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

Lines 2901 through 3000

Þer-innen heo speken; þer-inne heo runden.
     2901
ane lutle while; ne leaste hit na-wiht ane mile.
     2902
and þus heo seiden heom bi-twune;
     2903
Ȝif we hennen fareð þus. alle heo wulleð æfter us;
     2904
and ȝif hit swa il[i]mppeð; þat we ham cumen liðen.
     2905
heorten we haueden sare; and ure cun æd-wit auere-mare.
     2906
Ah ga we heom on mid sweorde; for al heo beoð ((for[lorn]e))
     2907
((& ureke ue)) ure wine-mæies.
     2908
for leouere us is here mid manscipe to fallen;
     2909
þanne we heonne i-sunde far%ren. ure frenden to scare;
     2910
Þe while þe heo þus speken. and spileden mid worden;
     2911
wende þa þeodisce men. þat Belin wolden þenne;
     2912
and seiden heom bi-twenen. in þere burh of Rome;
     2913
Nu heo wulleð heonnen. nulleð heo na-mare fehten;
     2914
ah Belin and his broðer. al heo ðo[ð]ten oðer;
     2915
Heo senden ut of Rome. cnihtes wel idone;
     2916
feowerti hundred. to hæȝen ane castele;
     2917
to kepen Belin king and his broðer Brennes.
     2918
and baldeliche whi[ð] fehten;
     2919
and þa oðere of Rome; riden heom bi-hinden.
     2920
and slæn heom bi-twenen; and wreken ore tounen.
     2921
Þe cnihtes weoren on fore; fer ut of Rome.
     2922
Þa hehte Belin. & Brennes his broðer;
     2923
Lihteð of eowre blanken. and stondeð on eowre sconken;
     2924
and kerueð eowre spere longe. & makiet heom scorte; & stronge;
     2925
scradieð eower sceldes. al of þe smal enden;
     2926
and we eow wulleð bi-foren. libben oðer liggen;
     2927
& auer-alc god mon; harde hine sulue.
     2928
for her scullen þe wædlen; alle i-wurðen riche. Page  154
     2929
Blawen ore bemen; and banneð ore ferde.
     2930
and maken we of ure uæren; fihtie ferden;
     2931
and on auer-alche hæpe. hertoȝe stæpne.
     2932
þa heom makie balde; and to-gadere halde.
     2933
& wenden to þen walle; on æuer-ælchere halue.
     2934
hiȝe[n]d-liche fo we on; for alle we scullen wel don.
     2935
Þeo blewen heo here bemen; þat heo of Rome hit sculden iheren.
     2936
and heo ut iwenden; ohte kempen.
     2937
Þa i-seȝen heo of Rome; Belin & his bro[ð]ere.
     2938
þa clupeden heo lude; ȝeond þare leoden.
     2939
Nu fleð ure ifan; nu we sculleð heom to gan.
     2940
Mid þe forwarde monnen; ut wenden Prosenna.
     2941
Gabius him com æfter; mid fifti hundred cnihtes.
     2942
mid alle heore wepnen; þe weoren vniwælde.
     2943
Þa oðere weoren swifte; heore wepnen weoren lihte.
     2944
heo leiden to-gadere; & feon-liche fuhten.
     2945
Weoren heo of Rome; alle ridinde.
     2946
þa o[ð]ere a-foten; and fengen heom to-ȝæines.
     2947
and slowen alle heore hors; here hæp wes þe lættere.
     2948
Gabius heo slowe; Prosenna heo nomen.
     2949
heo duden heore wille; of þan Rom-monen.
     2950
alle heo slowen; þat heom aȝen stoden.
     2951
Heo breken þa Rom-walles; on auer-ache halue.
     2952
and binnen heo i-wenden; and þa burh awelden.
     2953
Biwunnen heo Rome; þe riche burh wel idone.
     2954
þer heo funden michel gold; & gærsume uni-mete.
     2955
Heo unbunde þa locun; drowen ut þa baiȝes.
     2956
þa palles & þa purpres; þe iworht weore in Puill
     2957
alle þa maðemes; þe weoren monie kunnes.
     2958
Þer wes moni wrehche; sone iworðen riche.
     2959
al þa seouen nihte; his iwil þar hefde ælc cniht.
     2960
of seoluere and of golde; inoh of þon londe.
     2961
Letten þa kinges; don fæire þinges.
     2962
timbrien þa hallen; bæten þa walles.
     2963
þe þer weoren to-brokene; mid þeon balu fehte.
     2964
Letten heo climben on hæh; cleopien to þon folke
     2965
þat þe kinges heom speken wið. & þer setten heore grið. Page  156
     2966
þat ne wurðe na man swa wod; þat of oþere falle his blod.
     2967
ne of his æhte ȝerne; buten he hit ȝeuen him wulle.
     2968
And alle þe flæmen; þe iflowe buð of Rome.
     2969
þe aȝan wulleð cumen; þes kinges grið wilniæn.
     2970
a[nd] bi-cumen þes kinges mon; alse we hit ær cuðden.
     2971
cumen al mid sibben; and her heore lif libben.
     2972
and habben þa ilke læȝen; þe stoden bi heore ældre dæwen.
     2973
And Belin ure hæȝe king; hit bi-tæcheð Brenne.
     2974
þe scæl bi-læuen here; and beon eower kæisere.
     2975
and him-seolf wule liðen; and eower læue habben.
     2976
nen he wule buȝen; in-to Bruttæine.
     2977
Wælle muchel wes þa wop; þæ Belin þeonne wende.
     2978
ah heo weoren ifrouuer[d] sone; for þan riche-dom of Rome.
     2979
Brennes þer boȝede; king of Lumbardie.
     2980
and Belin gon wenden; in-to þisse londe.
     2981
Lette he ȝeond his castles; makie kine-wurðe werkes.
     2982
rihten alle þæ hallen; & stronginen þæ walles.
     2983
bulden þa bures; hæien þa toures.
     2984
and swa þis wunliche lond; mid wurð-scipe wælden.
     2985
& Brennes walde Rome; fulle fiftene ȝere.
     2986
þa endede Brennes; wel wes Romanisce folc þæs.
     2987
Heo seolf nomen heore lond; and heolden on heore hond.
     2988
burh. & heore blissæ; seoððen Brennes wes deæd.
     2989
& Belin i ðisse londe; makede læȝen stronge.
     2990
& laȝen swiðe gode; þe bi his liue stoden.
     2991
Belin ferde to Wales; & anne burh makede.
     2992
he heo makeda æ[ð]ðele; uppen Uske þan wætere.
     2993
Of þon ilke flode. þe king hire nome funde;
     2994
þan king heo wes deore. Kæir Usch. heo næmde;
     2995
and seoððen heo wes ihæten. Kair Lion; ich wullen seggen þe for wan.
     2996
Vmbe feole ȝere; æfter Belinnes forð-fare.
     2997
[herden þe men of Rome of Belinnes deaþe] *
     2998
and seiden heom bi-twenen; While he dude us tuone.
     2999
Nu is þe king iburied; Wrake we us on Bruttes.
     3000