Usage examples for fain

  1. With opening flowers would prayer fain bloom, And their sweet lips hold the same perfume. – Poems of Emile Verhaeren by Emile Verhaeren
  2. My love he is to Lucca gone, To Lucca fair, a lord to be, And I would fain a message send, But who will tell my tale for me? – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  3. Long hath it been since I have seen them, and I fain would know how they fare. – A Maid at King Alfred’s Court by Lucy Foster Madison
  4. Rose was fain to refuse at the last moment, but M'sieu Ralph persuaded. – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  5. Forgive me, I pray you, if I now retire; I am so weary, and would fain have strength and health not to be a burden to you when you depart. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  6. Fair patriot, said the Cardinal, your words encourage my hope, yet they half damp my ambition; for fain would I desire that love and not service should alone give me the treasure that I ask. – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  7. I would- I'd be fain." – North, South and Over the Sea by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  8. The love of Christ fired him, and love to his children urged him forward; he would so fain take them with him to heaven. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  9. But a burden lay heavy on my heart- something I would fain have told him but which I could not bear to mention. – Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock
  10. I am alone, a stranger here, and would fain leave ye." – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  11. I would fain strike a bargain with you. – Six Plays by Florence Henrietta Darwin
  12. I would fain know for whom to pray." – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  13. But whichever may have been the explanation, the fact is that the fourth afternoon saw our task so nearly completed that I was fain to plead that a small remainder might be left over to form an excuse for yet one more visit to the reading- room. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  14. I would fain go back to the old grey river, To the old bush days when our hearts were light, But, alas! – The Man from Snowy River by Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  15. In truth, my first survey was rather hurried; the first cheerful gleam had scarcely set my eyes on the look- out when I was fain to shut them against an intolerable smoke. – The Captive in Patagonia by Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  16. And the prettier the girl was the more she received, till she was fain to hand them over to her less good- looking sisters. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  17. But that I knew that it would be wrong,- for your sake, and for Perry's- And then he stopped himself, as though he would fain hear what she might say to him. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  18. And who art thou, the teacher said, My science brave to learn so fain? – Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt
  19. For He is strong, and He is fain. – The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vol. I by Elizabeth Barrett Browning