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

Lines 8501 through 8600

Sone swa hine i[m]etten; fæire heo hine igrætten.
     8501
& þus him to forð-rihtes; sæiden þa tweien cnihtes.
     8502
Hail seo þu Mærlin; monnene wisest.
     8503
Bi us þe gon græten; þat is a god-ful king.
     8504
Aurilian ihaten; að[el]est alre kingen.
     8505
stont al þis muchele lond; in Aurilies kinges hond.
     8506
faire he þe bisecheð; þat þu him to buȝe.
     8507
& he þe wule ȝiue lond; boðe seluer & gold.
     8508
ȝif þu an riche; ræde wulle þan kinge.
     8509
Mærlin andswerede þa; þæt cnihten wes ful wa.
     8510
Ne recche ich noht his londes; his seoluer no his goldes.
     8511
no his claðes no his hors; miseolf ich habbe inowe.
     8512
Þa sat he stille; longe ane stunde.
     8513
þas cnihtes weoren afæred; þat he f((l))eon wolde.
     8514
Þa hit alles up brac; hit wes god þat he spæc.
     8515
Ȝif beoð tweiene cnihtes; icumen her-rihtes;
     8516
ȝurstendæi ær none; ich wuste þat ȝe comen;
     8517
& ȝif ich swa walde; ne mihte ȝe me finden.
     8518
Ȝe bringeð me gretinge; from Aurilie þan kinge.
     8519
Ich cneou his cnihtes; ær he come to londe. Page  444
     8520
& ich icneou þene oðer; Vther his broðer.
     8521
ic icneou beien; ær heo iboren weoren.
     8522
þæh ich nauer nouþer; mid eȝen ne iseȝe.
     8523
Ah walawa walawa; þat hit is idiht swa.
     8524
þat þe leodene king; leng ne mot l[i]uien.
     8525
Ah nu ich wulle fusen; & beon eouwer ifere.
     8526
to þan kinge ich faren wulle; & driȝen his iwille.
     8527
Forð ferde Mærlin; & þa cnihtes wið him.
     8528
swa longe þat heo comen; to þan leod-kinge.
     8529
Komen to þan kinge; wil-tidende.
     8530
næuer ær an his liue; nes þe king swa bliðe.
     8531
for næuere nanes monnes cume; þe him to come.
     8532
Þe king to his stede; & ut him gon ride.
     8533
& alle his cnihtes mid him; to wulcumen Mærlin.
     8534
Þe king hine imette; & fære hine igratte.
     8535
he hine iclupte; he hine custe.
     8536
he hine cuð-læhte;
     8537
Muchel wes þe murhȝe; i þan mon-uerede;
     8538
al for Marlines cume. þe nes nanes monnes sune;
     8539
Wale þat an worlde; næs nan witie.
     8540
þat auere wuste here; whes sune he weore.
     8541
buten Drihten ane; þe wlæt al clane.
     8542
þe king læ[d]de to bure; Mærlin þe wes deore.
     8543
he hine fræinien gon; mid fæire his worden anan;
     8544
þat he dude him to vnder-stonde; of þan weorldes ȝeongen.
     8545
& of al þan ȝeren; þat to cumen weoren.
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for hit weoren him swiðe iwil; þat he þerof wuste.
     8547
Mærlin andswerede þa; & to þan kinge seide swa.
     8548
O Aurilie þe king; þu fræinest me a sellic þing.
     8549
loke þat þu na mare; swulc þing ne iscire;
     8550
For mi gæst is bæl iwis; þa a mire breoste is.
     8551
and ȝef ich a-mong monnen; ȝelp wolde makien.
     8552
mid glad-scipe mid gomene; mid god-fulle worden.
     8553
mi gast hine iwarðeð; & wirð stille.
     8554
& binimeð me min wit; & mine wise word for-dut.
     8555
þenne weore ich dumbe; of æuer-ælche dome.
     8556
Ah bilef swulche þinges; quæd Mærlin to þan kingen.
     8557
for whan-swa cumeð neode; to auer-æi þeode. Page  446
     8558
& mon me mid milde-scipe; wulle me bisechen.
     8559
& ich mid mine iwille; mote wunien stille.
     8560
þenne mæi ich suggen; hu hit seoððen scal iwurðen.
     8561
Ah ic((h þe)) wulle ræden; of nexte þire neoden.
     8562
& sugen þe her-riht; what þu hauest an heorten.
     8563
A ueld is bi Amberes-buri; þe is brad & swiðe muri.
     8564
þer wes mid cniuen; þi cun idon of liuen.
     8565
þer wes moni bald Brut; biswiken to þan deðe.
     8566
& þenchest þene stude; mid wurðcipe igraten.
     8567
mid sælcuðe wærcken; wurðien þa dæde.
     8568
þat þer scal stonden; to þere worlde longe.
     8569
Ah nauest þu neuere nenne mon; þe cunne awiht þe[r]-on.
     8570
þe cunne wærc makien; þe nauere nulle trukien.
     8571
Ah ic þe wulle ræden; to swulchere neode.
     8572
for ich what a wærc; mid wundere bi-stonde.
     8573
for þat weorc stondeð; inne Irlonde.
     8574
Hit is a swiðe sellic þing;
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þat woerc is of stane; swulc ne beoð oðer nane.
     8576
swa wid swa is weorlde-riche; nis nan weorc his iliche.
     8577
þa stanes beo[ð] muchele; & mahten heo habbeoð.
     8578
þa men þe beoð un-hal; heo fareð to þan stane.
     8579
& heo wasceð þene stan; & þer-mide baðieð heore ban.
     8580
umbe lutle stu[n]de; heo wurðeð al isunde.
     8581
Ah þe stanes beoð muchele; & uni[m]ete græte.
     8582
for nis nauere na mon iboren; i nauere nare burhȝe.
     8583
þe mihte mid strengðe; þa stanes þenne bringe.
     8584
Þa andswarede þe king; Mærlin þu sæist sællic þing.
     8585
þe nauere nan iboren mon; ne maie heom bring%gen þenne.
     8586
no mid nare strengðe; of þan stude lade.
     8587
hu mihte ich heom þenne; heom bringen þeonne.
     8588
Þa andswarede Mærlin; þan kinge þat spac wið him.
     8589
Ȝuse ȝuse lauerd king; hit wes ȝare iqueðen.
     8590
þat betere is liste; þene ufel strenðe.
     8591
for mid liste me mai ihalden; þat strengðe ne mai iwalden.
     8592
Ah somne þine uerde; & far to þan ærde.
     8593
& þu mid þe lede; gode monne uerde.
     8594
& ich wulle mid þe; þi monscipe bið þe mære.
     8595
Ær þu aȝæn wende; þine iwille þu scalt habben. Page  448
     8596
& þat weorc þu scalt bringen; mid þe to þissen londe.
     8597
& swa þu hit scalt leden; to þere lich-raste.
     8598
& wurðien þene stude; þer þine wines liggeð.
     8599
& þu seolf scalt þer-in; þine ban resten.
     8600