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

Lines 4301 through 4400

Al-swa heo þus leien stille. & bi-diemden heore wille;
     4301
þer com þe king riden. Cassibellaune;
     4302
mid vnimete ferde. mid vnimete folke;
     4303
& com heom bi-tweonen. þer heo þoleden teonen;
     4304
Iulius him wes biforen. Androgeus bihinden;
     4305
ah Androgeus. ær awoc. & ut of wude wende;
     4306
& al þat folc þe he lædde; lude hit grædde.
     4307
bleowen here bemen; belden heore beornes.
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& heom toward wenden; on euere-elchen ende.
     4309
Þis iherde þe king; Cassibelaune.
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iherde he þene muchelne dræm; & þene dune muchelne.
     4311
he seide forð-rihtes; Wepneð eow cnihtes.
     4312
Þes kinges heorte wes ful sær; he wende þat hit weore Cesar.
     4313
ah Cesær mid his ginne; bi-uoren wes ful stille.
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and ihærde þane dræm wel; of Androgeus folke.
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& Iulius wes al rædi; alse he to wolde ræsen.
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& Cassibellaune þe king; nuste her-of na-þing.
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ah he wepnede his cnihtes; and ȝarewede heom to fehten.
     4318
Ær heo weoren hælf ȝaru; þer com Androgeus faren.
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and he fusde heom to; mid feondliche strengðe.
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Þe cnihtes þe weoren igarede; bi-gunnen to fæhten.
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& Androgeus heom to; mid aðelere stre[n]gðe.
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æt þon frum-ræsen; he feolde of þon folke.
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feowerti hundred; þat folke wes þæ læsse.
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Þa wolde þat folke fleon; þer com Iulius teon.
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forn aȝæien heore hæued; & heom to heolde. Page  226
     4326
of þon folke he sloh; muchel & uni-foh.
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Þa fleh Bruttene king; Cassibellaune.
     4328
wel ofte him wes wa; neuer wurse þene þa.
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Iulius him wes bi-foren; Androgeus him bæften.
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& on ælche side; siȝen to his hærme.
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Þe king hine bi-þohte; Cassibellaune.
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i-sæh him bi-hælues; ænne holt hæhne.
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bi ænnes wudes ende; þider he gon wenden.
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and muchel of his folke; floȝen mid þon kinge.
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& a-stiȝen uppe þen hul; mid muchele mod-sorȝe.
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naþeles þer up þurngen; fiftene þusunde.
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Wes þe mu[n]t swiðe hæh; hasles þer greowen.
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swiðe wes þe hul bi-clused; mid cludes of stane.
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Heo bi-gunnen þene wude feollen. & heo bi-foren leggen.
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mid stocken & mid stanen; & mid stelene orden.
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heo gunnen heom to werien; wið heore wiðer-iwinnen.
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Þene hul makede þe king; to strongge enne castle.
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an are nihte firste; þat worc wes iforðed.
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for þer worhten sweines. þer worðten þeines;
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& þe king mid his honden. Cassibellaune;
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wurhte ful swiðe. to burȝen his liue;
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Þa þet work wes up iset. heom wes alles þa bet;
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& Iulius Cesar. bi-lai heom a-bute þer;
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A þen hulle wes þe king. Cassibellaune;
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þer he þolede muchelne burst. nes þer neouþer win ne must.
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þreo daȝes & þreo niht; ne æt þer næuer na cniht.
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Heo weoren swiðe uuele ilæd; for þe king heom hauede al for-rad.
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þe nold sæht-nesse afon; at his mæie Androgeum.
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þerfore he læi on hulle; hunger him derfde.
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Nearew wes þe king ilæd; nuste he nenne ræd.
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for nuste he a nare halue; helpen þat him mahte.
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isæh alle dæi bi-foren; his fulle iuan alle icoren.
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Iulium þene kæisere; mid alle þan Romanisce here.
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mid alle þan Rom-leoden; to þes kinges un-neoden.
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& alle dæi þus cleopeden; to Cassibellaune.
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Nu þu scalt adreden; for þine ær-dæden.
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hit þe likede wel; þat þu us a-dun læidest.
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mid þine fehte; & ure kun feldest.
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nu is icumen þin wa-dæi; for dæð þu scalt þolien. Page  228
     4365
mid hungere & mid hæte; & mid sceome muchele.
     4366
Þa wes wa þeon kinge. Cassibellaune;
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& nom him enne ræd. for him wes muchel neod;
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He nom enne wisne cniht. & sende hine forð-riht;
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vt to þon folke. þer weoren his iuan;
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& grette Androgeum. mid grið-fulle worden;
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bed hine cuðen. þat he his cun weoren;
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& þa bet æt þære neode; for he wes his bro[ð]er sune.
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For nabbe ich þe noht swa uuele idon; þat sculde þer-foren dæd on-fon.
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for þat is muchel un-riht; ȝif æuere æi god cniht.
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wule his god-liche cun; bute gulte aquellen.
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Æt heȝere neode; nu þu must me ræden.
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sæhtnien me wið þene kæisere; & wið þon Romanisce here.
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& seoððen ich wullen þe speken wi[ð]; & makien æfter þine wille grið.
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to-gaderen wit scullen libben; to-gadere wit scullen liggen.
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Þenc of mire neode; & sæhtne me wið Rom-lede.
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for ȝif ihc her for-wur[ð]e; auerst þe beoð þa wurse.
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for ȝet heo wurð%ðeð þe laðe; þe me fulsteð nu to dæðe.
     4383
Þa answerede Androgeus; & wið þene cnihte he spec þus.
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Heu ȝare wes hit iwurðen; inne worlde-riche.
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þat mines æmes muchele mod; swa milde is i-wurðen.
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& swa swiðe ræh mon; rihtes icnawen.
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Ȝet ne beoð fif dæiȝes; allunge iurede;
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þat he me nolde vt driuen. bi-nimen me æt þan liue;
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Þær-to he duden al his mahte. he bi-ræuede mine æhte;
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& al þat me wes leof. him wes wunder-liche læð;
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Þe king dude vn-wis-dom. þat he swulc mod him droh on;
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for he fæht wið Cesare. þan Romanisce keisere;
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& he hine twien ouer-com. and his folk sloh and nom;
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Ne dude hit noht þe king ane. ah we alle clane;
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þer ich wes o þon fihte. mid alle mine cnihten;
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hærde bi-ðrungen. i wel feole stunden.
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Ah ich mi-seolf neore; & mine gode cnihtes.
     4398
i-numen weoren ure king; & his Bruttes alle aqualde.
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ah we bi-foren þon kinge; fuhte ful swiðe.
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