Þá slóh sum hǽþen man to þám hálgan were, ac mid þám swenge hæpte ꝥ swurd him of handum (the sword slipped out of his hand), and ne mihte man hit nǽfre syððan findan (cf. þæt wǽpen wand áweg mid þám siege of þæs réðan handum, Hml. Th. ii. 510, 22 : nyste hé fǽringa hwǽr ; ꝥ seax cóm þe hé ǽr on handa hæfde, Bl. H. 223, 17 :
all three passages refer to the same event in the life of St. Martin),
- Hml. S. 31, 477.
- [Cf. N. E. D. hap to go by chance.]
To move accidentally(?), to slip
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- hæppan, v.