But as he remembered
that he was Brutus, and that he was born for your freedom, not for his own
tranquillity, what else did he do but—as I may almost
say—put his own body in the way to prevent Antonius from entering
? Ought we then to send
ambassadors to this man, or legions? However, we will say nothing of what is
past. Let the ambassadors hasten, as I see that they are about to do. Prepare
your robes of war. For it has been decreed, that, if he does not obey the
authority of the senate, we are all to betake ourselves to our military dress.
And we shall have to do so. He will never obey. And we shall lament that we have
lost so many days, when we might have been doing something.