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

Lines 4801 through 4900

& sette heo mid cnihten. þe gode weoren to fehten;
     4801
and hæhte heo wite wel faste. & heoten heo Gloichestre;
     4802
al for his sune luuen. þe leof him wes an heorten;
     4803
þe seoð[ð]e biȝæt al Walisc lond. to his aȝere hond;
     4804
and þerof he wes deme. & duc feole ȝere;
     4805
Þis child me biwuste. inne Gloichæstre;
     4806
& þa þeos þinges weoren idone. Claudius ferde to Rome;
     4807
& ladde þes childes moder. for quene nauede he oðer;
     4808
Þa Claudius com to Rome. tiðende him com sone;
     4809
þat þer wes cumen liðende. into þere leode;
     4810
an swiðe selcuð gume. of Antioge he wes icome;
     4811
Petrus he wes ihaten. he dude þer feole teonen;
     4812
he uerde ȝeond al þat lond. & turnde hit to Godes hond;
     4813
Heonene wes iuaren Claudius. þis lond heold Aruiragus;
     4814
& Genuis his quene. þe wifmon wel idone;
     4815
þa isæh þisses ledes king. þat him ne derede naðing;
     4816
þus he wunede here. mid blisse twenti ȝere;
     4817
Vnder þan comen tiðende. to Aruiragus þan kinge;
     4818
næs þer nan oðer ræd. bute Claudius inne Rome wes dæd;
     4819
Wa wes þisse kinge. swa wes þere quene;
     4820
swa wes alle þon bezsten. þe wuneden an Bruttene;
     4821
An þan timen hit wes. þat Gloi wes swiðe god cniht;
     4822
Þa þeo tiðende. weoren comen to londe;
     4823
of Claudius þen kæisere. & hu hit wes al iuaren;
     4824
þa seide þe king. Aruiragus. & wið his duȝeðe he spac þus;
     4825
Swa ich auere ibiden are. nulle ich nauere-mare; Page  252
     4826
þurh nane dome. heren into Rome;
     4827
næ nauere-mare heom senden. gauel of mine londe;
     4828
Ah ȝif heo hider cumeð liðen. leoden to biwinnen;
     4829
her heo sculeð ibiden. bitterest alre baluwen;
     4830
næ biȝeten nan oðer god. buten here ȝeoten heore blod;
     4831
scullen alle heore wif. widewen iwurðen;
     4832
Þus seide þe king. þeh hit soð ((n))eore;
     4833
þer he sæt mid his scenche. an his kine-benche;
     4834
Ah al oðer hit iwarð. inne þan twam wintren;
     4835
for þa Rom-leoden. sende to þissere þeoden;
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hæhte heom senden. here gauel of þissen londe;
     4837
And þe king Aruiragus. wradliche heom answerede;
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hehten heom mucle eiȝe. ut of his æh-seone;
     4839
fleon of þissen londe. ær heo fæiȝe iwurðen;
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forð heo iwenden, into Rom-londe;
     4841
Þa wes i þon ȝere. Vaspasien kæisere;
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þes tiðende him wes læð. & her-fore he was wrað;
     4843
He clupede to ræde. alle Rom-leode;
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& seide bi his liue. þat he wolde to Brutt-londe;
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bi-telen his irihten. þat Claudius ær ahte;
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& ȝif heo nolden gan an grið. he wolden fehten heom wið.
     4847
and al Rom-leoden. þis him gon ræden;
     4848
Vaspasien him forð wende. þat he com to France;
     4849
þa ȝet hit wes al his aȝen. þat he isæh mid his aȝene;
     4850
ladde he þere leodene king. þe hine for lauer[d] icneou;
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vorð mid ((im))-seoluen. touward þissen londen;
     4852
To þere sæ he wende. scipen he þer funde;
     4853
þat to-ȝenes him weoren ibonned. þe ȝet þe he wes i Rome;
     4854
He ibad þes wederes. wind com on oueste;
     4855
in he wende at Wit-sond. & æt Doure he þohte nimen lond;
     4856
Aruiragus þer-of wes war. & atliche him biuore uerde;
     4857
& draf hine ut mid stre[n]gðe. forð mid sæ-strame;
     4858
Mid him hafde Vaspasien. swiðe gode sæ-men;
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s[t]rahten vt here lof. & leiden æfter vðen;
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forð bi sæ-side. seileden swiðe.
     4861
An hiȝende ful sone; to Tottenas heo come.
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strahten scipen to þan londe; & eoden uppen stranden. Page  254
     4863
Heo nomen heore wepnen; & forð gunnen wenden.
     4864
to-somnen heo riden uaste; þat heo comen to Æxechæstre.
     4865
he wen[den] wel to bi-stelene; in-to þare burhȝe.
     4866
Ah þet burh-folc wes war; & wel hine wusten.
     4867
wel heo closden heore ȝeten; & ȝareweden heom to fehten.
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& þa burh bi-wusten; wel mid þan bezsten.
     4869
Seouen daȝes fulle; Vaspasien mid his monnen.
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læiȝe at Exchæstre; & bilaie heom swiðe ueste.
     4871
Þat iherde Aruiragus; þat he wes icume þus.
     4872
he nom al þa ferde; of Brut-londes ærde.
     4873
& sone he gon faren. in toward Cornwalen;
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in-to Ex-chæstre. þa burh wes þa fæstre;
     4875
Aruiragus wes þer-innen. mid Bruttisce mennen;
     4876
Vaspasien þer-vte. þa burh bi-læi abute;
     4877
A-marȝen þa hit dæi wes. duren heo vntunden;
     4878
cnihtes heom gereden. grundliche feire;
     4879
blewen þa bemen. heornes gunnen dremen;
     4880
heondleden scæftes. & gold-faȝe sceldes;
     4881
riden ut to-some. ræȝe Brutes.
     4882
þritti þusend; þe þræt wes þa mare.
     4883
Þer-ute wes heom to-ȝæn; þe kæisere Uaspasien.
     4884
to-gadere heo tuhten; & laðliche fuhten.
     4885
hardeliche heuwen; helmes þer gullen.
     4886
stercliche to-stopen; mid steles egge.
     4887
Alle dæi þer ilæste; fæht mid þan mæste.
     4888
a þet þat þustere niht; to-dælde heore muchele fiht.
     4889
læien a ba halue; cnihtes to-heouwen.
     4890
þær wes hærm mid þon meste; bi-uoren Ex-chæstre;
     4891
Þat bi-heold þa quene. Genuis i-haten;
     4892
særi wes hire heorte. mid hermen a-fulled;
     4893
cleopede to hire lauerde. þe leof hire wes on heorte;
     4894
to þon kinge Aruiragus. þæ quene spac wið him þus;
     4895
Lauer[d] bi-þenc þe. Þine þeowes beoð gode;
     4896
þu hauest mucle treow-scipe. treowðe staðeluæste;
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þat beoð þa þingges. þe bi-riseð to ælche kinge;
     4898
riche men & hæne; ȝif wið seoumen he wule beon clænen.
     4899
Bi-þenc þu a þine quides; þe þu sulf quiddest.
     4900