Cymbeline Translation Act 3, Scene 7
Enter two Senators and Tribunes
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!
This is what the emperor writes: that since the commoners are fighting the Pannonians and Dalmatians, and the legions now in France are too weak to fight the rebelling Britons, we should recruit the nobles to do this. He makes Lucius preconsul, and he's ordering you tribunes to recruit people. Long live Caesar!
Is Lucius general of the forces?
Is Lucius leading the forces?
Remaining now in Gallia?
He's still in France?
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.
With those legions I mentioned, which you'll supplement with the people you recruit. The documents I gave you will tell you the numbers needed and when they'll leave.
We will discharge our duty.
We'll do our duty.
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