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

Lines 2201 through 2300

þa gladede is mod; þe rad him þuhte swiðe god.
     2201
& seide hem þis answare; After eore rade ich wulle færen.
     2202
He greiðede his cnihtes; & feorh færde bi niht%tes.
     2203
swa longe þat he bi-com; to Ælfinge kinge.
     2204
Þonne king heo igrette; & his gumen alle.
     2205
and þe king him answerede; swiðeliche fæire.
     2206
Þa spec Brennes; & his ærnde a-bed.
     2207
he ȝirnde þeos kinges dohter; to habben to are quene.
     2208
& þe king him ȝette; al þat he ȝirnde.
     2209
gold & gærsume. feoh & færde.
     2210
Þa wes Brennes swiðe bald; on heorte he wes bliðe. Page  116
     2211
þat mæiden he weddede; & nom heo to his bedde.
     2212
Seoueniht he wes þære; hit þutte him seoue ȝere.
     2213
ær he aȝen come; to fæhten wih his broðer.
     2214
Of witten heo weoren amadde; [þ]e him swa rædden.
     2215
Brennes wes in Norwæye; Belin in þisse londe.
     2216
Belin ihærde sugge; þurh summe sæg treowe.
     2217
of his broðer wifðinge; and for wulche þinge.
     2218
& for wulchere neode; he to Norwæiȝe færde.
     2219
Belin hine bi-þohte; of swulchere dede.
     2220
& þas worde seide; þe sæg wes itreouwe.
     2221
Wa wurðe a þon broðer; þe bi-swikeð þene oðer.
     2222
Whær beo ȝe mine cnihtes; whar beo ȝe mine kempen.
     2223
whar beo ȝe mine leoue men; nu we scullen liðen.
     2224
Heo ferden to Humber-londe; þer weoren castles stronge.
     2225
Þe castles heo nomen alle; & strangede þe walles.
     2226
He lette blauwen bemen; and nam al þa burhwes.
     2227
þa weoren on his broðer londe; þe he hafde an heonde.
     2228
He dude þer-inne mæte inoh; & wepmen unifoh.
     2229
þat me mihte heom walden; wih Brennes an-walde.
     2230
His cnihtes mid ((him))-seoluen; to þare sæ færden.
     2231
þar laien bi þan brimme; and bisilichen hit wisten.
     2232
Brennes wes in Norweȝe; and noht her-of nuste.
     2233
he wende þat his broðer; nuste noht of his fære.
     2234
Leaf he nom at Ælfing. þe wes Norweine king.
     2235
& he him ȝef answere; A mote þu wel færen.
     2236
& Delgan mi dohter; þe me is swþe deore.
     2237
Þis under-stod þe ȝeonge quene; faren þat heo scolde.
     2238
heo hauede enne leoue-mon; þa heo swuþe ileoued hæfde.
     2239
þene king of Denemark; þe leof hire weis on mode.
     2240
He wes swiðe god cniht; Godlæc he hahte;
     2241
Þa sende Dalgan. þa quene in-to Denemarke;
     2242
& guðde Godlacke; þa wes hire gome deore;
     2243
stille boc-runen. heo senden him to ræden;
     2244
& seiden him þat Brennes. a king of Britaine;
     2245
hauede heo biwedded. & ihaued heo to bedde;
     2246
al hire vnðonkes. þerfore hire wes uneðe;
     2247
and heo he wolden læiden; to-ward his leoden. Page  118
     2248
næuede heo bute þreo nihte feorst; faren þat heo scolde.
     2249
Sone hit mæi ilimpen; þanne ihc hunnen liðe.
     2250
þah þu habben blisse; and grið; ne speke ich þe nauere-more wið.
     2251
and ihc sende þe gretinge; of mine gold ringe.
     2252
Þ((a)) Godlac isæh þis; wa him wes ful iwis.
     2253
Stille he wes iswoȝen; on his kine-stole.
     2254
Me warp on his nebbe. cold welle-watere.
     2255
Þa þe king wes a-waht; he wes swuþe idraht.
     2256
he seide forð-rihtes; Whar beoð mine cnihtes.
     2257
Fare we swiðe to þare sæ; sele mine dranches.
     2258
Godlac king on ueste; mid gud-fulle folke.
     2259
to þere sæ wenden; scipen þer heo funden.
     2260
makede muchul sæ-flot; and ferden mid streme.
     2261
to-ȝenes þare hauene; þer Brennes from halde.
     2262
Þa Brennes com i wide sæ; he i-mette his wiðer-iwinne.
     2263
scip ærne to-ȝen scip; þa hit al towonde to scifren.
     2264
horn a-ȝen horne; halde þe wacre.
     2265
Þer wes moni breoste; mid brade spere i-þurlud.
     2266
helmes þe[r] gullen; beornes þer fullen.
     2267
balluw þer wes riue; Brennes flæh bliue.
     2268
& Godlac hæld æfter; monie scipen he þer cahte.
     2269
He i-seh a scip þar hit lað; sulkene wes þat seil-clæð;
     2270
he clupede to his dringes: Nu forh nu niðinges.
     2271
Þet is þere quene scip: þe us bi-foren queccheð.
     2272
Halde[ð] alle þer-to; and ȝif ȝe hit mawen ifon;
     2273
æuere-mare ich æu leouie. þa wile þa ich l((i))ouie;
     2274
Mid strengðe heo halden to schipen; & þa quene heo igripen.
     2275
Godlac sloh þa scip-gumen; & alle heo nom þat garsume.
     2276
and ladde þa quene Delgan; toward Denemarke anan.
     2277
He þoðte heo to habben; to his awere bihoue.
     2278
& oðer weis hit sæht;
     2279
Godlac forh geinde; glad he wes on heorte.
     2280
he þohte to habben Delgan; to quene of Dene-marke.
     2281
ah him com muchel lætting; swa him wes alre laðest.
     2282
Æft aras a ladlich weder; þeostrede þa wolcne.
     2283
þe wind com on weðere; and þa sæ he wraðede.
     2284
vðen þer urnen; al-se [t]unes þer burnen.
     2285
rapes þer braken; b[a]lu wes fulle riue. Page  120
     2286
Scipen þer sunken;
     2287
þer þreo & fifti scipen. feollen to grunde;
     2288
in þa teonfulle sæ. torneden sæiles;
     2289
Godlac hauede a god scip. ne gomede him to-wiht;
     2290
he hine bi-ðohte; weht he don mihten.
     2291
He igrap ane wi-æxe; muchele and swiðe scærpe.
     2292
he for-heow þænne mæst; a-two riht amidden.
     2293
he lette seil and þane meæst; liðen mid vðen.
     2294
Þus seide Goðlac; sære him gromede.
     2295
Æuer-ælc æhte mon: help þat we libben.
     2296
Þat we comen to londe; ne recche we on wulche leoden.
     2297
Heo ferden mid þon wedere; nusten heo nauere whudere.
     2298
vnder fif dawene ȝeong; heo comen to þisse londe.
     2299
Comen þes kinges cnihtes; þe þæ sæ wusten.
     2300