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Cymbeline

Cymbeline Translation Act 3, Scene 7

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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 SENATOR

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!

FIRST TRIBUNE

Is Lucius general of the forces?

FIRST TRIBUNE

Is Lucius leading the forces?

SECOND SENATOR

Ay.

SECOND SENATOR

Yes.

FIRST TRIBUNE

Remaining now in Gallia?

FIRST TRIBUNE

He's still in France?

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 SENATOR

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.

FIRST TRIBUNE

We will discharge our duty.

FIRST TRIBUNE

We'll do our duty.

Exeunt

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