You will find that your trust was not given in vain, for no one loves you as well as I, and no one is so fain to help you.
I am fain to confess that your lordship is not far wrong, returned the bandit.
I felt the mangling of the appetites Of the black panthers, of the savage kites, That were so fain to rend and pick my flesh.
fain would I myself lend my energies and talents to such an undertaking.
But when we drew near I was fain to look on one of the two ladies who still sat on their horses waiting for the earl's pleasure.
I was fain for the struggle, and I never doubted of its end.
And thus he went on, sputtering out such a parcel of big words, that I was fain to ask him what his profession was?
Field was fain to be satisfied, though he was a little disappointed too.
fain would we ask you longer to tarry—but it is otherwise determined, and we must comply.
Beatrice was fain to admit that she had not noticed anything of the kind.
Old English fægen, fagen "glad, cheerful, happy, joyful, rejoicing," from a common Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon fagan, Old Norse feginn "glad," Old High German faginon, Gothic faginon "to rejoice"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty." As an adverb, from c.1200.