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

Lines 701 through 800

Peytou heo letten on riht hond; swa heo comen a þet lond.
     701
in are swiðe feire æ; þer Læire falleð i þa sæ.
     702
Seoue niht & enne dæi; Brutus i þare hauene læi.
     703
& he sende ȝeond þat lond; & scawede þa leoden.
     704
Goffar þan king of Peyters; nes hit noht iqueme.
     705
þat he iseh swlche sonden; faren ȝeond his londe.
     706
Þe king heihte his wise men; þe wel cuðen a speche.
     707
þat heo to þare sæ ferden; þar þa ferde læi.
     708
& iwusten at þon cnihten; wet heo þer sohten.
     709
wheþer heo walden hælden grið; & greten þes londes king.
     710
þe heo wolden mid wiðere; þan kinge wið-stonden.
     711
Numbert hehte þe alder-mon; þe sculde þas ernde don.
     712
Corineus wes ifaren to wode; & draf þer þa wilde deor.
     713
mid hornen & mid hunden; & mid fif hundred cnihten.
     714
Imetten heo faren Numbert; þes kinges sonde of þat eard.
     715
Numbert heom to clepede; mid ludere stefne.
     716
Whonene beo ȝe cnihtes; Ȝe fare[ð] mid unrihte.
     717
Ȝe huntieð i þes kinges friðe; þer-fore ȝe sculen beon fæie.
     718
Ȝe doð þan kinge muchel scome; þer-fore ȝe sculen han grome.
     719
Forboden he haueð his deor-frið; þer-fore ȝe sculen liggen stif.
     720
Corineus i-werð him wroð; & wende him to-ȝeines.
     721
& saide þas ilke word; mid muchelure wre[ð]ðe.
     722
Cniht þu ært muchel sot; þat þu swa motest.
     723
Ȝif þe king hit haueð forboden; ne scal him neuer beo þa bet.
     724
ne nawit for his forbode; nulle ich hit bileuen.
     725
to nimen his heortes & his hindes; & al þa deor þat ich finde.
     726
Þa iwre[ð]ðede Numbert; þa kinges stiward of þat eard.
     727
he leadde an his honde; enne bowe stronge.
     728
& he þene streng up braid; balu com on ueste. Page  38
     729
On he sette ane fla; & he feondliche droh.
     730
& þa fla lette gliden; bi Corineus siden.
     731
Corineus bleinte; & þene scute bi-berh.
     732
& towardes Numbert he leop; swilc hit an leon weora.
     733
& þene bowe igreap; mid muchele strengðe.
     734
He smot Numbert mid þon bowe; þat his hæfd-bon to-brec.
     735
þat his blod & his brain; ba weoren to-dascte.
     736
Fluȝen his i-feren; feondliche swi[ð]e.
     737
to þon kinge Goffar; & saiden hine tiðende sære.
     738
þet islawen wes Numbert; þe wes his awene stiward.
     739
Þe king wes swiðe særi; & seorhful on mode.
     740
& sende his sonde; ȝeond his kine-londe.
     741
gaderede his ferde; þer weoren men fæie.
     742
Þa ferde wes isumned; & heo forð fusden.
     743
toward sele Brutun; þer he bi sæ wonede.
     744
Brutus wes swiþe war; for wisdome him fulede.
     745
haures he sende; to hirede þes kinges.
     746
to witen of his farcost; wher he wolde feihten.
     747
Þa hawres ferden; & sone aȝein comen.
     748
& comen to heora læuarda; þer he lai bi hauene.
     749
& þeos word him seiden; al swa hit s[oð] iwarð.
     750
Hal beo þu Brutus; Þu ert þe hexste of us.
     751
Nu hafð Goffar þe king; igadered his ferde.
     752
muchel ferd & riche; & heȝe word he spekeð.
     753
þat alle heo wullet quellen; quic þat heo findeð.
     754
& þa scipen to-draȝen; & þa wif drenchen.
     755
Nulleð heo leaue; nenne of ous a-liue.
     756
Brutus nom al his ȝunge folc; & hem to scipe fusede.
     757
& alle his æhte; his folc bitahte.
     758
& to heom seide; Brutus þe sele.
     759
Ȝe beoð mine leofe men; Hercniað mine lare.
     760
Ne cume ȝe neauer wi[ð]-vten scipes bord; ær ich ou sende sutel.word.
     761
wheðer ich maȝe þe ufere hond; habben of þan kinge.
     762
Brutus nom his cnihtes; & iwende forð-rihtes.
     763
to þon ilke weie; þer him iwised wes.
     764
þer þe king walde forð; mid muchelere his ferde.
     765
To-gadere heo comen; hardliche heo on-sloȝen.
     766
þer wes swiðe strong feht; feollen þe feie.
     767
þer wes moni steap mon; mid stele to-swngen. Page  40
     768
Longe a dai leste þat feht; þer feol moni god cniht.
     769
Corineus com quecchen; & to him-seolfe queð.
     770
A-wæi Corineus; Nere þu icoren kempa.
     771
Cuð nu þine strengða; & þina stepa main.
     772
& þisse Peytisce folc; fal to þe grunde.
     773
Corineus heom rasde to; swa þe rimie wulf.
     774
þane he wule on scheapen; scaðe-werc wrchen.
     775
Breid he mid swiðeren hond; a sweord muchel & swi[ð]e strong.
     776
al þat he þer-mid hitte; al hit a-dun healde.
     777
Neora þa bearn nea swa strong; þah he hefde brunie on.
     778
ȝif he hine mid sweorde at-ran; nea ras he neuer-mare.
     779
Þa he hefde twa hundred; mid sweorde to-hewen.
     780
þa brac þat sweord in his hond; riht be þere hilte.
     781
Þa wes wroð Corineus; & þas word cleopede.
     782
((Wa)) wrðe auer þene smið; þa þe mid honden smeo[ð]ðede.
     783
Corineus abuten bi-heold; for þe bearn was abolȝen.
     784
& igrap of onnes monnes honde; ana wiæx swiðe stronge.
     785
al þat he neh com; þer-mid he hit aquelde.
     786
Þe king sette to fleonne; & al þa ferde eafter.
     787
& Corineus heom eafter com; kenliche swiðe.
     788
& heom to clepede; þe unimete kempa.
     789
Goffar mid þire ferde; wi wolt þu fleam makian.
     790
Ne miht þu na-wiht so fleon; ȝif þu us wlt heonne fleman.
     791
þu most swiþer fehten; er we heonne iwenden.
     792
Ne ganninde ne ridinde; ne du((r))ste him nan abiden.
     793
Þe king hefde enne þein swiþe heard; he was i-haten Suard.
     794
he bi-heold Corineum; þe heom after com.
     795
Suard hefde to i-feren; þreo hundred ridearen.
     796
he wende on-ȝean sone; & he ohtliche feaht.
     797
Nes hit noht longe; þat Suard mihte stonde.
     798
for Corineus him geinde to; mid his guð-strencðe.
     799
he gurde Suard on þat hæfd; þat he grund sohte.
     800