Chapter 11
Now, as by me, conscripted fathers of the country listen, and impress them deeply with your should and mind. When I was averted by entreaty and was begged off the complaint almost in just, please, the things which I will say carefully. And indeed if the country which is much more clear to me than my life, I fall together of Italy, if all of the republic says with me: "Marcus Tullius Cicero, What are you doing? Do you allow him, the chief of the conspiracy, the inciter of slaves and the of the corrupt citizens to leave, whom you found out was an enemy, whom you saw as the future leader of war, whom you feel to be expecting a general in the camp of the enemy. The author of the crime may not seem that he does not seem removed by you from the city, but to be let in to the city? You will, won't you order him to be thrown in chains, not to be seized to death, not to be killed on the highest punishment? Finally what hinders you? Customs of the traditions? Still very often they punished the dangerous citizens in this republic. But or are the laws which are about the highest punishment of the Roman citizens passed? But never the laws of the citizens which they rebelled has held in this city against the republic publicly. Or do you fear the unpopularity? I repay the favor in truth to the Roman people, which raised you men not known for yourself through all the ranks of all the offices to the highest consulship so quickly by the steps of honor (cursus honorum) if you neglect the safety of the citizens on the account of the unpopularity or fear of another danger. But if there is any fear of unpopularity, and if there is not envy of severity of the bravery more earnestly than inactivity and of inefficiency must be feared, or Italy will be wasted with war, the cites will be attacked, houses burned, then you do not think that you will be consumed by the flames of crimes?