
     13518
aȝein-ward heo buȝen þa; mid baldere biȝete.
     13519
and to þan stude wenden aȝæin; þer þat feht hafde ibeon.
     13520
and bureden þa deden; and þa quike gunnen forð leden.
     13521
And senden after Petreiun; þæ heo ær nomen.
     13522
& after his iueren; þæ ær inumen weoren.
     13523
and senden heom alle fuliwis; into þære burȝe of Paris.
     13524
and þreo castles fulden; and faste heom biclusden.
     13525
after Arðures heste; aðelest kingen.
     13526
Alle Brut-leoden; luueden Arðuren.
     13527
alle heom stod him æie to; þat wuneden a þan ærde.
     13528
swa dude þan kaisere; of Ærðure he hafde muchele kare.
     13529
and alle Rom-leoden; of Arðure weoren a-færde.
     13530
Þa wæs mid soðe ifunde; þat Mærlin sæide whilen.
     13531
þat sculden for Ar[ð]ure; Rome ifullen afure.
     13532
and þa wal of stanen; quakien and fallen.
     13533
Þas ilke tacni[n]ge sculde beon; of Luces þan kæiseren. Page  710
     13534
& of þan senature; þa mid him come of Rome;
     13535
and of þan seoluen wisen; þæ þer gunnen resen.
     13536
þat Merlin i furn-daȝen seide; al heo hit funden þere.
     13537
swa heo duden ære. and seoððen wel iwhare;
     13538
ær Arður iboren weore. Merlin al hit bodede;
     13539
Þe kaisere i-herde suggen; soðere worden.
     13540
hu his men weoren inu[m]en; and hu his folc æc of-slaȝen.
     13541
Þa weoren inne his ferde; feole-valde sorȝe.
     13542
summe mænden heore freond; summe þrætteden heore ueond.
     13543
summe bonneden wepnen; balu heom wes ȝeueðe.
     13544
Þa iseh Luces; þat luðere him ilimped wæs;
     13545
for ælche dæi he losede; of his leod-folke.
     13546
ah he herm iuredde; his heȝe men he losede.
     13547
He iwærð afered þa; wunder ane swiðe.
     13548
and nom him to ræde; & to som-rune.
     13549
þat he wolde to Æust; mid alle his iuerde.
     13550
forð bi Lengres he wolde uare; of Arðure he hafde muchele kare.
     13551
Arður hafde his hauwares. an hirede þas kaiseres;
     13552
and sone duden him to witen; whuder he wolde wenden.
     13553
Ar[ð]ur lette sone; somnien his ferde.
     13554
stilleliche bi nihte; his cnihtes seleste.
     13555
and forð þe king wende; mid sele his folke.
     13556
An his riht honde; he lette Lengres stonde.
     13557
and i þæne wæi biforen ferde; þe Luces faren wolde.
     13558
Þa he com in ane dale; vnder ane dune.
     13559
þer he gon at-stonden; kennest alre kingen.
     13560
þat dale is mid soðe; Sosie ihaten.
     13561
Arður þer adun lihte; and hæhte al his duȝeðe;
     13562
græðien heom to fihte; swa scolden cnihtes ohte.
     13563
þat whenne Rom-leoden; þer comen riden.
     13564
þat heo uengen heom on; swa ohte cnihtes sculden don.
     13565
Alle þa sweines & þa un-wræ[st]e þeines.
     13566
& of þan smale uolke; feole þusunde.
     13567
þe king heom sette in ane hulle; mid feole here-marken.
     13568
þat he dude for ȝepscipe; þer-of he ȝelpen þohte.
     13569
al swa hit i-warð seoððe; þer-after ful sone. Page  712
     13570
Arður ten þusend nom; of aðelen his cnihten.
     13571
sende a riht honde; mid raue bihonge.
     13572
he lette oðere ten þusende; an his lift honde.
     13573
ten þusend biuoren; ten þusend biæften.
     13574
mid heom-seoluen heo heolden; sixtene þusund.
     13575
bi-halues he sende; in-to ane wude hende.
     13576
seouentene þusend; selere cnihten.
     13577
wel iwepnede men; þene wude to bi-wit%teȝen.
     13578
þat heo mihte þider uare; ȝif him neod weore.
     13579
Þa wes inne Gloucestre; an eorl mid þan bezste.
     13580
Moruið wes ihate; mon swiðe kene.
     13581
him he bi-tahte; þene wude & þa ferde.
     13582
And ȝif hit ilimpeð; swa wule þe liuiende Godd.
     13583
þat heo ouer-cumen beon; and biginnen to fleon.
     13584
setteð heom after; mid allen æouwer mahten.
     13585
and al þat ȝe of-take maȝen; doh hit of lif-daȝen.
     13586
þa uatte & þa lene; þa riche and þa hene.
     13587
For no beo in nauer nare leode; no in none leode.
     13588
cnihtes al swa sele; swa beoð mid me seolue.
     13589
cnihtes al swa ræȝe; cnihtes al swa riche.
     13590
cnihtes al swa stronge; in nauer ane londe.
     13591
Ȝe beoð under Criste; cnihten alre kennest.
     13592
and ich æm rihchest alre kinge. vnder Gode seolue;
     13593
do we wel þas dede. Godd us wel spede;
     13594
Cnihtes þa andswarede. stille-liche under lufte;
     13595
Alle we scullen wel don. and alle we scullen to-uon.
     13596
Niðing wurðe þe cniht; þe ne cuðe his mahten her-riht.
     13597
Þa sænde heo a ba siden; al þa men auoten.
     13598
þa lette he sette up þene drake; heremærken unimake.
     13599
bi-tæhte hine ane kinge; þe wel hine cuðe halde.
     13600