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

Lines 12501 through 12600

þurh rihte icunde; of Beline kinge.
     12501
and of Brennen his broðer; þan duc of Burgunne.
     12502
Þeos weoren ure ældre; þa we beoð of icumene.
     12503
þeos bilæie Rome; and þa riche al bi-wunnen.
     12504
& biuoren Rome þere stronge; heore ȝisles an-henge.
     12505
and seoððen heo nomen al þat lond; and setten hit an heore aȝere hond.
     12506
and þus we mid rihte ahten; Rome us biriden.
     12507
Nu ich wulle leten Belin; and Brenne bilæuen.
     12508
and speken of þan kaisere; Costantin þan stronge.
     12509
he wes Helene sune; al of Brutten icume.
     12510
he biwon Rome; and þa riche a-welde;
     12511
Lete we nu of Costantin; þe Rome iwon al to him.
     12512
and speken of Maximiæn; þat was a swiðe stro[n]g mon.
     12513
he wes king of Brutene; he biwon France.
     12514
Maximien þe stronge; Rome he nom an honde.
     12515
and Alemaine he biwon eke; mid wunder muchele strengðe.
     12516
and al from Romayne; into Normandie.
     12517
And þeos weoren mine ælderen mine aððele uore-genglen.
     12518
and ahten alle þa leoden; þa into Rome leien.
     12519
and þurh swuche dome; ich ahte to biȝeten Rome.
     12520
Heo ȝirneð me an honde; gauel of mine londe.
     12521
al swa ic wille of Rome; ȝif ich ræd habbe.
     12522
Ich wilnie a mine þonke; to walden al Rome.
     12523
and he wilneð me in Brutene; to binde swiðe uaste;
     12524
and slæn mine Bruttes; mid his balu-reses.
     12525
Ah ȝif hit on mi Drihten; þe scop dæiȝes and niht%ten.
     12526
he scal his balde ibeot; sære abuggen.
     12527
& his Rom-leoden; þer-fore scullen reosen.
     12528
and ic wulle ræh beon; þer he nu rixleð on.
     12529
Wunieð nu stille alle; ic wulle suggen mine iwille.
     12530
ne scal hit na man oðer i-don; ah hit scal stonden þer-on. Page  656
     12531
He wilneð al; and ich wilni al; þæt wit beiene aȝæð.
     12532
habben hit nu and aȝe; þe hit æð mæȝen iwinne.
     12533
for nu we scullen cunne. wham hit Godd unne.
     12534
Þus spac þe balde; þe Brutene hafde an onwalde.
     12535
þat wes Arður þe king; Bruttene deorling
     12536
Setten his kempen; and his quides lusten.
     12537
summe heo sæten stille; mucle ane stunde.
     12538
summe heo muche runen; ræhten heom bitweonen.
     12539
summe hit þuhte heom god; summe hit mengden heore mod.
     12540
Þa heo hafden longe; i-lustned þan kinge.
     12541
þa spac Howel þe hende; hah mon of Brutene.
     12542
and his quides ræhte. bi-uoren raien þan kinge.
     12543
Lauerd king hercne me; alse ich ær dude þe.
     12544
Þu hafest i-sæid word soðe; selehðe þe beoð ȝifðe.
     12545
Hit wes ȝare iqueðen; þat we nu sculleð cuðen.
     12546
i þan iuurn ȝere; þat nu is ifunden here.
     12547
Sibeli hit sæide; hire quides weoren soðe.
     12548
and sette hit on bocke; uolke to bisne.
     12549
þat þreo k[ing]es sculden buȝen; ut of Brut-londe.
     12550
þa biwinnen sculden Rome; and al þa riche.
     12551
and alle þa londes; þe [þ]er-to liggeð.
     12552
Þe uorme wes Belin; þat wes a Brittisc king.
     12553
þe oðer wes Costantin; þe king wes on Brutene.
     12554
þu scalt beon þe þridde; þe Rome scal habben.
     12555
And ȝif þu wult bi-ginnen; þu hit scalt biwinnen.
     12556
and ich wulle þer-to helpe. mid haȝere strenðe;
     12557
ich wulle ouer sæ sende. to selen mine þeinen.
     12558
to balden mine Brutten. þa bet we scullen fusen.
     12559
Ich wulle haten alle; þa aðele of Bruttain%ne.
     12560
bi leomen and bi heore liue; ȝeond alle mine londe.
     12561
þat heo beon ȝarewe sone; mid þe uaren to Rome.
     12562
Mi lond ich wulle sette; to wedde for [s]eoluere.
     12563
and alle þe æhten of mine londe; for seoluere and for golde.
     12564
and swa we scullen uaren to Rome; & slan Luces þene kaisere.
     12565
& bi-tellen þine irihten. I þe lede ten þusend cnihtes.
     12566
Þus Howel spilede; hext of Brutaine.
     12567
Þa þe Howel iseid hafde; þat him sel þuhte.
     12568
þa spæc Angel þe king; Scotlondes deorling.
     12569
and stod uppen ane boncke; & beien his broðeren. Page  658
     12570
þat was Lot and Vrien; tweie swiðe aðele men.
     12571
Þus Angel þe ki[n]g seide; to Arðure þan kene.
     12572
Læuerd Arður ich sugge þe; þurh soðe quides mine.
     12573
þat ilke þat Howel haf[eþ] ispeken; ne scal hit na man a-wreken.
     12574
ah we hit scullen ilæsten; bi ure quicke liuen.
     12575
And lauerd Arður þe hæhȝe; lust me ane stunde.
     12576
c[l]eope þe to ræde; þine eorles riche.
     12577
and alle þa hæxte; þa beoð in þine hirede.
     12578
& bide heom þe suggen; mid soðen heore worden.
     12579
whæt heo þe wulleð fulste; þine iuan to for-donne.
     12580
Ich þe leden wulle; cnihtes of mire leode.
     12581
þreo þusend kempen; ohte alle i-corene.
     12582
ten þusend men auote; to uehte swiðe gode.
     12583
and fare we to Rome; and iwinnen þa riche.
     12584
Ful swiðe us mæi scomien; and ful swiðe us mai gromien.
     12585
þat heo sculle senden sonden; after gauele to ure londe.
     12586
Ah swa us helpe Drihte; þæ scop þas daȝes lihte.
     12587
heo hit scullen abugge; mid heore bare liue.
     12588
For þenne we habbeoð Rome; and alle þa riche.
     12589
we scullen nimen þa londes; þa þer-to liggeð.
     12590
Peoile and Alemaine. Lumbardie & Brutaine.
     12591
France & Normandie; þa hit hæhte Neustrie.
     12592
and swa we sculleð meðegie; heore mod vnimete.
     12593
Þa þe king isaid hafde; þa andswarede alle.
     12594
Iniðered wurðe þe ilke mon; þe þer-to nule helpen.
     12595
mid ahten and mid wepnen; and mid alle his imihten.
     12596
Þa wes Arðures hired; sturneliche awraððed.
     12597
cnihtes an-burste weoren; þat alle heo gunnen biuien.
     12598
Þa Arður iherd hafde; his hired iberen.
     12599
þa cleopien agon; þe king wes abolȝen.
     12600