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

Lines 2101 through 2200

Heo nomen þa seeldes; þa leien in þan feldes.
     2101
brade and gode; ihelede mid golde.
     2102
heo wenden to þan kingen; þer heo weren on kompen.
     2103
Þe kingges weren bliðe; heo wenden bi þan bord%den.
     2104
heo wenden bi þen scelden; þat hit heore scalkes weoren.
     2105
Sone so Dunwale heom næh com; swa he hæhte slæn heom.
     2106
Slæð heom mid sweorde; for alle heo beoð for-sworne.
     2107
Rudac heo slowen; & Stater heo nomen.
     2108
& al hene to-liðeden; lim from þen oðere.
     2109
heoræ sceaftes weoren strake. of his flæsces heo makeden here marce;
     2110
Anan heo ferden; towærd heore iueren.
     2111
þa heo to-gaderen comen; somed heo on-sloȝen.
     2112
Þa kingges weoren deædde; heore duȝeðe to-dealde.
     2113
twinseden cnihtes; here tir wes at-fallen.
     2114
Dunwales men sloȝen; al þat heo aneh comen.
     2115
al þa ferde; heo falden to grunde.
     2116
buten swulc for-wonde man; þe mid sorwe at-wand.
     2117
Þa hauede Dunwale þis lond; al bi-ȝeten to his hond.
     2118
suððen he wes heh king. coð hit wes wide of him
     2119
beoð on beoken; feole-feld bisnen.
     2120
Þet wes þa eæraste mon; þe guldene crune dude him on.
     2121
here inne Bruttaine; seoððen Bruttes hit ieode.
     2122
He makede swulc grið. he makede swulc frið;
     2123
monien laȝen gode; þe lon[g] s((o))uððen stode.
     2124
Heo makeden ane sæt-nesse; and mid aȝe heo semde.
     2125
þe ælc cheorl eæt. his sulche; hæfde grið al-swa þe king sulf.
     2126
alken farinde mon; ȝef slaht oþer þeofðe hæfde i-don;
     2127
and he æt-sturte in-to are burie. þat heo weren iborȝen.
     2128
þenne and auere-mare; heo swulden habben are.
     2129
to [f]use into hame; & habben his æhte;
     2130
and ȝef æi mon him liðere dude; he sculde dom þolien.
     2131
& þus ælkene forme gult; þe king su[l]f hine for-ȝef.
     2132
Þe king makede monie laȝen; þa ȝet beoð on londe.
     2133
& alle laȝen gode; bi his daȝen stode.
     2134
Feowerti wintre he walde þes leode; a blisse hit stod on his hand.
     2135
Seoððen dæide þe king; [wa] wes his duȝeðe. Page  112
     2136
To-gadere come his eorles; & brohten hine to eorðe.
     2137
inne Lundene burh; feire hine leiden.
     2138
in are riche temple; mid golde heo hine bi-tunden.
     2139
Þe king hauede bi his wiue; twene sonen on liue.
     2140
þe ældre hæhte. Belin þe ȝeong%gere Brenne;
     2141
Þas breðren iwurðen heom swahte. þur[h] sele monne rede;
     2142
Belin ȝef his leue broþer. anne dal of his londe;
     2143
bi-ȝende þere Humbre. mid mon-scipe to halden;
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norð in-to þare sæ; sel þat heo iworðe.
     2145
Þer-fore his mon he bicom; & hærd-sumnesse him solde don.
     2146
Belin heol[d] þis suðlond; & Cornwale on his hond.
     2147
& Wales þer forð mid; and faire hit dihte.
     2148
Fif ȝer heo heolden þus þis lond. & leoue heom wes bi-twune;
     2149
þet æuere eiþer oðer. luuede alse is broþer.
     2150
Ah Brennes hauede vuele men; his æðelene heo a-merden.
     2151
þeo ælche dæie hine larden; luðere craftes.
     2152
þat he sculde wih his broðer; forewa[r]de breken.
     2153
Anne hird-cniht he. hauede. þe æht wes on þen weorede;
     2154
þe þane balew mæinde; and þus spec wih Brenne.
     2155
Seie me mi lauerd; leouest alre monne.
     2156
whi þolest þu þat Belin; þe is þin aȝene broðer.
     2157
hauet swa mochel of þisse lande; & þu hauest swa lutel.
     2158
Nefde ȝe ba enne fader; and beie enne moder.
     2159
beiene of ane cunne; cuð hit is on folke.
     2160
Nu stond al þis muchele lond; a Bailenes aȝere hond.
     2161
& þu eært his mon and is cniht; þat is woh & na-wiht riht.
     2162
Eært þu þenne cheues-boren; þat þu wult beon for-loren.
     2163
Oþer þu eart swa eærȝh cniht; þat of londe ne reh%chest na-wiht.
     2164
oþer þu þenchest beo raðe dead; & þine duȝeðen al bi-laiuen.
     2165
Bi-leæf þe treuweþe bi-lef þene æð; for al þis folc is swiðe wrað.
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Hercne þine herdes ræd; & heo þe wullet helpen.
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Hit us þinchet wunder; ȝef þu hine nelt a-walden.
     2168
Þu eært muchele betere cniht; to halden comp & ifiht.
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& þu eær[t] muchele ahtere; & ec mare hærdere.
     2170
Cheflon þu ouer-come; and Scot-lond him bi-nome.
     2171
of Muraine he wes king; and he wiht þe othliche fæht.
     2172
eærst þu hine ouer-come; and seoððen þu hine slowe.
     2173
and al his ferde þe he brohte to þan eærde; Page  114
     2174
Ah wel ich hit ileuen. þat we þe sunden l[o]ðe;
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þat þu þi þanc al for-hele. wih þine hired-monnen;
     2176
Ah for nauer nare teonen. nulle we þe trukien;
     2177
neuer ane siðen. bi ure quike liuen.
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And fær bi ure ræden; & mid þe þu læden.
     2179
tweolue of þine witiȝen; of þine wisuste monnen.
     2180
& fær forh nu to-niht; in-to Norewaieȝe forh-riht.
     2181
to Alfinge kinge; þu bist him cume deore;
     2182
& gret þu londes king. and al his leode.
     2183
Þe king haueð ane dohter; þe him is swuþe dure.
     2184
Bide heo to þire bi-houe; to habben to are quene.
     2185
Þenne he sið þe swa hende cniht he þe ȝeueð [heo] forð-riht.
     2186
Seoððen ȝern to þan kinge; þat he þe læne ferde.
     2187
to lede to þine londe to balden þine leoden;
     2188
Bide auer-ælcne cniht. þet þu þer bi-ȝeten miht
     2189
for seluere and for gold; cume mid þe to þisse londe.
     2190
& we sullen þe wile; bi-witen þine riche.
     2191
Derneliche þu scalt don þeos ilka deda;
     2192
þat hit nute Belin þe is þin aȝene broðer.
     2193
Ah fær swiðe & cum raðe; for þus we þe rade[ð].
     2194
Þenne þu cumes faren ham; we swulle[ð] beon al fuse.
     2195
mid mochelen ure ferde; to færen ȝeon þan eærde.
     2196
to o-wreken þe uppon Beline; þe þe bismar haue[ð] idon.
     2197
Þus spec Malgod swike he wes ful god;
     2198
Þe oðere him radden al swa. þer-fore hem wroþe wide wa.
     2199
Þa Brennes hauede ihirde; his hirde-manne lare.
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