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

Lines 9701 through 9800

ich wulle hine hiȝenliche fordon; oðer slæn oðer an-hon.
     9701
Alle ful sone; to hirede heo comen.
     9702
no durste þær bilæuen; na þæ uatte no þe læne.
     9703
Þe king forð-rihtes; nom alle his cnihtes.
     9704
& ferde him anan; to þan tune of [V]er[o]lam. Page  506
     9705
abuten Uerolames tun; com him V[ð]er Pendragun.
     9706
Octa wes wið-innen; mid alle his monnen.
     9707
Þa wes Verolam; a swiðe kine-wurðe hom.
     9708
Seint Alban wes þe[r] islæȝen; & idon of lif-dæȝen.
     9709
Þe burh wes seoððe for-uaren; & muchel folc þer wes islæȝen.
     9710
Vðer lai wið-uten; & Octa wið-innen.
     9711
Vðeres ferde; fusde to wal((e)).
     9712
ræsden to feondliche; þeines riche.
     9713
ne mihte heo of þan walle; ænne stan falle.
     9714
no mid nare strengðe; þene wal amærre.
     9715
Wælle bliðe wes þæ; Hangestes sune Octa.
     9716
þa he isæh Bruttes; buȝen from walle;
     9717
& sorh-ful wenden. aȝæin to heore telden.
     9718
Þa sæide Octa; to his iueren Ebissa.
     9719
Her is icumen to [Vero]lam; V[ð]er þe lome mon.
     9720
& wulle wið us here; fihten in his bære.
     9721
he wænde mid his crucche; us a-dun þrucche.
     9722
Ah to-mærȝe wæne hit dæi buð; duȝeðe scal arisen.
     9723
& oppenien ure castel-ȝæten. þas riche we s[c]ullen al biȝeten.
     9724
ne scullen we nauære here liggen. for ane lom%me monne.
     9725
Ut we scullen riden; uppen ure steden. goden.
     9726
and to Uðere fusen. & his folc fællen.
     9727
for alle heo beoð fæie; þat hider beoð iridenen.
     9728
and nimen þene lome mon; and leggen in ure benden.
     9729
and halden þene wræcche; a þat he for-wurðe.
     9730
& sa me scal lacnien; his leomes þat beoð sare.
     9731
and his ban rihten; mid bite[r]e stelen.
     9732
Þus him ispac Octa; wið his iuere Ebissa.
     9733
ah al hit iwrað oðer; þene heo iwenden.
     9734
A-marȝe þa hit daȝede; duren heo un-tunden.
     9735
up aras Octa; Ebissa & Ossa.
     9736
and hehten heore cnihtes; ȝarkien heom to fihte.
     9737
vndon her brade ȝæten; burȝen un-tunen;
     9738
Octa him ut ræd; & muche folc him after glæd.
     9739
mid balden his beornen; þer he bælu funden.
     9740
Vðer him þis isæh; þat Octa heom to bæh.
     9741
& þohten his ferde; feolen to grunde. Page  508
     9742
Þa cleopede Uðer; mid quickere stefene þer.
     9743
Wær beo ȝe Bruttes; balde mine þeines.
     9744
Nu is icumen þe ilke dæi; þe Drihten us helpen mai.
     9745
þat Octa scal ifinden; þat he þrættede me to binden.
     9746
Iþenche[ð] on eoure aldren; hu gode heo weoren to fehten;
     9747
Iþenche[ð] þene wurð-scipe; þat ich eou habbe wel biwiten.
     9748
ne læten ȝe næuere þas hæðene; bruken eoure hames.
     9749
þæs ilke awedde hundes; walden eouwere londes.
     9750
And ich wullen bidden Drihten; þat scop þæs dæies lihten.
     9751
& alle þaie halȝen; þa an hæfene hæhȝe sitteð.
     9752
þar [ich] on þissen felde; mote beon ifroured.
     9753
Nu fuseð heom to swiðe; fulste eou Drihten.
     9754
þe al-waldinde God bi-witen mine þeines.
     9755
Cnihtes gunnen riden; gæres gunnen gliden.
     9756
breken bræde speren br((u))sleden sceldes.
     9757
helmes þer scenden; scalkes feollen.
     9758
Þe Bruttes weoren balde; & bisie to fihten.
     9759
& þa hæðene hundes; hælden to grunde.
     9760
Þer wes islaȝen Octa; Ebissa & Ossa.
     9761
þer seouen-tene þusend; siȝen into helle.
     9762
feole þer at-wenden; touward þan norð enden.
     9763
Al þene dæi-lihte; Vðeres cnihtes.
     9764
sloȝen and nomen; al þat heo neh comen.
     9765
þa hit wes eauen; þa wes hit al biwunnen.
     9766
Þa sunggen hired-men; mid hæȝere strengðe.
     9767
& þæs word sæiden; inne murie heore songen.
     9768
Her is V[ð]er Pendragun; icume to Verolames tun;
     9769
& he hæfueð idubbed swa; Octa & Ebissa & Ossa.
     9770
& itah heom a londen; laȝen swiðe stronge.
     9771
þat men maȝen tellen; heore cun to spelle.
     9772
and þer-of wurchen songes; inne Sæx-londe.
     9773
Þa wes Vðer bliðe; & igladed swuðe.
     9774
and spac wið his duȝeðe; þe deore him wes an heorte.
     9775
& þas word sæide; Vðer þe alde.
     9776
Sexisce men me habbeo[ð]; for hene ihalden.
     9777
mine unhæle me at-witen; mid heore hoker-worden.
     9778
for ich wes here; ilad inne horse-bere.
     9779
& sæiden þat ich ((wes)) ded; and mi duȝeðe aswunden. Page  510
     9780
And nu is muchel sellic. isiȝen to þissere riche;
     9781
þat nu haueð þeos dede king; þas quiken aqualden.
     9782
& summe he heom flæmde; uorð mid þan wedere.
     9783
Nu iwurðen her-after; Driht%tenes wille.
     9784
Fluȝen Sæxisce men; feondliche swiðe.
     9785
þe weoren bihalues; ihalden from þan fihte.
     9786
forð heo gunnen scriðen; into Scotlonde.
     9787
and nomen heom to kinge; Colgrim þene hende.
     9788
He wes Hængestes mæie; & monnen him leofuest.
     9789
and Octa hine lufede; þæ while þe he leouede.
     9790
Weoren þa Saxisce men; swiðe iswunten.
     9791
& iscriðen heom to-somne; into Scot-londe.
     9792
& Colgrim þene hende; heo makeden to kinge.
     9793
& sumneden færde; wide ȝeond þan ærde.
     9794
and sæiden þat heo wolden; mid heore wiðer-craften.
     9795
inne Winchastre tun; quellen Vðer Pendragun.
     9796
Wa la wa; þat hit sculde iwurðen swa.
     9797
Nu sæiden Saxisce men; in heore som-runen;
     9798
Nime we six cnihtes; wise men and wihte.
     9799
hæweres witere; & senden we to hirede.
     9800