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

Lines 8901 through 9000

þer lið muchel of mine cunne; þurh Sæxen a-qualde.
     8901
& of-sende[ð] biscopes; and boc-ilarede men. Page  464
     8902
mi gold and mi seoluer; dele[ð] for mire saule.
     8903
& leggeð me an æst ænde; inne Stan-henge.
     8904
Næs þer nan oðer ræd; þer iwar[ð] þe king dæd.
     8905
& al swa his men duden; swa þe king demde.
     8906
Inne Wæ((le))s ((wes)) Vther; and her-of næs naðing war.
     8907
neuere þurh nare liste; her-of naþing nuste.
     8908
naðeles he hafede mid him; þene witeȝe Merlin.
     8909
Aȝeineden þere uerde; þe icumen wes to ærde.
     8910
Vther lai inne Wales; in anne wilderne.
     8911
& fundede to uarene wið Passent to fehten.
     8912
Þa a þan auen-time; þe mone gon to scine.
     8913
wel neh al swa brihte; swa þe sunne-lihte.
     8914
Þa isehȝen heo feorre; ænne sel-cuðe sterre.
     8915
he wes brad he wes muchel; he wes unimete.
     8916
of him comen leomen; igast-liche scinen.
     8917
þe steorre is ihate; a Latin comete.
     8918
Com of þan steore; a leome swiðe sturne.
     8919
at þeos leomen ende; wes a drake hende.
     8920
of þes draken muðe; leomen comen inohȝe.
     8921
Ah tweien þer weoren muchele; þere oðere vnimete.
     8922
þe an droh touward France; þe oðer touward Irlonde.
     8923
Þe leome þe toward France droh; he wes briht vnifoh.
     8924
to Mu[n]t Giu wæs iseȝen; þa seolcuðe takne.
     8925
þe leome þa strehte west-riht; a seouen bæmen wes idiht.
     8926
Þis isah Vðer; ah nas he noht her-of war.
     8927
sær him wes an heorte; & seolliche a-uæred.
     8928
swa wes al þat muchele folc; þat wes in þere uerde.
     8929
Vðer cleopede Merlin; & bad hine cume to him.
     8930
& þus seide him to; mid swiðe softe worden.
     8931
Mæ[r]lin Merlin; leoue freond; fonde þi-seoluen.
     8932
& sæie us of þan tacne; þe we i-sæȝen habbeoð.
     8933
for nat ich on worlde riche; to whan hit scal i-wurðen.
     8934
buten þu us raden; aȝæn we moten riden.
     8935
Mærlin sæt him stille; longe ane stunde.
     8936
swulc he mid sweuene; swunke ful swiðe.
     8937
Heo seiden þe hit iseȝen; mid heore aȝen æȝen.
     8938
þat ofte he hine wende; swulc hit a wurem weore.
     8939
Late he gon awakien; þa gon he to quakien. Page  466
     8940
& þas word seide; Merlin þa witeȝe.
     8941
Wæilawæi wæilawæi; a þissere worlde-riche.
     8942
muchel is þa sorȝe; þe isiȝen is to londe.
     8943
Whær ært þu Vther; Siten me biuoren her.
     8944
& ich þe wulle suggen; of sorȝen inoȝen.
     8945
Dæd is Aurilie; kingene aðelest.
     8946
swa is þe oðer; Costanz þi broðer.
     8947
þe Uortigerne biswac; mid his swike-dome.
     8948
Nu haueð Vortigernes cun; Aurilien aquald.
     8949
nu þu ært al ane; of aðele þine cunne.
     8950
Ah ne hope þu to ræde; of heom þat liggeð dede.
     8951
ah þenc of þe seoluen; seolðen þe beoð ȝiueþe.
     8952
for selde he aswint; þe to him-seolue þencheð.
     8953
þv scalt wurðen god king; & gumenene lauerd.
     8954
& þu to þere mid-nihte; wepne þine cnihtes.
     8955
þat we i þan morȝen-liht; mæȝen come forð-riht.
     8956
forn at Meneue; þer þu sca[l]t fihten.
     8957
ær þu þenne wende; sclæht þu scalt makien.
     8958
þu scalt beien slæ þer; Passent and Gillomar.
     8959
& monie þusend of þan gumen; þat beoð mid heom hider icumen.
     8960
Þat taken of þan steorre; þe we isaȝen swa feorre.
     8961
soð hit is Uðer leof; þat tacnede þines broðer dæd.
     8962
Biuoren þa steorre wes þæ drake; elc%ches wurmes vnimake.
     8963
þat taken wes ((a)) þire half; þat weore þu Uðer þi-seolf.
     8964
þu scalt habben þis lond; & þin æie beon muchel & strong.
     8965
Swulche toknen beoð un-cuðe; of þas draken muðe.
     8966
eoden tweien leomen; wunder ane lihte.
     8967
Þe an strehte feor soð; ut ouer France.
     8968
þat is an æiȝes-ful sune; þat of þine licame scal cume.
     8969
þe scal moni kine-lond; mid compe biwinne.
     8970
& an ende he scal rede; moniane þeode.
     8971
Þe oðer leome þe strahte west; wunder ane lihte.
     8972
þat bið a dohter; þa þe bið swiðe deore.
     8973
Þe leome gon striden; a ueire seoue strengen.
     8974
þat beo[ð] seouen uæire sunen; þe of þine dohter sculleð cumen.
     8975
þe scullen moni kine-lond; biȝiten to heore aȝere hond.
     8976
heo sculleð beon wel stronge; a water & a londe.
     8977
Nu þu hauest of me ihærde; þe wule halpen.
     8978
swiðe uorð-rihtes; far to þine fihte. Page  468
     8979
& Merlin gon to slume; swulc he wolde slæpen.
     8980
Vp aras Vðer; nu he ((wes)) wis & war.
     8981
& hæhte his cnihtes; to horse forð-rihtes.
     8982
& hæhte heom biliue; faren to Meneue.
     8983
& alle heore fare græiðen; alle heo scullen fehten.
     8984
I þan flokke biforen; he hafde cnihtes wel icoren.
     8985
seouen þusend cnihte; ohte men & wihte.
     8986
Hafde he amidde; cnihtes wel bihedde.
     8987
oðer seoue þusend; selere þeinen.
     8988
Hæ hede bæfte; ohtere cnihten.
     8989
ahtene þusen; ohtere kempen.
     8990
& of ganninde uolke; swa feole þusend.
     8991
þat a nane spelle. ne mihte heom na mon tellen.
     8992
Forð heo wenden biliue; þat heo comen to Meneue.
     8993
Þer isah Gillomar; whar him com Vther.
     8994
& hæhde his cnihtes; to wepne forð-rihtes.
     8995
& heo to biliue; & gripen heore cniues.
     8996
& of mid here breches; seolcuðe weoren heore leches.
     8997
& igripen an heore hond heore. speren longe.
     8998
hengen an heore æxle; mucle wi-æxe.
     8999
Þa sæide Gillomar þe king; a swiðe seol-lic þing. Page  470
     9000