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

Lines 8801 through 8900

Hit wes an ane dæie; his duȝeðe weoren bliðe.
     8801
þer com faren Appas; feondes hine væ[re]den))
     8802
To Passent he quað þus; Cum hidere to us.
     8803
Ich þe wulle telle; of ane wil-spalle.
     8804
Ich was at Winchæstre; at þine wiðer-iwinnen.
     8805
þer lið þe king seoc; & sorh-ful an heo((r))ten.
     8806
What scal beon mi mede; ȝif ic þider ride.
     8807
& ich þe swa iqueme; þat ich hine aque((le));
     8808
þa andswarede Passen; and toward Appase went.
     8809
Ich bi-hate þe todæi; an hundred pund. for ic mæi.
     8810
ȝif þu me iquemest; þat þu hine aquelle.
     8811
Treoðen he plihten; þesne swike-dom to dihten.
     8812
Appas eode to bure; & þesne balu mæinde.
     8813
he wes an hæðene gume; ut of Sax-londe i-cume.
     8814
Muneckes claðes he nom an; he scar his crune ufenen.
     8815
he nom him tweien iueren; & forð he gon fusen.
     8816
& wende anan rihte; in-to Winchæstre.
     8817
swulc hit weore an hali mon; þe hæðene deouel;
     8818
He wende to þan burhȝate; þer þe king on bure lai.
     8819
& gratte þene dure-ward; Godes grætinge.
     8820
& bad hine an hiȝinge; gan in to þan kinge.
     8821
& suggen him to soðe; þat Vther his broðer.
     8822
hæfde him þider i-send; seolne læche.
     8823
þene bezste læche; þe wunede an æi londe.
     8824
þe auer-ælcne sucne mon; of ufele bringen con. Page  460
     8825
Þus læh þe laðe mon; leodene kinge.
     8826
for Uther wes ifaren; forð mid his ferde.
     8827
no nauer Vther hine ne isæh; ne þider hine i-sende.
     8828
& þe king wende þat hit weore soð; & ilefde him inoh.
     8829
Wha wolde wene; þat he swike weore.
     8830
for an his bare liche; he weorede ane burne.
     8831
þer-ufenen he hæfde; ane lad-liche here.
     8832
& seoð[ð]en ane cule; of ane blake claðe.
     8833
iblæcched he hæfede his licame; swulc ismitte of cole.
     8834
He cneolede to þan king%ge; his spæche wes ful milde.
     8835
Hail seo þu Aurilien; aðelest alre kingen.
     8836
Hider me sende Vther; þe is þin aȝen broðer.
     8837
& ich al for Godes luue; æm to þe her icume.
     8838
for ich þe wulle helen; & al hal makien.
     8839
for Cristes leofe Godes sune; ne ræche ich nane garsume.
     8840
no mede of londe; no of seoluere no of golde.
     8841
ah ælche seocken ich hit do; for luue of mine Drihtene.
     8842
Þis iherde þe king; hit wes him swiðe iqueme.
     8843
ah whar is æuere æi mon; a þisse middel-ærde.
     8844
þe þis wolde wenen; þat he swiken weore.
     8845
He nom his glæs-fat anan; & þe king mæh þer-on.
     8846
Anne while after þan; þat glæs-fat an honden nom.
     8847
& sceoweden hit forð-riht%tes; biforen þas kinges cnihtes.
     8848
& þus sæide anan Appas þe haðene mon;
     8849
Ȝif ȝe me wulleð ileuen; ær to-marwen eue.
     8850
þes king scal beon al hal; ihaled an his willen.
     8851
Þa weoren bliðe; alle þa weoren i bure.
     8852
Appas eoden in ænne bur; & þat balu mæinde.
     8853
& dude þer-to atter; þa scamoie((ne)) hatte.
     8854
& com ut forð-rihtes; imong þa burh-cnihtes.
     8855
& þan kinge he gon dæle; muchel canele.
     8856
& gingiuere & licoriz; he hom lefliche ȝef.
     8857
alle heo nomen þat lac; & he heom alle bi-swac.
     8858
Þeos swike feol a cneowe; at-foren þan leod-kinge.
     8859
& þus saide him to; Lauerd nu þu scalt a-fon.
     8860
of þissen drinchen ane dæle; þat scal beon þin hale.
     8861
& þe king up drong; & þer þat atter he dronc.
     8862
Anan swa he hafde idrunke; þe leche hine adun læide.
     8863
Þus seide Appas; to þan bur-cnihtes. Page  462
     8864
Wreoð nu wel þene king; þat he ligge a swæting.
     8865
for ich sugge eou þurh alle þing; al hal beoð aure king.
     8866
& ich wulle to mine inne; and speken wið mine monnen.
     8867
& to þere mid-nihte; ich cume forð-rihtes.
     8868
mid oðer lache-crafte; þa sculleð beon him liðe.
     8869
Forð wende þe swike; þe king læi on sweuete.
     8870
Appas to his inne; & spec wið his monnen.
     8871
mid stilleliche rune; bistal of þan tune.
     8872
To þere mid-nihte; þa sende þa burh-cnihtes.
     8873
sixe of heore monne; to Appases inne.
     8874
heo wenden hine to finden; and longi hine to þan kinge.
     8875
þa wes he ifloȝen; & feondes hine uæreden.
     8876
Þa men aȝein comen; þer þe king wunede.
     8877
& cudden i þan bure; of Appases fore.
     8878
Þa mihte me iseon; sorȝen inoȝe beon.
     8879
cnihtes feollen a-dun; & ȝirnden heore dæðes.
     8880
Þer wes muchel waning; heortne graning.
     8881
þer wes moni reolic spel; þer wes gumene iȝel.
     8882
Heo leopen to þan bedde; & þene king hedden.
     8883
þa ȝet he lai on sweouete; & on muchele swate.
     8884
Þæ cnihtes mid weope; þene king awehten.
     8885
& heo him to cleopeden; mid mildere steuene.
     8886
Lauerd hu mid þe; hu beoð þine beo[r]ste.
     8887
For nu is ure læche ifaren buten laue.
     8888
iliðen ut of hirede; for hæne us bilæued.
     8889
Þe king heom ȝ[a]f andsware; Al ic æm to-swollen.
     8890
& þer nis nan o[ð]er ræd; nu nan ich wurðe dæd.
     8891
& ich bidde forð-rihtes; ȝe beoð mine cnihtes.
     8892
þat ȝe græten Vther; þe is min aȝe broðer.
     8893
& biddeð hine halden; mi lond an on-walde.
     8894
Godd seolf þurh alle þing; lete hine beon god king.
     8895
& hateð hine beon kene; & æiwær riht deme.
     8896
wærc%che uolke for fæder; hænen to frouere.
     8897
þenne maie he halde; lond an on-walde.
     8898
& nu to-dai þenne ich beo dæd; nimeð alle anne ræd.
     8899
& leteð me i-lenge; riht to Stanhenge.
     8900