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

Lines 4201 through 4300

Herigal þa seide. & mid muðe hit sweor;
     4201
þat Euelin i ðon dæi. dæd sculde þolien;
     4202
Euelin wes swiðe of-dred. for me him dead bi-hæhte;
     4203
& smat on Herigales sceld. þat his stæf atwaie wond;
     4204
Ofte wes Euelin wa. & næuere wurs þene þa;
     4205
scilde him mid his scelde. nefde he elles noht an honde;
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& Herigal him soðte on. mid hehære strengðe; Page  220
     4207
Euelin i-seh enne gume. ȝungen him bi-halfues;
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& bar an his riht hond. ænne stelene brond;
     4209
Euelin him ræsde to. & hine ræhliche græp;
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[an] hiȝinge he þat sweord adroh. & Herigal of-sloh;
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Þat iherde þe king. Cassibellaune;
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þat Herigal wes of-slaȝen. and Euelin awæi ifloȝen;
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to me he sende his seonde. wið-uten gretinge;
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hehte me bringe to him. mine mæi Euelin;
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swiðe bringe hine him to. to þolien his hirdes dom;
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for an of þon he weolden him don. oðer slan oðer an-hon;
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& ȝif ich þat nalde. ich scolde fleon of his on-walde;
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& ȝif he mihte me seoluen ifon. he me walden slæn oðer an-hon;
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Ich ȝirnde þes kinges g[r]ið. & walde sæhtnen him wið.
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& riht him don i mine hirde; for ich wes his eorl þe hehste.
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ah nolde ich him neuere Euelin; to ærmðen him bi-tache.
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& he me a-flemde; sone from hirede.
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Lundene he hæfueð me bi-nome; & mine cnihtes o[f]slaȝen.
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Naðeles ich habbe an hirede; twa and fifti hundred.
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& ȝet ich habbe an honde; twenti castles stronge.
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& mi-seolf ich wunie inne Kent; mid kene mine beorn%nen.
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& þe king me fehteð wið; & nule me ȝeuen na grið.
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Nu þu hauest iherd mi sær; lauerd Iulius Cesar.
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al mid soðe worden; alse þis writ þe telleð.
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A þisse write ich habbe idon; þat ich wulle bi-cumen þin mon.
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& halden þe for herre; for hehne mine lauerd.
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wið þan þe þu me helpe; a[t] heȝere neode.
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& aredde me of þon kinge. Cassibellaune;
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Þas weord ich wulle þe treosien. þurh mine tirfulne god;
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þat ich hit wulle soðien. ase ich hit bi write suggen;
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& cum hiȝend-liche to Britteine. þat lond ich þe biteche;
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þurh me þu hit bi-læfdes. & þurh me þu hit scalt habben;
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Þis writ iherde Iulius. þe him hafde i-send Androgeus;
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þa enswerede. Iulius þe keisere;
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Nulle ich him ileuen. þur[h] alle leodene að;
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bute he me sende anan. his feire sune Cenan;
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& þritti oðere ȝisles. to Oðres me sende;
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þeo beon alle icornne; & hæȝe ibornne.
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Ȝif he þis wule don; his bod ic wulle a-fon.
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& cumen him to helpe; mid hæȝere strengðe.
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Þas word sende Iulius; mid write to Androgeus.
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Androgeus forð-riht anan; sende his sune Cenan.
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& þritti ȝi[s]les oðere; he sende him to Oðeres. Page  222
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And Iulius þe sele; to þere sa i-wende.
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mid alle his folke; fusde touward Burttene.
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anan swa hit daȝede; he com up at Douere.
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Þat word him herde Androgeus; & sone þider wende.
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& þas wordes seide Androgeus; Wulcume ært þu Iulius.
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swiðe leof þu ært me; þis lond ich þe bitæche.
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Heo speken to-somne; & spileden mid sehte.
     4256
Þeo while hefede þe king; Cassibellaune.
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ȝeond al his kinelond; isomned ferde stronge.
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to Lundene he wolde liðen; & enne castel biliggen.
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þe Androgeus þe stronge; hafde þa ȝet an honde.
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Þa þe ferde wes al igadered; þa com an gume ærnen.
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& anan he þus cleopede; to Cassibellaune.
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Hal seo þu ure king; Ich þe bringe tiðende.
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of þon Rom-leoden; þe laðe þe beoð an heorten.
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Alle heo beoð i Doure; þine dæd-liche iuan.
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& þer is Androgeus; to speken wið Iulius.
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Þeos word beoð soðe; þe ich her sugge.
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and þench mid wulche deden; þu miht werien þine leoden.
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Þa wes særi þe king; Cassibellaune.
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& lette biliue; blawen his beme.
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cuðen his kempen; þa tiðende neow-cumene.
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þat Iulius þe kæisere. mid his Romanisce here;
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wes þer-riht icumen. and þa hauene at Doure hafde inomen;
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Þa sæide þe king. Cassibellaune;
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Lundene we mote bilæuen. & to Doure liðen;
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Bonnieð ure ferde. & fare we bi-liue;
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Forð ferde þe king. mid vnimete folke;
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riht towarde Doure. to his muchelen vn-bihoue;
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Þat iherde Iulius Cesar. he wes wis and swiðe iwar;
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þat þuderward com on ueste. Cassibellaune;
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Þa wes Iulius bliðe. for þe tiðende leofue;
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he ferde ut of Doure. bi þe sæ-oure;
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in-to ane muchele slæde. & slahliche his folc hudde;
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And Androgeus wende. in-to ane oðere ende;
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to ane wilderne; in-to ane wude muchele.
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& þus spec Androgeus; & wið his folke spilede þus.
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Ne wurðe nan cniht swa wod; ne kempe swa wilde.
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þat he æuere speke worde; furðer þene his speres ord. Page  224
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ne from his ifere ride; for to-somnen we scullen gliden
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faste to-gadere. & ure i-fan fællen;
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& ȝif here is æi heredring. þe maȝen nimen þene king;
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nime hine mid i-sunde. & ne ȝefue him nane wunde;
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for he is mi lauer[d] & mi cu[n]. nulle ich hine quellen;
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[ah we scullen] al his folk feollen to grunde.
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& ȝemen þes fehtes; & nawiht þes fenges.
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fællen þa ræȝe; & læten þa ræf liggen.
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& al swa lerde Iu[lius] leoue his cnihtes;
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Iulius hæfde to iueren. þritti hundred riderne;
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cnihtes. ((i))corene. kene-wurð kempen;
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& Androgeus hæfde to iueren. ten þusend rideren;
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