William Shakespeare: Cymbeline, Act III, Scene VII

Updated September 23, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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.


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