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now the dyverse sentences that the poeple seith of me. Generydes 1207, To wete yovv in this plight it grevilk


Ibid. 1822, It grevid me full ill to here hym speke. De S. Wenefreda Sermo 316/13, l>at hur grand, ]>at shco mythe not gon with hem to chyrche. 24. hap|pen|, 'befall'. In O.E. there is an adjective gehiep, 'fit, convenient'. This word, however, can hardh be 'looked upQn as the stem of our verb.

H ap\pen\ is a denominative derived from hctp'Xwck, chance, a word that already occurs in the beginning of the 13th century. (Lar.amon.) This hap is a Scandinavian loanword *): O. Icel. ha pp 'luck, chance'.

Hap{pen\ is of very frequent occurrence, but the A construction is not met with till about 134°-

Gestes of Alis. 665, What ska 11 hut happe to haue |iat

hende is of deede?

Barbour, Bruce XI 644. Quhethir hint happin to vin or loss, I will nocht for him brek purpos.

Ibid. XX 137, lt hapnyt robert the kyng To pass till


Ibid. XX 148, thame hapnyt vardamys to be.

Piers Plowman C VI 95. atte laste hym happed Ile

bouhte suche a bargayn.

Chaucer, Leg. of Good W. A 66 = B 78, And thogh it happen me rehercen eft That ye han in your fresshe

songes sayd, For-bereth me.

Ibid. 634. in the see hit happed hem to mete.

Id. Pari. of Foules 18. hit happed me for to beholde

Upon a boke...

Destr of Troy 2471, yf it happen hym to have Any hynde lady... Hit may these you... to chaunge hir agayne.

Ibid. 13421, There hym happyt to here of his harme first. Further instances: Ibid. 3'4-- 33-^* 73^->

9763. 10195.

(* cl'. Bjiirkman, hmn ir'«v'<. pp. 212, 213.


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