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

Lines 12401 through 12500

ȝif Arður ne leope to; swulc hit a liun weore.
     12401
and þas word seide; wisest alre Brutten.
     12402
Bilæueð bilaueð swiðe; þas cnihtes on liue.
     12403
ne sceollen heo on mine hirede; nenne harm þolien.
     12404
heo beoð hider iriden; ut of Rom-leoden.
     12405
swa heore lauerd heom hehte; Luces is ihaten.
     12406
Ælc mon mot liðen; þer his lauerd hine hateð gan.
     12407
nah na man demen; erendes-mon to dæðen.
     12408
bute he weoren swa ufele biwiten. þet he weore lauerd-swike.
     12409
Ah sitteð adun stille; cnihtes inne halle.
     12410
and ich me biræde wulle; of swulchere neode.
     12411
wulc word heo scullen aȝen beren; to Luces þan kaiseren.
     12412
Þa seten adun alle; þa duȝeðe on heore benche.
     12413
and þa luding alæid; biuoren þan leod-kinge.
     12414
Þa stod Arður him up; a[ð]elest kingen;
     12415
and he cleopede him to; seouen sune kinges.
     12416
eorles and beornes; & þa þe weoren baldest.
     12417
and alle þa wiseste men; þa wuneden a þen folke. Page  650
     12418
wenden in-to ane huse; þe wes biclused faste.
     12419
an ald stanene weorc; stiðe men hit wurhten.
     12420
þer men gunnen rune; his red-ȝeuen wise.
     12421
wulc andswere he ȝiuen wolde; Luces þan kaisere.
     12422
Þa iboȝen weoren alle; beornes to benche.
     12423
þa wes hit al stille; þat wuneden inne halle.
     12424
þer wes vnimete æie; mid mære þan kinge.
     12425
ne durste þer na man speken; leste þe king hit wolde awreken.
     12426
Þa stod þer up Cador; þe eorl swiðe riche ær.
     12427
and þas word sæide; bifore þan riche kinge.
     12428
Ich þonkie mine Drihte; þat scop þes dæies lihte.
     12429
þisses dæies ibiden; þa to hirede is iboȝen.
     12430
and þissere tidinge; þe icumen is to ure kinge.
     12431
þat we ne þuruen na mare aswunden liggen here.
     12432
For idelnesse is luðer; on ælchere þeode.
     12433
for idelnesse makeð mon; his mon-scipe leose.
     12434
ydel-nesse makeð cnihte; for-leosen his irihte.
     12435
idelnesse græiðeð; feole uuele craften.
     12436
idel-nesse makeð leosen; feole þusend monnen.
     12437
þurh eðeliche dede; lute men wel spedeð.
     12438
For ȝare we habbeoð stille ileien; ure wurð-scipe is þa lasse.
     12439
ah nu ic þo[n]kie Drihtne; þæ scop þas daȝes lihte.
     12440
þat Romanisce leoden sunden swa ræie.
     12441
& heore beot makieð to cumen ure burhȝes.
     12442
ure king binden; and to Rome hine bringen.
     12443
Ah ȝif hit is soð þat men saið; alse segges hit telleð.
     12444
þat Romanisce leoden; sunden swa ræȝe.
     12445
and sunden swa balde; and swa balu-fulle.
     12446
þat heo wulleð nu liðen; in-to ure londen.
     12447
we heom scullen ȝarekien; ȝeomere spelles.
     12448
heore ræh-scipe scal heom-seoluen; to reouþe iwurðen.
     12449
For nauere ne lufede ich longe; grið inne mine londe.
     12450
for þurh griðe we beoð ibunden; and wel neh al a-swunden.
     12451
Þat iherde Walwain; þe wes Ar[ð]ures mæi.
     12452
and wraððede hine wið Cador swi[ð]e; þa þas word kende.
     12453
and þus andswærede; Walwain þe sele.
     12454
Cador þu ært a riche mon; þine ræd%des ne beo[ð] noht idon.
     12455
for god is grið; and god is frið; þe freoliche þer haldeð wið. Page  652
     12456
and Godd sulf hit makede; þurh his Godd-cunde.
     12457
for grið makeð godne mon; gode workes wurchen.
     12458
for alle monnen bið þa bet; þat lond bið þa murgre.
     12459
Þa iherde Arður; þat flit of þissen eorlen.
     12460
and þus spac þe riche; wið raȝen his folke.
     12461
Sitte adun swiðe; mine cnihte alle.
     12462
and ælc bi his lifen; luste mine worden;
     12463
Al hit wes stille; þat wunede inne halle
     12464
Þa spak þe king balde; to riche his folke.
     12465
Mine eorles mine beornes; balde mine þeines.
     12466
mine duhti men; mine freond deoren;
     12467
þurh eou ich habbe biwunnen; vnder þere sunnen.
     12468
þat ich æm swiðe riche mon; reh wið mine feonden.
     12469
gold ich habbe and gærsume; gumenen ich æm ælder.
     12470
no biwan ich hit noht ane; ah dude we alle clæne.
     12471
To moni feohte ich habbe eou ilad. and æuere ȝet weoren wel irad.
     12472
swa þat feole kine-londes; stondeð a mine honde.
     12473
ȝe beoð gode cnihtes; ohte men and wihte.
     12474
þat ich habbe iuonded; i wel feole londen.
     12475
Þa ȝet him spac Arður; aðelest kingen.
     12476
Nu ȝe habbeoð iherd; hæȝe mine þeines;
     12477
what Romanisce men; redeð heom bi-twenen.
     12478
and wulc word heo sendeð us here; into ure londe.
     12479
mid write & mid worde; wið grætere wræððe.
     12480
Nu we mote bi-ðenchen; hu we ure þeoden.
     12481
and ure muchele wurð-scipe; mid rihte maȝen bi-witeȝen.
     12482
wið þis riche moncun; wið þas Rome-leoden.
     12483
and andsware heom senden; mid aðelen ure worden.
     12484
mid mucle wisdome; vre writ senden to Rome.
     12485
& i-witen at þan kæisere; for whan he us ofcunnen.
     12486
for whan he us mid þrætte; & mid hokere igræteð.
     12487
Swiðe sære me gromeð; & vni[m]ete me scomeð.
     12488
þat he at-wit us ure luren; þat we ifeorn habbeoð forloren.
     12489
Heo suggeð þat Iulius Cesar hit biwon. mid compe i fehten.
     12490
Mid strengðe and mid fehte; me deð feole vnrihte.
     12491
for Cesar i-sohte Bruttene; mid baldere strengðe;
     12492
no mihte Bruttes wið him; heore lond werien.
     12493
ah mid stre[n]ðe heo eoden an hond; and bitahten him al heore lond. Page  654
     12494
and þer-after sone; alle his men bicome.
     12495
Sum ure cun heo hadden i-slaȝen; and sum mid horsen to-draȝen.
     12496
summe heo ladde ibunden; ut of þissen londen.
     12497
and þ[i]s lond biwunne; mid unrihte and mid sunnen.
     12498
& nu axeð mid icunde; gauel of þissen londe.
     12499
Al swa we maȝen don; ȝef we hit don wulleð.
     12500