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

Lines 4101 through 4200

& ich sugge eow to soðe; nis þer ræd nan oðer;
     4101
Þis wes sone icuð. to Cassibellaune;
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Þe king iwarð him swiðe wrað. swulc he weore of witte;
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& þeos ilkæ word him seide. Cassibellaune;
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Ut of min æh-senen. Androgeus & his iueren;
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& ȝif ich hine mai eower ifon. in þon stude he beð for-don;
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Androgeus forð-rihtes. nom alle his cnihtes;
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& anan gon liðen. ut of Lundenne;
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& iwenden in-to Kent. to his ane castle; Page  216
     4109
and hine strongede wel. mid mete & mid wepnen;
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& þe king nom Lundene & þat lond. to his aȝere hond;
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& seoððen fusde in-to Kent. mid muchelere ferde;
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mid here and mid fure. þat lond for-ferde swiðe;
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Androgeus nom tweie cnihtes. & sende to þon kinge;
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& þus þe cnihtes him spæken wið. King Androgeus ȝeorn%neð þi grið;
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Androgeus is þin aȝene. mon. al þine wille he wule don;
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wið þon þe þu him ȝeue grið. & late hine sæhtne þe wið;
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and leten bi-leuen þine brune. his lond þe þu for-bærnest;
     4118
I-þench þat he wes Lu[d]es sune. of þine broðer he is icumen;
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& his fader ahte al þat lond. þat nu stondeð a þire hond;
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And al hit þuncð him wel idon. ȝif þu his sæhtnesse wult vnder-fon
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bute nele he þe nauere Euelin. mid ærhðe bitæchen;
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þat þu him sculle oðer don. oðer slæn oðer a-hon;
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Þa þe king iherde þis. þa wes he wræð ful iwis;
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and þus seide þe king Cassebellaune.
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Whar beo ȝe mine kemp%pen;
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mine driht-liche men. Wrekeð me of Androgeum;
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His lond ich wulle for-bærnen. & his bone iwurðen;
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Þis iherden suggen Androgeus. & he answerede þus;
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Whilen hit wes iseid; inne soð spelle.
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þat moni mon deð muchel vuel; al his vnðankes.
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Swa ich moht nu neode; for muchere neode.
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Þe mon þe þoleð þat me hine wule for-don; þat ich telle vnwis-dom.
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þe while he mæi þurh æni cræft; i compe hine werien.
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Ælc cniht ah an uuel to don; ær he wurse vnder-fon.
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and swa ich æuere bere sceld and spere; sende ich wulle to þon kæisere.
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& græten Iulius Cesare; & mænen to him mi sar.
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& bedden þat he me ræde; for nu ich habbe neode.
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Androgeus þe riche cnihte; makede a writ wel idiht.
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& nom erendrake godne; & sende him to Oðres.
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to Iulius þon kæisere; mid al his Romanisce here;
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& þus wes þat writ idiht. & þus hit spæc forð-riht;
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Hail beo þu mid þine here. Iulius þe keisere;
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Þu hattes Iulius Cezar. to þe ich mæne mi sær;
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Androgeus þin aȝene mon þis nis nan swike-dom;
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for þat weord þat ich þe sende. bi mine liue ich hit halde;
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& þu hit nult ileuen; beoten hit læssingge beo.
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ich hit wulle trousien; þurh minne tir-fulne godd.
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þurh mine lauerd Appollin; þe leof me is on heorte. Page  218
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For ofte hit is ilumpen; inne feole leoden.
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þet æfter muchele hatinge; hehȝe men heom luuede.
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& æfter muchel weorld-scome; wurð-scipe wurhten.
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Twien þu hafuest i-beon ouer-cummen; & þine men we habbeð islæn. & inome
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& idriuen þe of Brut-londe; mid feht swiðe stronge.
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mid us þu hæfuest bileued; moni þeosend kempen.
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Þat nes noht þurh ure kinge; Cassibellaune.
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ah hit wes þurh me seolfne; & þurh sele mine folke.
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for ich lædde mid me; Lundene uerde.
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& [eke] al þa Kent-wærre; þe kempen weoren gode.
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& þer-wið-ute monienne Brut; þe bald wes to fehten.
     4160
Seoððen we þe hafden ouer-comen; & þi folke i-slaȝen an i-inomen.
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Nu is Cassibellaune & his men; swa modi iwurðen.
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þet mid fehte heo wulleð me sende; ut of Brut-londe.
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fleme me from leoden; feor from londe.
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Mi lond heo habbeoð me al i-west; & Lundene me biræued.
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& me sulfne heo þencheð quellen; and alle mine kempen.
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Ȝif þu þis writ iheren wult; hit wule þe suggen minne gult.
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Þa þu weoren from us iliðe; at þa latere cherre.
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þa wes þa king swa bliðe; swa he nas nauer ære on his liue.
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& on oðer halue he hæfde kare; for he nusten þat þu woldest faren.
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Noþe-les he seide; at-foren al his duȝeðe.
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Nu is Iulius awei ifloȝen; tweien he is aflemed.
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tweien he com to Bruttene; þer him wes balu ȝeueðe.
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ne þurfe we nu nauer-mare; iseon hine cumen here.
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for her beoð his bezste cnihtes; islæȝen in ure fehte.
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& nu we sulleð for heore beone; bliðe iwurðen.
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Scullen alle mine Bruttes; mid baldere prute.
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liðen to Lundene; & þer lof makien.
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vre lauerde Appollin; & alle ure goden mid him.
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for þere muchele wurðe-scipe; þe ich nu walde.
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Þus lið[d]en to Lundene; alle Brut-leoden.
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cnihtes & ð[r]inges; mid wifue & mid children.
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& mid alle þe wurð-scipe; þe heo weoren wældinde ouer.
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Þa we þus comen to Lundene; we gunnen lof makien.
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ure lauerd Apollin. & alle ure goden mid him;
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Seoððen þeos weorld wes astalled. nes hit nowher itald;
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þat weore nowhar swa muchel mete. iuorððed to ane mele;
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ne swa muchel god dringe. folke ideled;
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Muchel wes þa glad-scipe. þa gunnen heo to pleien;
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summe mid foten. ueire igerede;
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summe an heorse. hehliche iscrudde;
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Þa weoren þar tweien scalkes. & ifengen here sceldes;
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scriðen under. bordes. & skirmden mid mæine;
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þe oðer wes mire suster sune. Euelin hehte þe gume;
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þe oðer Herigal. heh he wes on hirede;
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of þes kinges kunne icomen. he wes his hælue-suster sune;
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he wes þon kinge arle deorest. of alle his driht-folke;
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Herigal smat Euelin. swiðe vfele i þene chin;
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& Euelin iwarð him wrað. & werede hine sulue;
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a þere side he smat Herigal. þat þe dunt him þuhte sar;
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