1 This is the tenor of the emperor's writ: 2 That since the common men are now in action 3 'Gainst the Pannonians and Dalmatians, 4 And that the legions now in Gallia are 5 Full weak to undertake our wars against 6 The fall'n-off Britons, that we do incite 7 The gentry to this business. He creates 8 Lucius preconsul: and to you the tribunes, 9 For this immediate levy, he commends 10 His absolute commission. Long live Caesar!
11 Is Lucius general of the forces?
13 Remaining now in Gallia?
14 With those legions 15 Which I have spoke of, whereunto your levy 16 Must be supplyant: the words of your commission 17 Will tie you to the numbers and the time 18 Of their dispatch.