So far, however, as Layamon is concerned, we can only contemplate with wonder an age of which he was considered an ornament.
But Layamon gives us Wace as an authority, and this is not in Wace.
A recent critic opines that Layamon “seems to have halted between two languages, the written and the spoken.”
The form towonde in Layamon, 4537, seems to be a similar substitution for towond.
In his 'Brut,' the English poet-priest Layamon reproduced this feature of the legend with additional details.
We also owe to the same editor a full and satisfactory glossary to Layamon.
When one reads Layamon the happier question is, "What will come after this?"
Sir F. Madden has put this matter very clearly, in his recent edition of Layamon.
In the last comparison, that of matter, Layamon will not come out ill even if he be tried high.
Of Layamon mention has already been made in the chapter on the Arthurian Legend.