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

Lines 501 through 600

& we mæwen faren riche; ȝif we ræd luuieð.
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for al þat god of þisse londe; we sculen leden mid us.
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& heo bi-læuen wrecches; & wælde heom scal fulien.
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for þe riche haueð muchel rum; to ræsen biforen þan wrecchan.
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Þas word weoren iqueðene; þeo quides weoren leoue.
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Þa he mihte ihere; þe bihalues were.
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muchel dom muchel dune; muchel folkes dream.
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& alle heo clepeden þus; Soð seið Membricius.
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& alle hit bi-luueden; gode weren his lære.
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Þa letten bringen þene king; vt of quarcerne.
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& his bro[ð]er mid him; beine to-gadere.
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mid yrene benden; bi-foren Brutone.
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Heo him to clepeden; & la[ð] spel him cudden.
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heo seiden þat he sculde beon anhongen; an one heȝe treowe.
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oþer mid horsen to-drawen; mid droflicen vitan.
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buten heo heom lette freo; ta faren of his londe.
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ȝeue heom al his aȝte; þe he biȝeten mahte.
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& alle his scipen gode; þa floten bi sæ-flode.
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& his dohter Ignogen; heore duc to quene.
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Þe king hine bi-þoute; wat he don mahte.
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Sari he was on liue; þæs tiðende him weren læðe.
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Of deað he hefde care; drof he wes on mode.
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Pandrasus answerede; mid seorhfulle worden;
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Ȝe biddeð mine dohter swa hende; & haldeð me inne bende.
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& Antigonun mine broðer; mid ærmliche witen.
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& mine men ȝe habbeð isclawen; & ȝeorneð mine maðmas.
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& mine leoue dohter; to swa laðe mannes bihoue.
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Ah heo mot nede beien; þe mon þe ibunden bið.
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Eouer axe ich eow leue; lað þeh hit me were.
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& ȝif ȝe bi-læuen wolden; inne mire þeoden.
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al þridden dale mi lond; ich wolde setten Brutan on hond.
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& freoien al his folc; & freonscipe makien.
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& Ignogen mine dohter; ȝeuen eowre duke.
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& swa we sculden bi-leauen; leoue mæȝes. Page  28
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vre lif læden; liþen to-sumne.
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Þa ænswerede Brutus; þe wes borene duke.
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Nulle we noht þis on-fon; ah we faren wlle[ð].
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& þu swiðe hiendliche; scild þe wið dæðe.
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Ȝef us þat we wilniað; ȝif þou libben wlt.
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Þe king sende his sonde. ȝeond al Gric-londe.
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þat me hit him to brohte; alle his aihte.
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& greiðede his scipen gode; bi þan sæ-flode.
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& al þat þær-to bi-houede; hahliche i-funden.
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al-swa heo wolden heora lauerd; from loðen alesen.
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Al his men duden; swa þe king hehte.
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Þa scipen weoren igreþede; mid gode grund-fulled.
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Þe king ȝef Brutun his dohter; þe wes his bearn deora.
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& al þat fo((r))ward wes ilest; Þa fusden þa ferde.
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wenden riht to þare sæ; sela þa þeines.
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Muchel wæs þa blisse; þa Brutus hafde mid him.
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Brutus nom Ignogen; & into scipe lædde.
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Heo rihten heora rapes; heo rærden heora mastes.
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heo wunden up seiles; wind sto[d] an willen.
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Sixtene siðe tuenti scipen; tuhten from hauene.
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& feower scipen greate; þe weren grund-ladene.
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mid þat beste wepnen; þa Brutus hauede.
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Heo fusde[n] from stronde; vt of Griclonde.
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heo wenden vt i wide sæ; þa wilde wurðen item((e))de.
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Tweiȝe dawes & tua niht; inne sæ weren.
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þen oðer dai heo comen liðen; on æuen to londe.
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Logice hatte þat eit-lond. leode nere þar nane.
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ne wapmen ne wifmen; buten westiȝe pæ[ð]es.
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Vtlaȝen hefden i-ræued þat lond; & alle þa leoden of-slaȝen.
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& swa hit wes al west; & wnnen bi-ræued.
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Ah swa monie þar waren wilde deor; þat wnder heom þuhte.
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& þa Troinisce men; tuhten to þon deoren.
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& duden of þan wilden; al heora iwilla.
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to þan scipen [lædden swa muche swa heo] wælden;
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Heo funden i þon eit-londe; ane burh swiðe stronge;
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To-hælde weoren þe walles; weste weren hallen.
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Temple heo funden þar ane; imaked of marme stæne.
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muchel & mære; þe Wrse hit hafde to welden.
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Þer-inne was an onlicnesse; a wifmonnes liche. Page  30
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feier hit wes & swiðe heih; an are hæitnesse nome.
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Diana wes ihaten; þe Deouel heo luuede.
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Heo dude wnder craftes; þe Scucke hire fulste.
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Heo wes quen of alle wodes; þe weoxen on eorðen.
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a þon heðene lawen; me heold heo for hehne godd.
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To hire weoren iwoned; þa wnder-creftie men.
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of þa [þ]ingen þa weren to kumen; heo heom wolde cuðen.
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mid tacnen & mid swefnen; þonne heo weren on slæpe.
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Þe wile þeo on þan eit-londe; wes folc woniende.
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heo wurðeden þat anlicnes; þe Scucke hit on-feng.
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Brutus hit herde siggen; þurh his sæ-monnen.
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þe ær weoren on þan londe; & þa lawen wusten.
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Brutus nam twelf witiȝen; þe weren his wiseste men.
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& enne preost of his lawen. þa weren on þan heðen dawen.
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Gerion hehte þe preost; he was an hirede hæh.
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he ferde to þere stowe. þar Diane inne stod.
     589
Brutus ferde in-to þere temple; & þa twelfe mid him.
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& lette al his folc; bilæuen þer-vte.
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Ana scale he bear an honde; al of reade golde.
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milc wes i þere scale; & win sume dale.
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þa milc wæs of are wite hinde; þe Brutus sceat mid his honde.
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He makede bi þon weofede; a swiðe wunsum fur.
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Niȝen siðen he bi-eode; þat weofed for his neode.
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He clepede to þere leuedi; heo wes him on heorten leof.
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mid milden his worden; he ȝirnde hire mihten.
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Ofte he custe þat weofed; mid wnsume lates.
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he halde þa milc in þat fur; mid milden his worden.
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