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

Lines 5101 through 5200

& Luces heore lauerd; þe leof heom was an heorte.
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þus hit ferde here; wel feole ȝere.
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Luces þe leod-king; leouuede wel longe.
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twa and feowerti wintre; mid muchere winne.
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her wes mete her wes drænc; men þer-of dræmden.
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her wes unimete fare; a þissere folc riche.
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Þ[u]s heo gunnen driuen; & forȝeten to swiðe.
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þat heom tæhte þe hehȝe mon; þe gode biscop Dunian.
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& Fagan his i-uære; þe while þe heo weoren here.
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Inne griðe þurh alle þing; wunede Luces þe king.
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þat com þe ilke dæi; þat þe king dæd læi.
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leof him wes grið and ræd; inne Gleochæstre he wes dæd.
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þær hehȝe Bruttes; þene king bureden.
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Þa wes þe weorlde swa uorð iuaren; seoððen ure Drihte wes iboren.
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an hundred ȝere and sixti; þa þe king sah to grunde.
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Seoððen Luces king wes dæd; her wunede a swiðe strong red.
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ne bi-læfde he her neouðer; suster ne broðe[r].
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ne quene ne næh cun; þe his caðel mihte heolden.
     5118
To Rome comen tiðende; of Luces þon kinge.
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hu þe king wæs hære dæd. & i þisse londe nas na ræd;
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Heo makeden heore uerde. and senden to þissen ærde; Page  268
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Seuarus wes heore hære-toȝe; inne Rome he wes ibore.
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Þe ferde wes swiðe strong; þeo comen heo to þisse lond.
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Seuerius wende anan; to hæbbene þisne kinedom.
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ah Bruttes weoren bisie; & ofte hine a-bæileden.
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ofte heo him wið fuhten; a feole cunne wisen.
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Seuarus hine biðo[ð]te; whet he don miðte.
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in his herede he makede grið; & lette awæi þat vniriht.
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þat na man ne wurðe swa wod. ne witte bi-dæled;
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þat in his hirede breke grið. uppe leome & uppe lif;
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of nauere nane þinge. þat come to his cleopinge;
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Þis iseȝen Bruttes. þe weoren swiðe bisie;
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þat Seuarus in his hirede; hæfde hehliche grið.
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& mong heom-seoluen; vnimete seorȝen.
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Bruttes siȝen to-gæderes; fulle seoue þusend.
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& speken Seuarium wið; & ȝirden his hiredes grið.
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& he heom ȝette; & ȝef ȝiues swiðe gode.
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Þa wes Seuarus hired; selcuðliche istronged.
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alle þe ær weoren buuen; he heom sette bi-neoðen.
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& muchele luue heold wið. alle þat ȝirnden his grið;
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He uærde to Lunden. & heo hine vnder-fengen
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he uerde þurh þis kinelond. & sette hit in his aȝere hond;
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& æuere heo fluȝen him bi-uoren. þe his feond weoren;
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Swa swi[ð]e he heom hænde. þat heo fluwen ouer Hu[m]bre;
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heo fluȝen forð-rihtes. þat heo comen to þan Peohtes;
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& heo heom vnder-fengen. & nomen heom to iuaren;
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Heo makeden enne hehne cniht; heore here-toȝe forð-riht
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fæier cniht and hende. Fulgenes wes ihaten;
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he heom scolde læden. & he heo[m] sculde ræden;
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Enne ende of Scot-londe. nom Fulgenes to his honde;
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þe ende him wes deore. he hæhte Dæire;
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Sæuarus from Scotte-wær[d]. seoððe aȝæn wende;
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& his folc lædde; in-to Lundene.
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& Fulgenes vt of Scot-len; muchel scaðe makede.
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He leop in-to Brutlond; mid muchele balu-ræssen.
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æhte he nom men he sloh; he duden seorȝen inoh.
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& þus he uerde longe; inne Scot-londe.
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Þis iherde Seuarus; þe inne Rome wes kæisere.
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and seoððen hider al þa lond. stod an his aȝere heond;
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þe kæisere sende his seonde; ȝeond feole londe.
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lette him to beoden; swa monie of weorcmonnen.
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þat he lette makien ænne dic; þe wæs wunderliche deop.
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muche and swiðe stronge; bisides Scotlonde.
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from sæ to sæ eode þæ dich. ælche oðere vnilich.
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Þe[r]-vfenen he makede scid wal; wunder ane cræftie.
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seoððen he sette cnihtes; to witen hit dæies & nihtes.
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þat neuere Poht þer-ouer ne com; ne næuere nan oðer mon.
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bute wha-swa walden ȝernen grið; & speken þan kæisere wið.
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& wunien forð here; mid Seuare þan kæisere.
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Þat iherde Fulgenes; þat þis weorc iuorðed wes. Page  270
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þat he into þisse londe ne mihte; ne dæies ne nihtes.
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Nuste he þa nænne ræd; þe him æuere þuhte god.
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he cleopede alle his dringches; þat heo comen to hustinge.
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heore kinge to ræden; of his muchele neode.
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Heo him rædden to faren; riht into Cise.
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fær-liche he þider com; & fæire wes under-fon.
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He spac wið þan Peohtes; & swa muchel heom bi-hæhte.
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þat heo gædereden in þan ærde; mucle scip-ferde.
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& ferden bi sæ-stronde; into þissen londe.
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He uerde riht to Euerwicke; Brutten þutte sellic.
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þa burh he anan bilæi; mid baldere strengðe.
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Seoððen he dude to witen; þurh worde & þurh writen.
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alle his freonden; þe weoren in þissen londe.
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þat heo scolden wel don; & alle comen him to.
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he heom wolden mucle wele; & wurð-scipe itæchen.
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& æuere to his liue; heo sculden beon him leoue.
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Þis iherden Bruttes; þer-fore heo weoren balde.
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& wenden from Seuere; þan Romænisce kæisere.
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moni þusend; Bruttes to Fulgenes.
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& he heom faire on-feng; & muche feoh bihæhte;
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Þat iherde Sæuarus; þat Fu[l]genes dude þus.
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he somnede uerde; of folke of þissen ærde.
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he uu[s]de touwærd Euerwic; to his fæi-siðe.
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Þa he to Euerwic com; Fulgenes him wes a-foren on.
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heo bigunnen fehten; feondliche swiþe.
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a ba hælue þer ful; folc unimete.
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Sæuare þer wes of-slæȝen; & feole his Romwæren.
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Fulgenes wes iwunde; wunderliche sære.
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þat i þan þridden dæie; he sarne dæd þolede.
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Of Sæueres dæðe; Bruttus þer demden.
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