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

Lines 6001 through 6100

Mælga wes inne Scise. þer he scaðe makede;
     6001
þat he ne mihte i þan londe. na lengere at-stonde;
     6002
& of Norweiȝe iflemed. þer heo fiht þoleden.
     6003
& inne sæ heo weoren iuaren; uulle seoue ȝeren.
     6004
& swa heo leien i þan æit-londe; & iseȝen þat weder stronge.
     6005
iseȝen scipen an & an; while ma while nan.
     6006
þeonne feowere þenne fiue; sellic heom þuhten a þissen liue.
     6007
whæt weoren þa ȝemere scipen; þa ȝeond þa sæ weolken.
     6008
Þe wind gon aliðen; & þat weder leoðede.
     6009
& Wanis isæh i þere sæ; þa scipen wandrien.
     6010
& þus spæc þere; wið Malgan his iuere.
     6011
Forð wit nu swuðe; & after heom biliue.
     6012
mid gode fiftene scipen; faren we heom æfter.
     6013
mid ure bezste cnihten; þe gode beon to fihten.
     6014
& leten ælle ure oðere scipen; ure herberwe bi-witen.
     6015
for þis is sum riche king; rædes bi-dæled.
     6016
þe wolde mid his folke; uaren to summe londe.
     6017
& haueð þeos wind & þeos weder; a-wider him i-stonden.
     6018
þat wa is him aliue; Nu [wende] we him to biliue.
     6019
& ȝif hit wule Appolin; þat is deore lauerd min.
     6020
þat we maȝen mid fihte; biwinnen hine & his cnihtes.
     6021
& heo ne beon of ure laȝen; we scullen him don of lif-dæȝen.
     6022
& swa we scullen nimen a hond; heore seoluer & heore gold.
     6023
& faren to ure inne; & ȝeolpen for þere winne.
     6024
Forð heo wenden mid flode; fiftene scipen gode.
     6025
þe strengeste þe weoren a þan dæȝen; & fulled mid ut-laȝen. Page  314
     6026
& a-nan of-token fif scipen; of wimmonnen afulled.
     6027
Seol-cuð heom þuhte; what hit beon mahte.
     6028
& heo cleopeden heom on; nes þer nan ændswere.
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for al weoren þa wimmen; awald to þan deðe.
     6030
To heom heo droȝen; and þas fif scipen nomen.
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and furðer heo iwenden; & niȝene heo iuengen.
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and heo mid þan feowertene scipen; ferden to þan londe.
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Seoððen þis worlde wes astald; nes hit neowhær itald.
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on songe no on spelle; ne miðte hit na mon telle.
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þat weoren æi wimman; swa wræcchelichen atoȝene.
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ne swa reoliche; inne sæ for-radde.
     6037
Melga nom [Vrsele]; þa scolden beon quene.
     6038
& scome hire bi-hedde; & ladde heo to his bedde.
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Þa þe heðene mon; hæfuede on hire his wille idon.
     6040
he ȝæf heo his hired-monnen sone; to makien to heore.
     6041
& summe heo heom salden; for seoluer [&] for gold.
     6042
& monie & vnifoȝe. heo þer of-sloȝen;
     6043
& summe heo heom drengte. in þere sæ deope;
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& summe heo Godd wið-soken. & to haðene-scipe token;
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& þus heo weoren for-radde. mid reowðe þan mæste;
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Melga & Wanis. ihurden suggen ful iwis;
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þat þas Bruttene wes of cnihte bi-dæled.
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for Conaan hauede swiðe monie; ilæd to Armoriche.
     6049
& Maximiæn ladde to Rome; monie & wel idone.
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swa wes þis kinelond; of folke swiðe vnstrong.
     6051
Melga & Wanis; iwenden in-to Scotten.
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þat lond heo þurh arnden; & herȝeden & barnden.
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þa ahte heo nomen; þat folc heo of-sloȝen.
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& swa heo wenden hiderward; ouer þere Humber.
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hermes heo worhten; and hene lond makeden.
     6056
Þis i-herden Bruttes; and weoren þer-fore særi.
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heore sonde heo [n]omen sone; & senden touward Rome.
     6058
Heo grætten Maximian; and talden him of Melgan.
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& of Wanis his iuere; whet heo duden here.
     6060
& beden hine heom ræden; oðer ælles heo weoren dæde.
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Maximien wes sari; for swulche tiðende;
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& anan dude ut of bende. Gracien þene hende;
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anan swa he him to com. þus he cleopede him on;
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Gracien bicum mi mon. & þu scelt seoððen wel don;
     6065
& ich þe wullen senden. in-to Brutlonde; Page  316
     6066
ich wulle al þat kine-lond. bi-techen þe a þire hond;
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& þu scalt beon mi stiward. swa wes þe eorl Adionard;
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& ȝif þu wult wel don. ich wulle þe makien riche mon;
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and driuen of mire þeoden. vncuðe leoden;
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Þa and-swerede Gracien. mid griðfulle worden;
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Al ich wulle wurchen. after þine willen;
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liðen wuder-swa þu wult. & halden þe for lauerd;
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Þe aðes weoren isworene. & æft heo weoren for-lorene;
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Maximien þe keisere. bæd swiðe muchelne here;
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& he chæs of þan iwihte. ten þusend cnihten;
     6076
& makede Gracien. gumene ælder;
     6077
& swa heo gunnen wenden. in-to þissen londe;
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& her he fæht ful iwis. wið Melga & wi[ð] Wanis.
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þat wes swiðe wel idon. þat he heo æt compe ouer-com;
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& draf heom ouer sæ-stronde. in-to Yr-londe;
     6081
& seoððen ferde ȝeond þis lond. swa him wes alre leofuest;
     6082
& þe kæisere Maximiæn. inne Rome wes hæh mon;
     6083
& hæuede Valentin. wel uaste bi-clused; in ane castle.
     6084
Þa h((e))fde Valentin & Gracien; inne Rome muchel cun.
     6085
& iseȝen þene enne broðer; idæled from þen oðer.
     6086
Heo senden heore sonde; in-to Puille londe.
     6087
& heo senden to Gradie; þan Duc of Lumbardie.
     6088
& in-to Alemaine; to aðelen þan folke.
     6089
and in-to feole londe; þæ læien þer-abeoten.
     6090
& beden of heore ærde; alle gaderen værde.
     6091
& to ane isette dæie sone; cumen abeoten Rome.
     6092
& wreken uppen Maximien; Valentin & Gratien.
     6093
Her-of nuste na-þing; Maximien þe riche king.
     6094
ah he wunede inne Rome; mid muchele riche-dome.
     6095
Vmbe lutle virste; þa comen þa uerden.
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al abeoten Rome; riden seouen kinges.
     6097
heo to-breken Rome wal; & eoden in ouer-al.
     6098
Rome burh heo nomen; & Maximien heo sloȝen.
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& duden vt Valentin; & alle his iueren mid him.
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