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Hap. n.s. [anhap, in Welsh, is misfortune.]

  1. Chance; fortune.

    Things casual do vary, and that which a man doth but chance to think well of cannot still have the like hap. Hooker.

    Whether art it were, or heedless hap,
    As through the flow'ring forest rash she fled,
    In her rude hairs sweet flowers themselves did lap,
    And flourishing fresh leaves and blossoms did enwrap.
    F. Q.

    A fox had the hap to fall into the walk of a lion. L'Estr.

  2. That which happens by chance or fortune.

    Curst be good haps, and curst be they that build
    Their hopes on haps, and do not make despair
    For all these certain blows the surest shield.
    Sidney.

    To have ejected whatsoever that church doth make account of, without any other crime than that it hath been the hap thereof to be used by the church of Rome, and not to be commanded in the word of God, might haply have pleased some few men, who, having begun such a course themselves, must be glad to see their example followed. Hooker, b. iv.

  3. Accident; casual event; misfortune.

    Solyman commended them for their valour in their evil haps, more than the victory of others got by good fortune. Knolles.

    Nor feared she among the bands to stray
    Of armed men; for often had she seen
    The tragick end of many a bloody fray:
    Her life had full of haps and hazards been.
    Fairfax, b. vi.

Sources: Fairfax, Edward (30) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Knolles, Richard (44) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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