Cymbeline


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Enter two Senators and Tribunes
tenor, tenour (n.) 1 substance, content, matter, drift


FIRST SENATOR

This is the tenour 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
full (adv.) 2 very, exceedingly, extremely

The fall'n-off Britons, that we do incite
fallen-off (adj.) mutinous, rebellious, insubordinate
incite (v.) urge, prompt, summon

The gentry to this business. He creates

Lucius proconsul: and to you the tribunes,

For this immediate levy, he commands
command (v.) 3 entrust, authorize, delegate
levy (n.) recruitment of soldiers, conscription of men

His absolute commission. Long live Caesar!
absolute (adj.) 1 perfect, complete, incomparable
commission (n.) 1 warrant, authority [to act]


FIRST TRIBUNE

Is Lucius general of the forces?


SECOND SENATOR

                         Ay.


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
supplyant, suppliant (adj.) ready to supply, making up the deficiency

Will tie you to the numbers and the time
tie to (v.) stipulate, specify, confirm

Of their despatch.


FIRST TRIBUNE

                         We will discharge our duty.

Exeunt
dispatch, despatch (n.) 4 sending off, going, departure

 
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