The great numbers in which you are here met this day, O Romans, and this
assembly, greater than, it seems to me, I ever remember, inspires me with both
an exceeding eagerness to defend the republic, and with a great hope of
reestablishing it. Although my courage indeed has never failed; what has been
unfavorable is the time; and the moment that that has appeared to show any dawn
of light, I at once have been the leader in the defense of your liberty. And if
I had attempted to have done so before, I should not be able to do so now. For
this day, O Romans (that you may not think it is but a trifling business in
which we have been engaged), the foundations have been laid for future actions.
For the senate has no longer been content with styling Antonius an enemy in
words, but it has shown by actions that it thinks him one.