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

Lines 7301 through 7400

alle Brutleoden; þat heo comen to Lundene.
     7301
Þer wes moni hæh Brut; at þan hustinge.
     7302
& þeos king[es] þreo sunes; alle heo weoren þider icumen.
     7303
þer wes Uortimer; Pascent & Katiger.
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& swiðe monie oðere; þat comen mid þan broðere.
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al þat folc þider com; þat luueden þene Crist%ten-dom.
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Alle þa riche; nomen heom to ræde.
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& nomen þes kinges ældeste sune; þe to þan hustinge wes icumen.
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& mid muchele loft-songe; heuen hine to kinge.
     7309
Þa wes Vortimer; Cristine king þer.
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& Uortiger his fader; fulede þan hæðenen.
     7311
Vortimer þe ȝunge king; wes swiðe kene þurh alle þing.
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he sende Hengest word; & Horse his broðer.
     7313
buten heo hiȝenliche; uerden of þis riche.
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he heom walde ufel don; baðe ablenden and anhon. Page  380
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& his aȝene fader; he for-uaren walde.
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& alle þa hæðene; mid hæȝere strengðe.
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Þa andswærede Hengest; cnihtene alre hendest.
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Her we wulleð wunien; wintres & sumeres.
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riden & ærnen; mid þan kinge Vortigerne.
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& alle þa mid Vortimere uareð; heo sculleð habben sorȝen & kare.
     7321
Þat iherde Vortimer; he wes wis & swiðe iwar.
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& lette beoden uerde; ȝeond allen þissen ærde.
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þat al þat Cristine folc; come to hirede.
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Vortimer þe ȝunge king; i Lundene heold his hus-ting.
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þe king hehte ælne mon; þe luuede þene Cristindom.
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þat heo þa hæðene; hatien scolden.
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& þa hæfden bringen; to Vortimer þan kinge.
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& twalf panewes habben to mede; for his wel-dede.
     7329
Vortimer þe ȝunge; verde ut of Lundene.
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& Pascent his broðer; & Katiger þe oðer.
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heom wes icumen word; þat Hengest læi at Epiford.
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uppen þan watere; þe men nemneð Darewente.
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Þer comen to-somne; sixti þusend monnen.
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an are halue wes Uortimer; Pascent & Categer.
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& al þat leod-liche folc; þat luueden ure Drihten.
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an oðere halue weoren; drenches; mid Vortigerne þan kinge.
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Hengest and his broðer; & moni þusend oðer.
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To-somne heo comen; & mid mæine on-sloȝen.
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þer uellen to þan grunde; twa & þritti hundred.
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of Hængestes monnen; & Hors wes for-wonded.
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Catiger þer com; & mid his spere hine þurh-nom.
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& Hors forð-riht þer; for-wundede Catiger.
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& Hengest gon to flonnen; mid al his driht-monnen.
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& Vortigerne þe king; flæh forð alse þe wind.
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heo floȝen forð in-to Kent; & Vortimer heom after went.
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uppen þere sæ-brimme; þer Hengest þolede pine.
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þer heo gunnen at-stonden; & fuhten swiðe longe.
     7348
Fif þusende þer weoren islæȝen; & idon of lif-dæȝen.
     7349
of Vortigernes monnen; of þan hæðene cunnen.
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Hengest hine biðohte; whæt he don mahte.
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iseh he þer bi-halues; ane hæuene swiðe mære.
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moni scipen gode; þer stoden i sæ-flode.
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Heo iseȝen an heore riht hond; a swiðe fæier æit-lond.
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hit is ihaten Tænate; þiderward heo weoren whæte. Page  382
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þer þa Sæxisce men; þæ sæ isohten.
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& anan gunnen wenden; in-to þan æit-londe.
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& Bruttes heom after; mid feole cunne craften.
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& heom to-heolden; in æchere hælue.
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mid scipen & mid baten; heo gunnen smiten & sceoten.
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Ofte wes Hængest wæ; & nauere wurs þene þa.
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buten he dude oðerne ræd; þer he sculden wurðen dæd.
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He nom ænne spere-scæft; þe wes long & swiðe stærc.
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& dude a þene ænde; ænne mantel hende.
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& cleopede to þan Brutten; & bed heom abiden.
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he wold spæcken heom wið; & ȝirnen þeos kinges grið.
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& mid griðe sende. Uortigerne to londe.
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to makien his forward; þat he faren moste.
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wið-uten mare sconde; in-to Sæx-londe.
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Bruttes wende to londe; to Vortimere heore kinge.
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and Hengest spæc wið Vortigerne; of rune swiðe derne.
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Vortigerne wende a þat lond; & ber anne ȝerd an his hond.
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Þa while þa heo of griðe speken; Saxes i scipe leopen.
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& droȝen up to coppe; hæȝe heore seiles.
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& wenden mid wedere; i þere sæ wilde.
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& letten i þissen londe; wiues & heore children.
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& Vortigerne king; þe heom luuede þurh alle þing.
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Mid muchele mod-kære; Hengest gon a-wæi uaren.
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swa longe heo ferden; þat inne Saxlonde heo weoren.
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Þa weoren inn Bruttene; Bruttes swiðe balde.
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heo droȝen on heom muchel mod; & duden al þat heom þuhte god.
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& Vortimer þe ȝunge; wes duhti mon þurh alle þing.
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& Vortigerne his fader; ferde ȝeond þas Bruttene.
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ah nes hit nan swa wac mon; þat him ne hokerede on.
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& swa he gon wondrien; fulle fif wintren.
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& his sune Vortimer; riche king wuneden her.
     7386
& al þis leodisce folc; luueden hine swiðe.
     7387
he wes milde ælche cnafe; & tahte þan folke Godes læȝe.
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þan ȝungen & þan ælden; hu heo Cristindom sculden halden.
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Writen he sende to Rome; to þan Pape wel idone.
     7390
þe wes ihaten Sceint Romæin; al Cristindom he make[de] fain.
     7391
Biscopes he nom twæin; hali men heo weoren bæien.
     7392
Germain & Leois; of Ceore & of Træis.
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heo uerden ut of Rome; swa þat heo hider comen.
     7394
Þa wes swa bliðe Vortime((r)); swa he nes næuere ær her. Page  384
     7395
he & alle his cnihtes; iwenden uo[r]ð-rihtes.
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an here bare uoten; to-ȝeines þan biscopen.
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& mid michelere murhðe; muðes þer custen.
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Nu þu miht iheren; of þan kinge Vortimere.
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heu he spac wið Seint Germain; for heore kume he wes fæin.
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