He would fain have desired liberty, but all hope of it was gone.
I too would fain be a track-repairer somewhere in the orbit of the earth.
In one mood he was fain to ape the antique patriot; in another he affected the monastic saint.
(a) The first of these characters is described by anticipation in Plato's Sophist (246 C seq.), where, arguing with those " who drag everything down to the corporeal " (vcnµa), the Eleatic stranger would fain prove to them the existence of something incorporeal, as follows.
The great Mogul emperor's impoverished and enfeebled successor was fain to recognize the Mahratta state by a formal instrument.