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Fain(e, Fayn(e, Fane, adv. [ME. fayn(e, early fein, f. Fain(e,a.] Gladly, willingly, with desire or longing.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 11.
I wald fayne set my will … To put in wryt a suthfast story
Ib. viii. 20.
Tharoff fayne wengyt wald he be
a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 267.
Sene thu fayne vald vith me spek
c1420 Wynt. viii. 4794.
Hys folk wald fayne have bene away
1456 Hay I. 61/36.
He … fayn wald have done him plesaunce
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 260.
Quham of is he haldand. Fayne wald I wit
a1500 Doug. K. Hart 456.
That wald I fayne war doun and it micht be
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxiii. 2.
Sum lord … Fra quhom faine kyndnes I wald clame
1567 Sat. P. vii. 94.
Sum douts thair is, of quhilk rycht faine … I wald resoluit be
a1578 Pitsc. I. 343/7.
The king of Scotland wald fayne haue keipit his promeis
(b) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 515.
Of the land gadderit mony mane, That Androw wald haf losit fane
1456 Hay II. 93/8.
Dispisand men that fane wald copy his maneris
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 341.
Than wald I … sa fane haif bene wrokin
1570 Sat. P. xx. 61.
At thame rycht fane, or els be slane
a1605 Montg. Son. xxxvi. 1.
Fane wald I speir vhat spreit doth me inspire
1630 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 258.
The rest of my childring … wold fane flie if I could furnish them fetheris

b. With addition of full. a1400 Leg. S. vi. 289.
Ful fane wald I Thare-of be portare anerly
Ib. xxi. 223.
Ful fayne I wald myn self sla
a1500 Seven S. 1467.
Scho thankit him thairof full fane
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 695.
He wald full fane haue refreschit his bak
1513 Doug. iv. xii. 91.
Ful fane Assays scho to spy the hevynys lyght

c. In the superlative fainest. a1400 Leg. S. xlii. 174.
Mare delyt haf I … Thane ony man … To se the thing he fanest vald se
15.. Clar. II. 482.
Those beine the tydandis fainest I wald have
1567 G. Ball. 40.
He … wantit fude quhen he wald fanest dyne
1585 Thanes of Cawdor 187.
The man … at I wald fanest stuid in the warryld

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