And yet you are a little to be blamed for your failure in that instance, too.
For you might have got some wit from your wife, who was an actress.
“Arms to the gown must yield.” Well, have they not yielded?
But afterwards the gown yielded to your arms. Let us inquire then whether it was better for the arms of wicked men to yield to the freedom of
the Roman people, or that our liberty should yield to your arms. Nor will I make
any further reply to you about the verses. I will only say briefly that you do
not understand them, nor any other literature whatever. That I have never at any
time been wanting to the claims that either the republic or my friends had upon
me; but nevertheless that in all the different sorts of composition on which I
have employed myself, during my leisure hours, I have always endeavoured to make
my labours among my writings such as to be some advantage to our youth, and some
credit to the Roman name. But, however, all this has nothing to do with the
present occasion. Let us consider more important matters.