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

Lines 14501 through 14600

& we wulleð þine men bi-cumen; to ȝislen sullen þe ure sunen.
     14501
And ȝif hit þi wille weore; þat þu hider woldest wende.
     14502
þas forwarde makien; and þas spechen uæstnien.
     14503
we wulleð ouer-al. atlien to þe seluen.
     14504
a watere and a londe; halden þe uor kinge.
     14505
Þa bi-gon to spekene; Gurmund þe kene.
     14506
Ȝarkieð mine scipen biliue; forð ic wulle liðe.
     14507
Seiles heo up droȝen; forð heo gunnen siȝen.
     14508
luken rapes longe. liðen forð mid uðen.
     14509
and swa heo gunnen wenden; to Norð-humbre-londe.
     14510
and speken wið Sexisce men; and sæhte i-wurðen.
     14511
and sworen þat heo wolden; heore forward halden.
     14512
Þa weoren heo al an; Gurmund and Sexesce men.
     14513
þa somneden heo uerde; vnimete an ærde.
     14514
& ferde touward Karriche; þan kinge of þissere riche.
     14515
and æuere heo sungen mid hokere; of Kinriche þan kinge.
     14516
Caric his Bruttes gadere[de]; and beide heom to-somne.
     14517
and him to wende; al þat was on londe.
     14518
for rihtere neode nusten heo red betere.
     14519
Caric muchel folc hafde; and ferde vnimete.
     14520
& ofte he com to compe; to Gurmu[n]de kinge.
     14521
and ofte he him faht wið; and neuere no ȝirde his grið.
     14522
and for heo hokerede him on; he i-warð swiðe kene mon.
     14523
& ȝif he hafde genge; efne wið Gurmunde.
     14524
Gurmund weore sone islaȝen; his folc idon of lif-daȝen.
     14525
Ah æuere a þan ende; wæx Gurmundes genge.
     14526
and æuere a þan ende; feol Carriches genge.
     14527
Gurmund draf Carriche wide ȝeond þas riche. Page  764
     14528
and Carric at Cherinchestre; biclusde hi[ne] ful faste.
     14529
and moni dæi þer biuoren; he lette þider fusen.
     14530
al þat he hafde ihalden; þat corn of þissen londe.
     14531
and þa walles fastnede; wunder ane stronge.
     14532
Gurmund þet i-herde. and þider he gon ride.
     14533
and bi-læi Chirenchestre; wið-utene swiðe faste.
     14534
And Gurmund al þis kinelond; walde to his aȝere hond.
     14535
burȝes he for-barnde; tunes he for-swelde.
     14536
Bruttes he aqualde; balu wes on londe.
     14537
munekes he for-pinede on mani are wise.
     14538
þa riche wif he lette his hired-men; makien to horen.
     14539
preostes he alle of-slæh; alle þa chirchen he to-droh.
     14540
clærkes he aqualde; alle þa he funde.
     14541
[e]che [child] he lette seoðe; . . . .
     14542
alle þa cnihtes. he lette hon forð-rihtes.
     14543
al þis lond for-ferde; a ueole cunne wise.
     14544
Wulc wræcche folc swa mihte; fleh ut of þeode.
     14545
su[m] to Wales wende; sum to Cornwale.
     14546
sum in-to Neustrie; þe hatte nu Normandie.
     14547
sum fleh bi-ȝeonden sæ; in-to Bruttaine.
     14548
and gunnen wunien seoððe; æn þet lond heht Armoriche.
     14549
& summe heo fluȝen to Irlonde; for þan æie of Gurmunde.
     14550
and þer wuneden þeouwe; inne þral-dome.
     14551
heo and al heore cun; and her ne come nauere aȝen.
     14552
And þus losede Bruttes; al þas kine-londes.
     14553
And Gurmund bilæi Chirenchestre; abuten swiðe uaste.
     14554
and Caric wes wið-innen; and moni of his monnen.
     14555
wa wæs þan leoden; þe þa weoren on liuen.
     14556
Hit was in ane dæie; þat Gurmund mid his duȝeðe.
     14557
dringes heðene; riden a slatinge.
     14558
Þa com þer an gume riden; to Gurmunde kingen.
     14559
he wes ihaten Isemberd; inne France wes his ærd.
     14560
he wes Louweises sune; þas kinges of þere þeode.
     14561
his fader hine hafuede ut idriuen. of al his kinerichen.
     14562
þat no moste he neouwar wunie; on al his onwalde.
     14563
and he fleh to þissen londe; to Gurmu[n]de kinge.
     14564
he hafde to iueren; twa þusend rideren.
     14565
and Gurmund%des mon he bicom; ne mihte he na wurse don.
     14566
for Crist seolue he for-soc; and to þan Wursen he tohc.
     14567
and þer for[let]e he Cristindom; and heðe-scipe nom him on.
     14568
And swa heo uoren beien; mid mucle heore uerde.
     14569
and bi-leien Chirenchestre; an elche halue wel faste.
     14570
Wel ofte Kariches men; comen ut of burhȝen.
     14571
and ræsden an Gurmunde; mid ræȝere strenðe.
     14572
and sloȝen of his folke; feole þusende.
     14573
& senden heom to helle; heðene hundes alle;
     14574
Karic wes swiðe goud cniht; and swiðe wel he heold his fiht.
     14575
and faste he heold Chirchestre; mid strengðe þan mæste.
     14576
þat ne mihte Gurmund; næuere mæren his ferde.
     14577
ar he lette heom mid ginnen; biswiken wið-innen.
     14578
Gurmund castles makede; abuten Chirenchestre.
     14579
þreo he bitahte; þreom heðene cnihte.
     14580
him-seoluen he heol[d] þat ane. Isembard þat oðer;
     14581
Gurmund makede ænne tur; þer-inne he bulde ænne bur.
     14582
þer-inne he pleoȝede his plaȝen; þa me luuede a þeon daȝen.
     14583
þer-inne he hafde his maumet; þa he heold for his god.
     14584
Hit i-lomp on ane dæiȝe; þat Gurmund mid his duȝeðe.
     14585
weoren swiðe bliðe; and drunc%ken of wine;
     14586
Þa com þer an heðene mon; a-waried wurðen he forþan.
     14587
and askede tidende; Gurmunde þe kinge.
     14588
Seie me lauerd Gurmund; þu art swiðe riche king.
     14589
heou longe wult þu beoȝie; abuten þissere burȝe.
     14590
what wult þu ȝiuen me; ȝif ich þe burh ȝiuen þe.
     14591
and al þat is wið-inne; to don þine iwille.
     14592
þat noht no bið to leue; al þu hit slat aȝe.
     14593
Þa andswa((re))de Gurmund; þe riche heðene king.
     14594
Ich ȝiue þe ane eorl-dom; auere to aȝe.
     14595
wið þat þu a-neoste; þe burh me bi-tache.
     14596
Þis for-ward wes imaked anan; lut men hit wuste;
     14597
Þa þes heðene cniht; up aras forð-rit.
     14598
& nettes bi-sohte; ibroiden swiðe narewe.
     14599
and þa tolen þer-to; and cuht heom swiðe narewe.
     14600