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

Lines 3601 through 3700

he dihte feole domes; þe ȝet stondeð ine Rome.
     3601
Wale þat eæuere ei sucche mon; in-to [helle] sculde gan.
     3602
Iulius wende of Rome; mid folke wel idone. Page  190
     3603
he ferde ouer Lumbardie; swa he dude ouer Munt-giwe.
     3604
he bi[w]on Loherne; & Gascunne Peytou.
     3605
Normandie & Brittaine; & Luueine & Alemaine.
     3606
Seoððen he hæfde iwunnen Gascunne; he charde aȝen in-to Burgunne.
     3607
into Flandres he ferde; and makede his schip-færde.
     3608
Hit wes an ane time;
     3609
þat þe dæi wes liht. and þe sunne wes swiðe briht;
     3610
and Cezar rad ȝeo[n]d Flaundre lond. an scewede þære sæ-strond;
     3611
Þat weder wes swiðe liðe. and he þis lon[d] ikende;
     3612
Þa freinede Iulius; & wi[ð] þon folke he spec. þus.
     3613
Wat his þat ilke æit-lond; þat ich mid æȝen iseo.
     3614
feor ouer sæ-stram. feir hit me þuncheð;
     3615
A wis mon þus quað. and mid þæne kæisere spæc;
     3616
Þæt is a muchel æit-lond. of alche gode hit is strong;
     3617
þet Bruttes ærest ifeng. þer beoð duhtie men;
     3618
Brutaine hit hatte. þat lond þe þu bi-haldest;
     3619
Þa spæc Iulius Cezar. he wes wis and swiðe iwar;
     3620
Wel ich hit wæt what Bruttis wæs. for mine bæc hit me suggeð;
     3621
alle we comen of ane kunne. alse þe bæc hit us cuððe[ð];
     3622
Vre aldren weoren i Troie. þer heo teone þoleden;
     3623
æt þon muchele fæhte. moni þeosend þer weoren fæie;
     3624
Þa heo weoren ouer-cumen. þæ quahten heo wide;
     3625
and ferde sichinde lond. þer heo mihten on libben;
     3626
Þer Bruttus bi-com. and to his liue he wunede þer-an;
     3627
Þeonnenen come þa kinges. þe weoren wunder kene;
     3628
Belin and Brennes. þe Rome bi-wunnen;
     3629
Heo for-ferde Rome. þa burh wel idone;
     3630
heo nomen of Romanisce londe. muchel seoluer; & gold;
     3631
heore ȝisles heo letten an-hon. heore folc heo letten fordon;
     3632
Þet dude Belin and his broðer. ah nou þer is an-oðer;
     3633
Ich hahte Iulius Cezar. þer-fore is min herte sær.
     3634
þet me mine ældre dude scome; ær ich weore mon ibore.
     3635
Ah nu ich wulle sende in-to þon lond;
     3636
to iwiten at þon bezste. ȝif heo me wulleð buȝen
     3637
and ȝif heo me wulleð senden. gauel of heore londe;
     3638
for ȝif heo wulleð ȝirne grið. nulle ich heom noht fehten wið;
     3639
Findeð me tweien wise men. þe wel cunnen a speche; Page  192
     3640
He bi-tæhten heom forð-riht. a writ þe wes al idiht;
     3641
and grætte Cassibellaune. þene king of Bruttaine;
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Þus seide þat writ. þe wel bar þe ernde;
     3643
Ich æm Iulius Scesar. þe of Rome em icumen her;
     3644
Ȝif þu wult ȝirne grið. nele ic þe noht fehten wið;
     3645
And hiȝendliche me sende. gauel of þine londe;
     3646
þu sulf mi mon bicumen. and for kaisere me halden;
     3647
for al hit is min aȝen. þat ic iseo mid min æȝen;
     3648
Cassibellane i-seh þat writ. þer-fore he wes abolȝen;
     3649
he wes wunderliche wrah. for þes tidinde him wes læð;
     3650
A writ he lette makien. mid muchere wraððe;
     3651
al wið-ute grætinge. sende hit Cesar þon kinge;
     3652
Þat writ to þon keisere com. þeos wordes weoren þer-on idon;
     3653
Sillich us þuncheð Cezar. þu ært swa wis and swa war;
     3654
þat þu þenchest to beon keisere of alle quike monne.
