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

Lines 2601 through 2700

þene castel heo nomen; hine seulfne and his folke sloȝen.
     2601
Þus heo þurh-eoden; Francene þeode.
     2602
In þan ilca((n)) ȝere; wes Belin kaisere.
     2603
and Brennes his broðer; beiene togaderes.
     2604
for heo hauede France; mid fehte bi-wunnen.
     2605
and alle þa fre londes; þe leien in-to France.
     2606
Þa hauede heo muche riche; irumed to honde.
     2607
þeo speken heo to-gadere; þa sele ibroðeren.
     2608
and seide þat heo wolden; halden hustinge.
     2609
of allen þat l[eo]den þe heore læwen leoueden;
     2610
& of al þan londen; þe stoden on heore heonden.
     2611
and þurh heore alre dome; heo wolden fære to Rome.
     2612
to wreken o þon folke; Remus þene feire.
     2613
þe Romulus his broðer; in Rome of-sloh.
     2614
þer bi-foren fele ȝere; for al þat mon-kun wes þa ȝet þere.
     2615
Al þa kinges þus duden; swa heom-self demmeden.
     2616
heo gadere[de] heore ferde; in Francene eærde.
     2617
Þa þat folc wes icumen; sone heo fusden.
     2618
for þer wes swa mochel folc; & swa vnimete.
     2619
þat a neuere nane walde; ne mihte hit al halde.
     2620
Heo ferden ouer Mungiu; mid muchelen here ferden.
     2621
seo[ð]ðen heo ferden; ful iwis; þer me clipð Munt Senis.
     2622
heo nomen al Taurins and Iuorie; & alle þe burȝewes of Lu[m]bardie.
     2623
Versæus and Pauie; & Cremuinne; Melan. Plæucence & Buluine.
     2624
þet wæter heo ouer-ferden of Taurim; & seo[ð]ðen heo ferden ouer Bardun.
     2625
Tuscan heo habbe[ð] al bi-wunnen; i Salome heo slowe monie þusend monnen. Page  138
     2626
Swa heo nehlehte toward Rome; to late heom þuste are heo þer comen
     2627
& þat Romeanisce floc; swiðe wes of-fered.
     2628
for heom comen stronge tidinge; from Belin þon kinge.
     2629
Haueden al þa reuen; þe [w]unede in Rome.
     2630
and alle þa riche gumen; þa Rome burwe walden.
     2631
iloked tweiene eorles; i þon ilka ȝeære.
     2632
þe sculden witen þat lond; & wissien þa leoden.
     2633
& læden here ferde; wher hit neod weore.
     2634
for heore beire nome; ich þe wulle telle.
     2635
þe an hehte Gabius; þe oðer Prosenna.
     2636
Þeos ilke eorles weren kene; ohte men and wel idone.
     2637
and al þat Romanisce folc; ferde bi heore ræde.
     2638
Þeos eorles comen to Rome; to þan red-fulle monen.
     2639
axeden heom ræddes; of swulchere neode.
     2640
wheðer heo boden ferde; whit Belinne to fehten.
     2641
þe heo speken him wit; & seoððe axeden his grið.
     2642
Þa weoren in Rome; wise men on dome.
     2643
and ðohten bi-pechen Belin; mid heore præt-wrenchen.
     2644
Heo nomen heom to ræde; and to som-rune.
     2645
þat noht heo nolden fehten; no heore ferd lea[d]e.
     2646
Ah we wullet gan a leoðe; and leoue we wulle[ð] wurchen.
     2647
we wulle[ð] setten heom an hond; al þis Romanisce lond.
     2648
& wur[ð]ien heom in leoden; al swa mon lauerd scal.
     2649
ȝeuen heom seluer and gold; and bi-techen heom al þis lond.
     2650
ȝeuen heom garisum; swa heo wulle[ð] kepe.
     2651
vre childre to ȝisle; ȝef heo swa wulleð;
     2652
ælc%ches barunes sune; þe i þissere burh wuneð.
     2653
þeo scullen beon icorne. and swiðe wel iborne.
     2654
childre swiðe hendi; ȝisles feor and twenti.
     2655
& ælche ȝer of golde; ten hundred punde;
     2656
Þa king%ges buh stronge; and of ferrene lond.
     2657
Heo habbeð swa muche folc; swa nes næuer eær on ferde.
     2658
Þe kinges beoð ȝunge; of æhte ȝissinge.
     2659
Sone swa heo ihurden swulch worde; don heo hit wulleð.
     2660
for heo ne mawen bidde mare; buten þat we ȝernen heore ære.
     2661
& ȝif we mawen swa wel don; þat heo þis wullen vnder-fon.
     2662
& bi-leuen oure leoden; and faren to heore londe. Page  140
     2663
seoððen we sculleð bi-g[i]nnen; to don ure wille.
     2664
for betere is þat we leosen; leoue oure children.
     2665
þanne we nimen swulne ræd; þat we allen beo deade.
     2666
and al Rome burh; mid fure for-berne[d].
     2667
& al þat liggende lond; þat lið in-to Rome.
     2668
beo al bi-ræiued; þe nu stonde[ð] riche.
     2669
For ȝif hit wulle[ð] Teruagant; þe [i]s oure god of þisse lond.
     2670
her-mid we sculle[ð] heom bi-charren; & seo[ð]ðen heom amarren.
     2671
þat ne sculle[ð] heo nauere isunde; cumen to heore londe.
     2672
Þa seiden heo in halle Þisne read halde we alle.
     2673
Þeos eorles heom gereden; mid godliche scruden.
     2674
& nomen mid heo[m] cnihtes; swa feole swa heom þuhte.
     2675
ha leopen an heore feire hors; bi-wriȝen mid fæire palle.
     2676
Ælc mon nom an honde; ane scale of rede golde.
     2677
Feouwer daies fulle; forð-ward heo wenden.
     2678
þat heo comen to þon eærde; þer Belin wes mid his ferde.
     2679
& Brennes his bro[ð]er; beiene to-somne.
     2680
Heo axeden aðelinges; wer leye þa kinges.
     2681
Me heo[m] tahte þa feldes; þer weoren þare kingene tæld%des.
     2682
Heo ferden bi-liue; þat þider heo comen liðe.
     2683
Heom þuhte muchel ferlich; of al þeon folke;
     2684
wher hit al i-numen weore; þat heo iseiȝen þere.
     2685
Heo iseiȝen Belin king; buȝen ut of telde.
     2686
& heo lihten adun; & leofliche on [cneow]en
     2687
forn at þan kinge. heo fullen to folde;
     2688
Læuerd þine ære. for þu ært leodene king;
     2689
We þe aȝeueð Rome; & al þa riche.
     2690
& al þa londes; þe ligge[ð] in-to Rome.
     2691
& alle þe madmes; þat we on horde habbe[ð].
     2692
& swa muchel garsum%me; swa þine gumen kepeð.
     2693
& æðes we sulle[ð] þe swerien; þat we þe nulle[ð] swiken.
     2694
uppen ure godd wel idon. þe is icliped Dagon;
     2695
We swullen þine men bi-comen. & þine mon-scipe heien;
     2696
mid allen oure mihten. daies and nihtes; Page  142
     2697
and we þe wulle[ð] bi-techen. ut of þissere riche;
     2698
feur and twenti ȝunge. riche monne childere;
     2699
þe scullen beon alle icorne. and swiðe heiȝe iborne;
     2700