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

Lines 9001 through 9100

Her cumeð Vðer; Aurilies bro[ð]er.
     9001
he wule bidden mi grið; & noht fehten me wið.
     9002
Þa formeste beoð his sweines; Faren we heom ((to))-ȝeines
     9003
Ne þurfen ȝe nauere rehchen; þah ȝe slæn þa wrecchen.
     9004
For ȝif Vther Costantines sune; wulle her mi mon bicume.
     9005
& Passente aȝeuen; his fader richen.
     9006
ich hine wullen griðien; & latten hine liuien.
     9007
& inne fæire benden; læden hine to mine londe.
     9008
Þe king wordede þus; þa while him a-lomp wurs.
     9009
Weoren Vtheres cnihtes; at þan tune forð-rihtes.
     9010
leiden fur a þene tun. & fehten biliue.
     9011
mid sweorden heom to rakeden; and þa Irisce weoren nakede.
     9012
Þa iseȝen Irisce men; þat Brutten wes an eornest.
     9013
feond-liche heo fuhten; and neoðeles heo feollen.
     9014
heo cleopeden on heore king; Whar ært þu niðing.
     9015
whi nult þu hider wenden; þu lezst us her scenden.
     9016
and Passent þin ifere; i-sih us fallen here.
     9017
cumeð us to halpe; mid hahȝere strengðe.
     9018
Þis iherde Gillomar; þer-foren wes his heorte sær.
     9019
mid his Irisce cnihten; he com to þan fihte.
     9020
and Passend vorð mid him; beien heo weoren uæie.
     9021
Þa iseh Vðer; þat icumen wes þer Gillomar.
     9022
to him he gon riden; and smat hine i þere side.
     9023
þat þat spere þurh-rade; & þa heorte to-glad.
     9024
Hiȝendliche he hine biwe[n]t; & of-toc Passent.
     9025
and þas word sæide; Vther þe sele.
     9026
Passent þu scalt abiden; her cumeð Vther riden.
     9027
He smat hine uuenen þat hæued; þat he adun halde.
     9028
and þat sweord putte in his muð; swulc mete him wes uncuð.
     9029
þat þe ord of þan sworde; wod in þere eorðe.
     9030
Þa sæide Vther; Passent liȝ nu þer.
     9031
Nu þu hauest Brutlond; al bi-tald to þire hond.
     9032
Swa þe is nu i-ræd; þer-on þu ært ded.
     9033
wikien ȝe scullen here; þu and Gillomar þin ifere.
     9034
& brukeð wel Brutlond; for nu ic hit bitæche inc an hond.
     9035
þat ȝit maȝen to-ȝere; mid us wunien here.
     9036
Ne þurue ȝe nauere adrede; wha eou scullen feden.
     9037
Þus sæide V[ð]er; and seoððe he arnde þer.
     9038
and drof Irisce men; ȝeond wateres and ȝeond fenes.
     9039
and sloh al þa uerde; þe mid Passent com%men to ærde.
     9040
Summe to þere sæ iwiten; & leoppen in heore scipen.
     9041
mid wederen & mid wateren; þær heo forferden.
     9042
Þus heo ispædden her; Passent and Gillomar.
     9043
Nu wes þis feht idon; and Vther aȝen com.
     9044
and forð-rihtes wende; into Winchæstre.
     9045
In are brade strete; he igon mete.
     9046
þreo cnihtes & heore sweines; cumen him to-ȝeines.
     9047
A-nan swa heo ine i-mette; fæire heo hine igrætten.
     9048
Hail seo þu Vther; þeos æðeles beo[ð] þin æȝen.
     9049
Ded is Aurilie; kingene aðelest.
     9050
he þe haueð iset an hond; al his kinewurðe lond.
     9051
he bad þe beon a sele; & þenchen on his saule.
     9052
Þa weop Vðer; wunder ane swiðe.
     9053
Vðer wende forð-riht; in-to Winchæstre.
     9054
þa weoren him biforen; wið-uten þere burȝe.
     9055
alle þa burh-men; mid reouliche iberen. Page  472
     9056
Sone swa heo hine iseȝen; heo him to sæiden.
     9057
Vther þin are; nu & æuere-mare.
     9058
Ure king we habbeoð ilore; wa is us þer-fore.
     9059
Þu weore his broðer; nafde he nænne oðer.
     9060
no he nefde nenne sune; þe mihte king bicumen.
     9061
Ah [n]i[m] þu þene kine-halm; he is þe icunde.
     9062
& we þe wulleð helpen; & halden for lauerd.
     9063
mid wapnen & mid æhten; and al ure mihte.
     9064
Þis iherde Vðer; he wes wis & he wes war.
     9065
þat þer næs cost nan o[ð]er; seoððen dæd wes his broðer.
     9066
He nom þenne kine-helm; þe him bicom swiðe wel.
     9067
and he wurðliche; iwarð him to kinge.
     9068
& heold gode laȝe; and his folc lufede.
     9069
Imong þat he king wæs; & his wikenares chæs.
     9070
Merlin him æt-wende; nuste he nauere whidere.
     9071
no nauere a worlde-riche; to whan he bicome.
     9072
Wa wes þan kinge; swa wes al his duȝeðe.
     9073
and alle his hird-men; þer-uore murnende weoren.
     9074
Þe king lette riden; widen & siden.
     9075
he bad gold & gersume; ælche farinde gume.
     9076
wha-swa mihte finde; Merlin an londe.
     9077
þer-to he læide muchel lof; ah ne herde he him nawhit of.
     9078
Þa biðohte Vther; whæt Mærlin him sæide ær.
     9079
in þan here-ȝeonge; inne Walisc londe.
     9080
þer heo iseȝen þene drake; ælches wurmes vnimake.
     9081
and he þohte of þan tacnen; þe Merlin him tahte.
     9082
Þe king wes swiðe særi; and sorhful an heorte.
     9083
for ne les he næuere leouere mon; seoððen he wes an liuen.
     9084
neouere nenne oðer; ne Aurilie his broðer.
     9085
Þe king lette wurchen; tweien imaken. tweien guldene draken.
     9086
al for Mærlines l[u]ue; swa swiðe he wilnede his cume.
     9087
Þa þe draken ȝaru weoren; þe oðer wes iuere.
     9088
whar-swa he an ærde; ladde hi[s] ferde.
     9089
he wes here-mærke; in auer-ælche happe.
     9090
þene oðerne he wurð-liche ȝæf; in-to Winchæstre.
     9091
into þan biscop-stole; þer he stude haldeð.
     9092
Þer-to he ȝef his gode spere; þer-mid me sculde þene drake bere.
     9093
þenne me scolde hali-dom; beren to processiun. Page  474
     9094
Þis iseȝen Bruttes; þas draken þa weoren imaked þus.
     9095
æuer seo[ðð]en heo cleopeden Vther; þe to hermærke þene drake bar.
     9096
þene nome heo him laiden on; þet wes Vðer Pendragon.
     9097
Pendragun an Brutisc; Draken-hefd. an Englisc.
     9098
Nu wes Vther god king; ah of Merlin nefde he na þing.
     9099
Þis word iherde Octa; þer he norð wunede.
     9100