journalctl allows me to filter on priority (-p) and color-codes the priority in the output. But is there any way to get it to output the priority directly, as text?

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The following output options display priority (and facility), but in a different format:

journalctl -o verbose
journalctl -o json (and json-pretty)
journalctl -o export
journalctl --output cat --output-fields MESSAGE,PRIORITY

Unfortunately the priority is printed on a line of its own and as number only.

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