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

Lines 6101 through 6200

of þan stronge castle; & keiser hine makede.
     6101
& nomen heore sonde; & senden to þisse londe.
     6102
& senden Gratien word; whæt þer wes iwurðen.
     6103
& Gratien forð-riht anan; ahnede þisne kine-dom.
     6104
þisne kinedom haueden Gratien; þe ær ahte Maximien.
     6105
& Valentin of Rome; ahte þa riche. Page  318
     6106
Þus riht þurh swulne ræd; wes Maximien dæd.
     6107
and Gracien wes king her; þat wes cuð wel iwar.
     6108
Wið-innen ane ȝere; nes þer first na-mare.
     6109
iwrað þe king Gracien; gumene forcuðest.
     6110
al he for-uerde þis lond; þa leoden him weoren laðe.
     6111
þa riche he for-uerde; þa wræcche he drof of ærde.
     6112
ne durste. þa riche þeines; nowhær him cumen to-ȝeines.
     6113
ah alle heo hine fluȝen; and alle heo hine bibuȝen.
     6114
Þa weoren in Æst Ængle; aðele iborene cheorles.
     6115
twene ibroðeren; itwinnes heo weoren.
     6116
þe oðer hehte Eðelbald; & þe oðer Ælfwald.
     6117
Heo isehȝen on feole studen; hou þe king þis lond fordude;
     6118
Þas cheorles heom bi-þohten. whæt heo don mihten;
     6119
& speken heom ful stille. þat þene king heo walden quellen;
     6120
& senden in Æst Ængle; wide ȝeond þan londe.
     6121
& sumnede on ærde; seouen hundred cheorles.
     6122
& seiden þurh alle þing; þat heo walden bi-sechen þene king.
     6123
& bidden hine mildce; þurh þene milde Godd.
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þat he þurh his mihte; heolde heom to rihte.
     6125
Ah Ælfwald & his broðer; al heo þuhten oðer.
     6126
heo uerden swiðe warliche; mid wunsumme lades.
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& ælc bær an honde; ænne saȝel stronge.
     6128
and bi-siden heo gunnen heongen; cniues swiðe longe.
     6129
vnder heore barme; to scilden heom wið hærme.
     6130
& swa heo forð ferden; alle i-sunde.
     6131
& vmben are mile; heo ræsten ane while.
     6132
& auer-ælcne hired-gume; feire heo igrætten.
     6133
& milde-liche þurh alle þing; fræineden whær weoren þe king.
     6134
& hired-men heom tahten; whær heo hine finden mæhten.
     6135
whær he wes in anne wude; in ane wilderne;
     6136
& æfter ane bare. he hine a-bohte ful sære;
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Þa cheorles wenden to þan wuden. & warliche heom hudden;
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alle bute tweien. toward þan kinge heo weoren beien;
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and iuunden þene king. þær he wes an slæting;
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& him to cleopeden. quickere stæuene;
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Hider-ward lauerd king. we þe wulleð cuðen a wunderlic þing.
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of ane swulche bare; þe her is bi-halues.
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vnder ane berhȝe; þer he burh hafueð i-chosen.
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ne iherde we næuere on liue; tellen of swulche swine.
     6145
ȝif þu þider wult riden; þer he þe abideð. Page  320
     6146
Þer-fore wes þe king glad; & þiderwærd wes swiðe ræd.
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& þa cheorles him biuoren; beien to-gædere.
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Þa cheorles up þreowen; þene king heo icneowen.
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& heo hine niðer setten; & al hine to-heowen.
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Þus Gratien þe king; for ut an slæting.
     6151
Sone hit wes ouer-al iseid; þat þe luðere king wes dæd.
     6152
þa weoren inne Bruttene; blissen inowe.
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ah sone þer-æfter; sorȝen heom weoren ȝiueðen.
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Þa wes æuer-ælc cheorl; al swa bald alse an eorl.
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& alle þa gadelinges; alse heo weoren sunen kinges.
     6156
Þis word com to wel iwhare; hu þe king wes iuaren.
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comen sæ-liðende men; uorð into Irlonde.
     6158
& funden þer ful iwis; Melga & Wanis.
     6159
& talden heom tiðende; al of þissen londe.
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hu hit al wes iuaren; & þat cheorles næfden nane kare.
     6161
& hefden al þis kine-lond; iset a cheorlene hond.
     6162
Þa weoren glade ful iwis; Melga & Wanis.
     6163
& seiden þat heo walden; toward þissen londe.
     6164
Mid muchelere uerde; heo comen to þissen ærde.
     6165
heo hæfden of Gutlonde; ut-laȝen stronge.
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of Neorewæi & of Denemarke; men swiðe starke.
     6167
& of Yrlonde. Gillemaur þene stronge;
     6168
of Scottene heo hafden. alle þa hæhsten;
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& of Galeweoðe. gumen swiðe kene;
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& swa heo gunnen wenden. ut to Norð-humber-londe;
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ahten heo nomen; folc heo þer sloȝen;
     6172
castles heo ararden. & ahneden þa arde;
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þa burhȝen heo nomen. & al þat heo neh comen;
     6174
Þa iseȝen Bruttes. þat balu wes on londe;
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nusten heo nænne ræd. heo wenden alle wurðen dæd;
     6176
Sonden heo nomen sone. & senden toward Rome;
     6177
& beden heore are. þa & auere-mære;
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ȝif heo heom wolde helpen. to hæȝere neode;
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a to heore liue; heo walden heom liðe.
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& luue to heom halden; ȝif heo heom helpen wolden.
     6181
Þis word wes isend; bi write swiðe deore.
     6182
& þat writ wes irad; imæ[n]g þan Rom-leden.
     6183
Þa speken sone; þæ wisseste of Rome.
     6184
Bi vfelen iwurhten; sculden we heom to wenden.
     6185
for Gratien heo sloȝen; his men heo for-foren. Page  322
     6186
& neoðeles we heom scullen senden. ferde of þissen ærde;
     6187
of þissen ænde. ænne ælpi verde;
     6188
Vt heo senden of Rome. cnihtes wel idone;
     6189
fif and twenti hu[n]dred. comen in-to Lunden;
     6190
& buden al þa ferde. of Brut-londes ærde;
     6191
& ferden forð ful iwis. to Melga & Wanis;
     6192
& heo fehten heom wið. & sloȝen heore uerde;
     6193
& heo sulf mid ærh-scipe. arnden to heolte;
     6194
& letten slæn heore folc. heore vnimete uerde;
     6195
& heo seolf liðden forð. biuoren Scotlonde;
     6196
& Febus heom æfter. mid his Romanisce cnihten;
     6197
ah heo ne mihten for nane þingen. Melgan iuinden;
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& heo bi-gunnen feorlic. ane swiðe deope dich;
     6199
& þer-ouen-on ouer-al. ænne strongne stanene wal;
     6200