How Arthure ȝaf bataile to þe Saxones when þai comen aȝeyne, and bisegede þe toune of Baþe, & ham ouercome. ¶ Capitulo lxxiiijto.
WHen Arthure herde þis tydynges, he lete honge anone þe hostages, & lefte Hoel of Britaigne, his nevew, forto kepe þe Marche toward Scotland wiþ half his peple, and him-self went helpe rescue þe toune of Bathe. And when he come þider, he ȝaf a strong batail to Cheldrik, and quelde almost al þe peple þat he hade; for no man myȝt him wiþstande, ne endure vnder þe stroke of his swerde; and þere boþe were slayn, Colegrin and Bladud his broþer. ¶ And Cheldrik fledde þens, and wolde haue gone to his shippis; but when Arthure hit wist, he tok xv Ml knyȝtes to Cador, þat was erl of Cornewaile, forto lette and stoppe his commyng; and Arthure him-self went aȝeyne towarde þe Marche of Scotland, ffor messagers tolde him þat þe Scottes hade bisegede Hoel of Britaign þere þat he lay sike; and þerfore he hastede þiderward; & Cador pursuede after Cheldrik, & toke him or þat he myȝt come to his shippis, & quellede Cheldrik & his peple. And when Cador hade done þis viage, he hastede him aȝeyne, as faste as he myȝt, towardes Arthure, and founde him in Scotland þere þat he hade res [MS Rawlinson B 171 34b] cuede Hoel of Britaigne. But þe Scottes were al feire wiþin Mounref, and þere þai helde ham awhile; but Arthure ham pursuede, and þai fledde þens fourþ into Lymoigne, þat were in þat contre lx Iles, & grete plente of briddes, & grete plente of Egles, þat were wont to crie and feiȝten to-gederes, and make grete noise when folc come to robbe þat lande, and weren as miche as þai miȝt; and so þai deden, for þe Scottes were so grete rauenours þat þai token al þat þai myȝt fynde in þe lande of Lymoigne wiþ-outen eny sparyng; and þerwiþ þai chargede aȝeyne ȝe folc, into Scotland forto wende.