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

Lines 8301 through 8400

þe wes in hæðenesse; king of muchele mæhte.
     8301
Agag wes ihaten; Ierusalem he hatede.
     8302
he wes king of þe Amalæh; þe Wurse him wes ful nieh.
     8303
auere he hatede Ierusalem; mid hærmen þan mesten.
     8304
nolde he neouere heom ȝiuen grið; ah auere he heom stod wið.
     8305
he heom barnde he heom sloh; he dude heom so((r))ȝen inoh.
     8306
Hit ilomp in ane time; þat þe sunne gon to scine.
     8307
þa sat Agag þe king; inne his hæh sættele.
     8308
meinde his fæie blod; & muneȝede hine to fusen.
     8309
He cleopede his cnihtes; anan uorð-rihtes.
     8310
Swiðe to eouwer steden; & forð we scullen riden.
     8311
we sculleð bærnen & slæn; al ibuten Ierusalem.
     8312
Forð wende þe king; & muche ferde mid him.
     8313
þat lond heo gunne þurh-ærnen; & þa tunes fur-bernen.
     8314
Þat iseȝen þa men; þe wuneden inne Ierusalem.
     8315
& heo heom to-ȝeines; cnihtes & sweines.
     8316
& fuhten wið þene king; & mid fæhte hine ouer-comen.
     8317
& al his folc sloȝen; & Agag heo king nomen.
     8318
& swa heo mid him comen; to Saul þan kinge.
     8319
Þa wes Saul þe king; bliðe þurh alle þing.
     8320
þe king axeden ræd; at his riche a-nan.
     8321
whæðer he mihte him bet don; oðer slæn oðer an-hon.
     8322
Þa leop up Samuel; a witiȝe of Israel.
     8323
he wes swiðe hali mon; hæh touward Drihten.
     8324
nuste na mon i þan dæȝen; swa heh mon an Godes laȝen.
     8325
Samuel nom Agag þene king; & lædde hine a þan cheping.
     8326
& lette hine swiðe sterke; to ane stake binde.
     8327
& nom mid his riht hond; ænne dure-wurðe brond.
     8328
& þus cleopede him on; Samuel þe gode mon.
     8329
Þu hattes Agag þe king; nu þu ært an ærming. Page  434
     8330
nu þu scalt fon þat læn; þat þu for-ferdest Ierusalem.
     8331
þat þu hauest þas hæȝe burh; swa swiðe for-worht.
     8332
& monienne godne mon islæȝen; & idon of lif-dæȝen.
     8333
swa ich ibide are; ne scalt þu nauer-mare.
     8334
Samuel þat sweord an-hof; & hærdeliche adun sloh.
     8335
& al to-swadde þene king; in Ierusalemus chepping.
     8336
& þa stucchen tarueden; wide ȝeond þa straten.
     8337
þus tok Samuel on; and swa þu aȝest Hengest don.
     8338
Þis iherde Aldolf; þe eorl of Glocetere.
     8339
touward Hengest he leop; swulc hit a liun weore.
     8340
and i-grap hine bi þan toppe; & hine æfter him halede.
     8341
& ladde hine þurh & þurh; & þurh-ut Cuninges-burh.
     8342
& wið-uten þere burhȝe; he hine lette binden.
     8343
Aldolf his swored adroh; & Hengestes hafd of-sloh.
     8344
& þe king hine nom forð-rihtes; for he wes swa oht cniht.
     8345
& læide hine in eorðe; after heðene laȝen.
     8346
& bad for þere sæule; þat ((hire)) neuere sæl neore.
     8347
& nu Aurilie þe king; lette beode husting.
     8348
& lætte blawen bemen; & bonnien his ferde.
     8349
folc þer wes sellic; & ferden riht to Euerwic.
     8350
& biclusden þer wið-innen; Octa mid his monnen.
     8351
þe king lette deluen ænne dich; al abuten Eouerwic.
     8352
þat ne mihte þer na man; neoðer ute no i[n] gan.
     8353
Þæt isæh Octa; þer-fore him wes wa.
     8354
& his hæðene folc; þe he hafde an burȝe.
     8355
heo nomen heom to ræde; what heo don mæhten.
     8356
& þus spac Octa; wið his iuere Ebissa.
     8357
No[u] ich habben me biþoht; wh[a]t ich don wulle.
     8358
Ich and mine cnihtes; scullen forð-rihtes.
     8359
in ure bare brechen; gan ut of burȝen.
     8360
ræmen a mine swore; ænne rake-teȝe.
     8361
& cumen to þan kinge; his mildce biddinde.
     8362
Ælles we beoð alle dæde; buten we fulien þissen ræde.
     8363
Alle heo duden swa; swa heom radde Octa.
     8364
duden of claðes; kare-fulle cnihtes.
     8365
& eoden ut of burhȝe; blaðe þeines.
     8366
tweiene & tweiene; twenti hundred. Page  436
     8367
þis bi-heold Aurilien; aðelest kingen.
     8368
seolcuð him þuhte; of þan nakede cnihten.
     8369
To-somne comen þa ferde; þat læi ȝeond þan ærde.
     8370
i-seȝen Octa cumen; þat wes Hengest sune.
     8371
He bar an his honde; ænne rake-teȝe. longe.
     8372
he com to þan kinge; & bi-uoren his hære-dringe.
     8373
he feol uppen uolde; þas kinges fæt isohte.
     8374
& þas word seide þa; Hengestes sune Octa.
     8375
Imilze mi lauerd king; þurh þene milde Godd.
     8376
for luue of God al-mihten; haue milce of mine cnihten.
     8377
for alle ure heðene-scipe; hæne is iwurðen.
     8378
laȝen & ure leoden; for laðe we beoð Drihten.
     8379
for us is itruked an hond; Appollin & Teruagant.
     8380
Woden & Mercurius; Iubiter & Saturnus.
     8381
Venus & Didon; Frea & Mamilon.
     8382
& alle ure laue; nu us sunde laðe.
     8383
ah we wulleð ileuen; in leofen þine Drihten.
     8384
for al hit trukeð us an hond; þat we to temden.
     8385
We ȝeorne[ð] þine are; nu and auere-mare.
     8386
ȝif þu me wult grið[i]en; and þu me wult fr[i]ðien.
     8387
we þe wulleð to teon; & þine holde men beon.
     8388
luuien þine leoden; & þine laȝen halden.
     8389
Ȝif þu þet [n]ulle; do þine iwille.
     8390
whaðer-swa þu wult don; þa us slan þa us an-hon.
     8391
& þe king wes mild-heorte; & heold hine stille.
     8392
he bi-heold a riht hond; he bi-heold a lift hond.
     8393
wulc of wiisen; ærest spæken wolden.
     8394
Alle heo weoren stille; & swiȝeden mid stæuen
     8395
nes þer nan swa hæh mon; þat durste word sciren.
     8396
& æuere læie Octa; æt þes kinges foten swa.
     8397
alle his cnihtes; leien him biæften.
     8398
Þa spac Aldadus; þe gode biscop & seide þus.
     8399
Æuere hit wæs; & a hit bið; & ȝet hit us bi-houeð.
     8400