Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Jennifer Forsyth
Peer Reviewed

Cymbeline (Modern)


Enter two Roman Senators and Tribunes
1 Senator This is the tenor of the emperor's writ:
That since the common men are now in action
2200'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians,
And that the legions now in Gallia are
Full weak to undertake our wars against
The fallen-off Britons, that we do incite
The gentry to this business. He creates
2205Lucius proconsul, and to you the tribunes,
For this immediate levy, he commands
His absolute commission. Long live Caesar!
Is Lucius general of the forces?
2 Senator
Remaining now in Gallia?
1 Senator
With those legions
Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy
Must be suppliant. The words of your commission
Will tie you to the numbers and the time
2215Of their dispatch.
We will discharge our duty.