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

Lines 15501 through 15600

and he wulle þi mon bi-cume; and to ȝisle seollen þe his sune.
     15501
and of þe his kine-lond halden; and for lauerd þe ikenne;
     15502
& on ælchere þeode; beon ȝaru to þine neode.
     15503
he wule beon þi mon icoren; aȝein ælcne mon iboren.
     15504
Þa andswærien agon; mid aðelen his worden;
     15505
Cadwalan þe kene. þe king of Suð-londe.
     15506
Ȝif Penda wolde halde; þat he me bi-hateð to don.
     15507
and bitechen me his sune; his gold and his gærsume.
     15508
& treouwe mon auere beon; & neouwar min herm iseon.
     15509
& likede swa him likede; næue[re] me bi-swike.
     15510
ich me biræden wolde; of swulchere neode.
     15511
Þer anan forð-riht; andswarede þe gode cniht. Page  812
     15512
La swa ic auere mote iþeon; ich wulle his an barh beon.
     15513
and habbeon to iueren; an hond((r))et rideren.
     15514
uppen alle ure londe; uppen seoluer and uppen golde.
     15515
And swa ich bide are; ȝet he wulle mare.
     15516
ane suster he haueð hende; in þan æst ende.
     15517
nis nan feirure wifmon; þa whit sunne scineð on.
     15518
þe king of France Leouwis; ȝirneð hire ful iwis.
     15519
and he wulle hire to morȝeue; þene Mans bitæchen.
     15520
and habben heo to quene; þat mæiden Helene.
     15521
And ich suggen þe to soðe; þæh ich þi bro[ð]er weore.
     15522
æuere þe is selere; þi-sulf þat þu heo habbe.
     15523
þurh hire þu miht biwinnen; lufe of hire cunnen.
     15524
and iwinnen al þi kine-lond; to þire aȝere hond.
     15525
and wunien on londe; and walde þine riche.
     15526
Þa andswarede Cadwalan; þe king wes on londen.
     15527
Hit is on mine rede; to don þat þu bede.
     15528
Ȝif þu miht under Criste; þis forward me ileste.
     15529
ich þe ȝeuen to hure; al Deuene-scire.
     15530
al for Heleine lufe; hiȝendliche let heo cume.
     15531
Þe cniht him gon wende; mid muchelere genge.
     15532
to þan castle of Deoure; on þere sæ oure.
     15533
he nom þer Helene; wunder-liche & fæire.
     15534
and forð he heo ladde; in-to Wi[n]chæstre
     15535
þer wes muchel blisse; burh-men weoren bliðe.
     15536
Þer þe king Cadwalan; com him to-ȝeines heom.
     15537
he weddede þat mæiden; & nom heo to his bedden.
     15538
þe[r] wes wif-ðing riche; and vnimete blisse.
     15539
Þa hit wes dæi a-marȝen. & duȝeðe gunnen sturien.
     15540
& þe king iuæstned hafde; alle his forwarde.
     15541
þa nom he muchele genge; and after Penda sende.
     15542
þer he wes ful faste; in þan castle of Æxchæstre.
     15543
and mid muche lufe hine hehte; cumen to Lundenne.
     15544
Penda to Lundene com; he wes aht-liche under-uon.
     15545
and Cadwalan þe kene; mid lufe hine custe.
     15546
and Penda bicom his mon þer; his monscipe wes þe mare.
     15547
þa weoren Lundenisce men; bliðest arle leoden. Page  814
     15548
Þa wes hit seo[ð]ðe þer-after noht longe.
     15549
Cadwalan gan liðe; wide ȝeond þis londe.
     15550
alle þa hine lufeden; he heom gon griþien.
     15551
alle þa him heolden wið; he bi-nom heore lif;
     15552
and heore leoden; and al þat heo leof hafden.
     15553
and hiȝend-liche gon wende; tou-ward þere Humbre.
     15554
and gon þat lond westen; mid hærmen þan mæsten.
     15555
Þat iherde Edwine; and alle þat luueden hine.
     15556
swiðe heo gunnen dreden; of Cadwalanes deden.
     15557
Edwine nom his sonde. and senden to Sex-londe.
     15558
he sende in-to Denene; he sende in-to Noreine.
     15559
in-to Wellisce londe. in-to Scotlonde.
     15560
in-to Orcaneiȝe. in-to Galwaiȝe;
     15561
in-to Is-londe. in-to Fris-londe.
     15562
in-to Gutlonde; þer gumen weoren kene;
     15563
he bed heom cumen sone; mid wepnen wel idone.
     15564
to driuen ut þa Bruttes; þe bisie weoren to harmes.
     15565
and þenne he Bruttes hæfden; mid bronden to-hæuwen.
     15566
he wolde al þis kine-lond; setten an heore hond.
     15567
bute þat he icleoped weore; king of þan londe.
     15568
he wolde þere duȝeðen; þis lond al to-dalen.
     15569
Ah he ful lutel wuste; what ilomp seoððe.
     15570
Comen touward londe; touward Edwine kinge.
     15571
bi sæ & bi londe; feole cunne leoden.
     15572
þer comen seouen kinges; and six sunen kinges.
     15573
seouentene eorles; and sixti þusend beorn%nes.
     15574
Næs he boren nauere; in nauer nare burhȝe.
     15575
þe mihte in æi spelle; þat oðer uolc telle.
     15576
nas hit nauere isæid; no on bocken irad;
     15577
þat æuer ær weore; æi swa muchel ferde.
     15578
æuere in Ængelonde; þurh ænie king to-gadere.
     15579
Edwine gon to uarene; mid mucle his ferde.
     15580
and Cadwalan after wende; mid unimete folke.
     15581
Þe stude hehte Hæd-feld; þer heo at-stoden. under scelde.
     15582
twelf milen is þe wald. þe is ihaten Heð-feld.
     15583
Edwine an his ende; his teldes alle sette.
     15584
his marken & his mare; and eke his mon-weorede.
     15585
and Cadwalan þe kene; him com to-ȝaines sone. Page  816
     15586
þer fusden to-somne; uerden unimete.
     15587
Heo fuhten feondliche; feollen þa uaiȝe.
     15588
brokes þer urnen; mid unimete stremen.
     15589
of bloden þan ræde; þe balu wes unimete.
     15590
Helmes þer gullen; beornes þer ueollen.
     15591
sceldes gunnen scenen; scalkes gunnen swelten.
     15592
at þan forme rese; fifti þusende.
     15593
baldere beornen; heore beot wes þæ lasse.
     15594
Þer wes Edwines ferde; ȝeoumerest alre uolke.
     15595
& Edwine him-seolf anan; ærmest alre kingen.
     15596
þer wes Edwine of-slaȝen; and his sunen tweien.
     15597
þer feollen seouen kinges; and six sunen kinges.
     15598
his eorles his beornes; his cnihtes his cheorles.
     15599
þer wes þe swein & þe cnaue; beinen of are laȝe.
     15600