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

Lines 7401 through 7500

Lusteð me lauerd-dinges; ich æm þissere leodene king.
     7401
ich hatte Vortimer; mi broðer hatte Catimer.
     7402
Vortigerne hehte ure fader; him uulieð unrædes.
     7403
He hafð ibroh[t] i þis lond; hæðene leoden.
     7404
ah we heom habbeoð iflemed; al swa ure uulle iuan;
     7405
& mid wepnen i-felled; of heom ueole þusen.
     7406
& isend heom ouer sæ-stra[m]; þat heo nauere sel ne cumen aȝan.
     7407
& we scullen an londe; luuiæn ure Drihten.
     7408
Godes folc ur((o))frien; & freond-liche hit halden.
     7409
wurðen mils liðe; wið þa lond-tilien.
     7410
churichen we scullen hæhȝen; & hæðene-scipe hatien.
     7411
Habbe alc god mon; his rihte ȝif Godd hit an.
     7412
& ælc þrel & ælc wælh; wurðe iuroeid.
     7413
& here ich bi-teche eou an hond; al freo ælc chiric-lond.
     7414
& ich for-ȝiue ælchere widewe; hire lauerdes quide.
     7415
& þus we scullen an ure daȝen; aniðeri Hengestes laȝen.
     7416
& hine & his hæðene-scipe; þæ he hider brohte.
     7417
& minne fader biswak; þurh swike his cra[f]tes.
     7418
þurh his dohter Rouwenne; mine uader he uor-radde.
     7419
& mi uader swa uuele agon; scunede þene Cristindom.
     7420
& þa hæðene laȝen; luuede to swiðe.
     7421
þa we sculleð sceonien; þa while þa we luuien.
     7422
Þa answare[de] Seint Germain; for swulche worden he wes fain.
     7423
Ich þonkie mine Drihte; þe scop þes daȝes lihte.
     7424
þet he swulche mildce; sent to moncunne.
     7425
Þas biscopes ferden ȝeond þis lond; & setten hit al a Godes hond.
     7426
& þene Cristindom heo rihten; & þat volc þer-to dihten.
     7427
& seoððen þer-æfter sone; heo iwenden to Rome.
     7428
& sæiden þan Papen; þe Roumain wes ihaten.
     7429
hu he hafden her idon; iriht þene Cristindom.
     7430
& þus hit ane stunde; stod a þan ilken.
     7431
Vo we ȝet a Uortigerne; alre kinge si he ærmest.
     7432
he louede Rouwen; of þan hæðenne cunne. Page  386
     7433
Hengestes dohter; heo þuhten him wel softe.
     7434
Rouwenne heo bi-þohte; whæt heo don mahte.
     7435
hu heo mahte hire fader wreken; & hire freondene deað.
     7436
Ofte heo sende sonde to Uortimere þon kinge.
     7437
heo him sende maðmes; moniare cunne.
     7438
of seoluer & of golde; þe beste of æie londe.
     7439
heo ȝirnede his ære; þat heo moste wonien here
     7440
mid Uortigerne his fader; & foluen his rædes.
     7441
Þe king uor his fader bone; ȝette hire hir bone.
     7442
buten þat heo sculde wel don; luuien þene Cristindom;
     7443
al þat þe king ȝirnede; al heo hit ȝette.
     7444
Ah wale þat Uortimer; of hire þonke næs wær.
     7445
Wale þat þe gode king; of hire þonke nuste na-þing.
     7446
þat he nuste þene swikedom; þe þohte þa luðere wimman;
     7447
Hit ilomp an are tide; heo nom hire to ræde;
     7448
[to don bi his ræde] alle hire neode.
     7449
and to wlche time heo mihte wel don; vnderuongen þene Cristindom.
     7450
Forð heo gon riden; to Uortimer þan kinge.
     7451
þa heo hine imette; uæire heo hine igrette.
     7452
Hal wrð þu lauerd king; Bruttene deorling.
     7453
Ich æm þe icomen to; Cristindom ich wulle auon.
     7454
an þan ilke dæie; þe þu seolf demest.
     7455
Þa wæs Uortimer þe king; bliþe þurh alle þing.
     7456
he wende þat hit weore soð; þat þeo scaðe sæide.
     7457
Bemen þer bleowen; blisse wes on hirede.
     7458
forð mon brohte þat water; bi-foren þan kinge.
     7459
heo seten to borde; mid muchelure blisse.
     7460
Þa þe king hafde iæten; þa eoden þeines-men to mete.
     7461
in halle heo drunken; harpen þer dremden.
     7462
Þa swicfulle Rouuenne; eode to are tunne.
     7463
þer wes idon in; þes kinges deoreste win.
     7464
nom heo an honde; ane bolle of ræde golde.
     7465
& heo gon scenchen; on þas kinges benche.
     7466
Þa heo isæh hire time; heo fulde hir scale of wine.
     7467
& at-foren al þan dringe; heo eode to þan kinge.
     7468
& þus hailede him on; þe swic-fulle wimman.
     7469
Lauerd king wæs hail; Uor þe ich am swiðe uæin.
     7470
Hercne nu muchel swikedom; of þere luðere wimmon. Page  388
     7471
hu heo gon swiken þer; þene king Uortimer.
     7472
Þe king heo uæire under-uæng; to his fæie-siðe.
     7473
Fortimer spæc Bruttisc; & Rouuenne Saxisc.
     7474
þan king þuhte gomen inoh; for hire spæche he loh.
     7475
Hærcne hu heo toc on; þ[i]s swicfulle wimman.
     7476
In hire bosme heo bar; bi-neoðen hire titten.
     7477
ane guldene ampulle; of attere i-fulled.
     7478
& þa luðere Rouuenne; dronc þene bolle.
     7479
þat heo hafde half don; after þes kinges dom.
     7480
Þa while þe þa king loh; þa ampulle heo ut droh.
     7481
þene bolle heo sette to hire chin; þat atter heo halde in þat win.
     7482
& seoðen heo þa cuppe; bitahte þan kinge.
     7483
Þe king dronc al þat win; & þat atter þer-in.
     7484
Þe dæi forð eode; blisse wes on hirede.
     7485
for Uortimer þe gode king; of þan swikedom nuste na-þing.
     7486
for he isah Rouuenne; halden þene bolle;
     7487
& drinken half þat ilke win; þat heo heuede idon þer-in.
     7488
Þa hit com to þare nihte; þa to-dæl%leden hired-cnihtes.
     7489
& þa ufele Rouwenne; wende to hire inne.
     7490
& alle hire cnihtes; mid hire uorð-rihtes.
     7491
Þa heihte heo hire sweines; & ec þaie þeines.
     7492
þat heo an hiȝinge; heore hors sculden sadelien.
     7493
& heo swiðe stille; stelen ut of buruwe.
     7494
& wenden al bi nihte; to Þwoncchestre uorð-rihte.
     7495
& þer swiðe vaste; bi-clusen heom in ane castle.
     7496
& luȝen Uortigerne; þat his sune hine wolde biliggen.
     7497
& Vortigerne þe swikele king; ilæfde þare læsing.
     7498
Nu vnder-ȝat Uortimer his sune; þat he hefde atter inomen.
     7499
ne mihte na lechecraft; helpen him næ wiht.
     7500