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

Lines 5301 through 5400

& muchel heom bihæhte. of worliche æhte;
     5301
Þa Pohtes weoren uuele. he leoseden heore aðele;
     5302
heo sworen forð-rihtes. & treoðen heo plihten;
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þat heo wolden Basian. inne fehte biswiken;
     5304
Þis word com to Carrais. þa wes he glad ful iwis;
     5305
forð-riht he nom his sonde. & sende to þan kinge;
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& seide him forð-rihtes. þat wið him he wolde fehte;
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buten he him wolde rumen. & bilæuen þæs riche;
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Þa seide þe king Basian. Ær ih wulle dæd beon;
     5309
Wið-innen seouen nihte. heo comen to þan fihte;
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biforen þere burh Eouerwic. þat feht wes swiðe storlic;
     5311
Þa heo scolden bezst fehten. þa fluȝen al þa Pohtes;
     5312
& heo Basian þe king mid alle bilæfden.
     5313
& Carrais him on þrong; and mid spere him of-stong.
     5314
Bruttes heo sloȝen; & moni hundred þer nomen.
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Þa stod al þis lond; a Carrais aȝere hond.
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þa nom he al þa Peohtes; & sende in-to Scotte.
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& ȝ[a]f heom þere muchel lond; inne Scot-londen.
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& heore cun wunede þære; seoððen auere-mare.
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Þis word com to Rome; her-æfter ful sone.
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hu Carrais hæfde iuaren; & Basian þene king of-slæȝen.
     5321
Heo somneden twa ferden; of Romanisce ærden.
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& nomen tweien eorles; þe weoren swiðe aðele.
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Allec hæhte þe an; we((s)) wis & strong mon.
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þe oðer wes icleoped þus; Liuius Gallus.
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Heo ferden of Rome; & to þisse londe comen.
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þat heo bicomen to Carrais þan kinge;
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Carrais heo of-sloȝen. his cnihtes heo nomen;
     5328
Þus þa Romanisce men. ræsden to leo[d]en; Page  278
     5329
& Allec nom to his honde. muchel of þisse londe;
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Þa ȝet þer weoren Bruttus. monie bi-hælues;
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þe castles heolden stronge. burhȝes brade & longe;
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Heo lætten hiȝendliche varen. seoð into Cornwalen;
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æfter Asclepidiot. þe wes i Cornwale duc;
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He com an hiȝenge. & heo hine heouen to kinge;
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Þa somneden Bruttus. sele þeines;
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hehte alle þa cnihtes. cumen to þan kinge;
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and æuerælcne ohte mon. biwinnen his aðelen;
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heo buden heore uerde. uppe niðinges bærde;
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Þa wes Allec þe king. iliðen in-to Lunden;
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& Bruttene king. sone him bæh æfter;
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Hit wes an anne hæhȝe dæie. halȝeden leoden;
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wes Allec þe king. in are temple;
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in Lundenne; mid his Rom-leoden.
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Þa iherde þe king; mucle ludinge.
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in Lundene stureden þa leoden;
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Allec him ut leop. & his wepnen he igrap;
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& al his Rom-leoden. þa i Lun[d]ene weoren;
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& comen ut of þere burh. & iseȝen heom bi-hæluen;
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iseȝen heom bi-siden. sillic heom þuhte;
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wha hæfde al þa mon-uerede. þidere isende;
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Bruttes heom buȝen to. mid bittere ræsen;
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Allec heo sloȝen. muche folc heo nomen;
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& sum on uæste bæh. in-to þere burh;
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& þe eorl Liuius. in-to Lunden%ne flæh;
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lette luken þa ȝeten. & him-seolf læð to walle;
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and Bruttes þa burȝen. gunnen bi-riden;
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& bi-leien þa burh. wel mid ((þe)) bezsten;
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Þe king Asclepediot. þe wes cniht swiðe god;
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sende his sonde. in-to Scotlonde;
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in-to Muriane; æfter mon-weore[de].
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& æc in-to Wes[t] Wales; æfter Wæl-Brutten.
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& swa he lette sone uaren; soð in-to Cornwalen.
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hæhte ælcne mon of þan ærd; þe hæfde on his chinne bærd.
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uppe leome & vppen lif; to Lundene liðen.
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Inne seouen nihte; isomned heo weoren.
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heo heolden to walle; mid wunderliche strengðe.
     5367
& Liuius Gallus; go[d]liche werede. Page  280
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Bruttes a þan ende; breken þa walles.
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& iwenden binnen; þa wes þa burh bi-wunnen.
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& Liuius Gallus; gæinde to anne castle.
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& þer binen him ræsde; mid his Romanisce uolke.
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& Bruttene king; bæh to þæn castle.
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& lætte to læpen; alle þa Brut-leoden.
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Þa isæh Liuius Gallus; þat his help wes swiðe wac.
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þa leonede he ouer wal; & lude gon cleopien.
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Asclepidiot þene king; Þu ært swiðe kene.
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ich wullen þe speken wið; & ȝirne þe liues grið.
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þat þu mid griðe me leten uaren; forð touward Rome.
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& mid me mine leoden; þe ȝet beoð an liue.
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& ich þe wulle swerien; vppen mine sweorde.
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þat nulle ic nauere-mare; aȝen cumen here.
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Asclepidiot iherde þat; þeos word him þuhte god.
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& al him iȝette; þat Gallus þer ȝerde.
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Of þan castle heo ut foren; & aðes heo sworen.
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& swa heo gunnen wenden; uorð ut of londen.
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Þa com Scottene king; scriðen to hirede.
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& imætte Gallus; & his gumen alle.
     5388
Sone cleopede Columban; þe wes Scottene king.
     5389
Whar beo ȝe mine gumen; vt of Galwæiða.
     5390
Whar beo ȝe mine men; ut of Mureine.
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Whar beo ȝe mine Scottes; Scriðeð me biside.
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Her we sculleð wel whreken; ure wines deore.
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& ure uulle iuan; fallen to þan grunde.
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Ȝif þe king Asclipidiot; þe is cniht swiðe god.
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haueð heom speken wið; & iȝefuen heom liues grið.
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nes ich noht þere; ne nan of mine iuaren.
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ne we hit nulleð halden; for ure freond heo habbeoð aqualde.
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Heo leiden heom bi-tweonen; heore speren longe.
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& ladlichen swiðe; feolen Rom-leoden.
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