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

Lines 2701 through 2800

We scullen of þissere þeode. cumen to þire neode.
     2701
and whuder þu hatest; for þu ært ure hærre.
     2702
& to swulche forward; we beoð hidere isende.
     2703
& we biddeð þine ære; nu & auere-mare.
     2704
Þe king wes stille; & þa swiken speken ille.
     2705
he weonden þat hit weoren soð; þat heo iseid haueden.
     2706
ah al heo þohten oðer; to slæn Belin king & his broðer.
     2707
Þeo hit up bræc; hit wes god þat he spec.
     2708
Wel ȝe me bi-hatet; halde ȝeif ȝe wulleð.
     2709
eow swal beon þe betere;
     2710
To swuche forewarde. fon ich hit wulle
     2711
& ȝe scullen of me halden; and habben me for harre.
     2712
& habben freoliche eoure lond; & we freond iwurðen.
     2713
To-daie a seouen-nihte; bringeð me her rihtte.
     2714
gold & gersume; ȝeoue and eower ȝisles.
     2715
& cumen her on fore; þe hæxete of Rome.
     2716
& swerie me æðes; þat æð heom scel iwurðen.
     2717
& bi-cumen nu mine men; & mine monscipe hæien.
     2718
& ȝif ȝe þis nulleð; alle ich ȝeow aquelle.
     2719
Ah swiðe ham rideð; leou wer here ich eow abide.
     2720
Ȝif ȝe spekeð mid rihte; comeð to-dæi a seouen-nihte.
     2721
and ȝif ȝe spekeð wowe. bi-læuet inne Rome;
     2722
& ((ich)) eou wullen to faren. & bringen eou sorwen an kare.
     2723
Þeos swiken gunnen ride; ham into Rome.
     2724
& ȝarekeden heore ȝeouen; & alle heore ȝisles.
     2725
& to heore dæie brohten; to Beline kinge.
     2726
& he heom faire vnder-feng; and freond-scipe bi-hehte.
     2727
Ȝisles heo him ȝeouen sone; & his men bicome.
     2728
and he mid þan ilke foreward; fusde eft aȝenward.
     2729
& þa swiken sone ferden to Rome;
     2730
Belin & Brenne beie to-so[m]ne.
     2731
nomen heom to ræde; & to som-rune.
     2732
þat heo wolden liðen; þurh-out Lumbardie.
     2733
and faren to Alemainne; & þa aðelene bi-winnen.
     2734
Þa Almainnisce men weoren; of here cume warre.
     2735
& heo gadere[den] heom to-ȝeines; strongliche ferden. Page  144
     2736
of alle þeon londe; þon keiser hæfde an honde.
     2737
& þa Romanisce men; ful ȝære hit iseȝen.
     2738
þat Belin & Brennes. beiene weoren ifarenne.
     2739
Heo ȝærkeden ræhðen. twa þusend rideres.
     2740
and swiðe an hiȝende; senden heom efter.
     2741
Heo letten forð bi-siden; an-oþer folc riden.
     2742
ten þusend kempen; alle icudde.
     2743
þat heo bi-foren comen; þan kaiser to helpe.
     2744
þe wolde aȝen king Belin; feht ihalden.
     2745
& þat Romanisce floc; riden heom bihinden.
     2746
Heo þohten heom beon on-fest; þer þe hulles weore mest.
     2747
& senden heom arewen; i þon weie narewe.
     2748
s[lea]n heore lauerd Belin; & his broðer mid him.
     2749
Heo forȝeten here ȝisles; & þat grið þat heo ȝurden.
     2750
æðes and þa treuþen; þer-fore heo hauede teonen.
     2751
Belin & his broðer; beien weoren warre.
     2752
of þon swike-dome; þe heom com of Rome.
     2753
þa haueden heo þa mære æie; of þan Alemainnisce kaisere.
     2754
Þa speken heo mid ræde; for heo haueden neode. Page  146
     2755
þat Brennes & his fer((de)) aȝen faren sculde.
     2756
fehten wih þat Romanisce folc; & fellen ȝef heo mihten.
     2757
& Belin bæh ouer mu[n]t; mid muclen his strengðe.
     2758
to feahten wið þon keisere; & wih þon Alemainisce here.
     2759
fondien on fehte; ȝif he hine ouer-cumen mæhte;
     2760
& wheðer heore of þen broðeren. þe ærht his fæht ouer-come;
     2761
come on-ȝean sonen. to helpen þon oðer;
     2762
Þe folc of Burguine. ferde aȝan mid Brenne;
     2763
of France and Peitou. sworen him & plicten;
     2764
of þan Maine & of þan Turuine. treuliche him hærden;
     2765
of Normandie & of Flaundres. freoliche him fulsten;
     2766
& of Lohærenne; heo liðe to mid strengðe.
     2767
& þat folc of Ca[s]cuine; þe noht nælden griðien.
     2768
& folc of fele leode; þe liðe forð mid Brennen.
     2769
to þan Romanisce men; þe heom æfter uoren.
     2770
Brenne and his folc; heom to comen.
     2771
Anan swa heo iseiȝen; Brennes; buȝe heo[m] to-ȝennes.
     2772
swa þat Romainnisce folc; sohte to flæinde.
     2773
& heo heom æfter foren; and monie þer fullen.
     2774
& swiðe monie þer fluwen; & ferden to Rome.
     2775
& Brennes þe riche; softe heom beh æfter.
     2776
mid starkere fore; ferde to-ward Rome.
     2777
and Belin þe aðel king; wes in Alemainne.
     2778
Ferde he hauede inoh; muchel and vni-feie.
     2779
Bruttes & Wailsce; Scottes & Densce.
     2780
þer wes Godlac; þe king; þe god wes to neode.
     2781
Þa iherden tellen; þe ten þusend cnihtes.
     2782
þe weoren icumen; of Rome; þan keisere to fulsten.
     2783
þat Brennes þe riche; ferde touward Rome.
     2784
and summe heore men i-slæȝene; & summe to-driuene;
     2785
nomen heom ræde. þat þeonenen heo wolden riden;
     2786
riht touward Rome. eære Brennes þider come.
     2787
Þat word com to Belinne; of Brennes his broðer.
     2788
heo he hauede itaken on; & al whet he haueden idon.
     2789
And oðer sonde þer com; þe sone him talde.
     2790
þat tweie þusend cnihtes; þe werren i ðon Alemainnesce fehte.
     2791
wolden aȝen sone; faren in-to Rome.
     2792
& al makeden heore faren; alse ha wolden a þare niht faren.
     2793
Belin wes swiðe wis; & warscipe him folweden.
     2794
he hauede monie Alemains; mid agge to-heowen.
     2795
and monie he ledde isunde; mid him ibunden.
     2796
He hauede tweine wisse men; i þon fuhte bi-wunnen.
     2797
þeo cuðe þes londen lawen; and speken whit þon leoden.
     2798
Belin king heom to spæc; & þus heom wið spilede.
     2799
Ihere ȝe cnihtes; whet ich eow wulle cuðen.
     2800