Let the ambassadors go, with all our good wishes; but let those men go at whom
Antonius may take no offense. But if you are not anxious about what he may
think, at all events, O conscript fathers, you ought to have some regard for me.
At least spare my eyes, and make some allowance for a just indignation. For with
what countenance shall I be able to behold (I do not say, the enemy of my
country, for my hatred of him on that score I feel in common with you all), but
how shall I bear to look upon that man who is my own most bitter personal enemy,
as his most furious harangues against me plainly declare him? Do you think that
I am so completely made of iron as to be able unmoved to meet him, or look at
him? who lately, when in an assembly of the people he was making presents to
those men who appeared to him the most audacious of his band of parricidal
traitors, said that he gave my property to Petissius of Urbinum
, a man who, after the shipwreck of a
very splendid patrimony, was dashed against these rocks of Antonius.