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

Lines 15901 through 16000

Wa wæs Cadwalader; þe king wes on londe.
     15901
for scome he ne mihte fleon; no for hærme her beon.
     15902
Neoðeles he hine biþohte; hu he faren mahte.
     15903
he nom his maðmes alle; and his m[e]n deore.
     15904
& bah suð ouer sæ. into Brutaine.
     15905
and nom þe[r] wickinge; mid Alaine þan kinge.
     15906
þe wæs sune Salemonnes. þas sele kinges.
     15907
þe swiðe lufede Cadwaðlan; þe while his daiȝes ilaste.
     15908
Þær Alæin þe king; Cadwalader under-ueng.
     15909
& funde him in þan londe; al þat he wolde.
     15910
þurh elleouen ȝere; þe king wunede þere.
     15911
& elleouen ȝere; þe sorhȝe wunede here.
     15912
þat wes hunger & hette; nefede þat folc nenne mete.
     15913
& þe qualm muchele; þe wes on moncunne.
     15914
Þat folc flah in-to wuden; & wuneden in þe cluden.
     15915
leien in þa stan-graffen; & liueden bi deoren.
     15916
heo l[i]ueden bi wuden; heo l[i]feden bi wurten.
     15917
bi moren and bi rote; nas þer nan oðer boten.
     15918
Þa elleue ȝer weoren; on fast aȝeongen
     15919
þa sunne gon to scine; þe rein bi-gon to rine. Page  830
     15920
þe qualm gon to stunte; men gunnen to sturien.
     15921
ut of wude heo droȝen; and wuneden in tunen.
     15922
Heo speken to-somne; & spileden bi-tweonen.
     15923
and nomen heore sonde; and sende in-to Sex-londe.
     15924
and cudden heore cunne; of heore quale-siðe.
     15925
& hu heo ifaren hafden; elleue ȝeren.
     15926
& hu þat ufel wes at-stunt; & hu þa tunes ibuld.
     15927
and hu þer wes fæiȝer lond; i-noh seoluer and gold.
     15928
& beden heom cumen swiðe; hider to heore icunde.
     15929
for þa Bruttes þa ær weoren here; æuere heo weren fleme.
     15930
no durste heo næuere mængen; imong Englisce monnen.
     15931
no nawhit heo nusten; of heore uare-costen;
     15932
þat weoren heore sonden. isend to Sex-londen.
     15933
Þa heȝe Sexisce men; iherden þas sonden.
     15934
þa fusden touward sæ; fifti þusende.
     15935
baldere beornen; mid scelden and mid burnen.
     15936
mid wifen and mid children; to þissen londe wenden.
     15937
Mid þan formeste swipen; her comen þreo hundred scipen;
     15938
siȝen after seoððe; sixti to-somne.
     15939
bi sixe bi seouene; bi tene bi eolleue.
     15940
bi twelue bi twenti; bi þritti bi feowerti.
     15941
Mid heom com Æðelstan; þe æ[ð]ele ut of Sexen.
     15942
inne Lundene hine cruneden; & houen hine to kingen.
     15943
Edward þe king þesne biȝat on are chiuese.
     15944
þis wes þe formeste Englisce mon; þe al Ængle-lond biwon.
     15945
he wes icruned and ieled. þis lond wes al his aȝen.
     15946
and seoððen he wuneden here; sixtene ȝere.
     15947
Hit ilomp inne frimdæȝen; feor her bi-æften.
     15948
þat her wes an heh mon; Inne wes ihaten.
     15949
Þe king wende to Rome; to þan heȝe dome.
     15950
and he Peteres weofed þere; wunliche isohte.
     15951
brohte þer to lake; his maðmes leofe.
     15952
Þa ȝet he dude mare; to Peteres are. Page  832
     15953
of æuer-elche huse; þat hus-bonde wunede.
     15954
& his biweddede wif weore; on þere ilke wike.
     15955
þe king enne peni ȝette; to Peteres huse.
     15956
Inne wes þe uormeste mon; þe Peteres peni bigon.
     15957
Þa Inne king wes him ded. and his laȝen weoren aleid.
     15958
þa a-feol þat feoh here; fif and sixti ȝere.
     15959
a þet Aðelstan com liðen; in-to þissen londen.
     15960
& hafden iwuned here; fulle fiftene ȝere.
     15961
Þe king his fet custe; and faire hine igrette.
     15962
& eft þat ilke feoh ȝete. þat Inne king dude ære.
     15963
& swa hit hafeð ist onde; æuer seoððe a þisse londe.
     15964
Drihten wat hu longe; þeo laȝen scullen ilæste.
     15965
þa tiden comen sone; to Cadwaðlader kinge.
     15966
into Brutaine; þer þar he wunede.
     15967
mid Alaine kinge; þe wes of his cunne.
     15968
me dude him to unde((r))-stonde; of al þisse londe.
     15969
hu Aðelstan her com liðen; ut of Sex-londen.
     15970
and hu he al Angle-lond; sette on his aȝere hond.
     15971
and hu he sette moting; & hu he sette husting.
     15972
and hu he sette sciren; and makede frið of deoren.
     15973
& hu he sette halimot; & hu he sette hundred.
     15974
and þa nomen of þan tunen; on Sexisce runen.
     15975
& ȝilden he gon rere; mucle & swiðe mære.
     15976
& þa chirchen he gon dihten; after Sexisce irihten.
     15977
and Sexis he gan kennen; þa nomen of þan monnen.
     15978
and al me him talde; þe tiden of þisse londe.
     15979
Wa wes Cadwaledere; þat he wes on liue.
     15980
leofere him weore on deðe; þeone quic on life.
     15981
særi wes his heorte; and sorhful wes his duȝeðe.
     15982
Wið his freond he spac ofte;
     15983
hu he faren mihte. and iw[i]nnen his rihte.
     15984
and wulchere wise he mihte; wið Aðelstane fihte.
     15985
& i-winnen his cunde; æft to his honde.
     15986
þa Aðestan and his cnihtes; eke heolde mid unrihte.
     15987
Sume him radde to uehten; summe wrið to wurchen. Page  834
     15988
þat he mosten of Aðelstan. halden his lond and beon his mon.
     15989
Vnder þissen uare-coste; he sumnede ferde.
     15990
of alle þane monne; þat he bi-ȝeten mihte.
     15991
& somnede alle þa scipen; þa bi þare sæ fluten.
     15992
and þohte mid strengðe; steppen to londe.
     15993
Þa þe ȝaru wes þa uerde; & þas scipen ibone.
     15994
com þe win[d] suðerne. þa sæt an heore wille.
     15995
Þa sæide þe king; Nu to scipe an hiȝing.
     15996
And þe king in-to chirche gon wenden; Godes werk to worchen.
     15997
and masse þer iherden; of mære ane preoste.
     15998
Þe king læi on cneouwen; and cleopede to Crist[e].
     15999
& bed ure Drihten; þe walt alle deden.
     16000