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Sleping, Sleiping, vbl. n. Also: -in(g)e, -yng, -and(e. [ME and e.m.E. sleping (Cursor M.), sleeping (1576); Slep(e v.] The fact, state or condition of being asleep. b. An instance of this, a period or occasion of sleeping.Also const. in (one's) sleping, on sleping. Cf. Slep(e n. 1 b.(1) c1460 Consail Vys Man 187 (see Morn(e n. 1 c).
1456 Hay II 124/25.
Sleping before thy mete with a voyde stomak makis men lene and dry
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 119.
Luf nocht slepinge … Fore mekill ill cummys of ydilnes
1490 Irland Mir. I 67/7.
[In Paradise] suld na pollucioune haue bene in sleping or walking
1533 Gau 16/16.
Inordinat eiting and drinkkine and lang slepine
1573-1600 King Cat. in Cath. Tr. 188.
The 7 brether … efter 181 yeiris sleiping awalkeit
1573-1600 King Cat. in Cath. Tr. 214/6.
1596 Dalr. I 94 marg.
Thair maner of sleiping
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 164/5.
Things necessaire as foode, sleiping, rayment [etc.]
1613 Elgin Rec. II 135.
Persones … sick as usualy gif them selffis to sleiping [in church], that they … abstein therfra
(b) c1520-c1535 Nisbet 1 Thess. v 17 marg.
Quhiddyher be eatand, drynkande, or sleipande
Arundel MS 241/99.
I haue synnit aganis thé in … sleipand
(2) c1420 Wynt. iv 357.
He thoucht in tyll his slepying swa that [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. vi 1889 (W).
A dreme That he saw … in sleping
c1475 Wall. xi 361.
In my sleping a fell visioun me tauld [etc.]
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3737.
Nabuchodonosor … Ane ymage sawe, in his slepying
(3) c1475 Wall. xi 602.
Quhill thai persawyt he was on sleping faw
1560 Rolland Seven S. 425.
Into his bed on sleiping quhen he lyis
b. 1375 Barb. vii 180.
May I trast thé me to valk, Till I a litill slepyng tak?
c1475 Wall. xi 588.
Quhill studeand thus … apon a slepyng he fell

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