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

Lines 8401 through 8500

þene we milze ȝeorneð; þat we milze habben.
     8401
wurðe he is milze; þe wurðe-liche heo biddeð.
     8402
& þu seolf læuerd king; leoden þu ært ælder.
     8403
i-milze þu Octa; & his iueren al-swa.
     8404
ȝif heo wulleð Cristindom; mid gode lefuen vnder-fon.
     8405
for ȝet hit mai ilimpen; i summere leoden. Page  438
     8406
þat heo maȝen Drihten; duȝeðliche hærien.
     8407
Nu stont al þis kine-lond; a þire aȝere hond.
     8408
Bitec heom enne stude; þer he bið iqueme.
     8409
& nim of heom ȝisles; swulche þu wult ȝirnen.
     8410
& let heom wel halden; in irene benden.
     8411
finden þan ȝislen mete & clað; finden al þat heom bið leof.
     8412
& þenne miht þu wel halden; þis mon-cun i þine londe.
     8413
& let heom tilien þat lond; & libben bi heore tilæhðe.
     8414
Ȝif hit seoððen ilimppeð; sone þer-after.
     8415
þat heo trukieð an hond; treo((u))ðen to halden.
     8416
& wakieð mid wærke; & þe wiðer haldeð.
     8417
nu ich þe demen þene dom; whæt þu miht seoððen don.
     8418
Let riden heom to; ræh-liche swiðe.
     8419
& let heom alle for-don; spillen & æc an-hon.
     8420
Þis ich þe deme; Drihten hit ihere.
     8421
Þa andswarede þe king; quickere stefne.
     8422
Al swa ich wulle don; swa þu hauest idemed.
     8423
Þus spac þe kin((g))þa; Aris up Octa.
     8424
þu scalt swiðe wel don; vnder-uoh Cristindom.
     8425
Þer wes iuulȝed Octa; & his iueren al-swa.
     8426
and alle his cnihtes; i þan stude uorð-rihtes.
     8427
Heo nomen heore ȝisles; & ȝeuen þan kinge.
     8428
þreo & fifti children; heo bitæhten þan kinge.
     8429
& þe king heom sende; bi-siden Scotlonde.
     8430
aðes heo sworen; swiken þat heo nalden.
     8431
Þe king bi-tahte [heom an] hond; sixti hidene lond
     8432
þer-on heo wuneden; wel feole wintren.
     8433
Þe kin((g)) wes inne Eouerwic; aðele him þuhte.
     8434
he nom his sonden; & sende ȝeond his londe.
     8435
hæhte his biscopes; his boc-ilærede men.
     8436
eorles & þeines; cumen him to-ȝeines.
     8437
to Aurilie þan kinge; to muchele hustinge.
     8438
Hit i-wærð sone; þat heo gadere comen.
     8439
Þe king his folc grætte; mid fæire his worden;
     8440
he wilcumede eorles; he wilcumede beornes.
     8441
& þa biscopes & þa boc-ilærede men.
     8442
Ich eou wulle suggen; mid soðe worden.
     8443
whi ich eou æfter sende; & for wulche þingen. Page  440
     8444
Her ich aȝeuen ælche cnihten; is cunden & his rihten.
     8445
& æuerælche eorle; & æuerælche beorne.
     8446
þat he mæi biwinnen; bruken hit mid wunnen.
     8447
& ælche monnen bi his life; ich hate grið luuien.
     8448
Ich hæten eou wurchen; & bulden þa chirchen.
     8449
bellen leten ringen; Godes lof singen.
     8450
heren mid ure mihten; leofe ure Drihten.
     8451
ælche mon bi his mæhte; halden sibbe & sæhten.
     8452
læten tilien þat lond; nu hit is al a mire hond.
     8453
Þa þ[i]s dom wes isæid; alle heo leofden þisne ræd.
     8454
Þe king heom ȝef leoue; þenne to liðe.
     8455
ælc uærde heomward; swa heom bezst þuhte.
     8456
Seouen niht fulle; þe king læi þer stille.
     8457
& seoððen he gon liðe; in-to Lundenne.
     8458
to gladien þat burh-folc; þat ofte weoren bisie.
     8459
He letten stronge walles; he lette bulden halles.
     8460
& rihte al þa workes; þe ær weore to-b((r))okene.
     8461
& aȝef heom alle þa laȝen; þe stoden bi heore ælderne dæȝen.
     8462
he makede þer reuen; þan uolke to reden.
     8463
& þenenen he gon wenden; riht to Winchæstre.
     8464
þer he lette wurc%chen; [halles & chirchen]
     8465
þer him þuhte swiðe muri; seoððen he uerde to Ambres-buri.
     8466
to þan leerstowe; of leofuen his freonden.
     8467
þa Hengest mid cniuen; þer aquald hæfuede.
     8468
He lette axien anan; men þat cuðen hæuwen stan.
     8469
& æc gode wurhten; þe mid æxe cuðe wurchen.
     8470
he þohte wurche þer a werc; wunder ane ueire.
     8471
þat a sculde ilasten; þa while men l[i]ueden.
     8472
Þa wes inne Kaerlium; a biscop þe hahte Tremoriun.
     8473
he wes swiðe wis mon; inne weorld-richen.
     8474
mid þan kinge he wes; ouenan þæ walde.
     8475
& þus Tremorien Godes dring; spæc þer wið þene king.
     8476
Lust nu me Aurilien; what ich þe wulle cuðen.
     8477
& ich þe wullen suggen; sælest alre ræden.
     8478
ȝif þu hine wult luuien; æft he þe likeð.
     8479
We habbeoð ænne witeȝe; Mærlin is ihaten.
     8480
Ȝif æi mon hine mihte ifinden. uppe þissere wælden.
     8481
& to þe ibringen; þurh æies cunnes þinge.
     8482
& þu his iwille; driȝen woldest; Page  442
     8483
he þe wolde runen. selest ræden.
     8484
hu þu mihtest; þis weorc; makien strong & sterk.
     8485
þet a mihte ilæsten; þa while men leoueden.
     8486
Þa andswarede þe king; þas wordes him weoren iqueme.
     8487
Leoue freond Tremoriun; al þis ich wulle don.
     8488
Þe king sende his sonde; ȝeond al his kine-londe.
     8489
and bad æuerælcne mon; axien after Mærlin.
     8490
& ȝif me hine mihten ifinden; bringen hine to þan kinge.
     8491
he him wolde ȝifuen lond; boðe seoluer & gold.
     8492
& a weorl-richen; driȝen his iwille.
     8493
Þa sonden gunnen riden; widen & siden.
     8494
summe heo uerden riht norð; & summe heo uerden suð forð.
     8495
summe heo uerden riht æst; & summe heo uerden riht west.
     8496
summe heo uerden a-nan; þat heo comen to Alæban.
     8497
þat is a wælle; inne Wælsce londe.
     8498
Þe walle he lufode; & ofte hine þer-inne. baðede.
     8499
þa cnihtes hine funde; þer he sat bi þan stronden.
     8500