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

Lines 14001 through 14100

And þa quene ich al to-snaðde; mid deore mine sweorede.
     14001
and seo[ð]ðen ich heo adu[n] sette. in ane swarte putte.
     14002
and al mi uolc riche; sette to fleme.
     14003
þat nuste ich under Criste; whar heo bicumen weoren.
     14004
Buten mi-seolf ich gon atstonden; uppen ane wolden.
     14005
& ich þer wondrien agon; wide ȝeond þan moren.
     14006
þer ich isah gripes. and grisliche fuȝeles.
     14007
Þa com an guldene leo; liðen ouer dune;
     14008
deoren swiðe hende. þa ure Drihten make[de].
     14009
Þa leo me orn foren to; and iueng me bi þan midle.
     14010
& forð hire gun ȝeongen; & to þere sæ wende.
     14011
And ich isæh þæ vðen; i þere sæ driuen.
     14012
and þe leo i þan ulode; iwende wið me seolue.
     14013
Þa wit i sæ comen; þa vðen me hire binomen. Page  736
     14014
com þer an fisc liðe; and fereden me to londe.
     14015
þa wes ich al wet; & weri of sorȝen and seoc.
     14016
þa gon ich i-wakien; swiðe ich gon to quakien.
     14017
Þa gon ich to biuien; swulc ich al fur burne.
     14018
And swa ich habbe al niht; of mine sweuene swiðe iþoht.
     14019
for ich what to iwisse; agan is al mi blisse.
     14020
for a to mine liue; sorȝen ich mot driȝe.
     14021
wale þat ich nabbe here; Wenhauer mine quene.
     14022
Þa andswarede þe cniht; Lauerd þu hauest un-riht.
     14023
ne sculde me nauere sweuen; mid sorȝen are((c))chen.
     14024
þu ært þe riccheste mon; þa rixleoð on londen.
     14025
and þe alre wiseste; þe wuneð under weolcne.
     14026
Ȝif hit weore ilu[m]pe; swa nulle hit ure Drihte;
     14027
þat Modred þire suster sune; hafde þine quene inume.
     14028
and al þi kine-liche lond; isæt an his aȝere hond.
     14029
þe þu him bitahtest; þa þu to Rome þohtest.
     14030
and he hafde al þus ido; mid his swike-dome.
     14031
þe ȝet þu mihtest þe awreken; wurð-liche mid wepnen.
     14032
& æft þi lond halden; and walden þine leoden.
     14033
and þine feond fallen; þe þe ufel unnen.
     14034
and slæn heom alle clane; þet þer no bilauen nane.
     14035
Arður þa andswarede. aðelest alre kinge.
     14036
Longe bið æuere; þat no wene ich nauere.
     14037
þat æuere Moddred mi mæi;
     14038
wolde me biswiken. for alle mine richen.
     14039
no Wenhauer mi quene; wakien on þonke.
     14040
nulleð hit biginne; for nane weorld-monne.
     14041
Æfne þan worde forð-riht; þa andswarede þe cniht.
     14042
Ich sugge þe soð leofe king; for ich æm þin vnder-ling.
     14043
þus hafeð Modred idon; þine quene he hafeð ifon.
     14044
and þi wun-liche lond; isæt an his aȝere hond.
     14045
he is king & heo is que[ne]; of þine kume nis na wene.
     14046
for no weneð heo nauere to soðe; þat þu cumen aȝain from Rome.
     14047
Ich æm þin aȝen mon; & iseh þisne swike-dom.
     14048
and ich æm icumen to þe seoluen; soð þe to suggen.
     14049
Min hafued beo to wedde; þat isæid ich þe habbe.
     14050
soð buten lese; of leofen þire quene.
     14051
& of Modrede þire suster sune; hu he hafueð Brut-lond þe binume, Page  738
     14052
Þa sæt hit al stille; in Arðures halle.
     14053
þa wes þer særinæsse; mid sele þan kinge.
     14054
þa weoren Bruttisce men; swiðe vnbalde uor þæn.
     14055
Þa umbe stunde; stefne þer sturede.
     14056
wide me mihte iheren; Brutten iberen.
     14057
and gunne to tellen; a feole cunne spellen.
     14058
hu heo wolden for-deme; Modred & þa quene.
     14059
and al þat mon-cun for-don; þe mid Modred heolden.
     14060
Arður þa cleopede; hendest alre Brutte.
     14061
Sitte[ð] a-dun stille; cnihtes inne halle.
     14062
and ich eou telle wulle; spelles vncuðe.
     14063
Nu to-mærȝe þenne hit dæi bið; & Drihten hine sende.
     14064
forð ich wulle buȝe; in to-ward Bruttaine.
     14065
and Moddred ich wulle s[l]an; & þa quen for-berne.
     14066
and alle ich wulle for-don; þa biluueden þen swike-dom.
     14067
And her ich bileofuen wulle; me leofuest monne.
     14068
Howel minne leofue mæi; hexst of mine cunne.
     14069
and half mine uerde; ich bilæfuen a þissen ærde.
     14070
to halden al þis kine-lond; þa ich habbe a mire hond.
     14071
& þenne þas þing. beoð alle idone; aȝan ich wulle to Rome.
     14072
& mi wunliche lond bitæche; Walwaine mine mæie.
     14073
and iuorþ((e)) m((i)) beot seo[ð]ðe; bi mine bare life.
     14074
Scullen alle mine feond; wæi-sið makeȝe.
     14075
Þa stod him up Walwain; þat wes Arðures mæi.
     14076
and þas word saide; þe eorl wes abolȝe.
     14077
Ældrihten Godd; domes waldend.
     14078
al middel-ærdes mund; whi is hit iwurðen.
     14079
þat mi broðer Modred; þis morð hafueð itimbred.
     14080
Ah to-dæi ich at-sake hine here; biuoren þissere duȝeðe.
     14081
and ich hine for-demen wulle; mid Drihtenes wille.
     14082
mi-seolf ich wulle hine an-hon; haxst alre warien.
     14083
þa quene ich wulle mid Goddes laȝe. al mid horsen to-draȝe.
     14084
For ne beo ich nauere bliðe; þa wile a beoð aliue.
     14085
and þat ich habbe minne æm; awræke mid þan bezste.
     14086
Bruttes þa andswarede; mid baldere stefne.
     14087
Al ure wepnen; sunden ȝarewe; nu to-marȝen we scullen uaren.
     14088
A marȝen þat hit dæi wes; & Drihten hine senden.
     14089
Arðu[r] uorð him wende; mid aðelen his folke. Page  740
     14090
half he hit bilæfde; & half hit forð ladde.
     14091
Forð he wende þurh þat lond; þat he com to Whit-sond.
     14092
scipen he hæfde sone; monie & wel idone.
     14093
ah feowertene niht fulle; þere læi þa uerde.
     14094
þeos wederes abiden; windes bi-delde.
     14095
Nu was sum for-cuð kempe; in Arðures ferde.
     14096
anæn swa he demen iherde; of Modredes [d]eðe
     14097
he nom his swein aneouste; and sende to þissen londe.
     14098
and sende word Wenhaueren; heou hit was iwurðen.
     14099
and hu Arður wes on uore; mid muclere ferde.
     14100