Nor, indeed, ought we to think of him as of a
human being, but as of a most ill-omened beast. And as this is the case, the
decree which the senate has passed is not wholly improper. The embassy has some
severity in it; I only wish it had no delay. For as in the conduct of almost
every affair slowness and procrastination are hateful, so above all things does
this war require promptness of action. We must assist Decimus Brutus; we must
collect all our forces from all quarters; we can not lose a single hour in
effecting the deliverance of such a citizen without wickedness.