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

Lines 4001 through 4100

þe me wes to-niht itald; [bi] an eorl swic-ful & bald.
     4001
þat Cesar wolde nu to-dæi; Brut-lond biwinnen.
     4002
oðer her mid sweorde; liggen to-swungen.
     4003
and al his iuere; þe mid him comen here.
     4004
Nu wes þis ilke iseid; me to bi-swiken.
     4005
Wæila wæi wæila wæi; þat he is þus i-faren awæi.
     4006
& na-þeles ich em bliðe; for auere to ure liue.
     4007
we m[a]ȝen ouer-sitten; þis lond ær he us æft isechen.
     4008
for æuere-more he mai imunnen þat he him her imunten;
     4009
for her liggeð to-ȝere. ten þusend of his iferen;
     4010
wið-uten his driht-liche scipen. þe i sæ idrunken;
     4011
Ah wel ich þonkie mine gode. for wurð-scipe ich habbe ibiden;
     4012
& twien iflemed þene keisere. mid alle his Romanisce leode
     4013
& ((nu)) ich wulle to Lundene. þa burh ich luuie swuðe;
     4014
& þer ich wulle halinesse; to mine goden halden.
     4015
& swiðe heom wurðen; for heore wel-dæde.
     4016
Þe king lette blawen; & bonnien his ferden.
     4017
& hehten heom alle faren heom. & hired-men beon bliðe;
     4018
& fæien heore steden. and græiðen heore iweden;
     4019
& þas dæies æn þreom wiken. wenden to Lundene;
     4020
mid wif & mid bernen. blisse to makien;
     4021
eorles & þeines. cnihtes & sweines;
     4022
& al þat freoliche folc. of Brut-londes ærde;
     4023
þene dæie heo vnder-nomen. & to Lundene heo comen;
     4024
mid swulche riche-dome. [al] swa hit weoren i Rome;
     4025
Þe king bi-gon seruise. on ælches cunnes wise;
     4026
æfter þan heðene laȝen. þe stoden o ðen ilkæ daȝen;
     4027
Þer stoden in þere temple. ten þusend monnen;
     4028
þet wes þe bezste cure. of al Brut-londe;
     4029
biforen heore mahun. þe heom þuhte mære; Page  212
     4030
Apolin wes ihaten; heo heolden hine for hæhe godd.
     4031
Ælc beorn hæfde on heonde; ane þechene bærninde.
     4032
wæs ælc bald beorn; iboned mid golde.
     4033
þe king hafde his kine-helm; hæhliche on hæfde.
     4034
Wæs at-foren þan wæfde; imaked an wunlic fur.
     4035
þe king warp riches þer-in; & alle his hæhste men mid him.
     4036
seoððen heo þer offreden; aððeles madmes.
     4037
& þonkede Appollin his gode; þe þa muchele wurðscipe uðen him.
     4038
Þa þe seruuinge wes idon; þat hit to þe mete com.
     4039
þer-of ich wulle þe tellen; selcuðe spelles.
     4040
Weoren in þeos kinges cuchene; twa hundred cokes.
     4041
& ne mæi na man tellen; for alle þa bermannen.
     4042
Islaȝene weoren to þon mele; twælf þusend ruðeren sele.
     4043
& þritti hundred hærtes; & al swa feole hinden.
     4044
of þan fohȝel-cunne; ne mai hit na mon kennen.
     4045
& al þat wæl & al þat gold; þe wes ȝeond al þeos kinges lond.
     4046
hit wes al isomned; [at] þere sereuunge.
     4047
Nes hit nauer mid soð itald; seoððen þeos weoruld wes a-stald.
     4048
þat weore on ane stude; swulc ȝifueðe istured.
     4049
ne of alche þinge swulc riche-dom; iȝiuen & under-fon.
     4050
Muri wes þe dæi & liht; & þa sonne wes swiðe briht.
     4051
weoren þa bernes; i-scængte mid beore.
     4052
& þa drihliche gumen; weoren win-drunken.
     4053
Heo ferden ȝeond þa feldes; mid scæftes & mid sceldes.
     4054
Summe heo gunnen ærnen; & somme heo gunnen eornen.
     4055
& summe heo gunnen pleien; pliht com on ueste.
     4056
Summen pleoden on tæuelbrede; & summen ærnden heore stede.
     4057
Þa weoren þer tweiene; prute heo weoren beien.
     4058
Herigal hehte þe an; Æueling þe oðer.
     4059
Herigal wes þes kinges mæi; þet wes hærm a þen ilke dæi.
     4060
ahte cniht wes Auelin; Androgeus wes ((is)) hem.
     4061
Þeos tweien cnihtes bi-gunnen; mid sceldes to scurmen.
     4062
ærst heo pleoweden; and seoððe pliht makeden.
     4063
þer Herigal smat Æuelin; swiðe vuele a þane chin.
     4064
Heo bigunnen to chiden; cnihtes come riden.
     4065
Euelin wes swiðe wrað; & mid þan stæue to-draf.
     4066
and smat Herigal a þon ribben; þat þe stæf to-bræc amidden.
     4067
Þa queð þe cniht Herigal; Euelin þat is swiðe sar.
     4068
þu me smite bi þon rugge; ah sare þu hit slat a-buggen. Page  214
     4069
for nu þi stæf is to-broken; balu þe scal beon ȝifueðe.
     4070
Euielin wes swiðe sari; þat him wes swa ilumpen.
     4071
þe oðer wolde him habben dæd; hit þuhte him swiðe hærd ræd.
     4072
& he hine bi-þohte; wæt he don mihte;
     4073
nefde he noht on his hond. bute enne luttelne sceld;
     4074
Isæh he enne hendlicne mon. þe þer stod bi-haluen;
     4075
þe wes þudere icumen. for to i-seon þare cnihte gomen;
     4076
þe ȝunge mon heold on his hond. enne stelene brond;
     4077
Euielin þene brond igrap. mid grimliche lechen;
     4078
& braid hine of þere scæðe; þa wes his hurte æðe.
     4079
He ræsde to Herigale; & smat hine swi[ð]e sare.
     4080
þat his neb & his neose; niðer ba heolden.
     4081
æft he him to sweinde; & þa hond him of-swipte.
     4082
dunt he him ȝef þane þridde; & for-smat hine amidde.
     4083
Swa endede þæ pleowe; þat Herigal læi of-sloȝen.
     4084
and Euelin þonene wende; his sweord he bar on honde.
     4085
ne funde he nonne swa kene mon; þat hond him durste leggen on.
     4086
al þat folc he bi-bæh; to Androchies inne he flæh.
     4087
Þet iherde þe king; icud h[it] wes him sone.
     4088
hu hit al wes ifaren; & hu Herigal læi of-slæwen.
     4089
Þe king nom þreo aldere men; and sende to Androgeum.
     4090
and hehte hine bringen; his mæi to þon kinge.
     4091
to þolie þes kinges dom; for þan slæhte þe [he] hafde idon.
     4092
and ȝif he swa nolde; he hine flæme wolde.
     4093
Þa answerede Androgeus; and toward þan kinge he spæc þus.
     4094
Nulle ich hine bringen; for nauer nane þinge.
     4095
þat me Euelin for-do; noþer slæ ne na a-ho;
     4096
Ah ich habbe freo lond. þat freoliche stont a mire honde;
     4097
& ich habbe min [hired] heh vnder þon kinge.
     4098
Ȝif her is æni cniht; þe of Eueline axeð riht.
     4099
come to mine herede; & þer he hit scal habben.
     4100