Will you open your gates to these most infamous brothers? will you ever admit
them into the city? will you not rather, now that the opportunity is offered to
you, now that you have generals ready, and the minds of the soldiers eager for
the service, and all the Roman people unanimous; and all Italy
excited with the desire to recover its
liberty,—will you not, I say, avail yourself of the kindness of the
immortal gods? You will never have an opportunity if you neglect this one. He
will be hemmed in in the rear, in the front, and in flank, if he once enters
. Nor must he be attacked by
arms alone, but by our decrees also. Mighty is the authority, mighty is the name
of the senate when all its members are inspired by one and the same resolution.
Do you not see how the forum is crowded? how the Roman people is on tiptoe with
the hope of recovering its liberty? which now, beholding us, after a long
interval, meeting here in numbers, hopes too that we are also met in freedom.