Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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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
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

A soothsayer is a fortune-teller.

SOOTHSAYER
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CAESAR

Calphurnia!

CAESAR

Calphurnia!

CASCA

Peace, ho! Caesar speaks.

CASCA

Quiet! Caesar’s talking.

CAESAR

Calphurnia!

CAESAR

Calphurnia!

CALPHURNIA

Here, my lord.

CALPHURNIA

I’m here, my lord.

CAESAR

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

CAESAR

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

ANTONY

Caesar, my lord.

ANTONY

Yes, Caesar?

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.

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

ANTONY

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

CAESAR

Set on, and leave no ceremony out.

CAESAR

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

SOOTHSAYER

Caesar!

SOOTHSAYER

Caesar!