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

Lines 2501 through 2600

A whet wult þu Brenne. Whet wult þu balwe menge.
     2501
Ȝif þu s[lea]st þine broðer; ne bistz þu neuer oðer.
     2502
Ne beon ȝit bute tweien; mine sunen ȝit be beien.
     2503
Biðenc o ðire mon-schipe; bi-ð[e]nc o ðire moder.
     2504
bi-ðenc a mire lare; Þu eært mi bærn deore.
     2505
Loka her þa tittes; þat þu suke mid þine lippes.
     2506
Lou war hire þa wifmon; þa þe a ðas weoreld i-bær.
     2507
Leo wær here þa wombe; þe þu læie inne swa longe.
     2508
Leo war here þa ilke likame; Ne do þu me neuere þane scome.
     2509
þat ich for þine þinge; mid sæxe me of-stinge.
     2510
Nu hit is vmbe seoue ȝere; þat þu weren here.
     2511
and al forewarde þu breke; toward þine breoðer;
     2512
Þu weore his mon bi-cumen; and he þe leouede also his sone. Page  132
     2513
Aðes þu him swore; swiken þat þu noldest.
     2514
Þu hauest woh & [he] haue[ð] riht; þat is þe swiþe muchel pliht.
     2515
& ouer sæ þu liðe; al buten læue.
     2516
to Alfinge kinge; & nome his dohter ȝeonge.
     2517
Swa þu woldest mid ferde; faren to þissen eærde.
     2518
and don þe seoluen bisemar; fehten wit þine broðer.
     2519
ȝif Denemarkene king idrecched þe neuede;
     2520
& suððen þu come. and herm her iuore;
     2521
& æf[t] wendest ouer sæ. & nu þu ært sel icumen;
     2522
Nu þu eært londes weldent. & us scal beon þe wurse;
     2523
Mid uncuðe mannen. þu wlt þi cun quelle;
     2524
Ne sculde na cniht. hærȝien; þær he hauede ha[m]es iwald;
     2525
no eæf[t] on his cuhðe. qued-schipe wurchen;
     2526
Ah leoue sune Brennes. bei þi starke þonc.
     2527
leie a-dun þin hære-scrud; & þinne rede sceld.
     2528
and þi sper longe; & þi swerd stronge.
     2529
and ilef þire moder; & leoue þinne broðer.
     2530
Vrnen ire teares; ouer hire leores.
     2531
Brennes þat isæh; & sorȝeden on his heorte.
     2532
let cliden hi((s)) gare; þat hit grund sohte.
     2533
He scæt his riche sceld; feor ut in þene feld.
     2534
awei he warp his gode breond; & of mid þere burne.
     2535
Brennes and his moder. mildelichen ferden.
     2536
in ænne bradne feld; and Belin him to-ȝen%nes.
     2537
Þa weop þe breoðer; al swa ((dede)) þe oðer.
     2538
Þa spec þe moder; milde mid muðe.
     2539
Ȝit buð mine leoue; sunen; liðeð to-somne.
     2540
& iwurðeð sæhte; and euer on blisse.
     2541
Cusse[ð] and cluppe[ð] cuðie meies;
     2542
Cnihtes ȝit beoð boðe kene. while ich wes quene;
     2543
Nis hit noht un-huhtlic. incker moder inc hateð;
     2544
Þer heo hom custen. þe weren kinges bearn;
     2545
bi-feoren þa twam ferden. freond-scipe makeden;
     2546
Bemen þer bleowen. blisse wes on folke;
     2547
þer weore segge songe. þer were pipen i-magge;
     2548
þer wes swa muchel murehðe. þat ne mihte heo beon na-mare;
     2549
Þus iwerað Brennes. sæht whit his broðer;
     2550
Þa makeden heo ane laðunge. of heore leoue folke;
     2551
þat al comen to Lundene. uppe wite of feowerti punden; Page  134
     2552
to þan husting%ge. bi-foren Belin kinge;
     2553
Þa weoren al þas leoden. at Lundene isomed;
     2554
Þer wes Belin þe king. and al his kine-riche.
     2555
Bruttes & Scottes; & moni scone. þein
     2556
Þer wes þe Duc of Burgoine; Brennes ihaten.
     2557
Weoren þa broðerne; bliðe on here mode.
     2558
& al þa twa ferden; of moni ane eærde.
     2559
Þe king%ges nomen to ræde; at riche heore monnen.
     2560
þat heo wolden mid ferde; faren in-to France.
     2561
In France weore læwen; sulkuðe a þan dawen.
     2562
& selcuðe tidende; for þer were feower kinges.
     2563
Belin seide to Brenne; Fare we bliue.
     2564
in tou-warde France; & mid fehte hit biwinnen.
     2565
Heo bleuwen heore bemen; & buden here ferde.
     2566
and to þere sæ wenden; & wel ouer com%men.
     2567
Mid nihen hundred scipene; heo commen in-to hauene.
     2568
heo commen in-to þen lond; [an]d neoðer[ed]en þa leoden.
     2569
Com þa tiðende; to þan feouwer king%gen.
     2570
þat Belin king wes icumen; & þe duc Brenne.
     2571
mid unimete ferde; to bi-winne France;
     2572
To-gadere þe kinges come; & æðes heo sweoren
     2573
þat heo wolde libben to-gadere. oðer liggen;
     2574
& euer-ælc oðer. halden for broðer;
     2575
Mid aðen heo hit bi-hæten. and ful wel hit heolden;
     2576
Heo som%meneden heore ferde. þe wes feond-liche stor;
     2577
& heo ferden bliue. towar[d] Beline;
     2578
Brennes mid his ferde. wes bi-foren Beline;
     2579
To-gædere come þeos kinges. mid heore here-ðringes;
     2580
Ferde whit ferde. feon-liche; feu[ð]ten;
     2581
Scottes & Bruttes. bei[ene] to-gaderes;
     2582
Belin here læuerd. heom biforen wende;
     2583
Brennes bisides. mid his folke of Burguine;
     2584
Heo smiten to-gædere. helmes þere gullen.
     2585
breken brade sperren; bordes þer scænden.
     2586
redde blod scede; rinkas feollen.
     2587
þer wes muchel gristbat; þer wes cumene fæl.
     2588
weoren þa hulles and þa dæles iwriȝen mid þe dæden;
     2589
Belin ibræid up his helm; & clipede to Brennes. Page  136
     2590
Ne isihst þu leoue bro[ð]er; heou breoðeð þa Frensce.
     2591
& þa ferde of unker londe; isund ȝet stondet.
     2592
Greiðe we us seoluen; mid grimme oure ræsen.
     2593
& heom on ileggen; mid orde and mid egge.
     2594
Brennes wes swiðe bald; & þis wel bi-leouede.
     2595
Al heo heom slowen; þe heo aneh comen.
     2596
and þas feower kinges; heo leiden to þan grunde.
     2597
Whulc riche mon þer at-fleh; in-to castle he abeh.
     2598
& heo him after ferden; mid spere. & mi[d] swerde.
     2599
Nes þer nan oðer lið; ȝif heo nalden ȝernen grið.
     2600