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

Lines 3501 through 3600

Seoððen wes his sune king. þe vniseliche luuede;
     3501
Ældolf men cleopeden þene king. his deden weoren for-cuðe;
     3502
Nes nan swa god wif i þon londe. þe he walde.
     3503
ȝif heo wes a wiht hende; þat he ne makede hore.
     3504
þæh hit weoren an eorles wif; he bi-nom hire al hire æðelen.
     3505
þe ȝunge wifmen & þe ælde; he makeden to sconde.
     3506
For þisse vniwærste laȝe; his leode hine hateden.
     3507
in-to þan bare dæðe; nalde he for þon hit bileæfue.
     3508
Seoððen com Redion; & rædden þissen þeoden
     3509
half ȝer & seouen niht; þa wes he dæd forh-riht.
     3510
Seoððen Redært his broðer; lasse while þenne þe oðer.
     3511
Seoððen com an þe leouede wel; he hæhte Famul-penicel.
     3512
on his liue he wes swa riche; alle þon oðere vniliche.
     3513
Seoððen com a king þe hæhte Pir; his hæ[d] wes swulc swa beoð gold wir.
     3514
þet al folc wundreden on; wheonene com swa feir mon.
     3515
Æfter him com Capor; þe king wes on þeode.
     3516
Æfter him com Eligille; þe heold þis lond ful stille.
     3517
þes wes a swiðe wis mon; & of alle þinge wel idon.
     3518
mid blisse he luuede here; fif & twenti ȝere.
     3519
Seoððen wes king his sune Heli; ȝeres fulle feouwerti.
     3520
oðer wile he heold grið; & oðer while me fæht him wið.
     3521
He wes a swiðe æht gume; & he streonde þreo snelle sunen.
     3522
Lu[d] wes ihaten þe an; he wes a swiðe æht mon.
     3523
þe midlest Casibellaunus; þe ȝungeste hehte Nennius.
     3524
Æfter Heli king æhte þis lond; Lud his sune wel longe.
     3525
þes wes swiðe oht king; and vnimete kene.
     3526
and he wes swiðe riche; for rædes he luuede.
     3527
He ferde ȝeond al þis kine-lond; and ælche burh he makede strong. Page  186
     3528
castles makede Lud þe king; & Lundenne he luuede þurh alle king.
     3529
Þe ȝeht þe Lud king ahte þis lond; hehte Lundene Trinouant.
     3530
and of castles ner þer na-þing; bute þat tur þe makede Belin king.
     3531
al swa þes boc her telleð bi-uore; a þissen spelle;
     3532
Lud king lette legge þane wal. abuten þe burh of Lundene al;
     3533
þe auere ȝet haueð ilast; & swa he wule ȝet wel longe;
     3534
He letten bulden þe hallen. swiðe muchele mid alle.
     3535
he hehte ilchene riche mon; þat he dælde his æhte atwam.
     3536
& nome þa hæluen-dale; and hæh bold him makede.
     3537
and alle þæ vnstronge men; þere burh he duden wið-uten.
     3538
& heȝede þæ burh; and makede heo swiðe hende.
     3539
He leide a-dun þere burhȝe nome; and nemnede hire æfter him-seoluen.
     3540
& hehten heo Kaer Lud; and ouer-al hit let cuðen.
     3541
Þat he duden al for þon; þat s[eoð]ðen sculden moni mon.
     3542
þennen þe king weoren dæd; demen of his weorken.
     3543
Seoððen her com vncu[ð] folc; faren in þessere þeode.
     3544
& nemneden þa burh Lundin; [an] heore leode-wisen.
     3545
Seoððen comen Sæxisce men; & Lundene heo cleopeden.
     3546
þe nome ileste longe; inne þisse londe.
     3547
Seoððen comen Normans; mid heore nið-craften.
     3548
and nemneden heo Lundres; þeos leodes heo amærden;
     3549
Swa is al þis lond iuaren. for uncuðe leoden;
     3550
þeo þis londe hæbbeð bi-wunnen. and ef[t] beoð idriuen hennene.
     3551
And eft hit bi-ȝetten oðeræ; þe uncuðe weoren.
     3552
& falden þene ælden nomen; æfter heore wille.
     3553
of gode þe burȝen; & wenden heore nomen.
     3554
swa þat nis her burh nan; in þissere Bruttene.
     3555
þat habbe hire nome æld; þe me arst hire on-stalde.
     3556
Þa gon þis lond wenden. þat com þis kinges ende;
     3557
Lud king iwarð dæd. in Lundene me hine leide;
     3558
þer weoren eorles swiðe whæte. and leiden þene king bi ane ȝate;
     3559
þat ȝet me cleope[ð] ful iwis. Port Lud a Bruttisce;
     3560
Seoððen comen Ænglisce men. wel waht; and cleupeden hit Ludesȝate.
     3561
and swa hit haueð wel longe; o þon nome istonde.
     3562
Þa weoren þer twa children; Ludes sunen kinges.
     3563
þe ældre hæhte Androgeus; ((þe oþer Temelcinus)) Page  188
     3564
Þas children ((uueren)) lutle. þa here fader deȝede;
     3565
Þa com heore fader broðer. Cassibelaunus;
     3566
and iwærð him-sulf to kinge; and biwuste þas children.
     3567
and leof-liche heom fedde; for luue of his broðer.
     3568
Þes Cassibellaunus; wes þisses londes king.
     3569
þe leodes hine luueden; for his laȝen weoren gode.
     3570
he sette feire þeauwes; in þissen þeoden.
     3571
and he wes swiðe god king; & god cniht þurh alle þing.
     3572
Þeos children weoxen an hond; þat heo mihten halden lond.
     3573
þe king heom ȝef gode; tweien eorl-domes.
     3574
Androgeus him wes leouere; and he him Lundene ȝæf.
     3575
& þer-mid he ȝæf him al Kent; for he him wolde iquemen.
     3576
& he hehte Tennancius to Cornwale temen;
     3577
and freoliche þas twein broðerne. heolden þas eorldomes;
     3578
buten þat heo icneowen. þene king for heore herre;
     3579
for he wes heore lauerd. and al þissere leodene;
     3580
Þa wile þa heo weoren sæhte. & heore men on some;
     3581
þis lond ferde swiðe wel. mid sibbe heo hulden;
     3582
ah seoððen heo iwærðen wærðe. & hit iwærð þa weorse;
     3583
swa þat Romleode. comen to þissen þeoden;
     3584
and sette ȝeld a þisse londe. æiðer seluer & gold;
     3585
þe næuer eær on liue. ne dursten hider liðen;
     3586
axien king of þissen londe. þat he ȝefue ȝeld in-to Rome;
     3587
Þa wes hit ilumpen o þan daȝen. ase we soð suggen maȝen;
     3588
þat Iulius Scezar wes iuaren. mid vnimete ferde;
     3589
from Rome. into France; Þe feond wes iwraððed.
     3590
Al þa londes he bi-won; þe he mid eȝene lokede on.
     3591
he þohte to bi-winnen; mid strengðen & mid ginnen.
     3592
al middel-eærdes lond; and halde þat worlde in his hond.
     3593
Ah he ne mihte hit don; al þas wurlde under fote.
     3594
ah þa þreo dale he biwon; of þissere wurlde-riche.
     3595
fif & fifti kine-lond; he bi-won to his aȝere hond.
     3596
wið-uten his riche; þe ær læi to Rome.
     3597
Cniht he wes kene; ȝeond al middel-ærde cuð.
     3598
he wes þe wisseste mon; of al þe worulde-riche.
     3599
he makede þane kalender; þe dihteð þane moneð & þe ȝer.
     3600