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

Lines 401 through 500

oht-liche heom slæð on; & weccheð heom of slepa.
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leteð þa Grickisca gliden to grunde;
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fallen þa feie; for heo beð vre fulle fan.
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Duden alle þa cnihtes; swa Brutus heom taute.
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& he him-seolf teih bi-foren; to telde þæs kinges.
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Of his horse he þreou; his horn he vastliche bleu.
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Iherden hit Troynisce; & tuhten to þon Gricken.
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heo heom aweihten; mid heora wæles igrure.
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Þar fluwen haueden on felde; fæiðe þer feollen.
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moni hond moni fot; þe hæp wæs þe wrse.
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Moni þusend þer flowen; þærmes heo droȝen.
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& Brutus mid his cnihten; þene king ifeng.
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al ihal & al isund; heihliche he cleopede.
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Ich habbe þisses folkes king; fælleð his leoden.
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Ne lete ȝe nenne quick; quecchen to holte. Page  22
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& ich wlle þesne king; læden mid me seolfan.
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Þar Brutus bi-feng; al þat him bi-foren wes.
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Sparatin he aredde; heh an his castel.
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A-marewen þa hit dai wes; & þa niht to-dælde.
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Brutus sumunde his folc; heo weren his fulle freonde.
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he heih((te)) for his lufe; al his leode-ferde.
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þat heo nomen þat [w]æ[l]; & wel hit biburiede.
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inne deope seaðen; setten þa deade.
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& hit wes sone idon; for monie þusend þer-to fengen.
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Al þa biȝetene æhte; he delde his cnihten.
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& alle his leoue men; he mid monscipe grette.
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Þa al þis wes i-don; þa dude he on oþer.
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he lette an heh climben; & lude clepian.
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þat on þane daȝe amarwen; come his drihtliche folc.
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& alle his heȝe men; comen to hustinge.
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& heo swa duden; blisse wes on daie.
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Þat folc com to-gadere; guðliche cnihtes.
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& heora lauerd spac; & þus heom wið spelede.
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Lusteð mine cnihtes; lusteð mine leofe men.
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Suggeð me to runun. ræd þat eou þunche;
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Ich habbe þesne leod-king; ileid in mine benden.
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& his broðer al-swa; hit is þe bet mid us.
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& his leoden of-slawen; ihc am him þa laðere.
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& alle his ahte; iȝeuen mine æðelinge.
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Ȝif ȝe hit rædeð; ȝe beo[ð] mine riche men.
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ich wulle mid swerde; his heue[d] of swippen.
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& ȝif ȝe hit wille[ð] ich hine wlle spillen.
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& ȝif ȝe me readeð; ich hine wille freoien.
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ȝif he me ȝefeð gersume; gold & seoluer.
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alle his maðmas; wið þon þa he mote libben.
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Þa ansuereden; æðela cnihtes.
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Summen hit weora iqueme; þat heo hine sculden quellen.
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him-seolf habben þat lond; & beon þere leodene king.
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Summe queðen ælles; & þus þa quides eoden.
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Ȝeue us þe king & al his gold; & þa maðmes of his lond.
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ȝef us peal ȝeue us hors; ȝeue us haihe scrud.
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ȝeue us ænne ende; of his kine-londe.
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ȝeue us ȝislæs þer-to; & þis mei beon wel idon.
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Þer wes moni riche mon; þe cuðe lutel reden. Page  24
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weðer heom weore wnsumre; to faren þe to wonien.
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Þa wile þe heo tweoneden þus; clepede Membricius.
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þet wes a riche mon; þe wes swiðe wel idon.
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wys & witful; wel he hit cudde.
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Wet speke ȝe cnihtes; wet speke ȝe kempen.
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Vn[d]er eou alle; nis þar nan swa god.
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þa ȝet habbe isæid; þat us is selest to don.
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Ȝif ȝe hit lusten wlle; Brutus mi lauard.
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& ȝe alle biluuien; gode mine lare.
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ich eou wlle seggen; selast ræden.
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& þa ansuerede al þat folc; Faihn we wllen hit iheren.
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Þa quað Membricius; ludere stefne.
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Ȝirne we to þane kinge; ȝeuen suiðe gode;
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þat is alreforwarde; þat he us ifreoie.
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Sone þar-after; ȝurne we his dohter.
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þat he heo ȝeue ure lauerde; Brutun to his bedde.
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of his corne he us ȝeue swa muchel; þat we beon iquemed.
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gold & garsume; & his gode hors.
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& al his beste mæte-cun; þe his men habbeð.
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& alle þa liðinde scipen; þe on his londe beoð.
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& alle þat bi-houeð; þa scipen to driuen.
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of monnen & of wapnen; þat we mawen wel faren.
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fare uorð ouer sæ; sel þat we wrðen.
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& liðen swa longe; þat we to londe comen.
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varen wide ȝeond þat lond; & fondia þeo leoden.
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wer us beo iqueme; king þat we makien.
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of Brute ure lauerde; þe is best of us.
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and Igno((i))en to quen; þe is þis kinges dohter.
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For ȝif we hit ȝeorneð; to wonien her mid Gricken.
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heo beoð ure fulle feond; for we beoð ifead wi[ð] heom.
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for heora kun we habbet islaȝen; in eorðe heo sleopeð.
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we beoð heom loaðe; for heora muchele lure.
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heo wlleð us biwiȝelien; þurh heora wiðere-craftes.
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a swa heom beoð iwrð; swa us wrse bið.
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for mid ure wepnen heora kun; we aqueald habbeð.
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mid ure honden; monie þusunde.
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Ȝif we sceoteð to heora mæðe; þat bið ure imone deað.
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ȝif we heom ilefeð; þat bið ure muchele lure.
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ȝif heo wel wexit; heo wlleð wonien us.
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Wel ich hit mai suggen; to soþe ich hit wene. Page  26
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nis þar nan swa heih; nis þar nan swa laih.
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þat we nabbet his freond; ifelled to grunde.
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For þon ȝif hit eow bi-loueð; þe wise beoð on þonke.
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fare we from þisse londe; þa leodene us beoð laþe.
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Al heora god we sculen nimen; & lutel hem læuen.
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wonien heo sculen un-balde; for hora muchela bursten.
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