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

Lines 12601 through 12700

Sitteð adun stille; cnihtes inne halle.
     12601
and ich eou wulle telle; what ich don wulle.
     12602
Mine writen ich wulle maken; þa wel beon idihte.
     12603
and sende þan kæisere; modes sorȝe and muchel kare.
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and ich wulle ful sone; faren into Rome.
     12605
Nulle ich þider na gauel bringe; ah þane kaiser ich wulle binden.
     12606
and seoððen ich wullen hine an-hon; and al þat lond ich wulle uordon. Page  660
     12607
and foruaren þa cnihtes alle; þe aȝein me stondeð i fehte.
     12608
Arður his writ nom an honden; mid wiðer-fulle worden.
     12609
and þan beornen hit bi-tahte; þæ þa ærnde hafde ibrohte.
     12610
and seoððe he lette heom scruden; mid ælchere pruden.
     12611
mid þan hæxte scrude; þa he hafde on bure.
     12612
and hehte heom faren sone; to Luces of Rome.
     12613
and he cumen after wolde; swa raðe swa he mihte.
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Þas twælfe heore wai ferden; tou-ward heore londen.
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mid seolure and mid golde;
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cnihtes swa iscrudde. no þurh al swa wel idihte;
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þus Arður heom dihte. al for heore worde.
     12618
Þas twalf cnihtes foren; þat heo to Rome comen.
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heo gretten heore kaisere; heore kine-lauerd.
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Hail seo þu Luces; þu art hæxt ouer us.
     12621
We ((w))oren at þan raȝe; at Ar[ð]ure þan kinge.
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we habbeoð writen ibroht þe word swiðe grate.
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Arður is þe kenneste mon; þat we æuere lokeden on.
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and he is wunder riche; and his þeines beoð balde.
     12625
þer is æuer-ælc swein; swulc he cniht weore.
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þer is æuer-ælc swein; swulc he weore riche þein.
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þer beoð þa cnihtes; swulc hit weoren kinges.
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mete þer is vnimete; & men swiðe balde.
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and þa ueieȝereste wifmen; þa wunieð on liuen.
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and him-seolf Arður þe balde; uæiȝerest ouer alle.
     12631
Bi us he sende word þe; þat he wule to þisse londe.
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na gauel he nule bringen; ah þe seoluen he wule binden.
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and seoðð he wule þe an-hon; and þis lond al for-don.
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and Alemaine Lunbardie; Burguine France. and Normandie;
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Frolle he sloh ((is)) iua. swa he wulle us alle do.
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and ahnien him ane; þa we aȝen alle clane.
     12637
Her-to he wule leden kinges; eorles & here-þringes.
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And her we habbeoð an honden; writen þat he sende.
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þe þe quiddieð what he wule don; þenne he cumeð hider on.
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Þa þæ ærnde wes iseid. þæ kaisere wes ful særi mon.
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& astured weoren; Rom-weren alle. mid sterclichere wræððe;
     12642
Ofte heo eoden to ræde. ofte heo heolden rune;
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ær heom mihte iwurðen. waht heo don wolde. Page  662
     12644
Noðeles a þan ende; enne ræd heo ifunden.
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þat was þurh þa senaturs; þa þet sinað heolden.
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þan kaisere heo radden; þat he write runen;
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and sende his sonde; ȝeond feole kinelonde.
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and hehte heom cume sone; alle to Rome.
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of euer-ælche londe; þe heom oht lufeden.
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and alle þa wulleð mid fehte; biȝiten lond oðer ahte.
     12651
Folc þer com sone; to þere burh of Rome.
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swa muchel swa þer neuere ærer; na mon no isumnede.
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Heo seiden þat heo wolden; ouer Munt Giu iwenden.
     12654
and wið Arðure fehten; whar-swa heo hine ifunden.
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and Arður slæn oðer an-hon; and his hired al for-don.
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and ahnien þan kaisere Arðures riche.
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Þe æreste king þe þer com; he wes swiðe kene. mon.
     12658
Epistrod king of Grece; Ethion duc of Boece.
     12659
per com mid mucle wiȝe; Irtac king of Turckie.
     12660
Pandras king of Egipte; of Crete þe king Ipolitte.
     12661
of Syrie þe king Euander of Frigie þe duc Teucer.
     12662
of Babilone Mæptisas; of Spaine þe kaisere Meodras.
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of Medie þe king Boccus; of Libie þe king Sexstorius.
     12664
of Bittunie Pollidices; of Iturie þe king Sexes.
     12665
Ofustesar king of Aufrike; nes þer na king his ilike.
     12666
mid him com moni Aufrican; of Ethiope he brohte þa bleomen.
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Þa seolue Romleoden; liðen heom to-somne.
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þat weoren at nexte; of Rome þa hexte.
     12669
Marces Lucas and Catel. Cocta Gaius & Metel.
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þis weoren þa sixe; þe þat senaht al biwusten.
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Þa þis folc isomned wes; of feole cunne londes.
     12672
þa sette þe kaisere; arimen al þæne here.
     12673
Þa weoren þer riht italde; to fihte swi[ð]e balde.
     12674
feouwer hundred þusende; cnihtes a þan hæpe.
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mid wepnen. and mid horsen; swa bihoueð to cnihten.
     12676
Nes he neuere iboren; i nauere nane burȝe.
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þat mihte þat folc tellen; þat þer eoden a-uoten.
     12678
Auormest heruestes dæie; uorð heo gunnen sturien.
     12679
auer riht þene wæi; þet touward Munt Giu lai.
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Lete we nu ane while; þeos ferde bilæue.
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and speke we of Arðure aðelest kinge. Page  664
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þa þe he bisoht hafde; his þeines sele.
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and ælc wes ham iuare; þer he lond hafde.
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And raðe a-ȝæin comen; cnihtes to hireden.
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mid wepnen wel idihten; þurh allen heore mihte.
     12686
of Scotlond of Irlond; of Gutlond of Islond.
     12687
of Noreine of Denene; of Orcaneie of Maneie.
     12688
of þan ilke londen; beoð an hundred þusende.
     12689
iwepnede þeines ohte; on heore londes wise.
     12690
Neoren hit noht cnihtes; no þes wæies idihte.
     12691
ah hit weoren men þa kenlukeste; þa æi mon ikende;
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mid mucle wiaxen; mid longe saxen.
     12693
Of Normandie of Angou; of Brutaine of Peitou.
     12694
of Flandres of Bulunne; of Loherne of Luueine.
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comen an hundred þusende; to þas kinges. hirede.
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cnihtes mid þan bezsten; þurh-costned mid wepnen.
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Þer comen þa twalf iueren; þa France sculden heren.
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twelf þusend cnihtes; heo brohten forð-rihtes.
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and of þissen londe Arður nom an honde.
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