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.
It was only as he exclaimed, “Good aunt, I am fain to see thee here!”
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.
A burst of Homeric laughter was Sir William's reply--laughter in which all were fain to join.
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.
Bowed then to bench those bearers-of-glory, fain of the feasting.
And thus he went on, sputtering out such a parcel of big words, that I was fain to ask him what his profession was?
Me therein, an innocent man, the fiendish foe was fain to thrust with many another.
fain would we ask you longer to tarry—but it is otherwise determined, and we must comply.
He said I must sing—it was part of my studies, and I was fain to bend to his will.
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.