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

Lines 2801 through 2900

Ic inc habbe beiene; an inne mine benden.
     2801
Ȝif ȝet wulle[ð] after ræde faren; ich [inc] wulle freoiȝen.
     2802
mid gode ræue bi-hon; and makien inc riche.
     2803
faren mid me suluen; & ich inckere freond wurðe.
     2804
ȝif ȝit me wulleð laden; þe cunne þas leoden.
     2805
riht to þan weie. þe ȝit witen ful wel
     2806
þar þis Romanisce folc; forð wulleð riden.
     2807
and we heom sculleð fon on; & heom wi[ð] fahten;
     2808
feollen oure feondes. & faren after Brenne.
     2809
& liðen mid ræde; and Rome bi-liggen.
     2810
and þis [ich] inc bi-seche; þat al we wurðen sele.
     2811
Þa cnihtes weoren wise; & ful ȝere-witele.
     2812
& al ham iwurden; þe Belin heom to-ȝernde.
     2813
and heom ma((r))kede forð; touward Munt-giu heo ferden.
     2814
in-to ane mucele bæche; þa munte bi-halues.
     2815
þer heo forð sculden cumen; þa weoren þa gumen feie.
     2816
Belin wes bi hullen; swiðe-liche stille.
     2817
þa comen liðen; þa weore Rom-leoden.
     2818
Belin heom to leop; bi-foren & bi-hinden.
     2819
Þeo cnihtes weoren vnwepned; þa þe wæne heom wes ȝeueðe.
     2820
heo wenden to beon sikere; þeo Belin heom on sohte.
     2821
Ne nomen heo nonne cniht quic; ah alle heo heom aqualden.
     2822
for nauede Belin nan cnihte; þet he næs þere god kimp%pe.
     2823
ne neauere nenne herd-swein; þat he ne fahte alse þein.
     2824
ne næuer nænne hird-cnaue; þat he nas wod on his laȝe.
     2825
Þat faht bi-gon at mid-niht; & [laste] þat hit wes dæiliht.
     2826
& swa þene dæi longe; heo wenden seo[ð]ðen þa muntes.
     2827
and qualden alle þa ilke; þe aniht weoren atcropene.
     2828
Belin a ðene mærȝen; letten blawen his bemen.
     2829
& beonnede his ferde; hahte forð-rihtes.
     2830
riden þen%ne ilke wæi; þe forð into Rome læi.
     2831
æfter Brenne his bro[ð]er; þe heom bi-foren wes.
     2832
Brennes hit hirde suggen; & his broðer a-bad.
     2833
Forð heo b[u]ȝen beiene; þat heo come to Rome buri.
     2834
Þa burh heo bileien; mid heore leod-ferden.
     2835
Þet folc. þer wið-innen; heom ohtliche wið fehten.
     2836
Belin & Brenne; heo bileien al abeoten.
     2837
and þa oðere hem scuten to; scærpe gares.
     2838
Ofte heo letten grund-hat læd; gliden heom an heore hæfd.
     2839
stockes & stanes; & strales hate.
     2840
and swiðe wel heo wereden. þa walles of Rome;
     2841
Þer fore alle þan cræften; þe heo uten cuð%ðen.
     2842
ne for alle þen fuhte; þe heore ferde makede.
     2843
ne mihten heo Rome-wal; nawiht onwalden.
     2844
ah heo loseden monie þusend; godere monnen.
     2845
& tuwen heom fram þan walle; wa wes heore herten.
     2846
Þe king him bi-ðohten; whet heo don mihten.
     2847
and seiden heom bi-twenen; Leteð comen sonen.
     2848
þa feouwer and twenti children; þe we habbeð to ȝislen.
     2849
and doð up an waritreo; þer-on heo scullen winden.
     2850
& wreken þan siðes; and ure wiðer-i-winnen.
     2851
for ȝet we scullen heom to liðen; swa heom bið ælre læ[ð]est.
     2852
Þe furken. weoren aræred; heo teuwen up þa ȝisles. Page  150
     2853
and heom þer hengen; bi-foren heore eldren.
     2854
Wa wes heore faderen; þeo heo i-seiȝen heore beærn. hangen.
     2855
Mid muðen heo seiden; mid aðen heo hit sworen.
     2856
þer-fore hit sculden iwurðen; muchele þa wurse.
     2857
swa þat for deaðe ne for lif; nalden heo nauere makien grið.
     2858
for þat weoren þa richcheste; & þa alre hæhȝeste
     2859
& þa rad-fulleste. þe wuneden in Rome;
     2860
þat bi-foren heore eȝenen. bi-hu((l))den and i-seȝen;
     2861
þat heore bern me on-heng. on heȝe trouwen;
     2862
Þa orles weorne iwende; swiðe for þeonne.
     2863
þe heom wite solden; Gabius and Prosenna into Lumbardie.
     2864
in-to þon leode efter monkunne; þe heom sculden [fulsten].
     2865
to helpene heore monne; aȝen Belinne and Brenne.
     2866
Þa com þer a mon irnen; from þan twam eorlen.
     2867
þe brohte writ-runen; in-to þere burh of Rome.
     2868
þat seide heom to soðe; þat þa eorles comen.
     2869
in þer ilke nihte; mid ten þusend cnihten.
     2870
& mid ferde vnimete; of monnen on foten.
     2871
þe sculden cumen bi-halues; & Belin king aquellen.
     2872
and Brennes his broðer; beiene to-gadere.
     2873
Ȝif ȝe me wulle[ð] ileuen; a-nan swa hit beoð auen.
     2874
sendeð ut cnihtes; & bi-ginneð to fihten.
     2875
ær hit beo mid-niht; ich sugge eow hit soð-riht.
     2876
come[ð] mid heore mannen; Gabius and Prosenna.
     2877
þe sculleð eow wurðliche wreken; on eower [wi]((þer-i))winnen.
     2878
A-nan swa þe dæi wes a-gan; swa heo ȝeten openeden
     2879
letten ut cnihtes; bigunnnen muchele fihtes.
     2880
swa heo fehten al niht; þat hit wes dæi-liht.
     2881
Þa com þer fusen; vnimete ferde.
     2882
Gabius an Prosenna; mid muchele mon-kinne.
     2883
ut of Lumbardie; and liðen touward Brenne.
     2884
& [he] heom faht wið; feondliche swiðe.
     2885
& Belin him resde to. to þan Romanisce folke;
     2886
& heo fusden swiðe. Þe faht wes unimete;
     2887
þer wes ballu riue. Bruttes þer fullen;
     2888
Belin and Brennes. burstes þare hæfden;
     2889
& þa Romanisce men. remden heom uuenen;
     2890
Whet wolde ȝe her niðinges. mid þe Bruttisce kinge; Page  152
     2891
wende ȝe mid ginnen. Romen bi-winnen;
     2892
wenden ȝe mid fehten. to fellen uren leoden;
     2893
& beon eow seluen riche. and welden al Rome;
     2894
Ȝe scullen drinken eowre blod; balu eow is ȝeueðe.
     2895
Ȝe beoð ure bernenne bone; þer-fore ȝe sculleð breoðen.
     2896
fallen and ure leoden; swa eow bið alre læðust.
     2897
Belin & Brennes; buȝen heom fram þan fuhte.
     2898
wih-innen are muchele dic; þe heo hæfden ilet dælfen.
     2899
þat heore folc mihten swiðe wel; wunien wið-innen.
     2900