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

Lines 14601 through 14700

þer biforen he gon ȝeoten; draf and chaf and aten. Page  766
     14601
Þus he hit gon dihten. and sparewen þerto liht.
     14602
and he a þan uorme drahte; sw((iðe)) monie he ilahte.
     14603
and he from þan grunde; nom heom mid isunde.
     14604
þat alle heore whingen; noht awemmed neoren.
     14605
Þa bi-sohte he nute-scalen; and lette þe curneles ut draȝen.
     14606
& tinder nom and lette i þan scalen don.
     14607
& foren to þære nihte; fur þer-on brohte.
     14608
and to þan sparewen uoten; uaste heom icnutten.
     14609
Þeos he lette forð wenden swiðe ueole sparewen.
     14610
þa sparwen heore flut nomen; & fluȝen to heore innen.
     14611
ȝeond þare burȝen; þær heo ar wuneȝende weoren;
     14612
i þan ((e))ouesen he grupen. swa heo duden in þen muȝen.
     14613
Anan swa þet fur wes hat; swa þe sparewe innere crap.
     14614
þe wind com mid þere nihte; and þat fur awehte.
     14615
and þa burh a feole studen; gon hure to bernen.
     14616
an æst halue an west halue; wa wes Brutten þere.
     14617
þenne heo wenden beon sikere; and fluȝen in ane ende.
     14618
þenne aras þat fur anan; bi-uoren and bi-hinden.
     14619
Gurmund lette blawen; hornes & bemen.
     14620
fiften þusende; þarsten to blase.
     14621
Bruttes for-burnen; Bruttes gunnen irnen.
     14622
heo leopen ut of walle; and me heom sloh alle.
     14623
Nes hit nohwhar iseid; no a bocken irad.
     14624
þat æi folc swa feire; swa for-fare ((weore))
     14625
swa wes Caric and his genge. þe king wes of Bruttene.
     14626
Þa burh born alle niht; þe brune wes vnimete.
     14627
þat feht wes sone idon; þat fur heom eoden ouenon.
     14628
And Carrich king him isah; þat he ouercume wæs.
     14629
þe king him gon crepen; an heonden and a futen
     14630
swulc he mid un-sunde; al uor-wunded weore.
     14631
and swa he swiðe stille; bistal from his duȝeðe.
     14632
and west him gon wenden; into þe Walsce londen.
     14633
& þas waiȝes he wende; ut of þisse londe.
     14634
and nuste nauere na man; whar Karic him bicom.
     14635
buten ænes an ane tide; an cniht þer com ride.
     14636
& seide Gurmunde; of Kariche tidende.
     14637
þat he in Irlonde; somnede genge.
     14638
and wolde mid fehte; æft faren hidere.
     14639
Ah nuste nauere na man; to whan þe þret him bi-com.
     14640
And þus wes Chirenchestre; and his londes aweste.
     14641
and Gurmund ihouen to kinge; of al þisse kine-londe.
     14642
for þenne þe burh wes biwunnen; mid swulc%ches cunnes ginnen.
     14643
[mi]d sparewen þat beren þat fur; & sparewen heo forba((r))nden;
     14644
And feole wintere seoððen; þat folc þa þer wunede.
     14645
cleopeden heo Sparewenchestre; in heore leod-spellen.
     14646
and ȝet hit dude summe men; to imuȝen þe alde deden.
     14647
And þus wes þa riche burh; mid reouðen for-demed.
     14648
and Gurmund wes on londe; iheouen her to kinge.
     14649
and Gurmund wes an heðene mon; and for-dude þane Cristindom.
     14650
Þa þis wes al þus ifare; þæ wes her sorȝe and muchel care.
     14651
Gurmund falde þa munstres; and an-heng alle þa munkes.
     14652
of cnihten he carf þe lippes; of madenen þa tittes.
     14653
preostes he blende; al þis folc he scende.
     14654
ælcne bilefued mon; he lette bi-limien.
     14655
and þus he gon to taken on; and fordude al þisne Cristindom.
     14656
And seoððen he uor to Lu[n]dene; to ane muchele hustinge.
     14657
þider gunnen siȝe; alle Sex-leode.
     14658
þa wuneden i þissen londe; mid Gurmu[n]de kinge.
     14659
and his men bicome; mo[n]ie and vniuoȝe.
     14660
heom heold for-ward; and aȝef heom sone al þis ærd.
     14661
of him to heoldenne; and habben hine for kinge.
     14662
And þe king hehte; al þa[t] hine lufede.
     14663
þat whar-swa heo mihten finde; Bruttes i þissen londe.
     14664
þat h((i))ne anan sloȝen; oðer mid horsen to-droȝen.
     14665
buten he libben wolden; his lif in þral-dome.
     14666
and for-saken Godes mæsse; and luuien hæ[ð]enesse.
     14667
þenne moste he libben. þeou a þisse londe.
     14668
Bisiden Allemaine; is a lond; Angles ihaten. Page  768
     14669
þer weoren iborne; þa ilke þe weorn icorne.
     14670
þa Gurmund an hond; bitahte al þis kinelond.
     14671
alse he heom a forward hædde; ȝif he hit biwunne.
     14672
Al his biheste; he heom bilaste.
     14673
Of Englen heo comen; and þer-of heo nomen nomen.
     14674
and letten heom cleopien ful iwis; þat folc þat wes Ænglis.
     14675
& þis lond heo cleopeden Ængle-lond; for hit wes al on heore honde.
     14676
Seo[ð]ðe ærest Bruttes; bæhȝen to þissen londe;
     14677
Brutaine hit wes ihaten; of Brutten nom taken.
     14678
a þat þis folc com; þa þisne nome. him bino[m].
     14679
And moniee of þan burȝen; and monie of þan tunen.
     14680
and monie of þan londen. and of þan h((a))men;
     14681
heo binomen heore namen; al for Bruttene sceome
     14682
and nomen al þis lond; and setten hit al an heore hond.
     14683
for Gurmund hit heom al ȝette; & him-seolf aȝein wende.
     14684
Þa comen heo to Lundene; to þan muchele hustinge.
     14685
and wolden ane king. makien; to þissere kineriche.
     14686
Þa ne mihtte heom iwurðe. wha þis lond scolde aȝen
     14687
and to-wende mid alle; a muchelere wraððe.
     14688
and fif kinges a-neouste. heo makeden in þisse londe.
     14689
And ælc nom of oðere; al þat heo mihten.
     14690
ane while un-some; and an oðere while isahte.
     14691
and þus heo wuneden here. an hundred and fif ȝere.
     14692
þat neuere com here Cristindom; icud i þissen londe.
     14693
no belle i-rungen; no masse isunge.
     14694
na ch[i]rche þer nes ihaleȝed. no child þer nes ifuleȝed
     14695
Þa wes inne Rome; a pape of Godes dome
     14696
Gregori wes ihate. Godd seolf hine lufede;
     14697
Þa wes hit in ane stunden; þat þe pape wolde wenden.
     14698
þat he wol((de)) [speden] an ane of his neoden.
     14699
Þa com he in are strete; þat strahte to Rome.
     14700