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

Lines 14101 through 14200

and hu he wolde taken on; & al hu he wolde don.
     14101
Þa quene com to Modred; þat wæs hire leofuest monnes.
     14102
and talde him tidende; of Arðure þan kinge.
     14103
hu he wolde taken an; & al hu he wolde don.
     14104
Modræd nom his sonde; and sende to Sex-lond.
     14105
after Childriche; þe king wes swiðe riche.
     14106
and bæd hine cume to Brutaine; þer-of he bruke sculde.
     14107
Modræd bad Childriche; þene stronge & þene riche.
     14108
wide senden sonde; a feouwer half Sex-londe.
     14109
and beoden þa cnihtes alle; þat heo biȝeten mihte.
     14110
þat heo comen sone; to þissen kinedo[m]e.
     14111
and he wolde Childriche; ȝeouen of his riche.
     14112
al biȝeonde þere Humbre; for he him scolde helpe.
     14113
to fihten wið his æme; Arðuren kinge.
     14114
Childrich beh sone; in-to Brutlonde.
     14115
Þa Modred hafde his ferde; isomned of monnen.
     14116
þa weoren þere italde; sixti þusende.
     14117
here-kempen harde; of heðene uolke.
     14118
þa heo weoren icumen hidere; for Ar[ð]ures hærme.
     14119
Modred to helpen; forcuðest monnen.
     14120
Þa þe uerde wes isome; of ælche mon-cunne.
     14121
þa heo weoren þer on hepe; an hund%dred þusende;
     14122
heðene and cristene. mid Modrede kinge;
     14123
Arður lai at Whit-sond; feouwertene niht him þuhte to long.
     14124
and al Modred wuste; wat Arður þær wolde;
     14125
ælche dai him comen sonde. from þas kinges hirede; Page  742
     14126
Þa ilomp hit an one time; muchel rein him gon rine.
     14127
& þæ wind him gon wende. & stod of þan æst ende.
     14128
and Arður to scipe fusde; mid alle his uerde.
     14129
and hehte þat his scip-men; brohten hine to Romerel;
     14130
þer he þohte up wende; in-to þissen londe.
     14131
Þæ he to þere hauene com; Moddred him wes auornon.
     14132
ase þe dæi gon lihte; heo bigunnen to fihten;
     14133
alle þene longe dæi; moni mon þer ded læi.
     14134
summe hi fuhten a londe; summe bi þan stronde.
     14135
summe heo letten ut of scipen; scerpe garen scriþen.
     14136
Walwain bi-foren wende; and þene wæi rumde.
     14137
& sloh þer a-neuste; þeines elleouene;
     14138
he sloh Childriches sune; þe was þer mid his fader icume.
     14139
To reste eode þa sunne; wæ wes þa monnen;
     14140
þer wes Walwain a-slæȝe; & idon of lif-daȝe.
     14141
þurh an eorl Sexisne; særi wurðe his saule.
     14142
Þa wes Arður særi; & sorhful an heorte for-þi.
     14143
& þas word bo[d]ede; ri((c))chest alre Brutte;
     14144
Nu ich ileosed habbe; mine sweines leofe;
     14145
Ich wuste bi mine sweuene; whæt sorȝen me weoren ȝeueðe.
     14146
i-slaȝen is Angel þe king; þe wes min aȝen deorling.
     14147
& Walwaine ((mi)) suster sune; wa is me þat ich was mon iboren.
     14148
Up nu of scipen biliue; mine beornes ohte.
     14149
Æfne þan worde; wenden to fihte.
     14150
sixti þusend anon; selere kempen.
     14151
and breken Modredes trume; and wel neh him-seolue wes inome.
     14152
Modred bi-gon to fleon; & his folc after teon;
     14153
fluȝen ueond-liche. feldes beoueden eke;
     14154
ȝurren þa stanes. mid þan blod-stremes.
     14155
Þer weore al þat fiht i-don; ah þat niht to raðe com;
     14156
ȝif þa niht neore; islaȝen hi weoren alle.
     14157
Þe niht heom to-delde; ȝeond slades & ȝeon dunen.
     14158
and Modred swa vorð com; þat he wes at Lundene;
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Iherden þa burh-weren; hu hit was il ifaren.
     14160
and warnden him inȝeong; & alle his folke;
     14161
Modred þeone wende; to-ward Winchastre.
     14162
and heo hine under-uengen; mid alle his monnen.
     14163
And Arður after wende; mid alle his mahte. Page  744
     14164
þat he com to Winchestre; mid muchelere uerde.
     14165
& þa burh al biræd; & Modred þer-inne abeod.
     14166
Þa Modred i-sæh; þat Arður him wes swa neh.
     14167
ofte he hine biþohte; wæt he don mahte.
     14168
Þa a þere ilke niht; he hehte his cnihtes alle.
     14169
mid alle heore iwepnen; ut of burhȝe wenden.
     14170
and sæide þat he weolde; mid fihte þer at-stonden.
     14171
He bi-hehte þere burȝe-were; auer-mare freo laȝe.
     14172
wið þan þa heo him heolpen; at heȝere neoden.
     14173
Þa hit wes dæi-liht; ȝaru þa wes heore fiht;
     14174
Arður þat bi-hedde; þe king wes abolȝe.
     14175
he lette bemen blawen; and beonnen men to fihten.
     14176
he hehte alle his þeines; & aðele his cnihte.
     14177
fon somed to fihten; and his ueo[n]d auallen.
     14178
and þe burh alle for-don; and þat bur((h))-folc ahon;
     14179
Heo to-gadere stopen; and sturnliche fuhten.
     14180
Modred þa þohte; what he don mihte.
     14181
& he dude þere; alse he dude elles-whare.
     14182
swike-dom mid þan mæste; for auere he dude unwr((a))ste.
     14183
he biswac his iueren; biuoren Winchestren.
     14184
and lette him to cleopien; his leofeste cnihtes. anan.
     14185
and his leoueste freond alle; of allen his folke.
     14186
and bi-stal from þan fihte; þe feond hine aȝe.
     14187
and þat folc gode lette; al þer for-wurðe.
     14188
Fuhten alle dæi; wenden þat heore lauerd þer læi.
     14189
and weore heom aneouste; at muchelere neode.
     14190
Þa heold he þene wai; þat tou-ward Hamtone lai.
     14191
and heolde touward hauene; forcuðest hæleðe.
     14192
and nom alle þa scipen; þa þer oht weore.
     14193
and þa steor-men alle; to þan scipen neodde.
     14194
and ferden into Cornwalen; forcuðest kingen a þan daȝen.
     14195
And Arður Winchestre; þa burh bilai wel faste;
     14196
& al þat moncun of-sloh; þer wes sorȝen inoh.
     14197
þa ȝeonge and þa alde. alle he aqualde.
     14198
Þa þat folc wes al ded; þa burh al for-swelde.
     14199
þa lette he mid alle; to-breken þa walles alle.
     14200