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

Lines 901 through 1000

þat heo heora wil-daȝes; wælden weoren.
     901
Heo funden i þon londe; twenti eotandes stronge.
     902
Heora nomen ne herdi neuer tellen a leoda ne a spella.
     903
boten þes anes name; þa heore alre lauerd wes.
     904
Geomagog ihaten; þat was þe heihste.
     905
Godes wiðer-saka; þe Wrse hine luuede.
     906
Brutus & his gode folc; under-ȝeten þeos feondes.
     907
& heora stelane flon; fusden to þon feonden.
     908
Þa flan heom weoren laðe; & heo liðden to þon munten.
     909
& i þon wilderne; an hudlese wuneden.
     910
Hit ilomp on ane daȝe; þat Brutus & his duȝeðe.
     911
makeden halinesse; mid wrscipen heȝen.
     912
mid mete & mid drinchen; & mid murie gleo-dreme.
     913
mid seoluer & mid golde; þe elche bar an honde.
     914
mid horsen & mid scruden; blisse wes on hirede.
     915
wes al þat folc swa bliðe; swa heo neoren nauer er on liue.
     916
Þa comen þære twenti; teon of þan munten.
     917
eotendes longe; muchele & stronge.
     918
Heo tuȝen alle to-gadere; treon swiðe muchele,
     919
heo leopen to Brutus folke; þer heo hurtes duden.
     920
In are lutle stunde; heo slowen fif hundred.
     921
mid stocken & mid stanen; stal-feht heo makeden.
     922
& þa Troynisce men; mid strengðe wenden aȝein.
     923
heo letten gliden heora flan; & þa eotendes fluȝen.
     924
& heo letten heom to; gæres liðen.
     925
Þa heo best wende to fleonne; þa weoren heo faie. Page  48
     926
Þa niȝentene heo slowen; Geomagog heo nomen.
     927
& he quic wes ibroht; bi-foren Brutone.
     928
Brutus hine lette witen; wel mid þan beste.
     929
for to leten fondien; of his main stronge.
     930
to wreastlene bi-foren Brutus; Geomagog & Corineus.
     931
Brutus hit demdæ; uppen ære dune.
     932
vppen þære sæ-cliua; þat folc com to-some.
     933
Forð com Corineus; & fusde hine sulfne.
     934
& þe eotend al-swa; þat alle hit bi-heolden.
     935
Þer wes moni wepmon; þer wes moni wifmon.
     936
þer wes muchel folc; at þere wrastlinge.
     937
Heo ȝeokeden heora earmes; & ȝarweden heom-seoluan.
     938
breoste wið breoste; banes þer crakeden.
     939
Heo scuten heora sconken; þa scalkas weoren stronge.
     940
Heo hurten heora hafden; hæleðes bi-heolden.
     941
Ofte heo luten a-dun; alse heo wolden liggen.
     942
ofte heo up lupan; alse heo fleon wolden.
     943
laðliche læches; heo leite[d]en mid eȝan.
     944
Al was heora gristbatinge; al swa wilde bares eȝe.
     945
Whil heo weoren blake; & ladliche ibu((r))ste;
     946
whil heo weoren ræde; & hehliche wenden.
     947
heora eiþer wilnada; oðer to wælden.
     948
mid wiȝeleden mid wrenchen; mid wunderliche strengðen.
     949
Geomagog hine bi-þouhte; & þudde Corineum.
     950
frommard his breoste; & breid eft on-ȝein.
     951
brac him bi þon rugge; feower of his ribben.
     952
vfele he hine mærde; ah na-wiht he hit ne mende.
     953
Ful lutel þer wæs wone; þat Corineus nas ouer-come.
     954
Neoþelas he hine bi-þoute; wat he don mahte.
     955
Nom him heorte to; & streahte his ærmes.
     956
& breid Geomagog þat him þe rug for-berst.
     957
igrap hine bi þon gurdle; & him grimliche heaf.
     958
Wes þa clude swiðe heh; þer heo acliue fuhten.
     959
Corineus hine fælde; & hine fusde mid mæine.
     960
aduneward þa clude; þat his ban to-cluuen.
     961
þat al þe feond to-barst; ær he to folde come.
     962
& þus þe hæȝe scaðe; ferde to helle.
     963
Nu & æuer-mare; haueð þat clif þare.
     964
nome on ælche leode; þat þat weos Geomagoges lupe.
     965
& mid swilce ræde; þas eotentes weoren deade.
     966
Nu wes al þis lond; i-ahned a Brutus hond. Page  50
     967
Þa hæfde þa Troinisce men; ouer-comen heora teonen.
     968
þa weoren heo bliðe; on heora breost-þonke.
     969
þa makeden heo hus; & hæle[ð]es sikere.
     970
Heo makeden tunes; heo tileden on eorðen.
     971
cornes heo seowen. medewen heo meowen.
     972
al heo tileden; ase heo to þohten.
     973
for al hit wes heora aȝen; þat heo ouer seȝen.
     974
Þis lond was ihaten Albion; þa Brutus cum her-on.
     975
þa nolde Brutus na-mare; þat hit swa ihaten weore.
     976
ah scupte him nome; æfter him-seluan.
     977
He wes ihaten Brutus; þis lond he clepede Brutaine.
     978
& þa Troinisce men; þa temden hine to hærre.
     979
æfter Brutone; Brutuns heom cleopede.
     980
& ȝed þe nome læsteð; & a summe stude cleouie[ð] faste.
     981
Brutus ȝef Corineum; þe wes his kempa de[or]a.
     982
ana dala of his londa; & sette hit him an honda.
     983
Þe lauerd hehte Corineus; & þat lond Corinee.
     984
Seo[ð]ðen þurh þa leoden; þe i þon londa weoren.
     985
heo clepeden hit Cornwaile; þurh heora sotliche cure.
     986
Heora aȝene speke Troinisce; & seoððen heo hit cleopeden Brutunisc.
     987
ah Englisce men hit habbe[ð] awend; seoððen Gurmund com in þis lond.
     988
Gurmund draf out þe Brutuns; & his folc wes ihaten Sexuns.
     989
of ane ende of Alemaine; Angles wes ihaten.
     990
of Angles comen Englisce men; and Engle-lond heo hit clepeden.
     991
Þa Englisce ouer-comen þe Brutuns; & brouhten heom þer neoðere.
     992
þat neofer seoððen heo ne arisen; ne her ræden funden.
     993
Brutaine hefde Brutus; & Cornwaile Corineus.
     994
Brutus nom alle his freond; þe comen in his ferde.
     995
neh him he heom lænde; for heo him leofe weoren.
     996
Corineus him cleopede to; alle his icorene.
     997
alle he heom lænde; þer heom wes alre leofest.
     998
Weox þet folk & wel i-þaih; for ælc hefde his iwillen.
     999
Inne lut ȝeren firste; wes þat folc swa muchel.
     1000