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

Lines 7801 through 7900

& ifunden Mærlin; & his plaȝe-iueren mid him.
     7801
Mærlin heo nomen; and his iuæren loȝen.
     7802
Þa þa Mærling wes ilad; þa wes Dinabus ful glad.
     7803
e wende þat he ilad weore; limen for to leosen.
     7804
ah al an-oðer set þe dom; ær hit weoren al idon.
     7805
Nu wes Mærlinges moder; wunder mere i-wurðen.
     7806
in ane haȝe munstre; mu[n]chene ihaded.
     7807
Þider iwende Eli; þe reue of Kair-merðin.
     7808
& nom him þa lafdie; þer heo læi on munstre.
     7809
& uorð him gon ærne; to þan kinge Uortigerne.
     7810
& muchel folc mid him; & ladden þa nunne & Merlin.
     7811
Sone wes þat word cuð; to Vortigernes kinges muð.
     7812
þat icumen wes Eli; & brohte þa lauedi.
     7813
& Marling heore sune; wes mid hire þer icumen.
     7814
Þa wes an liue; Vortigerne bli[ð]e.
     7815
& þa læuedi aueng; mid swiðe uæire læten.
     7816
& Mærlin he bitahte; goden twælf cnihten.
     7817
þa weoren þan kinge holde; & hine witen scolden.
     7818
Þa sæiden þe king Vortiger; wið þa nunne he spilede þer.
     7819
Gode læuedi sæi me; sæl þe scal iwurðe.
     7820
whar weoren þu iboren; Wha streonede þe to bearne.
     7821
Þæ andswarede þa nunne; & hire fader nemnede.
     7822
Þriddendale þis lond; stod a mines fader hond.
     7823
of þan londe he wes king; cuð hit wes wide.
     7824
he wes ihaten Conaan; cnihtene lauerd.
     7825
Þa answarede þe king; swulc heo his cun weore. Page  406
     7826
Lauedi sæie þu hit me; sæl þe scal iwurðen.
     7827
her is Mærlin þi sune; wha streonede hine.
     7828
Who wes him a folke; for fader iholden.
     7829
Þa heng heo hire hæfued; & heolde touward bræsten.
     7830
bi þan kinge heo sæt ful softe; & ane lutle while þohte.
     7831
vmbe while heo spac; & spilede wið þan kinge.
     7832
King ich þe wulle tellen; for seolcuðe spellen.
     7833
Mi fader Conaan þe king; luuede me þurh alle þing.
     7834
þa iwarð ich on vestme; wunder ane fæir.
     7835
Þa ich wes an uore; fiftene ȝere.
     7836
þa wunede ich on bure; on wunsele mine.
     7837
maidene mid me; wunder ane uæire.
     7838
þenne ich wæs on bedde iswaued; mid soft mine slepen.
     7839
þen com biuoren; þa fæireste þing þat wes iboren.
     7840
swulc hit weore a muchel cniht; al of golde idiht.
     7841
Þis ich isæh on sweuene; alche niht on slepe.
     7842
Þis þing glad me biuoren; and glitene[de] on golde.
     7843
ofte hit me custe; ofte hit me clupte.
     7844
ofte hit me to-bæh; & eode me swiðe neh.
     7845
Þa ich an ænde me bisæh; selcuð me þuhte þas.
     7846
mi mæte me wes læ[ð]; mine limes uncuðe.
     7847
selcuð me þuhte; what hit beon mihte.
     7848
Þa anȝæt ich on ænde; þat ich was mid childe.
     7849
þa mi time com; þisne cnaue ich hæfuede.
     7850
Nat ic on folde what his fader weoren.
     7851
ne wha hine biȝate; inne weorlde-riche.
     7852
no whaðer hit weore unwiht; þe on Godes halue idiht.
     7853
La swa ich ibedde are; nat ich na-mare.
     7854
to suggen þe of mine sune; hu he to worulde is icume.
     7855
Þe nunne beh hire hæfde adun; & hire huȝe dihte.
     7856
þe king hine bi-þohte; whæt he don mihte.
     7857
& droh him to ræde; redȝiuen gode.
     7858
& heo him radden; ræd mid þan bezste.
     7859
þat he of-sende Magan; þat wes a selcuð mon.
     7860
He wes a wis clærc; & cuðe of feole cræften.
     7861
he cuðe wel ræden; he cuðe feor læden.
     7862
he cuðe of þan crafte; þe wuneð i þan lufte.
     7863
he cuðe tellen; of ælche leod-spelle.
     7864
Magan com to hirede; þar þe king wunede. Page  408
     7865
& þene king grætte; mid godfulle worde.
     7866
Hail seo þu & sund; Vortigerne þe king.
     7867
Ich æm icumen to þe; cuð me þine iwille.
     7868
Þa andswærede þe king; & talde al þan clærke.
     7869
hu þa nunne hafde i-sæid; & axede hine þer of ræd.
     7870
ord fram þan ende; al he him talde.
     7871
Þa sæide Magan; Ich con ful wel her-on.
     7872
Þer wunieð in þan lufte; feole cunne wihte.
     7873
þa þer scullen bilæfuen; þat Domes-dæi cume liðen.
     7874
Summe heo beoð aðele; & summe heo uuel wurcheð.
     7875
Þer-on is swiðe muchel cun; þa cumeð imong monnen.
     7876
heo beoð ihaten ful iwis; incubii demones.
     7877
Ne doð heo noht muchel scaðe; bute hokerieð þan folke.
     7878
monine mon o[n] sweuene; ofte heo swencheð
     7879
& monienne hende wimmon; þurh heore cræfte kenne((ð)) anan.
     7880
& monies godes monnes child; heo bicharreð; þurh wigeling.
     7881
& þus wes Marlin biȝeten; & iboren of his moder.
     7882
& þus hit is al igan; quað þe clærc Magan.
     7883
þa sæide Marling. to seolue þan kinge.
     7884
King þine men me habbeoð inumen; & ich æm to þe icumen.
     7885
& ich iwiten wulle; what beon þi wille.
     7886
& for wulche þinge; ich æm ibroht to kinge.
     7887
Þa spilede þe king; mid [c]wikere speche.
     7888
Mærlin þu ært hider icumen; þu nært nanes monnes sune.
     7889
Swiðe þe longeð; after laðe spelle.
     7890
Iwhiten þu wult þa uore; nu þu hit scalt ihere.
     7891
Ich habbe bigunnen a weorc; mid grund-liche stre[n]gðe.
     7892
þe haueð mine gærsume; wel swiðe binume.
     7893
fif þusend men; wurcheð þer-on.
     7894
Ich habbe lim & stan; on leode nis betere nan.
     7895
na in nare leode; weorcmen al swa gode.
     7896
Al þat heo leggeoð a dæi; to soðe ich hit sugge mæi.
     7897
ær dæi amarwen; al hit bið dune.
     7898
ælc stan from oðer; iualled to þan grunde.
     7899
Nu suggeð mine wise; and mine witie men.
     7900