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

Lines 9501 through 9600

and ich me wulle ræsten; to þissere nihte uirste.
     9501
& alle dai to-mærwe; to blissien mire duȝeðe.
     9502
Ygærne beh to bure; & lætte bed him makien.
     9503
wes þat kine-wurðe bed; al mid palle ouer-bræd.
     9504
Þe king hit wel bihedde; & eode to his bedde.
     9505
and Ygærne læi adun; bi Uðere Pendragun.
     9506
Nu wende Ygerne ful iwis; þat hit weoren Gorlois.
     9507
þurh neuere nænes cunnes þing; no icneou heo Vðer þene king.
     9508
Þe king hire wende to; swa wapmon sculde to wimmon do.
     9509
& hæfde him to done; wið leofuest wimmonne.
     9510
& he streonede hire on; ænne selcuðne mon.
     9511
kingen alre kenest; þæ æuere com to monnen.
     9512
& he wes on ærde; Ærður ihaten. Page  496
     9513
Nuste noht Ygerne; wha læie on hire ærme.
     9514
for æuere heo wende ful iwis; þat it weoren þe eorl Gorlois.
     9515
Næs þer na mære uirst; buten þat hit wes dæi-liht.
     9516
þer forð-rihtes; vnderȝeten þa cnihtes.
     9517
þat þe king wes iuaren; ut of þere uærde.
     9518
Þa sæiden þa cnihtes; soð þæh hit neoren;
     9519
þat þe king wes ifloȝen; mid ærhþen afeolled.
     9520
ah al hit wes lessinge; þat heo seiden bi þan kinge.
     9521
her-of heo heolden muchel run; uppen V[ð]er Pendragun.
     9522
Þa seiden þa eorles; & þa hæhste beornes.
     9523
Nu þenne hit wat Gorlois; hu hit iuaren is.
     9524
þat ure king is ifaren; & his ferde bilæiued.
     9525
he wule forð-rihtes; wepni his cnihtes.
     9526
and ut he wule to fihten; & feollen us to grunden.
     9527
mid woden his þeines; muchel wæl makien.
     9528
þenne weore us beteren; þat we iboren neoren.
     9529
Ah leten we blawen bemen; & bonnien ure uerde.
     9530
& Cador þe kene; scal beren þas kinges marke.
     9531
hæbben haȝe þene drake; bi-foren þissere duȝeðe.
     9532
and faren to þan castle; mid kene ure folke.
     9533
and þe eorl Aldolf; scal beon ure aldre.
     9534
& we him scullen here; swulc hit þe king weoren.
     9535
& swa we s[c]ullen mid rihte; wið Gorlois fihten.
     9536
and ȝif he us wule speken wið; & ȝernen þis kinges grið.
     9537
setten sæhtnusse; mid æðen soð-fæste.
     9538
þenne maȝen we mid wurð-scipen; heonene iwenden.
     9539
þenne nabbeoð ure æfterlinges; nane up-breidinges.
     9540
þat we for ærhscipe; heonene at-ærnden.
     9541
Al þat leodliche folc; bilufde þesne ilke ræd.
     9542
Bemen heo bleowen. bonneden uærden.
     9543
up heo hafden þene drake; ælches mærken vnimake.
     9544
þer wes moni bald scalc; þe sceld weiden on sculdre.
     9545
moni þein kene; & wenden to þan castle.
     9546
Gorlois wes wið-innen; mid kene his monnen.
     9547
he lette blawen beomen; & bonnien his ferden.
     9548
leopen an steden; cnihtes gunnen riden.
     9549
Þæs cnihtes weoren swiðe wate; & wenden ut at þan ȝate.
     9550
to-somne heo comen sone; fastliche heo on-sloȝen.
     9551
feolle fæie men; uolden isohten. Page  498
     9552
þer wes muche blod-gute; balu wes on folke.
     9553
imong þan fihte ful iwis; mon sloh þene eorl Gorlois.
     9554
Þa gunnen his men fleon; & þa oðere after teon.
     9555
heo comen to þan castle; and binnen heo þrasten.
     9556
Sone hit comen binnen; ba twa þa uerden.
     9557
þer ileste þat fiht; þurh þene dæi-liht.
     9558
ær þe dai weore al a-sceken; wes þe castel biȝeten.
     9559
næs þer nan swa wracche swein; þat he nes a wel god þein.
     9560
Comen þa tidinde; in-to Tintageol an hiȝende.
     9561
forð into þan castle. þer Vðer wes inne.
     9562
þat islaȝen wes ful iwis; þe eorl heore læuerd Gorlois.
     9563
& alle his here-gumen; and his castel inumen.
     9564
Þis iherde þe king; þer he læi an skent%ting.
     9565
& leop ut of bure; swulc hit an liun weore.
     9566
Þa quað þe king Vðer; of þissen tiðende he wes wær.
     9567
Beoð stille beoð stille; cnihtes inne halle.
     9568
here ich æm ful iwis; eore læuerd Gorlois.
     9569
and Iurdan mi bur-ward; and Brutael mi stiward.
     9570
Ich & þas tweie cnihtes; leopen ut of þan fihte.
     9571
and hider in we beoð idraȝen; neore we noht þere islaȝen.
     9572
Ah nu ich wulle fusen; & sumnien mine ferde.
     9573
and ich & mine cnihtes; scullen al bi nihte.
     9574
faren in ænne tun; and imeten Vðer Pendragun.
     9575
and buten he of sæhnesse speken; ich wulle me wu[r]ðliche awrake.
     9576
& ȝe þesne castel; bi-cluseð swiðe uaste.
     9577
and hateð me Ygerne; þat heo noht ne murne.
     9578
Nu ich fare forð-riht; habbeoð alle gode niht.
     9579
Bi-foren ferde Merlin; & þe þein Vlfin.
     9580
& seoððen Uðer Pendragun; ut of Tintageolestun.
     9581
æuere heo uerden alle niht; þat hit wes dæi-liht.
     9582
Þa com he to þan ærde; þer læi his ferde.
     9583
Merlin hafde a þene king; his wlite iset þurh alle þing.
     9584
þa icneowen cnihtes; heore kinelauerd.
     9585
þer wes moni oht Brut; mid blissen a-feolled.
     9586
þa weoren inne Bruttene; blissen inoȝe.
     9587
hornes þer bleowen; gleomen g[unn]en. gleowen.
     9588
glad æuer-ælch cniht; al mid pælle bi-þæht.
     9589
Þreo dæies wes þe king; wuniende þere.
     9590
& þan feorðe dæie; to Tintaieol he wende. Page  500
     9591
He sende to þan castle; his selest þeines.
     9592
& grætte Ygærne; wifuene aðelest;
     9593
& sende hire taken; whæt heo i bedde speken.
     9594
hehte heo þat heo aȝeuen; þene castel biliue.
     9595
þer nes nan oðer ræd; for hire lauerd wes dæd.
     9596
Ȝet wende Ygærne; þat hit soð weoren;
     9597
þat þe dæde eorl; i-soht hafede his duȝeðe.
     9598
and al heo ilæfde; þat hit læs weore.
     9599
þat þe king Vðer; æuere weoren icumen her.
     9600