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haply, happily: in the sense ‘perchance, perhaps’ the old edd. have “haply” about twice as freq. as “happily”: exx. of the latter are Shr. IV. iv. 54 (F1 Q), Tit. IV. iii. 8 (Qq), Ham. I. i. 134 (F1), Lr. I. i. 102 (Ff; Q1 “Happely,” Qq2 3 “Haply”), Oth. II. i. 282 (Ff2 3 4), III. iii. 263 (Qq; Ff) “Haply.”
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