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

Lines 7001 through 7100

& þa heo þohten a[l]swa; ah hit ilomp an-oðer þa.
     7001
for hit wes heom al hele; þat Hængest wes þere. Page  364
     7002
& þa cnihtes stronge; þe comen of Saxe-londe.
     7003
& þa ohte Alemanisce; þe þider comen mid Horse.
     7004
swiðe monie Peohtes; heo sloȝen i þan fehte.
     7005
feondliche heo fuhten; feollen þa fæie.
     7006
Þa þe non wes icumen; þa weoren Peohtes ouer-cumen.
     7007
& swuðe heo awæi floȝen; an ælche helue heo forð fluȝen.
     7008
& alle dai heo fluȝen; monie & vnnifoȝe.
     7009
Þe king Vortigerne; wende to herberwe.
     7010
& æuere him weoren on uast; Hors & Hængest.
     7011
Hængest wes þan kinge leof; & him Lindesaȝe ȝef.
     7012
& he ȝæf Horse; madmes inoȝe.
     7013
& alle heore cnihtes; he swiðe wel dihte.
     7014
& hit gode stunde; stod a þan ilke.
     7015
Ne durste nauere Peohtes; cumen i þan londes.
     7016
no ræueres no ut-laȝen; þat heo neoren sone of-slæȝen.
     7017
& Hængest swiðe fæire; herede þane king.
     7018
Þa ilomp hit in ane time; þat þe king wes swiðe bliðe.
     7019
an ane hæȝe dæie; imong his duȝeðe monnen.
     7020
Hengest hine bi-þohte; what he don mihte.
     7021
for he wolde wið þan kinge; holden runinge.
     7022
Þan kinge he eode to-foren; & fæire hine gon greten.
     7023
Þe king sone up stod; & sætte hine bi him-seoluen.
     7024
heo drunken heo dremden; blisse wes among heom.
     7025
Þa queð Hengest to þan kinge; Lauerd hærcne tiðende.
     7026
& ich þe wulle ræcchen; deorne runen.
     7027
ȝif þu mine lare; wel wult lusten.
     7028
& noht halden to wraððe; þat ich wel leare.
     7029
Þe king answarede; swa Henges hit wolde.
     7030
Þa sæide Hængest; cnihten alre fæirest.
     7031
Lauerd ich habbe moni a dæi; þine monscipe ihæȝed.
     7032
& þin holde mon ibeon; i richen þine hirede.
     7033
& in ælche fæhte; hæhst of þine cnihten.
     7034
& ich habbe ofte ihærd; hoh-fulle ronen.
     7035
imong þine hired-monnen; heo hatieð þe swiðe.
     7036
in-to þan bare dæðe; ȝif heo hit dursten cuðe.
     7037
Ofte heo stilleliche spækeð; & spilieð mid runen.
     7038
of twam ȝunge monnen; þat feor wunieð hennen.
     7039
þe an hæhte Vther; þe oðer Ambrosie.
     7040
þe þridde hæhte Costance; þe wes king i þisse ((lond)). Page  366
     7041
& he her wes of-slaȝen; þurh swicfulle laȝen.
     7042
Nu wulleð cume þa oðere; & wræken heore broðer.
     7043
al forbærnen þi lond; & slæn þine leoden.
     7044
þe seoluen & þine duȝeðen; driuen ut of londe.
     7045
& þus suggeð þine men; þer heo somned sitteð.
     7046
for þa twene broðere; beoð ((beyne)) kine-borne.
     7047
of Androeinnes kunne; þas aðele Bruttes.
     7048
& þus þine duȝeðe; stille þe fordeme[ð].
     7049
Ah ich þe wulle ræde; of muchele þire neode.
     7050
þat þu biȝite cnihtes; þa gode beoð to fihte.
     7051
& bi-tache me ænne castel; oðer ane kineliche burh.
     7052
þat ich mai inne ligge; þa while þa ich libbe.
     7053
Ic am uor þe iuaid; þær-fore ic wene beon dæd.
     7054
fare þer ic auer fare; næm ich næuere bute care.
     7055
buten ich ligge faste; biclused inne castle.
     7056
Ȝif þu þis me wult don; ich hit wulle mid luue a-fon.
     7057
& ich wulle biliue; senden after mine wiue.
     7058
þat is a Sexisc wimmon; of wisdome wel idon.
     7059
& after Rouwenne; mire dohter; þe me is swiðe deore.
     7060
Þenne ich habbe mi wif; & mine wine-maies.
     7061
& ich beo i þine londe; fulliche at-stonde.
     7062
þa bet ich wullen hiren þe; ȝif þu þis ȝettest me.
     7063
Þa answarede Vortiger; of ælchen vuele he wes war.
     7064
Nim cnihtes biliue; & send æfter þine wiue.
     7065
& æfter þine children; þan ȝungen & þan olden.
     7066
& æfter þine cunnen; & afeoh heom mid wunne.
     7067
þenne heo to þe cumeð; þu sca[l]t habben gærsume.
     7068
hæhliche heom to ueden; & wurðliche scruden.
     7069
Ah nulle ich castel na burh; nane þe bi-techen.
     7070
for men me wolden scenden; i mine kine-londe.
     7071
for ȝe haldeð þa hæðene laȝe; þat stod on eoure ælderen dæȝe.
     7072
& we haldeð Cristes laȝe; & wulleð auere an ure dæȝe.
     7073
Þa ȝet spæc Hængest; cnihten alre hendest.
     7074
Lauerd ich wulle þin iwil; driȝen her & ouer-al.
     7075
& don al mine dæde æfter þine ræde;
     7076
Nu ic wulle biliue. sende after mine wiue;
     7077
& æfter mire dohter; þe me is swa deore.
     7078
& æfter ohte monnen; þa bezste of mine cunne.
     7079
and þu ȝif me swa muchel lond; to stonden a mire aȝere hond.
     7080
swa wule anes bule hude; ælches weies ouer-spræden. Page  368
     7081
feor from ælche castle; amidden ane ualde.
     7082
Þenne ne mai þe atwite; þe hæne ne þe riche.
     7083
þat þu æi hæhne burhȝe; hæðene monne habbe bi-tæht.
     7084
Þe king him iȝette; swa Hengest ȝirnde.
     7085
Hengest nom læue; & forð he gon liðe.
     7086
& æfter his wiue sende sonde; to his aȝene londe.
     7087
& he seolf wende ȝeond þis lond; to sechen ænne bræ[d]ne fæld.
     7088
þer he mihte wel spræde; on his feire hude.
     7089
He com æn enne ende; in enne fæire uelde.
     7090
he hafde ane hude; biȝite to his neode.
     7091
of ane wilde bule; þe wes wunder ane strong.
     7092
He hæfden ænne wisne mon; þe wel cuðe a craften.
     7093
þe nom þas hude; & a bord leide.
     7094
and whætte his sæxes; alse he schæren wolde.
     7095
Of þere hude he kærf enne þwong; swiðe s[m]al & swiðe long.
     7096
nes þe þwong noht swiðe bræd; buten swulc a twines þræd.
     7097
Þa al islit wes þe þong; he wes wunder ane long.
     7098
a-buten he bilæde; muche del of londe.
     7099
He bigon to deluen; dic swiðe muchele.
     7100