William Shakespeare: Cymbeline, Act III, Scene VII

Scene VII

Rome. A public place

Enter two Senators and Tribunes

First Senator

This is the tenor of the emperor's writ: That since the common men are now in action 'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians, And that the legions now in Gallia are Full weak to undertake our wars against The fall'n-off Britons, that we do incite The gentry to this business. He creates Lucius preconsul: and to you the tribunes, For this immediate levy, he commends His absolute commission. Long live Caesar!

First Tribune

Is Lucius general of the forces?

Second Senator


First Tribune

Remaining now in Gallia?

First Senator

With those legions Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy Must be supplyant: the words of your commission Will tie you to the numbers and the time Of their dispatch.

First Tribune

We will discharge our duty.