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

Lines 8601 through 8700

þenne þi lif endeð; þer þu scalt resten.
     8601
Þus seiden Mærlin; & seoððen he sæt stille.
     8602
al-se þeh he wolde; of worlden iwiten.
     8603
Þe king hine lette bringen; into ane fære bure.
     8604
& wunien þer-inne; æfter his iwille
     8605
Aurilie þe king; lette beoden husting.
     8606
of alle þan londe; þa stod an his honde.
     8607
he bad him ræde; to swulchere neode.
     8608
and heo him wel rædden; riche his beornes.
     8609
þat he dude þene ræd; þat Mærlin him hauede is[æd].
     8610
Ah heo nælden leden þene king; ut of þis londe.
     8611
ah heo curen heom to ældre; Vther þene gode.
     8612
& fif-tene þusend cnihten; fæire i-wepned.
     8613
baldere Brutten; þa þider sculde buȝen.
     8614
Þa þas ferde wes al ȝaru; þa bigunnen heo to faren.
     8615
mid alle þan bezste scrip%pen; þæ bi þære sæ stoden.
     8616
& ferden swa longe; þat heo comen to Irlonde.
     8617
& þa hauene nomen; þæ cnihtes wel idone.
     8618
heo eoden uppen sæ-strond; & biheolden Irlonde.
     8619
Þa spæc Mærlin; & spilede mid worden;
     8620
I-seo ȝe nu ohte men. þene muchelne hul;
     8621
þe hul swa swiðe hæh; þere weolcne he is ful neh.
     8622
þat is þat seolliche þing; hit hatte þere Eotinde Ring.
     8623
elches weorkes unniliche; hit com of Aufrike.
     8624
Slæð eower teldes; ȝeond al þas feldes.
     8625
Her we scullen ræsten; to þreom dæȝen uirsten.
     8626
i þan feorðe dæiȝe; we scullen heonne fusen.
     8627
touward þan hulle; þer is ure iwille.
     8628
Ah we scullen us ær baðien; & bonnien ure beornes.
     8629
græiðien ure wepnen; for wel heo us bi-houeð.
     8630
Þus hit bi-læfde; & þer læie þa ferde.
     8631
Þeo ahte Irlond; a king þat wes swiðe strong.
     8632
he hæhte Gillomaurus; gomenen he wes lauerd.
     8633
him comen þa tiðende; þat Brutes weoren an londe.
     8634
he lette beoden ferde; ȝeond alle Irlondes ærde. Page  450
     8635
& he gon þretien swiðe; þat al he wolde heom to-driue.
     8636
þa þat word him com to; þat Brutes wolden þer don.
     8637
& comen to þan anes; to fæchen þa stanes.
     8638
þa þe king Gillomar; makede muc%chel hoker & scarn.
     8639
& seide þat heo weoren; sotten iueren.
     8640
þat ouer sæ brade; þider weoren iliðene.
     8641
to sechen þer stanes; ase in heore londe neoren nane.
     8642
and swor a Seint Brænden; Ne scullen heo læden ænne stan.
     8643
ah for þan stanen heo scullen ibiden; alre baluwenen mæst.
     8644
heore blod ȝeoten; ut of heore buken.
     8645
& swa me scal heom tachen; stanes to sæchen.
     8646
& seoððen ich wulle buȝen; in-to Brut-londe.
     8647
& suggen þan king Aurilie; þat mine stanes ich wullen werien.
     8648
& buten þe king beon stille; & don mine iwille.
     8649
ich wulle in his londe; mid fæhte at-[ston]den.
     8650
maken him weste paðes; & wildernes monie.
     8651
widewen i-noȝe; heore weres scullen deȝe.
     8652
Þus þe vnwise king; plaȝede mid worden.
     8653
ah al an oðer hit iwærð; oðer he iwende.
     8654
Ȝaru wes hes ferde; & forð heo gon fusen.
     8655
swa longe þat heo comen; þer læien Brutes on.
     8656
To-gaderen heo comen; & hærd-liche on-sloȝen.
     8657
& fuhten feond-liche; feollen þa fæie.
     8658
Þa Irisce weoren bare; & Bruttes iburnede.
     8659
þa Irisce fullen; & wriȝen al þa feldes.
     8660
& þe king Gillomar; gon him to fleonne þar,
     8661
& flæh forð-rihtes; mid twenti of his cnihtes.
     8662
in-to ænne muchele wude; wurðscipen biræiued.
     8663
wes his Irisce uolc; mid stele iualled.
     8664
Þus wes þe king iscænd; & þus he endede his ȝelp.
     8665
& þus to wude ferde; & lette his folc fællen.
     8666
Þa Bruttes biheolden; þa dede ȝeond þan vælden.
     8667
seouen þusend þer leien; liues bidæled.
     8668
Bruttes ȝeond þan uælden; ferden to heore telden.
     8669
& heore gode wepnen; wurðliche bihoȝeden.
     8670
& þer heo gunnen ræsten; al-se Merlin heom radde.
     8671
I þan feorðe dæie; þa gunnen heo fusen.
     8672
& ferden to þan hulle; iwæpned wel alle. Page  452
     8673
þer stod þat seolkuð werc; muchel & swiðe sterc.
     8674
Cnihtes eoden up-ward; cnihtes eoden dun-ward.
     8675
cnihtes eoden abuten; & ȝeorne biheolden.
     8676
iseȝen þer on londe; sellic werc stonden.
     8677
þer weoren a þusend cnihtes; mid wepnen wel idihten.
     8678
and alle þa [o]ðer to iwiten; biwusten wel heore scipen.
     8679
Þa spæc Merlin; & spileden mid þan cnihten.
     8680
Cnihtes ȝe beoð stronge; þas stanes beoð græte. & longe
     8681
ȝe mote neh gon; & neodliche heom fon on.
     8682
ȝe mote uaste heom wriðen; mid strongen sæil-rapen.
     8683
scuuen & hebben; mid hæȝere strenðe.
     8684
treon græte & longe; þat beon swiðe stronge.
     8685
& gað to ane stane; ȝe alle glæne.
     8686
and cumeð mid stre[n]gðe; ȝif ȝe hine maȝen sturien.
     8687
Wel wuste Merlin; hu hit sculde iwurðen.
     8688
Þa cnihtes to-stepen; mid muchelere strengðe.
     8689
heo swunken ful swiðe; ah næfden heo syȝe.
     8690
þat heo auer æine stan; sturien mahten.
     8691
Merlin biheold Vther; þe was þe kinges broðer.
     8692
& þas word sæide; Merlin þe witeȝe.
     8693
Vther tih þe aȝan; & bonne þine cnihtes.
     8694
& stondeð al abuten; & ȝeorne bi-haldeð.
     8695
& beoð alle stille; þat na man þer ne sturie.
     8696
ær ich sugge eou nu anan; hu we scullen fon on.
     8697
Vther droh hine abac; & bonnede his cnihtes.
     8698
þat ne bilafden þer nane; aneoweste þan stane.
     8699
al swa feor swa a mon; mihte werpen ænne stan.
     8700