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

Lines 3301 through 3400

seoððen he þas seorȝe; him-seolfen hæfde itimbred.
     3301
þa lette he hine atlichen; and wende to þissen londe.
     3302
wið his aȝene kun; he hine vncuð makede.
     3303
ne i-cneow hine nauere na man; þe hine ær iseȝen hæfden.
     3304
He fræinede þis leod-folc; æfter heore kineleouerde.
     3305
& heo him þene king tahten; þer he hun[t]ede on comelan. Page  174
     3306
wið his hird-iferen; i þon wude of Kalatere.
     3307
Þeone king he i-mette; and mildeliche hine i-grætte.
     3308
Læuerd king quað Argal; hæil wurð þu an isunde.
     3309
Þu ært mi bro[ð]er Elidur; eædi beo þu æuere.
     3310
ne der ich noht kennen; for þisses londes monnen.
     3311
þat ich her king weore; leste heo me icneowen.
     3312
ah ich bidde þine ære; nu and æuere-mare.
     3313
Þa quað Elidur þe king; þi cume me is iqueme.
     3314
To his broðer he com; and leofliche hine custe.
     3315
þer Elidur þe king; weop mid his eȝenen.
     3316
and mid muchelen ædmeden; æðelede his broðer.
     3317
and lette hine læden; leofliche and stille.
     3318
in-to ane castle; Clud wes ihaten.
     3319
and lette hine baðien; and beddien feire.
     3320
and duȝeliche hine biwitten; and his namen dærnen.
     3321
What iherden auere suggen; a sæȝen oðer a spelle.
     3322
þat æuere æni bro[ð]er dude þus for oðer;
     3323
þat Elidur þe king; dude for Argale.
     3324
Þe king hine braeid sæc; alse þeah hit seoð weore.
     3325
þe king læi on bure; særiliche on beadde.
     3326
He sende his sonde; ȝeond his kinelonde;
     3327
lette laðien him to. al his leod-þeines;
     3328
mid wurden and mid writen. þe dude heom wel to witen;
     3329
þat ne mihte he no lengere libben on eærðe.
     3330
ah of heom þe king wolde. habben read. for hiȝenliche he weoren dæd;
     3331
and heo him redden. wher his lich mihte bezst leggen;
     3332
Þet word wes cuð ȝeond þis lond. and come þeos cnihtes
     3333
to burh þis kinges; to muchelen hustinge.
     3334
Þe king and his broðer; weoren in ane bure.
     3335
þeær heo hæfden wel iȝeten; and seoððen idrunken.
     3336
Þe king eoden to bedde; & his broðer hiine hudde.
     3337
and mid him his leoueste men; þe he wuste on liue.
     3338
feowerti gode cnihtes; mid burnen wel idihten.
     3339
mid sweorden & mid schelden; alse heo to fehte sculden.
     3340
Þe king læi in his bædde; alse þæh he ne mihte libben;
     3341
in þære burh he sende word. bi his beste wikeneren
     3342
and hæhten his drihliche folc; stilleluker dremen.
     3343
for ((his)) hæhued oc sæ sweðen; þat he ne mihte idriȝen.
     3344
to ihæren þene muchele drem; of swa feole mannen. Page  176
     3345
Þe king lette witen his dur%ren; þat ne moste þer na mon in cumen.
     3346
ne wið-inne þon castel-buri; na quic mon iboren.
     3347
bute þe king mid his seonden æfter him sende;
     3348
Þe king aras of bedde. and burne he warp on rigge;
     3349
and nam onne his honde. ane wi-æxe stronge;
     3350
and clup%pede into bure. Argal his broðer;
     3351
And nomen heore sonde. and in-to þere burh senden;
     3352
æfter þon hehste þringe. þat he comen to þen kinge.
     3353
Seone swa he to bure com; þe king hine inom.
     3354
and he him wræð to; ase he hine wolde anho.
     3355
& him abuten urnen; cnihtes swi[ð]e sturne.
     3356
alse heo wolden mid heonden; al hine to-heowen.
     3357
Þus seiden Elidur þe king; Nu ich þe wulle quellen.
     3358
bute þu beo stille; and don al mine wille.
     3359
Þus andswerde þe þein; Ich hit wulle don fæin.
     3360
Bi-cum her mines broðer mon; ȝif þu þi lif wult habbe.
     3361
Þis is Argal þe king; þe of eærde wes iflemed.
     3362
þe is nu hider icumen; and eower king scal iwurðen.
     3363
Þe þein swiðe stille; dude al þes kinges wille.
     3364
and seo[ð]ðen þe king hine lette don; in-to ane derne bure.
     3365
& lette enne cniht; eærne æfter an oðer. eorle.
     3366
and swa he þer a-gon; ase þe oðer hæfde idon.
     3367
Þus dude Elidur þe king; bi allen þeos eorlen.
     3368
bi ane and bi ane; þat he heom hæfde al clane.
     3369
Þa dude he an-oðer; nom he his broðer.
     3370
mid muchelere blisse; to Eowrwik hine brohte.
     3371
þer weoren þeos leoden; iliðenned to-gadere.
     3372
At-foren al his folke; he his kinehelm on-feng.
     3373
& sette hit on his broðer hæfd; & hæf hine to kinge.
     3374
Æuer seo[ð]ðen iwarð Argal; aðelest ærle kingen.
     3375
þat vuel he al for-lette; þat gode he imette.
     3376
iwærð he swiðe milde; þan ȝunge and þan alden.
     3377
& wið alle monnen ful iwis; iwærð þe king riht-wis.
     3378
Þis lond wes istaðeled; & stod i þon ilke.
     3379
fulle ten ȝere; þa iwærð þe king vn-fere.
     3380
swa þe king seoc læi; þreo wiken & enne dæi.
     3381
ne mihte he þer-of beon hæl; ah dæd wes þe king Argal.
     3382
Þa comen al þeos leoden liðen to-somne; Page  178
     3383
and nomen eft Elidur. & duden hine to his a[ð]ðelen;
     3384
heuen hine to kinge. mid hæȝere blisse;
     3385
and hit ane stunde. stod on him-seolue;
     3386
& Elidur wes æðelest; of alle his mon-cunne.
     3387
Iuienes and Perredur iseȝen þat Elidur.
     3388
wes eft i-wurðen leod-king; ouer þisse londe.
     3389
Heo somneden muchel folke; of feole cunne monnen.
     3390
and ledden here ferde; wide ȝeond þissen ærde.
     3391
To-gædere com Elidur; Ingenes & Peredur.
     3392
sær-liche heo feohte; & fælden heore cnihtes.
     3393
Þa sette i þon fuhte. Elidur to flænne;
     3394
and his broðeren him æfter. mid alle here mæhte;
     3395
Ingenes & Perredur. nomen þene king Elidur;
     3396
heo hine lædde to Lundene. særi weoren his leoden;
     3397
In are swiðe stronge tur; heo duden þene king Elidur.
     3398
moni ȝer and moni dæi; þe king in þære ture læi.
     3399
and his broð[er]en gunnen liðen; wide ȝeond þeos leoden.
     3400