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

Lines 801 through 900

& he hine for-smat a-midden; a twa riht bi þon ribben.
     801
Nes þer nan swa stæðeli; þat lengore mihte stonden.
     802
Corineus heom to-brutte; ban & heora ribbes.
     803
& [ȝ]eond þat lond he heom to-draf; moni þusend þar abad.
     804
Þat folc þat flei Corineum; þat com to Brutun.
     805
& alle heo slowen; þat heo neih comen.
     806
Þe king Goffar iseih his burst; & un-æðe him-seolf at-breac. Page  42
     807
he fleih ut of his londe; & bi-læfde his leode.
     808
In-to France he ferde; þer he freond funde.
     809
to þon kaisere; & to his tueolf iferen.
     810
and tolde heom of þan balwe; þe Brutus him hefde idon.
     811
Inne Franse weren italde twelfe iferan.
     812
þa Freinsce heo cleopeden dusze pers; þa weren drihtliche men.
     813
kinges heo weoren icleopede; þat heo ofte cu[ðd]en.
     814
Heo bi-hæihten Goffaren þen kinge; þat heo hine wreken wolden.
     815
wreken hine of his unwines; þat him þe [eðere] weorra.
     816
Heo senden ȝeond al France; & buden heora ferda.
     817
fulle seouen nihte; heo somenede cnihtes.
     818
& Brutus ladde his ferde; in Armorichen earde.
     819
& he wes swiðe bliðe; for his muchele biȝate.
     820
Ȝeond þat lond he gon ernen; & þa tunes for-bearnen.
     821
& herȝede þat lond; & tæh hit to his aȝre hond.
     822
Al þat lond he wiste; & al he hit awalde.
     823
Swa he ferde mid his here; þat he on ænne hul bi-com.
     824
He wes feir & heih; & he hine swiðe bi-heold.
     825
He nom ræd æt his monnen; þat he wolde þar castel makian.
     826
Þa þe castel vp stod; he wes strong & swiðe god.
     827
Nes hit buten lutel wile; þat Goffar king com him liðen.
     828
mid vnimete ferde; of Frenchisce folke.
     829
& of alle þon londen; þa leȝen into France.
     830
Þa Goffar þe king; þene castel kennede;
     831
swa swiðe wa him was; þat al his wit he for-læs.
     832
Swiðe he fusde þider-ward; kene his ferde.
     833
heo to-dælden heom atweolfa; & t[uȝen] on alc((h))ere halue.
     834
& þa Troynisce men; heom comen aȝein.
     835
& anan leiden to þan grunden; of þane Freinsce þreo þusende.
     836
Þa Freinsce weoren isturmede; & noðelas heo stal makeden.
     837
& heo bi niðinges beard; driuen heom on-ȝeinwærd.
     838
Brutun & his kempan; heo driuen into þan castle.
     839
& in þera ilke uore; heo fælden of his i-ueren.
     840
& æl dai heo ræmden; & resden to þan castle.
     841
þat com to þere nihte; þat lengre heo ne mihten.
     842
I þon castle wes muchel dred; a þa mid-niht heo nomen read.
     843
þat heo wolden Corineum; to þon wode senden.
     844
mid alle þon folke; þat he hefde on his ferde.
     845
& ferden vt swa stille; swa heo stelen wolden.
     846
in-to ane þicke wode; þa þer on uest wes. Page  44
     847
Brutus wes i þon castle; & hine wel wuste.
     848
A-marwen þo hit dawede; & dai com to folke.
     849
Brutus wes on-bolȝen; swa bið þa wilde bær.
     850
wenne hundes hine bistondeð; i þon wode-londe.
     851
Brutus heh((te)) his beornes; don on heora burnan.
     852
& heora wæpne gode; for heo to feht sculden.
     853
Vp heo duden heora castles ȝæten; & cofliche vt wenden.
     854
fusden to þan Freinscan; & heo hem to-ȝan fengen.
     855
Þær wes feiht swiðe strong; on alche halue hit wes stor.
     856
þer wes monies kunnes folc; & moni cniht feie.
     857
Þer hefde Brutus; enne mæi haihte Turnus.
     858
swa wod he was to fehte; þat he feie iwerð.
     859
He feolde þa Frensca; on feole kunne wisen.
     860
mid his aȝene honden; he falde monie hundred.
     861
ah he ferde to feor; ut from his iueren.
     862
& heo him to liðden; on elchere siden.
     863
mid wepnen hine wundeden; & seoððen hine slowen.
     864
Brutus hine funde dead; & into þane castle dude.
     865
& þer-inne bi-buriȝede; bi ane stan walle.
     866
Þuru þan ilka Turnus; Turs wes ihaten.
     867
Turuine al þat lond; þurh Turnus deaðe.
     868
Brutus ferde ut; & fusde to fihte.
     869
wreken he wolde his teonen; & Turnus his wine leoue.
     870
To-gadere heo comen; & grundliche on-slowen.
     871
þer wes bil ibeat; þer wes balu muchel.
     872
& feht unimete; fæie þer feollen.
     873
Þat feht wes wnder strong; þa Corineus of wode com.
     874
mid michelene ferde; Brutun to fulste.
     875
Brutus wes on ane half; Corineus an oðer.
     876
Heo letten to-gliden; gares swiþe scarpe.
     877
heo qualden þa Frensce; alle þa heo funden.
     878
þus heo westen þat lond; & slowen þa leoden.
     879
Nes næuer þa mon iboren; ne swa wis mon icoren.
     880
þe cuðe i þon daȝe; tellen of þan deade.
     881
hu monie þusende; þer weoren ileid to grunde.
     882
Þa bleou Brutus; & bonnede his ferde.
     883
& speken to-gadere; of feole wisdomes.
     884
& funden on ræde; þat heo faren wolden.
     885
Heo letten lude clepian; & cuðen ȝeond þat ferde.
     886
þat Brutus þe sele; to þare sæ wolde. Page  46
     887
Swa heo ferden to heora scipa; mid allen heora uenge.
     888
& mid seoluere & mid golde; þa wes Goffares kinges.
     889
& þere Freinsce monnen; þe i þon feht for-worðen.
     890
Heo ferden ut of hauene; þa heleðes weren bliðe.
     891
wind stod on willen; þloȝede þe wil((d))e fisc.
     892
þet water wes swiðe god; gumen weoren bliðe.
     893
Lið[d]en þa leoden; þat heo on londe comen.
     894
æt Dertemuðe i Totenes; wel wes Brutus þes.
     895
Þa scipen biten on þat sond; & al þat folc eode an lond.
     896
Þa hefde Brutus þa ȝeue; þat Diana him bi-heihte.
     897
i Logice þan eit-londe; þer heo weoren at-stonden.
     898
Muchel wes þa murðe; þe þat folc makode.
     899
& heo Godd þonkeden; mid þeu-fulle worden.
     900