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

Lines 7601 through 7700

Þus þe balde-fulle mon; bi-spac þer þa Bruttes.
     7601
Þa andswarede Uortiger; her he wes to vn-war.
     7602
Ȝif here is æi cniht swa wod; þat wepnen habbe bi siden.
     7603
he scal leosen þa hond; þurh his aȝene brand.
     7604
buten he hit sone; heonene isende.
     7605
Heore wepnen heo awæi senden; þa nefden heo noht an honden.
     7606
cnihtes eoden upward; cnihtes eoden adonward.
     7607
ælc spac wið oðer; swulc he weore his broðer.
     7608
Þa weoren Bruttes; imænged wið þan Saxes.
     7609
Þa cleopede Hengest; cnihtene swikelæst.
     7610
Nimeð eoure sexes; sele mine bernes.
     7611
& ohtliche eou sturieð; & nænne ne sparieð.
     7612
Bruttes þer weoren riche; ah ne cuðe heo noht þa speche.
     7613
whæt þa Saxisce men; seiden heom bi-tweonen.
     7614
Heo breoden ut þa sæxes; alle bihalues.
     7615
heo smiten an riht half; heo smiten an lift half.
     7616
biuoren & bihinden; heo leiden heom to grunde.
     7617
alle heo sloȝen; þat heo neh comen.
     7618
of þes kinges monnen; [sone] þer feollen
     7619
feouwer hundred. & fife. wa wes þan kinge on liue;
     7620
Þa Hengest hine igrap; mid grimmen his gripen.
     7621
& bi þan mantle hine ibræid; þat breken þa strenges.
     7622
& Sæxes him sette to; & wolden þene king fordon.
     7623
& Hengest hine gon werien; & nalde hit noht iþeuen.
     7624
ah he heold hine ful faste; þe while þat feht i-laste.
     7625
Þer wes moni riche Brut; biræfued þan liue.
     7626
Summe heo fluȝen swiðe; ofer þene feld brade.
     7627
& wereden heom mid stanen; for wepnen næfden heo nane.
     7628
Þer wes swiðe hard fiht; þer feol moni god cniht.
     7629
Þer wes of Salesburi; an oht bonde icumen. Page  396
     7630
ænne muchelne mæin clubbe; he bar an his rugge.
     7631
Þa wes þer an aðele eorl; Aldulf ihaten.
     7632
cniht mid þan bezste; he æhte Glochæstre
     7633
he to þan cheorle leop; swulc hit a liun weoren.
     7634
& binom him þe clubbe; þa he bar an rugge.
     7635
æuere wulcne swa he s[m]at; þer forð-rihtes he iwat.
     7636
bi-foren & bi-hinden; he laide heom to grunde.
     7637
Þreo & fifti he þer sloh; & seoððe to ane ste[de] droh.
     7638
he leop uppen stede; & swiðe gon him riden.
     7639
he ærde to Glochæstre; & þe ȝates læc ful feste.
     7640
& anan forð-rihtes; lette ærmi his cnihtes.
     7641
ȝeond alle þan londe. & nomen þat heo funden.
     7642
heo nomen orf heo nomen corn; & al þat heo quic funden.
     7643
& brohten to burhȝe; vnnimete blisse.
     7644
þa ȝæten heo tunden uaste; & wel heom biwusten.
     7645
Lete we hit þus stonden; & speken of þan kinge.
     7646
Sexes him leop%pe to; & wolde þene king ((for))-do.
     7647
Hengest cleopede uorð-rihtes; Aswikeð mine cnihtes.
     7648
ne sculle ȝe hine noht for-faren; for us he haueð ihaued mucle care.
     7649
& he haueð to quene; mine dohter þa is scone.
     7650
ah alle his burhȝes; he scal us bitæchen.
     7651
ȝif he wule his lif broken; oðer ælles him is balu ȝiueðe.
     7652
Þa wes Uortigerne; væste ibunden.
     7653
giues swiðe grete; heo duden an his foten.
     7654
ne moste he nauere biten mete; ne wið nenne freond speken.
     7655
ær he heom hæfden isworen; uppen halidom þat wes i-coren.
     7656
þat he al þis kine-lond; wolde bitæchen heom an heond.
     7657
burhȝes & castles; & al his co[m]elan.
     7658
& al swa he idode; ase hit idemed was.
     7659
& Hengest nom an his hond; al þis riche kine-lond.
     7660
& delde his leoden; muchel of þisse londe.
     7661
he ȝæf æne eorle al Kent; ase hit bi Lundene went.
     7662
he ȝæf his stiwarde Æst-sex;
     7663
& his burðeine; Middel-sax bitahte.
     7664
Þa cnihtes hit at-fengen; and ane while heo heolden.
     7665
þa while Uortigerne; ȝeond þis lond ferde.
     7666
& bitahte Hengest; hæȝen his burhȝes.
     7667
& Hengest forð-rihtes; dude þer-in his cnihtes.
     7668
þa while muchel smal folc; læi inne Suð-sæxe.
     7669
& inne Middel-sæxe; muchel of þan kunne. Page  398
     7670
& inne Æst-saxe; heore aðeleste ȝuȝeðe.
     7671
Mete heo ferden; al þat heo funden.
     7672
heo for-læiȝen þa wif; & Godes laȝen breken.
     7673
heo duden i þan londe; al þat heo wolden.
     7674
Þat iseȝen Bruttes; þat balu wes on londe.
     7675
& hu Sæxisce men; isiȝen weoren to heom.
     7676
Brut((tes)) scupten þan londe nome; for Sæxisce monnen scome.
     7677
& for þan swike-dome; þat heo idon hæfden.
     7678
for þan þe heo mid cnifen; biræueden heom at liue.
     7679
þa cleopeden heo þat lond al; Æst-sæx & West-sæx.
     7680
& þat þridde; Middel-sæx.
     7681
Vortigerne þe king; bi-tahte heom al þis lond.
     7682
þat ne bilæfde him an honde; a turf of londe.
     7683
& him-seolf Vortigerne; flæh ouer Sæuærne.
     7684
feor in-to Wellisce londe; & þer he gon at-stonde.
     7685
& his hired mid him; þe hæne wes iwurðen.
     7686
& he hæfde an horde; gersume swi[ð]e stronge.
     7687
he lette his men riden; widen & siden.
     7688
and lette him to bonnen; of ælches cunnes monnen.
     7689
þe æuere wolden his feoh; mid freond-scipe ȝirnen.
     7690
Þat iherden Bruttes; þat iherden Scottes.
     7691
to him heo comen; þer-after ful sone.
     7692
an ælchere side; þider heo gunnen riden.
     7693
monies hæȝes monnes sune; for golde & for gærsume.
     7694
Þa hæfde he to-somne; sixti þusend monnen.
     7695
þa sumnede he þa richen; þa wel cuðen ræden.
     7696
Gode men ræ[d]e[ð] me ræd; uor me is swiðe muchel neod.
     7697
whar ich mihte on wilderne; wurchen ænne castel.
     7698
þer ic mihte an inne; l[i]bbe mid mine monnen.
     7699
& halden hine wið Hengest; mid hæȝere strengðe.
     7700