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

Lines 2001 through 2100

Þeo uniseli moder; þus hire sune murðde.
     2001
heo cærf him þene swure a-twa; a wurþe hire wa
     2002
þe uniselie moder mid sexe hine to snæde.
     2003
& al to-dælde lim from oþere.
     2004
Þa wes þe muchele speche; ȝend þat kineriche.
     2005
of Iudon þere quene; þa heore sone acualde.
     2006
& of þare seoreȝe; þe isiȝe wes to londe.
     2007
Þa weas dæd Fereus; al-swa wes Poreus.
     2008
bi-numen wes þere moder; monschipe on leode.
     2009
þa nes þer noht of þen kunne; þe mihte þis kine-lond walden
     2010
wep-mon ne wif-mon; bute þa seo[rh]-fulle iudon.
     2011
Gumen heom igader[ed]en; & wurpen heo to sa-grunde.
     2012
Þa aræste here vnfriðe; ouer-al me brac þene grið;
     2013
sterce weren þe reæmes; mid stronge raflake.
     2014
elc mon ræuede oðer. þeah hit weren his broðer.
     2015
wrake wes on londe; wa wes þone vnstronge.
     2016
Her wes hunger & hete; her wes alre hær((me))ne mest.
     2017
her wes muchel mon-qualm; þat lut her quike bi-lefden.
     2018
Feowere here weren riche; þe haueden ferden muchele.
     2019
þeo nedden al þæ oðere; & heom ne[ð]ðer sætten.
     2020
& speken heom to-gadere; & speleden þa hæȝe.
     2021
þat heo wuolden; al þis lond; dælen heom bi-twenen.
     2022
Þus heo hit idemden; & þe((r))-æfter swa duden.
     2023
In Scot-lond wes king Stater; i Logres wes king Piner.
     2024
Cloten hafte Cornwale; Rudæuc hauede Norh Wales. Page  106
     2025
Ah Cloten hæfde mest riht; to aȝen þas riche.
     2026
ah þa oðere weoren ræhere; & eke heo weoren richere.
     2027
of golde & of garisume; and of gode londe.
     2028
Cloten heo o-scuneden; & his fær((e))dene for-howede.
     2029
Cloten hauede Cornwale; þat he heold wel one griðe.
     2030
Cloten hauede enne sune; þe sel wes on eorðe.
     2031
he wes feir he wes muchel; to feahten he wes mære.
     2032
cniht he wes kene. & he wes ȝeua custi;
     2033
monie þewes gode; he haueda on his moda.
     2034
His no[m]e wes ihote þus; Donwallo Molinus.
     2035
Þis wes þe feiruste mon; þe æuere æhte ær þ[i]sne kinedom.
     2036
þa he mihte beren wepnen; & his hors wel awilden.
     2037
he lið[d]e ȝeon þeos leoden; sulch hit an liun were.
     2038
he sloh Piner þene king; his folc he al aqualde.
     2039
þa him wih-stoden; he felde heom to his foten.
     2040
& al Logres þat lond; he æȝenede to his æȝere hond.
     2041
Suððen he turnde his fare; & ferd feorh-riht to Wales.
     2042
þer he funde Rudac king. þe reh wes to fehte.
     2043
to-ȝeines him he funde þer; Scot-londes king Stater.
     2044
Heo speken þer to sæhte; to sibbe and to some.
     2045
aiðes heo sworen; swiken þat heo nolden.
     2046
Þus heo makeden heore fære; A-ȝen ferde Dunwale.
     2047
& his mochele ferde; to Cornwale his eærde.
     2048
Þa iherde Stater; þat Dunwale wes swiðe fer.
     2049
Mid muchele Scot-ferde; he scrað to þisse londe.
     2050
Rudauc mid his Welscen; þat wæl wes þe more.
     2051
In-to þisse londe heo comen; þis floc heo hær slowe.
     2052
wide heo ærnde; tuones heo for-barnden.
     2053
mochel dal heo iwesten; mid harmen þan mesten.
     2054
Þat word com to Dunwale; þer he wes i Cornwale.
     2055
wet Ruwak king dude her; and þe king Stater.
     2056
Þa seide Dunwale; þat was þe duȝende mon.
     2057
Nu heo beð for-sworne; mid heore swike-dome.
     2058
Bi Appollines ære; ne ileue ich hem neuere-mare.
     2059
Nu [w]e sculle ræmen; and ræisen to-gadere.
     2060
Vnde((r)) þissen luften; leten riht scuften.
     2061
S((e))n[deð] mine sonden; ȝend alle mine londe. Page  108
     2062
and biddeh alne godne mon; þe grið wulle halden.
     2063
& alle þe me of haldeh; cumen ær sone.
     2064
& s((e))nd[eð] liþinde men; æfter oþere leoden.
     2065
to folien me in mine londe; for seoluer & for golde.
     2066
& ich wulle mine rihte; faren to stal-fehte.
     2067
to-ȝene þene swerd broþeren; þe beiene beoh for-sworene.
     2068
For wel often he beoð awald; þe stonde[ð] o þen woȝe.
     2069
ne mai neuere mon-sware mon-scipe longe aȝen.
     2070
Þe Dunwale hauede isæd; al his folc luuede þene ræd.
     2071
He somenede færd; swulc nes næuere eær on erde.
     2072
swoððen wes þa time þe Bruttes come hær liðen.
     2073
Heo fulde his ferde; & for a mucla costa.
     2074
to-ȝenes þan twam kingen; þer he hem funde on walde.
     2075
Heo heolden to-gædere; & hardeliche fuhten.
     2076
feollen þa fæie; falewede nebbes.
     2077
Weoren al þa feldes; ifayed mid blode.
     2078
þer wes moni har[d] gume; mid sworde to-hewen.
     2079
Dunwal i þan fæhte; wes feondliche kene.
     2080
þat fæht wes swuðe strong; & swuðe stær[c] & swuþe longe.
     2081
Dunwal i þan fahte. hauede swuðe gode cnihtes;
     2082
wise and wære. monie heo afelden;
     2083
Dunwale him bi-þohte. wat he don mihte;
     2084
He nom of his ferde; six hundred cnihtes.
     2085
of þan aldre hexten; to wi[ȝ]e alre hardest.
     2086
& þus heo heom seide; on his som-runan.
     2087
Nime we þis wepnen; þe bi þisse walle ligge[ð].
     2088
& halden bi-foren bresten; sceldes þa brade.
     2089
& fare we bi-halues; alse we of heoren weoren.
     2090
þe wille sullen ore ferden; fæhten biliue.
     2091
Þenne Stateres floc; iseoð ore fæire sculdes.
     2092
[c]umen on feste; hit buh heom wel iqueme.
     2093
for þan wepnen heo wullet wenen; þat þeo beon heore i-feren.
     2094
We scullen ous bi-redien; and slen Rudauc þane king.
     2095
and feorh-rihtes þære; slen þane king Statere.
     2096
Mid strengðe we sullen wenden; þurh ure wiþer-iwinnen.
     2097
& fellen ure feondes; for alle heo buh fæi.
     2098
Þus spac Dunwale; þat was þe duȝenede mon. Page  110
     2099
& al he iworhte; swa his word tahte.
     2100