     3655
Þu ært icumen of Rome; þine word beoð swiðe store.
     3656
Of ure londe þu axest ȝeld; and ne scelt þu þer-fore ȝælpen.
     3657
Þu sulf ært swiðe gripel; þine gumen sunden ȝefere.
     3658
þu þenchest to setten o þin hond; al middel-ærdes lond.
     3659
We beoð in ane æit-londe; at þere worldes ende. at-stonde
     3660
þe Bruttes biwunne; and [w]e wunieð þer-on.
     3661
& freoliche we hit haldeð; wið alle weoruld-kingen.
     3662
& þe nulle we næuere sende; gauel of ure londe.
     3663
for ȝif þu weore al swa wis; swa ich wende þat þu weore.
     3664
þenne woldest þu vnder-stonde [þ]æt we beoð in ure londe.
     3665
freo and swa scone; swa þi folc is of Rome.
     3666
for ure ældere ut of Troye fluȝen; and of anne kunne we beoð icumen.
     3667
þine aldren and ure; at Troye wuren ifeire.
     3668
Ȝif þu me wult ilæiuen. boten þu us wullen bilæiuen;
     3669
þu scalt of Brutten. muchel balu habben;
     3670
þu and þine iferen. ȝif þu auere cumest here;
     3671
For ure aldren weoren kinges. inne þisse londe;
     3672
Belin & Brenne. beiene to-somne.
     3673
heo bi-ȝeten Rome; mid richere strengðe.
     3674
and hit is ore irihte; þat þu an rixlest.
     3675
& forði þu ahtest me to ȝulden; gauel of þine londe.
     3676
and þu hit halst on unriht; þer-fore þu scalt habben pliht.
     3677
for þu waldest beon min hærre; & þu me sculdest buȝen. Page  194
     3678
Cezar iseh þis writ; and he hit wraðliche biheold.
     3679
abolȝen he wes on mode; he weorp hit to his foten.
     3680
Wær beo ȝe mine cnihtes; þe gode beoð to fihte.
     3681
Leteð ȝarkni mine scipen; for nu we scullen wende.
     3682
and forð we scullen buȝen; in-to Bruttaine.
     3683
and ni[m]en þer þis londes king; and quic hine for-bærnen.
     3684
& bi-ȝutten al þat lond; to ure aȝere hond.
     3685
Sixti scipen heo makeden; vnime((te)) muchele.
     3686
þeos weoren al neowe; stronge & wel itreowe.
     3687
of lasse scipen þar weoren swa feole; þat nuste na man þe tale.
     3688
Þeo com heom a wedere; wunderliche feire.
     3689
heo ferden from stronde; touward þisse londe.
     3690
heo turnden to hauene; inne þare Temese.
     3691
þer þa Temese and þa sæ; heom-seoleuen imetteð.
     3692
Sone come þa tiðende; to þisse londes kinge.
     3693
& he hit letten cuðen wide; ȝeonde þissere þeode.
     3694
þat Cezar wes hider icomen; and wrað he ha[f]de þis lon[d] inumen.
     3695
Cassibellaune þe king; wes war þurh alle þing.
     3696
he wuste wel of heore cume; þat hauen of Douere he hauede inu[m]en.
     3697
Þer lai mid his ferde; þe king of þissen earde.
     3698
þider com tiðende þat him wæs sær; þat icumen wes Iulius Cezar.
     3699
Moni wes þe kempe; þe wes mid Cassebellaune þe king.
     3700