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

Lines 13201 through 13300

Cnihtes fareð eou aȝæin; and cuðeð eower kinge.
     13201
[Bruttes beoþ bolde] a[c] heo beoð unwræste italde.
     13202
for æuere heo ȝelp makieð; heore monscipe is lut%tel.
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Mare he þohte to suggen; þa Walwain bræid to sweorden.
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and smat hine ufenen þat hafde; þat he atweo hælde. Page  692
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& he hiȝenliche anan; heolde to his horsen.
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and heo up leopen; mid grimliche lechen.
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and þas word seide; Walwain þe sele.
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Swa me helpe þe ilke lauerd; þe scop þes daȝes lihte.
     13209
ȝif æuer-æie is swa kene; of eouwer moncunne.
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þat us after kenne; ich hine wulle aquelle
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he scal beo to-swungen; mid brade mine sweorden.
     13212
Efne þare ilke tale; þa cleopede þe kaisere.
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Haldeð heom haldeð; alle heo sculleð heongien.
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heȝe uppen treouwe; oðer mid horsen beon to-draȝene.
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Efne þissere sæȝe; þa þe kaisere seide.
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þe eorles gunnen riden; & spureden heore steden.
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heo scæken on heore honden; speren swiðe stronge.
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beren bi-foren breosten; brade heore sceldes.
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Aneouste gunnen ride; eorles ræȝe.
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and æuere þæ kaisere; lude gon cleopie.
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Nimeð heom slæh heom. i-scend heo us habbeoð.
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Þer me mihte ihere; þe þer bihalues weore.
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clupien þusende; of þan þeod-folke.
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Hider hider wepnen; Wende we heom æfter.
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Hider ure sceldes; þe scalkes atwendeð.
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Sone heom after wenden; iwepnede kempen.
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þer sixe þer seouene; þer æhte þer niȝene.
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And æuere þa eorles; arnde biliues.
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and æuere umbe stunde; biseȝen heom bi-hinde.
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and euere þa cnihtes of Rome; after biliue come.
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And þer com aneouste; alre swiðest ærne.
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& euere cleopede; kenlich swiðe.
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Wendeð a-ȝæin cnihtes; and werieð eo mid fihtes.
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Hit is eo muchel scome; þat ȝe wulleð at-sceken.
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Walwain icneo þene reme; of þan Romanisce men;
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he wende his stede; & to him gon ride.
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& smat hine þurh mid þan spere. swa he ispited weore.
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& bræid to him þat spere; þe gume iwat sone.
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& þæs word kende; Walwain þe kene.
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Cniht þu ride to swiðe; betere þe weore at Rome.
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Marcel hehte þe cniht; heȝere monnen.
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Þa Walwain i-sæh; þat he to grunde bæh. Page  694
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sone his sweord he ut abræid; smat of Marcele þat hefd.
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and þas word sæide; Walwain þe sele.
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Marcel far to helle; & tel heom þer spelles.
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and wune þer to-ȝere; mid Quencelien þin ifere.
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and haldeð þer unker rune; betere inc weoren inne Rome.
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for þus we eou scullen techen; ure Bruttisce speche.
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Gerin isæh hu hit ferde; hu þe Romanisce lai þer dune;
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and his hors muneȝede; and ænne o[ð]erne imette.
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and smat hine þurh-ut mid his spere; and þas word spilede;
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Rid nu swa Romain; and reos þe to hellen.
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and þus we scullen grundien; ȝif Godd us wule fulsten.
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Nis noht wurð þratte; buten þer beo dede æ[c]
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Bos isæh þe ohte mon; hu his iueren hafden idon.
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& his hors wende; wunder ane swiðe.
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and mid alle his mitte; teh to ane cnihte.
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& smat hine buuen þan scelde; þat to-barst his gode burne.
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& þurh-ut þene sweore; þe swælt ful sone.
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And þus þe eorl cleopien agon; kenliche on his feren.
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Bruttes us wulleð scenden; ȝif we heonne wendeð.
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bute we bet aginnen. ær we heonene iwenden.
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Efne þere speche; þe þe eorl [k]ende.
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heo bi-wenden heom sone; wunder ane swiðe.
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and ælc his sweord swiðe adroh; and ælc his Rumain of-sloh.
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& seoððen heore hors wenden; & heore wæi heolden.
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And þæ Romanisce men; riden eouere after heom.
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ofte heo heom on smiten; ofte heo heom at-witen;
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ofte heo sæiden heom [t]o; Abuggen ȝe scullen þa dede.
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ah ne mihten heo þurh nane þinge; heore nenne adun bringe.
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no nenne hærm þer don heom; i þan wiðer-happen.
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Ah æuere umbe whilen; þe eorles aȝain wenden.
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and ær heo to-twemden; þe wurse wes Rom-leoden.
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Þus heo iuerden; fiftene milen.
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þat heo comen to ane stude; vnder ane ueire wude.
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on-uast þan castle; þer Arður lei uaste.
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Þreo milen þer-from; to þan wuden þrungen;
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niȝe þusende; þe Arður þider senden.
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baldere Brutten; þe bezst þat lond cneowen.
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heo wolden wite þat soðe; of Walwain þan kene. Page  696
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and of his iueren; hu heo iuaren weoren.
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whaðer heo liue weoren; þa heo bi wæie læien.
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Þæs cnihtes siȝen þurh þene wude; wunder ane softe.
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uppen ane hullen; and ȝeorne biheolden.
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Heo letten alle þa horsmen; i þan wude alihten.
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and rihten heore i-wepnen; and alle heore iweden.
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buten an hundred monnen; þe þer sculden bi-halden.
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ȝif heo on-ȝiten mihten; þurh æies cunnes þingen.
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Þa iseȝen heo feorren; in ane uelde muchelen.
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þreo cnihtes ærnen; mid allen heore mainen.
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After þan þreom cnihten; þritti þer comen.
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after þan þrittie; heo iseȝen þreo þusende.
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þer-after comen þrasten; þritti þusen anan.
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Romanisce leoden; mid ræue bihonged.
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And þa eorles bi-uoren heom; aneuste at-arnden.
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euere þene rihte wæi; þe touward þan wude lai.
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þer heore iueren; wel ihudde weoren.
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Þa eorles ærden to þan wuden; þa Romanisce after riden.
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þa Bruttes to-ræsden; on heore iræste steden.
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