fain (adv.) Old form(s): faine
gladly, willingly
1H6 II.iii.9[Countess alone] Fain would mine eyes be witness with mine ears, / To give their censure of these rare reports
1H6 V.iii.65[Suffolk to himself, of Margaret] Fain would I woo her, yet I dare not speak
2H4 II.iii.65[Northumberland to Lady Percy and Lady Northumberland] Fain would I go to meet the Archbishop
2H4 II.iv.12[Francis to Drawer] Mistress Tearsheet would fain hear some music
2H6 III.ii.141[King to all, of dead Gloucester] Fain would I go to chafe his paly lips
AW II.v.81[Helena to Bertram] I ... most fain would steal / What law does vouch mine own
AW V.iii.115[King to Bertram] Thou ... makest conjectural fears to come into me / Which I would fain shut out
AYL I.ii.149[Duke Frederick to Rosalind and Celia, of Orlando] In pity of the challenger's youth I would fain dissuade him
AYL III.iii.42[Jaques to himself, of Touchstone and Audrey arranging to be married] I would fain see this meeting
CE III.i.66[Angelo to Antipholus of Ephesus, of Antipholus' house] Here is neither cheer, sir, nor welcome. We would fain have either
E3 III.iii.138[Philip to King John] These English fain would spend the time in words
H5 I.i.85[Canterbuty to Ely, of King Henry] there was not time enough to hear, / As I perceived his grace would fain have done / The severals and unhidden passages / Of his true titles
H5 III.ii.114[Jamy to Fluellen and Macmorris] I wad full fain hear some question 'tween you tway
H5 III.vii.81[Constable to all] I would fain be about the ears of the English
H5 IV.vii.156[Fluellen to King Henry] I would fain see the man that has but two legs that shall find himself aggriefed at this glove
H8 II.i.24[First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of Buckingham] All these accused him strongly, which he fain / Would have flung from him
Ham II.ii.131[Polonius to Claudius, of being thought faithful and honourable] I would fain prove so
Ham II.ii.153[Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude, of whether there was a time when he got things wrong] I would fain know that
Ham III.ii.236[First Player as King to his Queen] fain I would beguile / The tedious day with sleep
Ham IV.vii.190[Laertes to Claudius] I have a speech o'fire that fain would blaze
JC I.ii.237[Casca to Brutus and Cassius, of Caesar being offered the crown] to my thinking, he would fain have had it
KL I.ii.65[Edmund to Gloucester, of the handwriting in Edgar's letter] If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his; but in respect of that I would fain think it were not
KL I.iv.176[Fool to Lear] I would fain learn to lie
KL I.iv.28[disguised Kent to Lear] you have that in your countenance which I would fain call master
LLL V.ii.372[Rosaline to Berowne] When they are thirsty, fools would fain have drink
LLL V.ii.741[King to Princess] the mourning brow of progeny / Forbid the smiling courtesy of love / The holy suit which fain it would convince
MA II.i.340[Don Pedro to Claudio and Leonato, of Beatrice and Benedick] I would fain have it a match
MA III.v.28[Leonato to Dogberry and Verges] I would fain know what you have to say
MA V.i.122[Claudio to Benedick] We ... are high-proof melancholy, and would fain have it beaten away
Mac V.iii.28[Macbeth alone] breath / Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not
MM V.i.120[Duke to Isabella] I know you'd fain be gone
MM V.i.15[Duke to Friar Peter] outward courtesies would fain proclaim / Favours that keep within
MM V.i.21[Isabella to Duke] Vail your regard / Upon a wronged - I would fain have said, a maid
MW II.ii.141[Bardolph to Falstaff] there's one Master Brook below would fain speak with you
Oth II.iii.28[Iago to Cassio] here without are a brace of Cyprus gallants that would fain have a measure to the health of black Othello
Oth IV.i.165[Iago to Cassio] I would very fain speak with you
R3 I.iv.275[Second Murderer alone] How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my hands / Of this most grievous murder!
R3 I.iv.74[Clarence to Keeper] My soul is heavy, and I fain would sleep
R3 III.i.29[Hastings to Prince Edward] The tender Prince / Would fain have come with me to meet your grace
RJ II.ii.88[Juliet to Romeo] Fain would I dwell on form - fain, fain deny / What I have spoke
RJ II.iv.197[Nurse to Romeo] there is a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard
RJ III.ii.109[Juliet to Nurse] Some word there was, worser than Tybalt's death, / That murdered me. I would forget it fain
TC III.i.133[Paris to Helen and Pandarus] I would fain have armed today
TC V.iv.4[Thersites alone, of DIomedes and Troilus] I would fain see them meet
Tem I.i.63[Gonzalo alone] The wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death
TG II.i.165[Speed to Valentine] I am one that am nourished by my victuals, and would fain have meat
Tim IV.iii.502[Timon to Flavius] How fain would I have hated all mankind
TNK II.iii.30[Gaoler's Daughter alone, of Palamon] I would fain enjoy him
TNK III.vi.60.1[Palamon to Arcite] You would fain be at that fight
TNK V.ii.85.2[Daughter to Wooer] O sir, you would fain be nibbling
TS II.i.74[Petruchio to Gremio] I would fain be doing
Ven.221[of Venus] And now she weeps, and now she fain would speak
WT V.ii.87[Third Gentleman to others, of Perdita] she did, with an ‘Alas!'’, I would fain say bleed tears
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