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

Lines 3201 through 3300

Mid muðe heo hit seiden; þeo þat hit iseȝen.
     3201
þat Morpidus mid his honden; þurh hæhȝere strengðe.
     3202
seouen hundred of-sloh; and swende mid wepnen.
     3203
He lette makien ane dich; þe wes long and swiðe deop.
     3204
and he lette al þat wel; weorpen þer an innen.
     3205
Þa huld he ane stunde; his lond mid isunde.
     3206
inn griðe and inne friðe; and freo-liche on folke.
     3207
Wnder þon hær com tidinde; salcuð to londe.
     3208
and hit wes sone icuð; Morpidun þan king
     3209
þat wes icumen of þare sæ. a deor swiðe sellich;
     3210
frommard Irlonde. com hider liðen;
     3211
and bi þon sæ-rime. rasde to þon folke;
     3212
Oft an one dæie. hit makede an hundred fæie;
     3213
and æft to þare sæ wende. þe wæld-scæðe luðere;
     3214
þenne hit æft wende aȝan. wærðe hit heom grætte;
     3215
Þus hit to londe bæh. and werede þeos leoden;
     3216
þat folc hit agaste; tunes hit aweste.
     3217
þat folc a-w[a]i hald; an aulchere halue.
     3218
Þe king hit harde seggen; and særi wes an hurten.
     3219
þiðerward wende þe king; him-seolue to wæine.
     3220
to-ward þon deore; þer he dæð fæhte.
     3221
Þa he com suð swa feor; þer þe feond wunede.
     3222
þa hahte he al his hird-folc; faren to are burȝe.
     3223
and hæhte heom þer abiden; and ane he gon riden.
     3224
Þa he forð wende; wapnen he ladde.
     3225
þat wes a kene sweord; and enne koker fulne flan.
     3226
enne boȝe swiðe strong; and a spere swiðe long.
     3227
æt his sadele an æx; and æt þe oðer hælue an hond-sæx.
     3228
and forð he gon wenden; to-warde þan ende. Page  170
     3229
þer he herde suggen; þat þe feond wonede.
     3230
Swa longe he ferde; þat he hit ifunde.
     3231
and he lette fuse him to; flan swuðe kene.
     3232
and alle him to sende; and seo[ð]ðen him neor wende.
     3233
he ferde on his stede; sulc he walde awede.
     3234
Þa his flæn weoren iscoten; þæ iwærd his boȝe to-broken.
     3235
he igrap his spere. stronge; þer he pihte hit o þon londe.
     3236
and he ærde to þon deore; and s[m]at hit a þan sweore.
     3237
þat þe deor feol abac; and þe scæft al to-brac.
     3238
And þat deor up astod; and ræsde o þene stede.
     3239
and for-bat him þa breste; ban and þa senuwen.
     3240
þat þa lihte and þa liuere; feollen on eorðen.
     3241
And þe king droh his sweord; þe him wes itase.
     3242
and þet deor he smat a-nan; uppe þat hæued-bæn.
     3243
þat þet sweord in deæf; and þa hilt on his hand bræc.
     3244
And þat deor to-dede his chæfles; and to þan kinge weoðede.
     3245
and for-bat hine amidden a twa; þat wes þat fiht idon.
     3246
Þus ferde þe king; for he wes to kene.
     3247
for þe mon is muchel sot; þe nimeð to him-seoluen.
     3248
mare þonne he maȝen walden; he sæl halden þe raðer.
     3249
for vnræd is swiðe ræh; his lauerd he let reosen.
     3250
and auer vmbe stunde; felleð hine to þe grunde.
     3251
Þet folc wes swiðe særi; for sorwen þes kinges.
     3252
and hit wes bliðe; for dæ[ð]ðen of þon deore.
     3253
Þe king hæfden fif sunen; bi feire his quene.
     3254
Þe aldest hehte Gorbo[ni]an; welle æðel wes þere a mon.
     3255
Argal hæhte þe oðer; þe wes Gorbonianes broðer.
     3256
Þe þridde hæhte; Elidur; þe feorðe Ingenes. þe fifte Peredur;
     3257
Þe ældeste broðer. Gorbo[n]ian; he iwærð king in þisse londe.
     3258
he wes swiðe soð-fest; and swiðe wel iðæwed.
     3259
rad-ful and rihtwis; and a mete run-hende.
     3260
He heold þis lond stille; al æfter his iwille.
     3261
mid treouscipe gode; þe while his tir læste.
     3262
and þus he hine huld an hæfne; þat com his liues ende.
     3263
inne Lundene he lið; særi weoren his leode.
     3264
Þer-æfter com þe oðer; Argal his broðer.
     3265
þe wes next him iboren; seoððen he wes king icorn.
     3266
Þis wes þe for-cuððeste mon; þe æfre hedde kinedom. Page  172
     3267
vnriht him wes leof; and riht-wis-nesse him wes lað.
     3268
what-se hæfde richedom; he hine makede wræcche mon.
     3269
his gode men he hatede; þa uuele he hæhȝede.
     3270
al his motinge; was ful of ȝitsinge.
     3271
He somnede to-gædere; gærsumme muchele.
     3272
& æuere he þohte embe uuel; and swulche weoren his dede.
     3273
Þus ladde Argal his lif; fram ȝuȝeðe to his dæd-sið.
     3274
To-gædere com%men þa riche men; þe aȝe weoren & mæhti.
     3275
& makeden heore hustinge; mid hæhere wra[ð]ðe.
     3276
Plihten mid honden; þat heo wel hulden.
     3277
þurh alle þing flemen Argal heore king;
     3278
and ut heo hine flemden. feor of þissen earde;
     3279
and nomen þene oðer. Elidur his broðer;
     3280
Þis wes þe þridde. heo afengen hine mid sibbe;
     3281
& makeden hine to kinge. þe cniht wes swiðe kene;
     3282
he wes of his speche. ælche monne imete;
     3283
wið þa goden he wes duhti. and sturne wið þa dusie;
     3284
Argal þe wes idriuen ut. drof him wes on heorte;
     3285
he ferde feor ȝeond moni lon[d]. and fondede þan leoden;
     3286
he bi-soðte moni-enne king. and monienne keiser;
     3287
monienne richene þein. monienne baldne swein;
     3288
he bi-sohte al þat folc. þer he for[ð] ferde;
     3289
þat heo him solde helpen. to muchelure neode;
     3290
mid strengðe oðer mid ginne. his lond to bi-winne;
     3291
Ne mihte he neuere finden mon; þe him wolde ȝette beon.
     3292
þe him oht wolde fulsten; þat he hider fore.
     3293
ne naðing him bi-hæten; þat heo him wolden helpen.
     3294
Þa wes Argal þe king; ærm on his mode.
     3295
seorhful on heorte; for his muchele burste.
     3296
Argal hine bi-ðohte; whet he don mihte.
     3297
þat he wolde aȝen fare; and fondien his broðer.
     3298
and war he mihte of his monnen; æie milce ifinden.
     3299
Hit wes vmbe fif winter; seoððe he heonne ferde.
     3300