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

Lines 3701 through 3800

& he hafde enne stiwarde; þene wisseste mon of al þis ærde.
     3701
Belan he wes ihaten; bæȝes he dælde.
     3702
he wes cniht swiðe ræh; to ræden ane kinge.
     3703
vnder þen kinge he heolde þis lond; and þas leoden him hereden.
     3704
Þe king hehden his broðer sune; beiene to-somne.
     3705
þe aldre hæhte Androgeus. þe ȝungere Tennantius
     3706
þeos weoren beien him bi-foren; eorles swiðe balde.
     3707
Nennius wes þeos kinges broðer; næfde he nenne oðer.
     3708
He ferde ut of Cantuarie-burie; mid balden his ferden.
     3709
Androgeus of Lundene; mid Kentisce leoden.
     3710
Tennantius of Cornwale; his kempen weore kene.
     3711
Æridius þe king; his Scottes he lædde.
     3712
and Britael com to neode; Norð Walene king.
     3713
& Guærtaæt. þe mode; mid þon Suð Walscen.
     3714
Co[m] of Galwæie; Æssel þe gode.
     3715
com of Muriene; moni spere kene. Page  196
     3716
of alle þissen þeoden; come to þære neode.
     3717
to Cassibellaune; kinge of þissen londe.
     3718
& þene king lærde; al þas leod-cnihtes.
     3719
þat he his freo-scipe; mid fehte biwunne.
     3720
& he heom an hond salde; swa þat he wolde.
     3721
þat fehten he wolde wið Cezar; þe axede lon-gauel her.
     3722
Forð-ward heo wenden; & his folke fusde.
     3723
to þere sæ heo wenden; and Cezar þer funden.
     3724
Of heore [cume wes war Iulius Cezar]
     3725
he cleopede on his cnihtes; Ȝarewieð eow to fihte.
     3726
for nu is mid ferde icumen; Cassibellaunus.
     3727
Heo liðede to-gadere; mid heore speren longe.
     3728
mid axen mid sweorden; mid scærpe speres orde.
     3729
hard-liche heo heowen; hælmes þer gollen.
     3730
feonliche heo feohten; hafdes þer feollen.
     3731
And Cesar þe keisere; wes vnimete kene.
     3732
his longe sweord he adroh; and moni mon þer-mide asloð.
     3733
he swonc i þon fehte; þat al he lauede asweote.
     3734
He sloh þa him neh weoren; alle buten iferen.
     3735
he dude þer muchelne wunde((r)); he sloh þer an hundred.
     3736
of ahtere monnen; þe feond mid his mæche.
     3737
Þat iseh Androgeus; and cleopede his fader. Nennius.
     3738
and beiene þa eorles; buȝen heom to-gaderes.
     3739
mid swiðe muchele folke; to-gæderen stoden faste.
     3740
Iseȝen heo Iulius Cesar; fæhten al swa a wilde bar.
     3741
and heo him to fusden; mid ladliche fehte.
     3742
& monie of heore feonden; heo fælden to þon grunde.
     3743
Þa iseh Nennius; wær fæht Cesar Iulius.
     3744
and he him to rasde; mid ræhæm his sweorde.
     3745
vppen þene helm he hine smat; þat þet sweord in bat.
     3746
Selkuð hit þuðte moni cnihte.
     3747
þat he durste cumen him næh; for þa þe keisere. wes swa hæh.
     3748
Iulius Cesar ne queð nan word; ah he bræid ut his sweord.
     3749
and Nennium he smat þa; uppen þene helm swa.
     3750
þat þe helm to-hælde; & þat hæfde bledde.
     3751
ah he ne blakede no; for he wes cniht wel idon.
     3752
& Iulius [nefde]. na bræð ah his brond he up ahæf;
     3753
and Nennius hæf vp his sceld; scilde hine sulue.
     3754
Iulius adun smat; & þat sweord a ðene scelde bat.
     3755
Iulius hit wraste; & þat sweord stike[de] feste. Page  198
     3756
Iulius þat sweord heold; and Nennius þene sceld.
     3757
& þus heo hit longe bi-tuȝen; ne mihte he þat sweord ut draȝen.
     3758
Þat isæh Androgeus; hu uerden Cesar & Nennius.
     3759
& heo hem to fusde; monie to fulste.
     3760
Þa isæh Cesar; tiðend þat him wes sær.
     3761
he for-lette þene brand; þa nefde he noht on his hond.
     3762
æ he þa feond-liche turnde to flæme.
     3763
Nennius wende i þane felde; and he turnde his sceld.
     3764
droh ut þene brande þa wes þe eorl swiðe bald.
     3765
Monie Romanisce men; mid þon sweorde he leide adun.
     3766
he wes moniennes monnes bone; & monianne he dude scome.
     3767
Ah þat he mid þan sweorde smat; þer-riht hit i-wat.
     3768
al þat he þer-mid at-ran; weore hit flæs weore hit ban.
     3769
þurh þeos sweordes wunde; heo fullen to þon grunde.
     3770
Alle dæi wes þat f[i]ht[e]. a þet com þe þestere niht;
     3771
Iulius þe kaisere. mid alle þan Romanisce here;
     3772
dalden from þan fihte. al bi þustere nihte;
     3773
to hærberȝe heo wenden. uppen þare sæ-stronde;
     3774
heo bi-lefden bi-æften. twenti hundred cnihten;
     3775
þeo leien under scelden. i-slæȝen ȝeond þon felden;
     3776
Cesar iwende to his bedde. his men weoren of-dredde;
     3777
inne biwakeden in þere nihte. þritti hundred cnihten;
     3778
mid helmen & mid burnen. & mid stelene sweorden;
     3779
Iulius Cesar. he wes ȝep and swuðe i-wær;
     3780
he isæh his muchele lure. & of mære he hæfde kare;
     3781
he a-ras to þan mid-nihte. and bannede his cnihtes;
     3782
and seide heom þat heo wolden faren. and fleon of þissen londe;
     3783
faren into Flandre. and beo þer wuniende;
     3784
a þat he iseȝen his time. þat he mihten æft cumen liðen;
     3785
Heo ferden forh-rihte. to scipe al bi nihte;
     3786
heo hæfden swiðe fair weder. & wenden into Flandre;
     3787
A-marȝen þa hit dæi wes. þe king mid his duȝeðe;
     3788
ȝarekede his ferde; & wende to þan fihte.
     3789
Þeo was Romanisce folc; iuaren from here [l]onde.
     3790
þat ne funden heo nauer enne; of Cesares monnen.
     3791
Þa weoren Bruttes; bliðe an heore mode.
     3792
muchel wes þa blisse; þat heo makeden mid iwisse.
     3793
and sone þer-æfter særi heo wurðen;
     3794
& Cassibellaune þe king. iwarð særi þurh alle þing;
     3795
for Nennius his broðer. ne mihte finden bote; Page  200
     3796
of his hæfued-wunde. þe Iulius smat mid honde;
     3797
ne þurh nenne læche-cræfte. ne mihte he lif habben;
     3798
Nes þer nan oðer ræd. buten Nennius iwarð dæ[d];
     3799
& Nennius was ilæid. at þon norð ȝæte i Lundene;
     3800