• Flourish Enter CAESAR, ANTONY, dressed for the course, CALPHURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, and a SOOTHSAYER in a throng of plebians. After them, MURELLUS and FLAVIUS

    CAESAR

    Calphurnia!

    CASCA

    Peace, ho! Caesar speaks.

    CAESAR

    Calphurnia!

    CALPHURNIA

    Here, my lord.

    CAESAR

    5Stand you directly in Antonius' way
    When he doth run his course.—Antonius!

    ANTONY

    Caesar, my lord.

    CAESAR

    Forget not in your speed, Antonius,
    To touch Calphurnia, for our elders say
    10The barren, touchèd in this holy chase,
    Shake off their sterile curse.

    ANTONY

        I shall remember.
    When Caesar says, “do this,” it is performed.

    CAESAR

    Set on, and leave no ceremony out.
    Music

    SOOTHSAYER

    Caesar!
  • A trumpet sounds. CAESAR enters, followed by ANTONY, dressed formally for a foot race, then CALPHURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, and CASCA. A great crowd follows, among them a SOOTHSAYER .

    CAESAR

    Calphurnia!

    CASCA

    Quiet! Caesar’s talking.

    CAESAR

    Calphurnia!

    CALPHURNIA

    I’m here, my lord.

    CAESAR

    Stand right in Antonius’s path when he runs the race. Antonius!

    ANTONY

    Yes, Caesar?

    CAESAR

    Antonius, after you take off, don’t forget to touch Calphurnia, because our wise elders say that if you touch an infertile woman during this holy race, she’ll be freed from the curse of sterility.

    ANTONY

    I’ll remember. When Caesar says “do this,” it is done.

    CAESAR

    Continue, then, and don’t forget to perform all of the rituals.
    A trumpet plays.

    SOOTHSAYER

    Caesar!