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

Lines 3901 through 4000

for sæ-liðende men. seiden þon Brutten;
     3901
þat þe kaisere Iulius. wolde i Temese cume þus;
     3902
faren forð to Lunden. & fehten wi[ð] þan leoden;
     3903
& þa Bruttes iwurðen war. & wisdom bi-þoðten;
     3904
& nomen longen ræftres. stronge & rihte;
     3905
mid stronge irene heo weoren iscod. & setten heom i Temese flod;
     3906
Þer weoren fifti hundred. faste i þon grunde;
     3907
& þa herre endes; ihodede mid irene bendes.
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to-ȝænes heom heolden; inne þere hauene.
     3909
& swa heo þer stoden; biwriȝen mid þon flode.
     3910
Þa com Iulius Cesar; and hær-æf næs na-wiht war. Page  206
     3911
Þæt weder heom strong-liche drof; ster-men þer sungen.
     3912
weder heom stod on wille; heo wenden w[e]l to speden.
     3913
heo urnen touward hauene; scipen gunnen helden.
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bosmes þer rendden; water in wende.
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seiles þer helfden; aðeles adrunken.
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& þa Rom-leoden; rameden ȝeond uþen.
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Þa scipen wenden to wundre; oðer half hundred.
     3918
Þer-after com Iulius Cesar; on his hurte him wæs sær.
     3919
heo scuuen ut heore lof; & læiden to þon londe.
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& þeo þer-æfter comen; weoren war sone.
     3921
and heom sælliche i-lomp; þæt mesten dæl com a lond.
     3922
Heo sloȝen heoren teldes; wide ȝeond þa feldes.
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& sære menden heoren wines; þe adrunken weoren.
     3924
Þa wæs þe king war; Cassibellaunes.
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þat Iulius þe kæisere; wes a Lundene mid his hære.
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Þa ȝeddede þe king Cassibellaune;
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Welle broðer Nennius. þat ich þe quic nabbe;
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& þat sweord Crocea Mors. þe þu biwunne a compe;
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& þe bi mire side. isund seȝe riden.
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an oðer half Androchius; & his broðer Tennancius.
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siker-lichen we sculden uaren; & fehten wið þon kæisere.
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& forð we sculen liðen; & fellen his leoden.
     3933
Cassibellaune Bruttene king; wes god cnih[t] þurh alle þing.
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He somnede vnimete here; & ferde touward þon kæisere.
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& pus spec wið his folke; & luueliche spilede.
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Biðencheð eow ohte cnihtes; to bitellen eoweore rihtes.
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bi-þencheð a Belin þone king; & Brennes his broðer.
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hu heo biȝeten Rome; mid riche here ferde.
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& biwunnen al þa richen; þe læien in-to Rome.
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& swa heo hit walden; wel feole wintre.
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& swa heo þer boȝeden; þe wile þe heo luueden.
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& ich hit sugge eow cnihtes; Rome is eowre irihte.
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nu hit halt Iulius Cesar; þe is tweien icumen her.
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& halt þer eower icunde; & her eow wule driuen of londe.
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& hateð eow swa swiðe; þat awei he wule eow driue.
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Ȝif ȝe leoseð þis lond; ouer-al ȝe wurðe[ð] laðe.
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Ah heo ȝe swiðe bisie; for we beoð ohte Bruttes.
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Cesar is in ure londe; & lið her bi sæ-stronde.
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Ohliche liðe we him to; swa him alre laðest beo.
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& awalde we þe keisere; & al his Romanisce here. Page  208
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& aredden ure lond; of þan Rom-leodene.
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Þa andswereden þa ferde. Varen we biliue.
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for Iulius is fæie; mid al his Rom-folke.
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Forð heo ifusden; & ferden biliue.
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þat heo þidir comen; þer læi þat folk of Rome.
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& heo heom to ræsden; mid ræhere strengðe.
     3957
Laðliche heo feohten; & Rom-ware feollen.
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þer Cesar folk; folden isohten;
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noht bi tene no bi t[wenti]; ah bi twenti þusende.
     3960
Swa heo fehten al dæi; monie þer weoren fæie.
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þet hit com to þere nihte; ne mihte Cesar na-mare fihte.
     3962
Cesar wes swa swiðe wa; & bi-ðohte hine þa.
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þat he wolde a þere nihte; fleon awæi mid his cnihten.
     3964
Iulius Cezar; of his lure wes þer war.
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he lette blawen his bemen; & bannen his ferden.
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& lette leode cleopien; & ouer-al cuðen.
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þat heo comen to heore innes; & ȝarekeden heore ginnes.
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& fæȝeden heoren wepnen; a-marwen heo fusden to fehte.
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Þis ihærden þa bisie; þe weoren þer bi-hælues.
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forð-riht heo comen; to Cassibellaune.
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& seiden him þat Cesar; wulde þe ȝet wunnien þar.
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& amarwe he weolde fehten; mid alle his cnihten.
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& fallen þa Bruttes; oðer him-sulf beo fæie.
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for þus heo letten cleopien; & cuðen ȝeond his ferde.
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Ah wa la wa; & wala wa. þat Cassibellaune nær iwar;
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þa he wende swiðe wel don. ah ne dude he hit no;
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He droh in ane hælue. & toc þan herberwe;
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& alle þa nihte. greiðeden his cnihtes;
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heore scæftes & heore sceldes. þa scælkes weoren bischærred;
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For Iulius Cesar. of his hærme wæs wær;
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a-buten mid-nihte. he warnede alle his cnihtes
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& to scipen ferden; & fusden an veste.
     3983
Heo hafden swiðe god weder; & wenden mid vðen.
     3984
heo ledden in heore scipen; æiðer deade men and quiken.
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moni sorh-fulne sæg; sare iwunded.
     3986
monienne deadne cniht; of Cesares duhȝeðe.
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Swa heo wenden mid þon flode; to þon tur of Oðres.
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þer wes Iulius Cezar; an heorte he hafde sorȝe & sar.
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Amarȝen þa hit wes dæi-liht; hit wes cuð forð-riht.
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& æc iseid þon kinge; Cassibellaune. Page  210
     3991
hu Iulius þe kæisere; wes from þissen londe ifaren.
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& al hu he fusde; & flæh mid þon vðen.
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þat næs þer bilæued; nan of Rom-leoden.
     3994
Þa wes þon kinge wa; & þus ȝeddede þa.
     3995
Wale wale vn-ræd; mani cniht þu makest dæd.
     3996
Welle þat ich nas ær war; þat Iulius wolde wenden.
     3997
Ful soh seide þe seg þe þeos saȝe talde.
     3998
Ȝif þu ileuest ælcne mon; selde þu sælt wel don.
     3999
Swa ic wende wel þat þe sæȝe; soð weoren.
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