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

Lines 13401 through 13500

Arður þa cnihtes nom; þe þer iuongen weoren.
     13401
þreo hundred rideres; he nom eke anan.
     13402
þe alle weoren iueren;
     13403
cnihtes swiðe ohte; and kene men to uihte.
     13404
and hæhte heom amorȝen; monliche arisen.
     13405
bi[n]den Romanisce men; mid stronge rake-tehȝen.
     13406
and lede Petreius; to þere borh ((of)) Paris.
     13407
Feouwer eorles he hæhte; forð heom ibringen.
     13408
Cador Borel; Beduer and Richer.
     13409
he hehte heom beon iueren; þat heo siker weoren.
     13410
and cumen aȝain sone; to heore kine-lauerde.
     13411
Þis wes al þus ispeken; ah hit wes sone under-ȝeten.
     13412
Hæwæres foren; ȝeond þas kinges ferden.
     13413
& iherden suggen; soðere worden.
     13414
wuder Arður wolde senden; þæ cnihtes. þe he haf[de] i benden.
     13415
and þa hauweres forð-rihte; wenden uorð bi nihte.
     13416
þat heo comen sone; to þan kaisere of Rome.
     13417
and talden al heore tale; hu þas feouwer eorles sculden uare.
     13418
and forð lede Petreius; to þære burh of Paris.
     13419
and al heo talden þene wæi; þe intowardes Parise læi.
     13420
and whar me heom kepen mihte; in ane slade deopen.
     13421
and biraiuien of heom; Petreiun þene riche mon.
     13422
& þa feouwer eorles ileggen; & fasten heom binden.
     13423
Luces þis iherden; þe kaiser of Rome. Page  704
     13424
and he leopt to wepne; swulc hit a liun weore.
     13425
and ten þusend hehte; kempen iþoȝene.
     13426
to horse & to wepnen; aneouste foren wenden;
     13427
He cleopede Sextorius; of Libie he wes king of Turkie dux.
     13428
he sende after Euander; þe of Babiloine wes icumen þer.
     13429
he cleopede to þan senaturs; Bal Catel; Carrius.
     13430
þeos weoren alle kine-borne; & þeos weoren alle icoren.
     13431
aneouste to riden; and Petreium aredden.
     13432
Anan swa hit was euen; forð heo iwenden.
     13433
heom ladden twelue; of þan leod-folke.
     13434
þa swiðe war%re weoren; and þa weiȝes cuðen.
     13435
Þa riden Rom-leoden; riseden burnen.
     13436
quahten on hafden; helmes heȝen.
     13437
seldes on rugge; ræȝe Rom-leoden.
     13438
Heo ferden alle nihte; neodliche swiðe.
     13439
þet heo comen in þe wai; þa in-to Parise lei.
     13440
þa weoren heo biuoren; and Bruttes biaften.
     13441
Ah wale þat hit nuste; Cador þe kene.
     13442
þat þa Rom-leoden; heom for-riden hafueden.
     13443
Heo comen in ænne wude; on ænne swiðe faire stude.
     13444
in ane dale deope; diȝelen bihælues.
     13445
sweoren heom bitwænen; þat þer heo wolden kepen.
     13446
Þer heo leien stille; ane lutle stunde.
     13447
& hit agon daiȝen; and deor gunnen waȝeȝen.
     13448
Þa comen Arðures men; quecchen after streten.
     13449
riht þene ilke wæi; þer þe oðer uerde læi.
     13450
heo riden singinge; segges weoren bli[ð]e.
     13451
Neoþeles Cador wes þer; swiðe wis & swiðe war.
     13452
he and Borel þe eorl riche; buȝen heom to-gæderes.
     13453
& nomen heom bitweonen; fif hundred cnihtes.
     13454
and biuoren wenden; iwepnede kempen.
     13455
Richer and Beduer; wenden heom bafte þer.
     13456
and þa cnihtes fereden; þa heo iuongen hafden.
     13457
Petreium and his iueren; þa iwunne weoren.
     13458
Þa heo comen riden; uppen Rom-leoden;
     13459
& Rom-leoden ræsden to; mid ræȝere strengðen.
     13460
and smiten a þan Brutten; mid swiðe bite[r]e duntes. Page  706
     13461
breken Bruttene trume; balu wes on folke.
     13462
þe wude brastlien gon. beornes þer feollen.
     13463
Bruttes heom wið-stoden; and stærcliche heom weoreden.
     13464
Þat iherde Richer; & þe eorl Beduer.
     13465
hu heore i-ueren; heom b[i]uoren fuhten.
     13466
Petreiun heo nomen; & heore inume allen.
     13467
and mid þreo hu[n]dred sweinen; in-to wude senden.
     13468
And heom-seolue fusden; to-ward heore ifæren.
     13469
and smiten a Rom-leoden; mid raȝere strengðen.
     13470
þer wes moni dunt iȝeuen; and moni mon þer wes islaȝen.
     13471
Þa underȝæt Euander; þe heðene king wes swiðe war.
     13472
þat heore uolc gon waxen; and Bruttes gunnen wonien.
     13473
and buȝen heom to-somne; his cnihtes seleste.
     13474
and uuenon þan Brutten; swulc heo heom wolden abiten.
     13475
Bruttes wokeden þa; & heore wes þat wurse.
     13476
heo sloȝen heo nomen; al þat heo neh comen.
     13477
Wa wes Brutten þere; buten Arðure.
     13478
heore helþ wes to lutel þere; at heȝere neode.
     13479
Þer wes Borel of-slaȝen; and idon of lif-daȝen.
     13480
Euander king hine aqualde; mid luðere his crafte.
     13481
and þreo Bruttes eke; heȝe men iborene.
     13482
Þer islaȝen weoren; þreo hundred of heore iueren.
     13483
and monie quike nomen; & narwe heom ibunden.
     13484
þa nusten heo godne ræd nanne; for alle heo wenden beon dede.
     13485
neoþeles heo fuhten; swa ohtliche swa heo mahte.
     13486
Þa wes ut ifaren; from Arðures ferden.
     13487
þæ king of Peytouwe; har mon iblowen
     13488
Guitard he hehte; Gascunne he ahte.
     13489
he hæfde to iueren; fif hundred rideren.
     13490
þreo hundred scuhten; kene men to uehten.
     13491
and seouen hundred auoten; þa fuse weoren to harmen;
     13492
Heo weoren ifaren into þan londe; fodder to biwinnen.
     13493
æiþer uodder and mete; to læden to heore ferde.
     13494
Þa luden heo iherden; of þan Rom-leoden.
     13495
heore deden heo bi-lafden; and þiderward gunnen liðen.
     13496
stið-imodede men & swifte; slauþe bidæled.
     13497
þat heo comen sone; an-neouste þan fehte. Page  708
     13498
Guitard and his cnihtes; þer-riht forð-rihtes.
     13499
igrip%pen heore sceldes; swiðe balde cnihtes.
     13500