The country gives me proof and precedent Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices, Strike in their numb’d and mortified bare arms Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary; And with this horrible object, from low farms, Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills, Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers, Enforce their charity.
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Precedent set by the Supreme Court must be followed by all lower courts.
It could happen—possibly, unlikely, but there is precedent—that the river might sweep my body all the way to the ocean.