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

Lines 5901 through 6000

And þe king sende; in-to þisse londe.
     5901
& hæhte Aðionard; þe biwuste Brutlondes ærd.
     5902
þat he him swiðe sende; þat folc of Brutlonde.
     5903
& folc of ælche cræfte; sundri scipen bi-tæhte.
     5904
& mong þan wifmonnen; wepmon næuer enne.
     5905
buten þa seoluen scipmen; þe heom scullen læden.
     5906
Al eoden þeos ræd; swa þe king hæfde iseid.
     5907
& Conaan þer heold to; mid hæhȝere strengðe. Page  308
     5908
& þe king ferde; uorð toward France.
     5909
& bi-ȝæt al þat kine-lond; & sette hit on his aȝere hond.
     5910
& þeonne he gon liðen; in-to Lohernne.
     5911
al þat lond he bi-ȝæt; swa he dude Liuieine æc.
     5912
swa he gon liðe; in-to Lumbardie.
     5913
al þat lond he bi-ȝæt; þær wes Caradoc dæd.
     5914
þa hauede Mauric his sune; sorȝen inowe.
     5915
nes þer nan oðer ræd; buten þe Mavric iwærð dæd.
     5916
To Rome wende Maximiæn; uppe Valentin & vppen Gracien.
     5917
i fehte he nom þene oðer; þa ȝirnde grið þa oðer.
     5918
Cnihtes heo weoren hende; þe king heom dude i bende.
     5919
& he anan sone; ahnede al Rome.
     5920
Þat word com to Conaan; hu iuaren hafde Maximiæn;
     5921
& þat Caradoc wes dæd inne Lumbardie;
     5922
& al-swa Mauric his sune. for muchele sarinesse;
     5923
Þa nom þe eorl Conaan. ænne swiðe wisne mon;
     5924
& sende to þissen londe. to Adionard þan stronge;
     5925
þe wes stiward swiðe bisi. inne þiss[e] Bruttene;
     5926
To Adionard me brohten writ. þat dæd wes his broðer;
     5927
Caradoc þe mære. & Mauric his sune deore;
     5928
þa næfde Caradoc i þis ærd. broðer bute Adionard;
     5929
& he forð-riht nom an his hond; al Caradokes lond.
     5930
Þa iherden þa Frence men; þat at Rome wes Maximien.
     5931
& Cradoc wes dæd; þa nomen þa Frence ænne ræd.
     5932
þat heo wolden flæme; Conaan þene kene.
     5933
vt of þan londe; þe Maximian him ȝæf an honde.
     5934
þe is bi-halues France; & Bruttaine is ihaten.
     5935
& Conaan ne ȝirnde na grið; ah festliche heom feht wið.
     5936
& wel he makede his castles; treowe & swiðe uæste.
     5937
& alle his beornen he wes leof; þe comen of þissen londe.
     5938
For alle he hæfde þa cnihtes; þe Maximien him bi-hehte.
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& ec þa eorles; & þa sweines & þa cheorles.
     5940
& alle þa burh-men; þa him bi-hehte Maximien.
     5941
Wifmen neuede he noht feole; buten fiftene hundred.
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for wifmen nolden noht liðen; vt of þissen londe.
     5943
buten þe eorl Adionard; þe wes þe hæhste i þis ærd.
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walde heore borh beon; þat heo scolden heore while wel bi-teon.
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Þa hæhuede Adionard; ænne dohter swiðe deore.
     5946
heo hæfde al þat hære-word; of þan maidenen of þis ærd.
     5947
þeo wimman wes on sele; heo hæhte Vrsele. Page  310
     5948
Conaan sende to þis ærd; to þan eorle Adionærd.
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& bed þat he him ȝeue; his dohter to quene.
     5950
Adionard ȝæf andswere; wurðscipe habbe he þer-fore.
     5951
Mon-scipe habbe Conaan; þat he mire dohter wel on.
     5952
Nu to-dæi a seouen nihten; ich heo senden him bi mine cnihten.
     5953
& alle þa wimmen; þe him ȝef mi lauerd Maximien.
     5954
þider heo scullen liðen; ȝif heo wulleð libben.
     5955
oðer ich heom wullen alle for-don; & bi þan titten an-hon.
     5956
Þa ȝarkede Adionard; þisses londes lauerd.
     5957
his dohter Ursæle; þe wimman wes wel sæle.
     5958
he þohte heo to sende; ouer sæ-strames.
     5959
in-to Bruttaine londe; to Conaan þan stronge.
     5960
Þa iherden þa wimmen; wide ȝeond þas Bruttene.
     5961
þat me wolde senden; Vrse[l]e to þan londe.
     5962
hire comen to inoȝe; monie & vn-ifoȝe.
     5963
þat wolden mid hire uaren; to þan kinge Conaane.
     5964
swiðe feole heo bi-sohte; ma þeone heo rohten.
     5965
Þa þe dæi wes icumen; þe Adionard hafde inumen.
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þat forð scolde uaren; þat mæiden Vresele.
     5967
þa hafden to iwiten; seouen and twenti scepen.
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alle heo weoren isunde; i þere burh of Lunden.
     5969
Inne þere Temese; heo teuhten heore seiles.
     5970
wind heo hæfden wunsum; weder mid þan bezsten.
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& heo seileden forð; þat inne sæ heo comen.
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þa vmbe stunde; ne sæȝe heo noht of londe.
     5973
Þa aras heom a wind; a þere wiðer side.
     5974
swurken vnder sunnen; sweorte weolcnen.
     5975
haȝel & ræin þer aræs; þe hit i-seh him agras.
     5976
vðen þer urnen; tunes swulche þer burnen.
     5977
bordes þer breken; vimmen gunnen wepen.
     5978
Þa scipen þa urnen bi-uoren; twelue þer weoren for-loren.
     5979
þa oðere weoren al to-driuen; & forð mid þere sæ iliðen.
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nes þer na steores-mon; þat æuere aht cuðe þer-on;
     5981
Nes næuere na mon iboren. ne of nane londe icoren.
     5982
þat hæleð weore swa stærc; ne swa hærd-iheorted.
     5983
þe iherde þesne weop; & þisne wunderliche ræm.
     5984
& cleopien to þan halhȝen; mid hæhȝere steuene.
     5985
þat his heorte neore særi; for þan vnimete sorhȝen.
     5986
Seoððen þis world wes astald; & monnen an honde isælde. Page  312
     5987
ne com nauere wurse hap; to nane wummannen.
     5988
Summe þe scipen wunden; forð mid þan wederen.
     5989
fulle fiftene; i þan ane wes [Vrsele].
     5990
þe sæ wes wunder ane wod; and ladliche iwraððed.
     5991
& þa scipen i þere wildere sæ;
     5992
æuere norð forð-riht. þreo dæies & þreo niht;
     5993
Þa weoren ut of Norweiȝen. tweien eorles iuaren;
     5994
Mælgam & Wanis. heo weoren kene ful iwis;
     5995
of Denemarke & of Norweiȝe. heo weoren iqueðen vt-laȝen;
     5996
& heo ferden bi sæ-siden. vnimete wide;
     5997
Heo i-cneowen wel a þan wolcnen. þas wederes custes;
     5998
heo droȝen to ane ait-londe. þer heo leoðe hafueden;
     5999
Wanis wes in Hungrie. þer he harm worhte;
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