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

Lines 4501 through 4600

þat heom þuhte þe bezste ræd. to don þat Tennantius heom bæd;
     4501
Æfter him heo senden. & heouen hine to kinge;
     4502
þa weoren inne Bruttene. blissen inouwe;
     4503
Tou and twenti wintre. þis lond he iwalde;
     4504
seoððen com þe ilke dæi. þat þe king dæd læi;
     4505
inne Lundene he lið. særi weoren his leoden;
     4506
Þeos kinge hæfde enne sune. Kinbelin ihaten;
     4507
he wes iuaren mid his æme. forð into Rome;
     4508
Augustus Cesar hine makede cniht. þat wes swiðe muchel riht;
     4509
for seoððen Iulius wes dæd. & duȝeðen bi-læfden;
     4510
ne bilæfde he næuer nænne. of Androgeus cunne;
     4511
þat heold feht & iwin. swa dude Kinbelin;
     4512
& weorede Rome-þeode. wið vncuðe leode;
     4513
Þis iherde Bruttes. þe weoren swi[ð]e bisie;
     4514
þat Kinbelin þe kene. wunede inne Rome;
     4515
þe wes Tennantiusses sone. & of Lud kinge icume;
     4516
Tweien cnihtes heo nomen sone. & senden to Rome;
     4517
& þeo cudden Kinbeline. þat his fader wes of liue;
     4518
& beden hine stilleliche. iuaren of þere riche;
     4519
Nes hit noht longe; þat he ne com hider sone; Page  236
     4520
and Bruttes hine on-fengen. & heouen hine to kinge;
     4521
On Kinbelines dæie; þe king wes inne Bruttene.
     4522
com a þissen middel-ærde; anes maidenes sune.
     4523
iboren wes in Beðleem; of bezste alre burden.
     4524
He is ihaten Iesu Crist; þurh þene Halie Gost.
     4525
alre worulde wunne; walden englenne.
     4526
Fæder he is on heuenen; froure moncunnes.
     4527
Sune he is on eorðen; of sele þon mæidene.
     4528
& þene Halie Gost; haldeð mid him-seoluen;
     4529
þene gast he wel daleð. to þan þe him beoð leoue;
     4530
al-swa he dude Peture. þe wes a wræche fiscære;
     4531
þe makede hine an mancunne. hehst of alre manne;
     4532
Kinbelin Bruttene king; wes god mon þurh alle þing.
     4533
& he luuede here; twa & twenti ȝere.
     4534
An his dæie her luuede a mon; inne þisse leoden.
     4535
feorliche þing fuleden him; he wes ihaten Teilesin.
     4536
heo heolten hine for witie. þurh his wit-fulne cræfte;
     4537
& al heo hit ilæfden. þat Teilesin heom seide;
     4538
he seide heom seolkuð i-noh. & al heo hit funden soð;
     4539
he seide heom ælche ȝere. wæt heom to cumen weore;
     4540
Þe king him sende æfter. wise twalf cnihtes;
     4541
ba[d] hine comen him to. þat he nan oðer seolden don;
     4542
& heo hine broðten sone. bi-foren þen folke-kinge.
     4543
A-nan swa þe king hine imette; fæire he hine igrette.
     4544
Swa me helpen min hefde & mi chin; welcume ært þu Teilesin.
     4545
& leouere me is þine isunden; þenne a þusend punden.
     4546
Þa andswerede Teilesin; and þus seide to Kinbelin.
     4547
Swa ich mote gode iþeon; al þu hit sælt wel biteon.
     4548
Þa wes glad Kinbelin; & þus seide to Teilesin.
     4549
Her beoð to þisse londe icumen; seolcuðe leod-ronen.
     4550
& from-war[d] þeon londe of Ierusalem; iwurðen heo beoð in Beðleem.
     4551
Þer is iboren an luttel child; inne þere leoden.
     4552
Muchele is & stor þe eiȝe; tacnen þer beoð on sterren.
     4553
an monen & on seonnen; eie is on mon-cunnen.
     4554
Þis is widen icuð; & þa writen me beoð to icume.
     4555
& ic wolde iwiten æt þe; þu ært mi wine deore.
     4556
to whan þis tocne wule ten; to wulche þinge temen. Page  238
     4557
for her-fore is alches londes folc; læd-liche afered.
     4558
Þa answerede Teilesin; & þus seide to Kinbelin.
     4559
Hit wes ȝare iqueðen; þa quides beoð nu soðe.
     4560
þat scolden beon a child iboren; of alle folke icoren.
     4561
& þat scolde beon ihaten Hælend; & helpen his freondes.
     4562
alesen his leofue wines; of læðe heore bendes.
     4563
of helle bringen Adam; Noe & Abraham.
     4564
Sadoc & Samiel; & Symeon þene alde.
     4565
Iosep an Beniamin; & alle his broðeres mid him.
     4566
Iohel & Eliseon; Asor & Naason.
     4567
Ysaac & his broðer; & monienne oðer.
     4568
moni hundred þusend; þe iþud beoð to hellen.
     4569
& for swulchere neode; he is icumen to þere þeoden.
     4570
Þeos word seide Teilesin; & alle heo weoren soðe.
     4571
Þa þan kinge wes icudde; þas quides þa weoren soðe.
     4572
þa weoren þa tiðinde cuðe; ȝeond his kineriche.
     4573
Bruttes her-of ȝemden; & noht hit ne forȝeten.
     4574
Kinbelin wes god king; & griðful þurh alle þing.
     4575
& þa Rom-leoden; swiðe hine luueden.
     4576
& ȝif þe king wolde; wið heom wiðer-heolden.
     4577
he miðte æt-halden heore feoh; þe Iulius her fætte.
     4578
ah æuere-mære bi his liue; he hit heom leofliche ȝeaf.
     4579
Seoððe him comen þæ tiðinde; of Crist Godes childe.
     4580
ne leouede þe king mære; buten ten ȝere.
     4581
Seoððen þe king bilæfden his lif; inne Eowuerwike he ȝet lið.
     4582
Her he bilæfden tweien sunen; Wiðer & Aruiragune.
     4583
Wiðer wes þa ældere. Aruiragun þe ȝungere;
     4584
ah þe king biqueð Wiðer. al his kineriche;
     4585
& he dihte and delde. æfter his fader dæie.
     4586
He wes swi[ð]e god cniht; & hæfde ihælden moni fiht.
     4587
ah he wes swiðe sturne. & stærc wið þeon folke.
     4588
He nalde for nane dome; mare heren to Rome.
     4589
ne na gauel heo[m] senden; vt of þissen londe.
     4590
ah whære-swa he fonde enne gume; þe of Rome weore hider icumen.
     4591
he lette smiten him of þat hæfde; biræiuie hine at liue.
     4592
& þus he heom græiðeden; mid grimme his gomene.
     4593
[An] kæisere wes in Rome; Claudius ihaten.
     4594
iherden þa tiðende; of Wiðer þon kinge.
     4595
whulcne scome he him hæfden idon; & mare him bi-hehte. Page  240
     4596
Þe kæisere hine wrædden; þe Wurs him wes on heorte.
     4597
& swor bi his rigge; þat Wiðer hit scolde a-biggen.
     4598
He bigon. to senden; ȝeond al þan Romleoden.
     4599
he hætte al þa ræiȝe; and alle þa rad-fulle.
     4600