We have such consuls, there is such eagerness on the part
of the Roman people, we have such a unanimous feeling of all Italy
in our favor, such generals, and such
armies, that the republic cannot possibly suffer any disaster without the senate
being in fault. I, for my part, will not be wanting. I will warn you, I will
forewarn you, I will give you notice, I will call gods and men to witness what I
do really believe. Nor will I display my good faith alone, which perhaps may
seem to be enough, but which in a chief citizen is not enough; I will exert all
my care, and prudence, and vigilance.
I have spoken about danger. I will now proceed to prove to you that it is not
possible for peace to be firmly cemented; for of the propositions which I
promised to establish this is the last.