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

Lines 13101 through 13200

he wes iued inne Rome; wel feole wintre.
     13101
Þe king nom þas þreo cnihtes hende; and to þan kaisere heom sende.
     13102
and hehte hine mid his ferde; faren aȝæin to Rome.
     13103
& þat he næuere into France; his ferde no ladde.
     13104
And ȝif þu þider wendest; and þine ferde ledest.
     13105
þu scalt beon under-uonge; to þine uæie-siðe.
     13106
For France is min aȝen; and ich heo mid fehte biwon.
     13107
and ȝif þu nult bilauen; þat þider nult liðen.
     13108
fare wit to uihte; and falle þe uor-cuðere.
     13109
and lete we þat folc wræcche; wunien an ære.
     13110
While Rom-leoden; iwunnen þa þeoden.
     13111
and seoððen heo þa þeoden; mid fehte for-loseden.
     13112
and ich heo mid feohte bi-won; and mid fehte wule halden.
     13113
Forð þa cnihtes wenden; godliche kempen.
     13114
þat [weoren] Gerin & Beof þe hende; and Walwain þe balde.
     13115
iburned and ihelmed; an hæȝen heore steden.
     13116
and ælc weiede an sculdre; sceld swiðe godne.
     13117
heo beren on heore honde; gares swiðe stronge.
     13118
Forð heo gunnen ride; riche men from hirede.
     13119
muchel of þere duȝeðe; þe mid Arðure wunede.
     13120
mid Walwaine eoden; and æð-mod-liche hine beden.
     13121
þat he wið Rom-leode; summe sake arerde.
     13122
þat we maȝen mid fehte; fondien us seolue.
     13123
for hit is feole ȝere; þat heore þrættes comen here.
     13124
and heore beot makieð; þat heo us wulle bihafdi.
     13125
Nu is hit muchel leod-scome; ȝif hit scal þus a-ligge.
     13126
bute þer sum sake beo; ær we iwurðe sæhte.
     13127
scaftes to-brokene; brunies to-torne.
     13128
sceldes to-scened; scalkes to-heouwen.
     13129
sweordes ibaðede; i blode þan rede Page  688
     13130
Forð þa eorles wenden; þurh æne wude muchelen.
     13131
and mærcoden enne wæi; þe ouer anne munte læi.
     13132
þat heo bi-comen sone; to þan uolke of Rome.
     13133
wurðliche iwepned; wunden an horsen.
     13134
Þer me mihte bi-halden þe mon þe bi-halues weore.
     13135
moni þusenden; þrasten ut of telden.
     13136
al to bi-halden; þeos þreo cnihtes balde.
     13137
and bi-heolden heore steden; and bi-heolden heore iweden.
     13138
& hercnede tidende; from Arðure þan kinge.
     13139
and a-neouste forð-rihtes; fræinede þa cnihtes.
     13140
and ȝif þe king heom i-send hæfde; to þan kaisere.
     13141
to speken þan kæisere wið; and to ȝirnen his grið.
     13142
Ah for nauer nare speche; þas þreo eorles riche.
     13143
nolden abiden; ær heo comen riden.
     13144
forn to þas teldes deoren; þer-inne wes þe kaisere.
     13145
Adun heo gunnen lihten ((& bitahten hore steden))
     13146
and swa heo iwepned mid alle; wenden in-to telde.
     13147
forn to þan kaisere; þe Luces we[s] ihate.
     13148
Þer he sæt an his bedde; heore ærnde heo him cudde.
     13149
ælc his saȝe sæide; swa him sel þuhte.
     13150
& hehten hine wenden; aȝæin to his londen.
     13151
þat he nauere mid un-friðe; France; no isohte.
     13152
Þa while þa þeos eorles þreo; seiden heore erende.
     13153
a-set þe kaisere; swulc he akimed weore.
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and andsware nauer nan; no aȝæf þissen eorlen.
     13155
ah he lustnede ȝeorne; luðer on his þohte.
     13156
Þa an-bælh Walwain; swulc an iburst þein
     13157
and þas word sæide; Walwain þe kene.
     13158
Luces þe riche; þu ært kæisere of Rome.
     13159
we beoð Arðures men; aðelest Brutten.
     13160
He sent þe his sonde; wið-uten gretinge.
     13161
he hat þe faren to Rome; þa riche is þin aȝen.
     13162
let hine halden France; þe he biwon mid fehte.
     13163
and hald þu richen; and þine Rom-leoden.
     13164
While þine aldren; France ieoden.
     13165
mid fehte heo þer biwunnen; unimete wunnen;
     13166
swa ane while heo þer l[i]ueden; and seoðen heo hit leoseden. Page  690
     13167
mid fehte Ar[ð]ur hit biwon; and he hit wule walden.
     13168
He is ure lauerd; we beoð his leod-kempen.
     13169
He us hæhte suggen; soð to þe seoluen.
     13170
ȝif þu nult aȝen buȝen; þ[i] bone he wule iwurðen.
     13171
and ȝif þu nult aȝen wenden; ah iwurðien þin iwillen.
     13172
and þu wult þat kinelond; bi-tellen to þire hond.
     13173
nu to-morȝen is þe dæi; haue ȝif þu biȝete mæi;
     13174
Þæ andswarede þe kaisere; mid grættere wræððe;
     13175
Nulle ich noht aȝæin faren; ah France ich wulle bi-tellen.
     13176
mine ældren hit heolden; and ich hit wulle habben.
     13177
Ah ȝif he wolde bi-cumen mi mon; & for lauerd me icnawen.
     13178
& treouliche me heren; & me for hærre halden.
     13179
griðien ich him wulle; & his gumen alle.
     13180
and lete halde Brut-lond; þæ Iulius hafde in his hond.
     13181
& oðere londes monie; þe Iulius hafde an honde.
     13182
þat he naueð nane rihte to; þæ riche þæh he walde.
     13183
þa he scal alle leose. buten he leoð makie.
     13184
Þa andswarede Walwain; þæ wes Arðures mæi.
     13185
Belin & Brenne; beiȝene þa ibroðere.
     13186
Brut-lond heo ahten; and France heo biwunnen.
     13187
and seoððen heo uerden sone; and biȝeten Rome.
     13188
and þer heo wuneden seoððe; wel feole ȝere.
     13189
Þa þis wes al iuare; þa wes Brennes kæisere.
     13190
and walde Rom-leoden; and alle þa þeoden.
     13191
And Rome is ure icunde; þa þu haldest an honde.
     13192
and ȝif we mote libben; we hit wulleð habben.
     13193
beute ȝif þu wulle icnawen beo; þat Arður is king ouer þe.
     13194
and ælche ȝere him senden; gæuel of þine londen.
     13195
and ȝif gæst him a leoð; þu miht libben þa eð.
     13196
Þa sæt bi þan kaisere; a cniht of his cunne.
     13197
Quencelin ihaten; hæh mon inne Rome.
     13198
Þes cniht andswarede; biuoren þan kaisere.
     13199
& þus him seide; þe cniht was unisele.
     13200