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

Lines 14201 through 14300

Þa wes hit itimed þere; þat Merlin seide while. Page  746
     14201
Ærm wurðest þu Winchæstre; þæ eorðe þe scal forswalȝe.
     14202
swa Merlin sæide; þe witeȝe wes mære.
     14203
Þa quene læi inne Eouwerwic; næs heo næuere swa sarlic.
     14204
þat wes Wenhauer þa quene; særȝest wimmonne.
     14205
Heo iherde suggen; soððere worden.
     14206
hu ofte Modred flah; and hu Arður hine bibah.
     14207
Wa wes hire þere while; þat heo wes on life.
     14208
Ut of Eouerwike; bi nihte heo i-wende.
     14209
& touward Karliun tuhte; swa swiðe swa heo mahte;
     14210
þider heo brohten bi nihte; of hire cnihten tweiȝe.
     14211
and me hire hafd bi-wefde; mid ane hali rifte.
     14212
and heo wes þer munechene; kare-fullest wife.
     14213
Þa nusten men of þere quene; war heo bicumen weore.
     14214
no feole ȝere seoððe; nuste hit mon to soðe.
     14215
whaðer heo weore on deðe.
     14216
þa heo hire-seolf weore; isunken in þe watere.
     14217
Modred wes i Cornwale; & somnede cnihtes feole.
     14218
to Irlonde he sende; a-neoste his sonde.
     14219
to Sex-londe he sende; aneouste his sonde.
     14220
to Scotlonde he sende; aneouste his sonde.
     14221
he hehten heom to cume alle anan; þat wolde lond habben.
     14222
oðer seoluer oðer gold; o[ð]er ahte o[ð]er lond.
     14223
on ælchere wisen; he warnede hine seoluen.
     14224
swa deð ælc witer mon; þa neode cumeð uuen-an.
     14225
Arður þat iherde. wraðest kinge;
     14226
þat Modred wæs i Cornwale. mid muchele monweorede;
     14227
& þer wolde abiden þat Arður come riden.
     14228
Arður sende sonde; ȝeond al his kine-londe.
     14229
and to cumen alle hehte; þat quic wes on londe.
     14230
þa to uihte oht weoren; wepnen to beren.
     14231
and w[ha]-swa hit for-sete; þat þe king hete.
     14232
þe king hine wolde a folden; qui[c] al for-bernen.
     14233
Hit læc to-ward hirede; folc vni-mete.
     14234
ridinde & ganninde; swa þe rim falle[ð] adune. Page  748
     14235
Arður for to Cornwale; mid uni[me]te ferde.
     14236
Modred þat iherde; & him toȝeines heolde.
     14237
mid vnimete folke; þer weore monie uæie.
     14238
Uppen þere Ta[m]bre; heo tuhten to-gadere.
     14239
þe stude hatte Camelford; euer-mare ilast þat ilke weorde.
     14240
And at Camelforde wes isomned; sixti þusend.
     14241
& ma þusend þer-to; Modred wes heore ælder;
     14242
Þa þider-ward gon ride. Arður þe riche;
     14243
mid unimete folke. uæie þah hit weore.
     14244
Uppe þere Tambre; heo tuhte to-somne.
     14245
heuen here-marken. halden to-gadere;
     14246
luken sweord longe. leiden o þe helmen;
     14247
fur ut sprengen; speren brastlien.
     14248
sceldes gonnen scanen; scaftes to-breken.
     14249
þer faht al to-somne; folc vnimete.
     14250
Tambre wes on flode; mid vnimete blode.
     14251
mon i þan fihte non þer ne mihte; ikenne nenne kempe.
     14252
no wha dude wurse; no wha bet. swa þat wiðe wes imenged.
     14253
for ælc sloh adun-riht; weore he swein weore he cniht.
     14254
Þer wes Modred of-slaȝe; and idon of lif-daȝe.
     14255
in þan fihte
     14256
Þer weoren of-slaȝe; alle þa snelle.
     14257
Ar[ð]ures hered-men. heȝe [and lowe]
     14258
and þa Bruttes alle; of Arðures borde.
     14259
and alle his fosterlinges; of feole kineriches.
     14260
And Arður forwunded; mid wal-spere brade.
     14261
fiftene he hafde; feondliche wunden.
     14262
mon mihte i þare laste; twa glouen iþraste.
     14263
Þa nas þer na-mare; i þan fehte to laue;
     14264
of twa hundred þusend monnen. þa þer leien to-hauwen;
     14265
buten Arður þe king ane; & of his cnihtes tweien.
     14266
Arður wes for-wunded; wunder ane swiðe.
     14267
þer to him com a cnaue; þe wes of his cunne.
     14268
he wes Cadores sune; þe eorles of Corwaile.
     14269
Constantin hehte þe cnaue; he wes þan kinge deore.
     14270
Arður him lokede on; þer he lai on folden.
     14271
and þas word seide; mid sorhfulle heorte. Page  750
     14272
Costæntin þu art wilcume; þu weore Cadores sone.
     14273
Ich þe bitache here; mine kineriche.
     14274
and wite mine Bruttes; a to þines lifes.
     14275
and hald heom alle þa laȝen; þa habbeoð i-stonden a mine daȝen.
     14276
and alle þa laȝen gode; þa bi Vðeres daȝen stode.
     14277
And ich wulle uaren to Aualun; to uairest alre maidene.
     14278
to Argante þere quene; aluen swiðe sceone.
     14279
& heo s[c]al mine wunden; makien alle isunde.
     14280
al hal me makien; mid haleweiȝe drenchen.
     14281
And seoðe ich cumen wulle. to mine kineriche.
     14282
and wunien mid Brutten; mid muchelere wunne.
     14283
Æfne þan worden; þer com of se wenden.
     14284
þat wes an sceort bat liðen; sceouen mid vðen.
     14285
and twa wimmen þer-inne. wunderliche idihte;
     14286
and heo nomen Arður anan; and aneouste hine uereden.
     14287
and softe hine adun leiden; & forð gunnen liðen.
     14288
Þa wes hit iwurðen; þat Merlin seide whilen.
     14289
þat weore uni-mete care; of Arðures forð-fare.
     14290
Bruttes ileueð ȝete; þat he bon on liue.
     14291
and wunnien in Aualun; mid fairest alre aluen.
     14292
and lokieð euere Bruttes ȝete; whan Arður cumen liðe.
     14293
Nis nauer þe mon iboren; of nauer nane burde icoren.
     14294
þe cunne of þan soðe; of Arðure sugen mare.
     14295
Bute while wes an witeȝe; Mærlin ihate.
     14296
he bodede mid worde; his quiðes weoren soðe.
     14297
þat an Arður sculde ȝete; cum Anglen to fulste.
     14298
Costantin þus leouede on londe; & Bruttes hine lufede.
     14299
and swiðe deore heom he wes. and w((r))ðeliche heo hine heolden;
     14300