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

Lines 4401 through 4500

& driuen ut þene kæisere; mid his Romanisce here.
     4401
Ne dude hit noht þe king ane; ah duden we alle clæne.
     4402
Þa we hafden swa idon; & muchele wur-scipe an-fon.
     4403
þa iwarð þe king on mode prut; ah ne draf he hine noht ane ut.
     4404
Seoððen hit is nu her-to ibroht; nu is min eam wel bi-ðoht. Page  230
     4405
mid mildliche worden; he ȝerneð mine milcne.
     4406
for itemed is þe wode; nu beoð his word gode.
     4407
Nu ich wulle wende; mi mod; aȝenes uuel. ich wule don god;
     4408
& lutlien ich wulle his kare. & sæhtnien him wið Cesare;
     4409
ær cumen þe ende of þisse dæi. helpen him ȝif ich mai;
     4410
Androgeus wes swa god. sone he dude hine bar-fot;
     4411
& alle his bezste cnihtes. þe mid him weoren an fuhte;
     4412
& eoden to þon kaisere. þer he wes i þon here;
     4413
& feollen to his foten. & folden & isohten;
     4414
mildeliche spæc þus. þe treowe cniht Androgeus;
     4415
Lauerd Iulius þin are. nu & æuer-mære;
     4416
Lett me speken þe wið. ich ȝerne mildce and þi grið;
     4417
Þu hauest ouer-cumen minne æm. inne þine fehte he nam flem;
     4418
i þissen hulle he lið. & ȝeorneð þe lif-grið;
     4419
for al þu hauest ouer-cumen. Cassibellaune;
     4420
& muchel of his folke. iualled to grunde;
     4421
& þene kinge & al his lond; bi-ȝiten to þire aȝere hond.
     4422
Ȝif him nu lifues grið; & let hine speken þe wið.
     4423
Ær he wes freo king.
     4424
nu þu ært iwreken him on; let hine bi-cumen þin aȝene mon. Page  232
     4425
and ælche ȝer þe sende; þat gauel of Brut-londe.
     4426
madmes and muchel feoh; þe monscipe is þin aȝen.
     4427
Þis iherde Cesar; of þissere spec%che he wes wær.
     4428
a-weiward he halde; & nolde hit iheren.
     4429
makede hine swulc he weore wrað; for þon wurde þe he iherde.
     4430
Androgeus wes wis and war; þæne kæisere he eode neor.
     4431
and græten worden; þæne keisere igrætte.
     4432
and þus queð Androgeus; Hærcne hiderward Iulius.
     4433
Wið me ne beo þu noht wiðer-ward; Ilæst ich habbe þe min foreward.
     4434
& al þat ich þe bi-hehte; bi-foren vnkere cnihte.
     4435
Ich bi-hæhte þe al Brut-lond; to setten a þire aȝere hond.
     4436
& swa ich habben nu idon; & þu hit hauest al under-fon.
     4437
ah ne bihæhte ich þe nauere to slæn; Cassibellaune minne æm.
     4438
mid nane rihte ne mai ich hine for-don; for ich eam his mæi and his mon.
     4439
ne scal he næuere dæd þolien; þe while þe ich mai him freoien.
     4440
Ah ȝif mine eame lifues gri[ð]; & let hine sæhtnie þe wið.
     4441
Þi mon he sæl bi-cumen; to ȝisle biteche þe his sune.
     4442
& ælche ȝere senden; þreo þusend punden.
     4443
& þat ich þe wullen swerien; uppen mine sweorden.
     4444
Ȝif þu þis nult iwurðen; þe wurs þeo scælt iwurðen.
     4445
ne scalt þu nauere mid þine here. isund of Brutlonde faren;
     4446
Þa wes a-drad þe keisere. mid his Romanisce here;
     4447
leouere him weore þane al his lond. þene al his seoluer; þæne al his gold.
     4448
þat he weore in Oðeres; in his castel gode.
     4449
for þa hefde swiðe muchel care; Iulius þon kæisere.
     4450
þe wende þat Androgeus; swiken hine wolde.
     4451
Iulius wes wis and war; þat he wel cudde þær.
     4452
Þus seide þa Iulius; to þan eorle Androgeus.
     4453
Androgeus mi leofue mon; al þine wille ic wulle don.
     4454
don ich wulle þin ræd; for þu me hulpe þa me wes neod.
     4455
for ne funde ich nauere treoure mon; bi-tweonen þis & Latran.
     4456
Þis wes sone icud; to Cassibellaune.
     4457
þa wes he swa bliðe; swa he nes neuere on his liue.
     4458
Vt wende þe king; Cassibellaune.
     4459
adun of þan hulle; bliðe on his mode.
     4460
Ah þer Iulius dude wel; & wurð-scipen muchele.
     4461
he hine lette ueden; he hine lette scruden.
     4462
he hine lette baðien; ær he him bi-uoren come.
     4463
Þa hit wes al igreiþed; þa comen heo to-gæderes.
     4464
grið þer heo astalleden; & wel hit wes ihalden.
     4465
heo makeden heore foreward; biforen heore duȝeðe.
     4466
Cassibellaune bi-com; Iulius aȝene mon.
     4467
& ælche ȝere him sende; þreo þusend punden.
     4468
Æðes þer weoren isworene; & neoren heo nauere forlorne.
     4469
for treowe men heom a-stalden; & al-swa heo gunnen heom halden.
     4470
Neoðeles Iulius wes þæ ærste mon; þe dude þis lond inne [þ]eow-dom.
     4471
seoððen Noe & his sunen; of þære arche weoren icumen.
     4472
Þeo al þis wes iuaren; þa to-dælde þa verden.
     4473
& þe keisere & his iueren; al þat winter ((heo)) wu((ne))den here.
     4474
mid sæhte and mid sibbe; mid selcuðe murȝeþe.
     4475
Touward þan sumere; heo ouer sæ wende.
     4476
& lædde mid him Androgeum; þe wes his deoreste mon.
     4477
& Androgeus walde; al þat he wolde.
     4478
heonene in-to Rome; hit stod on Androgeus dome.
     4479
Ne com he nauere-mare here; ne nan of his i-uere. Page  234
     4480
ne leouede he neuer seoððen; buten seouen ȝere.
     4481
Cassibellaune; þe wes þisse londes king.
     4482
þa his ende-dæie com; in Eouer-wicke heo dæide
     4483
[Ær þe king were dæd dæide] his quene.
     4484
þe king wes al bærn-les; Bruttes weoren særi.
     4485
Þis iherde Tennancius; þe i Cornwale wes dux.
     4486
þat his eam wes idæied; & his aðelene æt-fallen.
     4487
and his broðer Androgeus; iuaren uorð mid Iulius.
     4488
& [m]uchel of his cunne; quehten mid him-seolue.
     4489
Tennancius hine bi-ðoðte; hu he faren mihte.
     4490
& hu he mihte gan on; þat he hafde þisne kine-dom.
     4491
þe Lud king his fader; walde wel longe.
     4492
Tennancius nom his sonde; & sende in-to Brutlonde.
     4493
bad heom buȝen him to; þa bet heom sculde iwurðen.
     4494
hebben hine to kinge; al buten compe;
     4495
bitachen him al þat lond. þe Lud his fader hafde an hond;
     4496
& he heom wolde luuien. þa while þat he luuede;
     4497
& ȝif heo þis wolde. habben he hit wolde;
     4498
oðer he wolde mid fehte. fallen heom to grunde;
     4499
Bruttes ferden heom to Lundene. to muchele hustinge;
     4500