And I fain would think that this world of ours is a good world after all.
In Smith's Discourse of the Commonweal, a maker of caps is made to say: ‘I am fain to give my journeymen twopence in a day more than I was wont to do, and yet they say they cannot sufficiently live thereon.
He held out his hand watching me, but I fain to think that I would still question myself, pulled away.’
If you would grant but my request, I then most surely should be blest; But if you treat me with disdain, To hang myself I now would fain ; Then pray consent and make me thine, To save from death your Valentine.
This functionary, however well disposed to my friend, could not altogether conceal his chagrin at the turn which affairs had taken, and was fain to indulge in a sarcasm or two about the propriety of every person minding his own business.
‘Depend upon it that, rude and careless as I am, I would fain practice the yoga faithfully,’ he writes.
With such a comrade, such a friend, I fain would walk till journeys end,
There was something else which she would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the direction of the Doctor's [i.e. her stepfather's room], but a fresh convulsion seized her and choked her words.
I would fain be friends with you, for their sake.