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

Lines 9801 through 9900

læten heom uorð liðen; an almes-monnes wisen.
     9801
& wunien an hirede; mid heȝe þan kinge.
     9802
and æuer-ælche dæie; þurh-gon al þa duȝeðe.
     9803
and gan to þas kinges dale; swulc heo weoren vn-hale.
     9804
& imong þan wracchen; harcnien ȝeorne.
     9805
ȝif mon mihte mid crafte; a dæi oðer a nihte.
     9806
inne Winchæstres tun; cumen to V[ð]er Pendragun.
     9807
& mid morð-spelle; þene king aquellen.
     9808
þenne weoren heore iwil; allunge iwurden.
     9809
þenne weoren heo care-læse; of Costantines cunne.
     9810
Nu wenden forð þa cnihtes; al bi dæies lihten;
     9811
on ælmes-monnes claðes. cnihtes for-cuðest.
     9812
to þas kinges hirede; þer heo hærm wrohten.
     9813
Heo eoden to þære dale; swulc heo weoren un-hale.
     9814
& hærcneden ȝeornen; of þas kinges hærme.
     9815
hu me þæne king mihte; to dæðe idihte.
     9816
Þa imetten heo enne cniht; from þan kinge he com riht.
     9817
he wes Vðeres mæi; & monnen him leofuest.
     9818
Þas swiken þer heo sæten; on-longen þere streten. Page  512
     9819
cleopeden to þan cnihte; mid cu[ð]liche worden.
     9820
Lauerd we beoð wracche men; a þissere weorlde-riche.
     9821
while we weoren on londe; for gode men iholden.
     9822
a þat Sæxisce men; setten us a-dune.
     9823
& al bi-ræiueden us; & ure æhten binomen us.
     9824
Nu we beden singeð; for Vðer kinge.
     9825
ælche dæie on a mæl; ure mete trukeð.
     9826
ne cumeð nauere inne ure disc; neoðer flæs ma no fisc.
     9827
no nanes cunnes drænc; buten water scenc.
     9828
buten water clæne; for þi we beoð þus læne.
     9829
Þis iherde þe cniht; aȝæn he eode forð-riht.
     9830
& com to þan kinge; þer he lai on bure.
     9831
& seide to þan kinge. Lauerd beo þu on sunde.
     9832
her-ute sitteð six men; iliche on heouwen;
     9833
alle heo beoð iferen; iscrudde mid heren.
     9834
While heo weoren; a þissere worlde-richen.
     9835
god-fulle þeines; mid goden a-feolled.
     9836
nu habbeoð Sæxisce men; isæt hom to grunden.
     9837
þat heo beoð on weorlde; for wracchen i-halden.
     9838
no raccheoð heo to borde; bu[t]en bræd ane.
     9839
no to heore drenc%ches; bute water scenches.
     9840
Þus heo leodeð heore lif; inne þire leode.
     9841
& heore beoden biddeð; þat Godd þe lete longe libben.
     9842
Þa quað V[ð]er þe king; Let heom cumen hide((r)) in.
     9843
ich heom wulle scruden; & ich heom wulle ueden.
     9844
for mines Drihtenes lufe; þa wille þa ich liuie.
     9845
Comen into bure; beornes þa swikele.
     9846
þe king heom lette feden; þæ king heom lette scruden.
     9847
& nihtes hom læiden. ælc on his ((bedde)).
     9848
and ælc on his halue; heoȝede ȝeorne.
     9849
hu heo mihten þene king; mid morðe aquellen.
     9850
ah ne mihten heo þurh naþing; aquellen Vðer þene king.
     9851
ne þurh nane crafte; cumen to him ne [m]ahten.
     9852
Þa iwærd hit in ane time; þe ræin him gon rine.
     9853
þa cleopede þer a læche; þer he læi on bure.
     9854
to ane bur-cnihte; and hahte hine forð-rihtes. Page  514
     9855
irne to þere welle; þe wes on-væst þere halle.
     9856
and setten þe[r]e ænne ohte swain; to biwiten heo wið ræin.
     9857
For þe king ne mai on duȝeðe; bruken nanes drenches.
     9858
buten cald welles stræm; þat him is ique[m]e.
     9859
þat is to his ufele; aðelest alre drenc%che.
     9860
Þas speche uorð-rihtes; iherden þas six cnihtes.
     9861
to harme heo weoren wi((þ))te; and ut wenden bi nihte.
     9862
forð to þere welle. þer ((ho)) hærm wrohten;
     9863
Vt heo droȝen sone; amppullen scone.
     9864
i-fulled mid attere; weten alre bitterest.
     9865
six amppullen fulle; heo ȝeoten i þan welle.
     9866
þa wes þa welle anan; al mid attre bi-gon.
     9867
Þa weoren ful bliðe; þæ swiken on heore liue.
     9868
& forð heo iwenden; ne dursten heo þer bilæfen.
     9869
Þa comen þer forð-rihtes; tweien bur-cnihtes.
     9870
heo beren on heore honde; twæie bollen of golde.
     9871
Heo comen to þare welle; and heore bollen feolde.
     9872
aȝæin heo gunnen wende; to Vðer þan kinge.
     9873
forð in-to þan bure; þer he læi on bedde.
     9874
Hail seo þu Vðer; nu we beoð icumen her.
     9875
and we habbeoð þe ibroht; þat þu ær bedde.
     9876
cæld welle water; bruc hit on wunne.
     9877
Vp aras þe seocke king; & sat on his bedde.
     9878
of þan watere he dronc; & sone he gon sweten.
     9879
his heorte gon to wakien; his neb bigon to blakien.
     9880
his wombe gon to swellen; þe king gon to swelten.
     9881
Næs þer nan oðer ræd; þer wes Vðer king dæd.
     9882
alle heo iwurðen dede; þat drunken of þan watere.
     9883
Þa þat hired isah; þat sorhȝen of þan kinge.
     9884
& of þas kinges monnen; þe mid attre weoren for-done.
     9885
þa wenden to þere welle; cnihtes þe weoren snælle.
     9886
& þa welle for-duden; mid derfulle swincche.
     9887
mid eorðe & mid stanen; stepne hul makeden.
     9888
Þa nomen þa duȝeðe; þene king dede.
     9889
vnimete uolc; & forð hine uereden.
     9890
stið-i-modede men; in; to Stanhengen.
     9891
& hine þer bureden; bi leofen his broðer.
     9892
side bi side; beiene heo þer liggeð.
     9893
Þa com hit al to-gadere; þat hæhst wes on londe. Page  516
     9894
eorles & beornes; & boc-ilarede men.
     9895
heo comen to Lundene; to muchelere hustinge.
     9896
Nomen heom ro rade; þeines riche.
     9897
þat heo wolden ouer sæ. senden sonde;
     9898
in-to Bruttainne; after bezst alre ȝeoȝeðe.
     9899
þa a þissere weorlden-riche; a þan dæȝen weore.
     9900