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

Lines 2401 through 2500

& al leouede þeone king; þe quic wes an londe.
     2401
Þa hauede Belin an heond; al Brutteines lond.
     2402
he ferde ȝeond al. & lawen sette;
     2403
he scawede þa wuodes. & þa wildernes;
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meduwen. and mores; & þa hæȝe muntes.
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burwes and tunes; & al hit ȝeorne bi-hold.
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Þe king hine bi-ðohte; whet he don mihte.
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He bi-gon ane stræte; muchele & swiðe græte.
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feiȝer & swiðe long; þurhut al þis kinelond.
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& þe king and his folc; Fosse heo clupeden.
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Heo lið hut of Toteneis. a þet cume to Catenes;
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Toteneis is in Cornwale. Cateneis in Scot-dale;
     2412
An-oðer stret. he makede swiðe hendi; from Suð-hamtone to Seint Deuwi.
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Seo[ð]ðe he makede þe þridde; þe kærf þis lond amidde.
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Þa þeos stræt weoren idon; þa leide þa king heom laȝen on;
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þat wha-swa i þen stræten breken grið; þe king him wolde bi-nimen his lif.
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ah wha-swa oðerne imette þer; fæire hine igrætte.
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Þis weoren þeos kinges strætte; þe ich i-kenned habbe.
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I Frænce wes Brennes; þe wes þeos kinges broðer;
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on his heorte he hauede grome. on his mode muchele scome;
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þat he hæuede iloren his kinelond. and his quene þe he leouede;
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& him swiðe scomede. þat he swa i-scend wes;
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He wunede inne France. mid his tweolfe i-feren;
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he herde þon king; & wel him iquemde.
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& al þa Frensce leoden; swiðe heo ((loueden)) Brenne.
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for Brennes bi-ȝet muchel feoh; & feire hit dælde.
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Nes he noht. ȝælpinde. ah he wes ȝeue-custi;
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he wes þer swiðe oht mon. & æðele weore hid deden;
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& him þer ofte wel ilomp. þer-fore he wes þe leofere;
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þa he wes þere. wel cuð; & ouer-al i-cnawen.
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& þe king hine leouede; & al his leoden.
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Þa nom he his iferen; & bi-sohte þeos folkes king;
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þat he him sculde fulste. mid his gode folke;
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his lond to biȝetene. of Belin his breoðer;
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Þe king him bi-hette. and wel hit him ȝette;
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Þa bead he leaue. & he furðer lað;
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to Seguine Duc. þe lauerd wes of Burguine;
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& of þen Brutlonde; þe is bi-ȝeonde sæ-stronde. Page  128
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Feire he igrette þeone duc; þa he his grið sohte.
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he seide þat he him wolden hæren; and halden hine for herra.
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leofliche him buwen. & halden hine for lauerd;
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Þe duc þer-fore fain wes. & hine fæire on-feng.
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Brennes wes swiðe hende; his hap wes þe betere.
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Brennes cuðe on hundes; Brennes cuðe an hauekes.
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he cuðe mid his honden; hanlie þa harpe.
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þurh his hænde-craftes; hired-men hine leouede.
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& his lauerd alse wilcume; swa he weoren his aȝene sune.
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Þe duc hauede æne dohter; þe him wes swiþe deore.
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ah he neuede nenne sune; þer-fore he wes sari.
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Þe duc bi-sæh a Brenne; þe hauede bodi hende.
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& him to seide; mid sohfeste huȝe;
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Brennes þu ært hende. & þu ært hæh iboren;
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& þu eært cniht swiðe god; & þu eært me iqueme.
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Þu come ouer streme. þu eart kinges istreon%ne;
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þu eært me swiðe iliðe. & ich þe leouie swiðe;
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Al þat ich þe bi-hate. ich hit þe wulle halden;
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ich wulle ȝeuen þe mine dohter. þa me is swiðe deore;
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& æfter mine dæie. al mi drihliche lond;
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for wel hit luuieð. alle mine burnes;
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þat hit þus beo idon. and þat þu þis vnder-fon;
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Þa answerede Brennes. mid beienliche worden;
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Ich hit þankie þe. & alle þine þeode;
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for eouwer muchele wurhchipe. wel þat ȝe me vnnen;
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Al þis wes idon. alse þe duc demde;
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Blisse was on hirede. þeo Brennes þis mæide nom.
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mid muchelere wurhschipe; he wunede mid þan ducke.
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Þa þat forme ȝer; wharð forð igan.
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þa wes þe duc dead; and Brennes hauede his duweðe.
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al þon folk he wes leof; ase heore aȝene lif.
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for he heold swiðe god grið; & glæd wes wið his monnen.
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He hauede swiðe muc%chel lond; þat al stod an his hond.
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and he hæfde a swiðe god wif; & he heo leouede alse his lif.
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Wið-innen a lut ȝeren; Brennes hine bi-ðohte.
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an his broðer Belin; þe his lond bi-nom him.
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He sende his sonde; ȝeond Burguine londe.
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Þe ferde wes swa muchel; þat heo wes vnimete. Page  130
     2476
In-to Normandie he com; and þer he þa sæ nom.
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& he ferde mid sunde; in-to þisse londe.
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Brennes bæh a þat lond; mid his leode-ferde.
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Sonde com to Belin; þa him soð sæide.
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þat Brennes his broðer; hefde isoht his riche.
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mid vnimete ferde; icom%men to his eærde.
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Belin lette beoden; ȝeond al his londe.
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and bæd al þa kempen; þe wið-inne sæ wuneden;
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þat heo comen to his neode. to driuen vt þa vnleoden;
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Ȝeærwe wes þat ferde; & forð-war[d] ifusede.
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heo comen swa næh; þere twam ferden.
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Þa ȝet leouede þa ælde quene; a wifmon wis and kene.
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heo wes ihaten Tonuenne; ho iber Belin.
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and þat heo wel cudde.
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Heo nom hire on anne curtel. þe wes swiðe to-toren;
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hire hem heo up i-tæh. hire cneon he wes swiðe neh;
     2492
Heo eode on hire bare foten. al heo hit dude for gode;
     2493
Heo com to þere ferde; þe icumen wes to þissere eærde;
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heo axede æfter Brenne; þer he wes bi ferde.
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þer he hine wepnede; alse he to fihte þeohte.
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& alle his burnes; duden on heore burnen.
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Swa leonge me hi[r]e tahte; þat heo him to com.
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Vfenen heo him orn; bi-twixen hire ærmes heo hine nom.
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ofte heo hine clupte. & ofte heo hine custe;
     2500