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

Lines 5001 through 5100

nes hit neuere itiled; þurh nænne eorðe-itilie.
     5001
no nauere þer ne wuneden on; nanes cunnes quic mon.
     5002
Sonen heo gunnen to ærien; þat lond wes swiðe æðele.
     5003
heo tileden heo seowen; heo repen heo meowen.
     5004
wið-innen þan þrom ȝeren; þa nomen heo twælf iueren.
     5005
& heo uerden sone; þat heo to þisse londe comen.
     5006
Bruttes heo gretten; mid græi[ð]lichen worden.
     5007
beden heom beon on sele; & alle isunde.
     5008
We eow to-ȝerneð; ȝeue swiðe deore.
     5009
þet ȝe us ȝiuen wifmen; to habben to wiue.
     5010
þenne maȝe we heolden luue; to þissen leod-folke.
     5011
Þa þis iherden Bruttes; heokerliche heom þuhte.
     5012
& hehten heom faren awæi; & fleon of heore londe.
     5013
for nolde heo heom ȝetten; þa þinges þe heo ȝernden.
     5014
Peohtes weoren i-scende; & heore wæi forð wende.
     5015
ham to heore cunne; & cudden heom heore erende.
     5016
Heo nomen heore sonde; & sende to Irlonde.
     5017
to þes londes kinge; Gille Caor ihaten.
     5018
& biden hine heom senden; wifmen of his londe.
     5019
& þe king heom ȝette; al þat heo ȝeorenden. Page  262
     5020
Þurh þa ilke wifmen; þa þer wuneden longe.
     5021
þat folc gan to spelien; Irlondes speche.
     5022
& auer seoððen þa laȝen; wunieð a þan londe.
     5023
swa heo beoð þere nu and æuere-mare.
     5024
Hæfde Maurius þe king; god grið ȝeo[n]d his lond.
     5025
a to his liue; his leoden weoren bliðe.
     5026
Þa com þe ilke dæi; þat þe king dæd læi.
     5027
forð com þes kinges sune; Coil wes ihaten.
     5028
Þes wes ræh þes wes strong; þes wes stið an þonke.
     5029
þes cuðe alle þa domes; þe stoden inne Rome.
     5030
ah he ne luuede noht longe; þat wes his leodene hærm.
     5031
ah þa while þe he luuede; his lond he huld a blisse.
     5032
Hæfde Coil þe king; þe wes Bruttene aðel.
     5033
enne leofue sune; Luces ihaten.
     5034
þes wes þe bezste mon; þe auere hæfde kinedom.
     5035
seoððen to Brutlonde com; Bruttes þe hit biwan.
     5036
Luces wes kineboren; Luces wes wel itoȝen.
     5037
& he wes swiðe blæð-fæst; Bruttes hine luueden.
     5038
Moni wes þat gode þing; þat cuðe Luces þe king.
     5039
nes þa na man vnder lufte; þe cuðe betere cræftes.
     5040
Þurh þisne ilke æðele mon; vnder-fe[n]g þis lond Cristin-dom.
     5041
þe mon þe wule lusten; hu hit ærest ilomp.
     5042
þeos boc him wulle suggen; soððere wordes.
     5043
hu Luces þe king; ærst Crist luuede.
     5044
Men wel i-done; comen ut of Rome.
     5045
comen to þan kinge; & talden him tiðende.
     5046
of alle þere fore; þe Petrus dude in Rome.
     5047
and whulcne martirdom; hauede vnder-fon.
     5048
& þa oðere halȝen; þe mid Godde hah weoren.
     5049
Þa longede swuðe; Luces þon kinge.
     5050
ære he mare wuste; of þan Lauerd Criste.
     5051
Þa weoren inne Rome; men wel idone.
     5052
& an hali mon þer wes Pape; Elæudarius wes ihaten.
     5053
Nom Luces þe king; of his leofuste monnen.
     5054
sende to þa Papen; & feire hine gon greten.
     5055
& be[d] hine on Godes nomen; þat him god uðe. Page  264
     5056
þet he senden him anan; sumne god-cunde mon.
     5057
for þe king wolde wel don; & Cristes laȝen vnder-fon.
     5058
libben mid rihte; & luuien his Drihte.
     5059
he an alle his leoden; þe wuneden inne þissere þeoden.
     5060
Þa þuhte Elæuðerie; þat tiðende swiðe murie;
     5061
nes na mon on liue. þat weore al-swa bliðe;
     5062
alse wes þe hali man. þa he þis iheren gon;
     5063
Þe Pape hafden tweien biscopes. þe luueden Godes rihten;
     5064
hider-wardes he heom senden. þa biscopes forð wenden;
     5065
þat comen þa Godes sonden. in-to þissen londe.
     5066
to Luces þon kingen; & to al his here-ðringen.
     5067
Þa spac Dunian; & þe oðer biscop Fagan.
     5068
seiden þan kinge lar-spel; & he hit hærcnede wel.
     5069
ær þat lær-spel weoren idon; þe king ȝeornde Cristin-dom.
     5070
& alle his duȝeþe-cnihtes. hit ȝeorde forð-rihtes.
     5071
Þe king fulluht vnder-fe[ng]. & alle his gode men mid him;
     5072
& alle his Bruttes. þe him buȝen wolden;
     5073
& þa fulluht nulden vnder-fon. þe king heom letten fordon;
     5074
Þa þis wes al idon. þa token heo oðer weise on;
     5075
beiene þa biscopes. ferden ȝeond þas Bruttene;
     5076
alle þa templen. þe þa heðene hafden itimbrid;
     5077
Heo letten alle þa scrud at þere dure werpen vt;
     5078
wascen þa waȝes. wel mid þan bezsten;
     5079
þa nomen anlicnes. þe Mahun weoren ihatene;
     5080
heo letten heom draȝen vt. oðer bi hondes oðer bi fot;
     5081
heo heom letten swalen. inne swærte fure;
     5082
Þa þis wes al idon. þa token heo oðer weiis on;
     5083
heo ferde forð-rihtes. þurh Godes mihten;
     5084
from stouwe to stouwe; & stureden heom-seoluen.
     5085
hælȝeden alle þa templen; a þes Helindes nomen.
     5086
Þa þet wes all i-don; þo token heo oðer weis on.
     5087
þa setten heo biscopes; þan folken to dihten.
     5088
þer-ouer ærchebiscopes þat clærcscipe to rihten;
     5089
chirchen he letten areren. monie & wel iwhare.
     5090
preostes heo þer setten; ase þer-to mihte semen.
     5091
Þa þis wes al idon; þa token heo oðer weis on.
     5092
þa com Luces þe king; & lond þer-to leide.
     5093
& sette þer-on Godes frið; & freoden alle þe chirchen. Page  266
     5094
& þa laȝen beoð a monie studen; al-swa Luces heom on dude.
     5095
Naþeles heo weoren soððen; swiðe awæmmed.
     5096
ladliche iniþered; þurh niðfulne craft.
     5097
& eft heo weoren irihte; swa hit weolde Drihten.
     5098
Þa alle þas þinges weoren idone; þa ferden þa biscopes to Rome.
     5099
& bi-leæfden in þisse londe; þat folc a Godes heonde.
     5100