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

Lines 7201 through 7300

þe hæðene he laðede þar-to; he wende swiðe wel to don.
     7201
þider comen þæines; cnihtes and sweines.
     7202
and alle þe cuðe a boken; þa feorme for-soken.
     7203
for þa hæðene; weoren hæhst an hireden.
     7204
& þæt Cristine hired; for hæne wes ihalden.
     7205
þa hæðene weoren bliðe; for þe king heom luueden swiðe.
     7206
Hengest hine bi-þohte; what he don mahte.
     7207
he com to þan kinge; mid are hailinge.
     7208
& dronc to þan kinge.
     7209
Þa spæc þus Hængest; cnihtene alre hændest.
     7210
þat of hæðene laȝen; leouede a þan dæȝen.
     7211
Hærcne me lauerd king; þu ært me leof þurh alle þing.
     7212
þu hæuest mine dohter; þæ me is swiðe deore.
     7213
& ich æm þe an folke; swa ich þi fader weore.
     7214
Hærcne mine lare; heo sculleð þe wurðen leofue.
     7215
for ich wulle hæhliche; to helpen þe ræden.
     7216
Þin hired þe hateð for me; & ich æm iuæid for þe.
     7217
& þe hatieð kinges; eorles & ðringes.
     7218
heo uareð in þine londe; mid hære swiðe stronge.
     7219
Ȝif þu wult þe awraken; mid wurð-scipe muchen.
     7220
& don þine vniwinen wa; send after mine sune Octa.
     7221
& æfter enne oðer; Ebissa his wed-broðer.
     7222
þis beoð þa hæhste men; þe æuere hired lædden.
     7223
& i þan norð ende; ȝif heom of þine londe.
     7224
Heo beoð of muchele mæhte; & stronge i fæhte.
     7225
heo wulleð bi-witen þi lond; wel mid þan bezsten.
     7226
Þenne mihte þu mid winne; þi lif al uor-werien.
     7227
mid haueken & mid hunden; hired-plæie luuien.
     7228
ne þræt þu nauere habben kare; of uncuðe leoden.
     7229
Þa answarede Vortiger; of ælchen uuele he wes war;
     7230
Send þine sonde; in-to Sex-londe.
     7231
after þine sune Octa; & after þine freonden ma.
     7232
Do him wel to iwiten; þat he sende his writen.
     7233
æfter al þan cnihten; þe gode beoð to fihten.
     7234
ȝeond alle Sæx-þeoden; þat heo cumen to mire neoden.
     7235
& þeh he bringen ten þusend gumen; alle heo beoð me wel icumen.
     7236
Þis ihærde Hengest; cnihten alre hend%dest. Page  376
     7237
þa wes he swa bliðe; swa he nes næuere an his liue.
     7238
Hengest sende his sonde; in-to Sax-londe.
     7239
hehte cumen Octa; and his wed-bro[ð]er Ebissa.
     7240
& al of heore cun[n]e; þat heo mihten iwinnen.
     7241
& alle þa cnihtes; þæ heo biȝiten mihten.
     7242
Octa sende sonde; ȝeond þreom kine-londe.
     7243
& bad ælchene ohte gume; hiȝenliche him to cume.
     7244
þe wolden biȝiten lond; oðer seoluer oðer gold.
     7245
Heo comen to hirede; alse haȝel þe ualleð.
     7246
þat was to iwitene; mid þreo hundred scipene.
     7247
Forð wenden mid Octa; þritti þusend & æc ma.
     7248
ohte men & kene; & Ebissa his iuere.
     7249
æfter com liðen; mid unimete leoden.
     7250
& he ladde to iwiten; oðer half hundred scipen.
     7251
þer-æfter comen liðe. fiue & fife;
     7252
bi sixe bi seoue; bi tene & bi ælleuene.
     7253
& þus heo comen liðen; toward þissen londe.
     7254
hæðene hære-gumen; to hirede þis kinges.
     7255
þat þis lond wes swa vul; of uncuðe leoden.
     7256
þat nes nan swa wis mon; no swa ȝer-witele.
     7257
þat mihte to-dæle; þa Cristine & þa hæðene.
     7258
for þa hæðene weoren swa riue; & auere heo comen biliue.
     7259
Þa iseȝen Bruttes; þat balu wes an londe.
     7260
þer-uore heo weoren særi; & an heorte druri.
     7261
& ferden to þan kinge; þe hæhste of þissen londe.
     7262
& þus him to sæiden; mid sorh-fule steuene.
     7263
Lust us nu lauerd king; of ure leod-runen.
     7264
Þu ært þurh us bald king; inne þissen Brutene.
     7265
& þu hafuest þe biwunnen; hærm & muchele sunnen.
     7266
ibroht heðene folc; ȝet hit þe ihærmeð.
     7267
& þu letest Godes laȝen; uor uncu[ð]e leoden.
     7268
& nult ne ihæren ure Drihten; for þissen hæ[ð]ene cnihten.
     7269
& we þe wulleð bidden; for alle Godes sibben.
     7270
þat þu heom bilæuen; & of þine londe driuen.
     7271
Ȝif þu ælles ne maht; we wulleð makien muchel fæht.
     7272
& driuen heom of londe; oðer heom adun fallen.
     7273
oðer we us-seoluen; of-slaȝen wulleð liggen.
     7274
& leten haðene uolc; hælden þas riche.
     7275
bruken hit mid winne; ȝif heo hit maȝen iwinnen. Page  378
     7276
& ȝif heo alle beoð hæðene; & þu ane Cristine.
     7277
nulleð heo nauere longe; habben þe to kinge.
     7278
buten þu a þine daȝen; a-fo hæðene laȝen.
     7279
& bilæue þe hæhȝe Godd; & luuie heore Mahimet.
     7280
Þenne scalt þu for-wurþen; a þissere woruld-riche.
     7281
& þi wracche saule; siȝen to helle.
     7282
þenne hauest þu aboht; þe luue of þire brude.
     7283
Þa answærede Vortiger; of ælc an uuele he wes wær.
     7284
Nulle ich heom bilæuen; bi mine quike liue.
     7285
for Hengest is hider icumen; he is mi fader & ich his sune.
     7286
& ich habbe to leof-monne; his dohter Rouwenne.
     7287
& ich heo habbe bi-wedded; & ihaued a mine bedde.
     7288
& seoððen ich sende after Octa; & after his iueren ma.
     7289
Hu mihte ich for scome; scunien heom swa sone.
     7290
driuen of londe; mine wines deore.
     7291
Þa andswarede Bruttes; mid sorȝen ibunden.
     7292
Nulle we nauere-mare; þine iboden here.
     7293
ne to þine hirede cumen; ne þe uor king halden.
     7294
ah hatien we wulleð; mid hæhȝere strengðe.
     7295
alle þine hæðene wines; & hærme igreten.
     7296
bidden us to fultume; þat is Crist Godes sune.
     7297
Forð iwenden eorles; forð iwenden beornes.
     7298
forð iwenden biscopes; & þa boc-ilæred men.
     7299
forð iwenden þæines; forð iwenden sweines.
     7300