The port would fain
give succor; the port is pitiful; in the port is safety, comfort, hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all that's kind to our mortalities.
STRANGER Heed then; I fain
would see thee out of harm; For by the looks, marred though they be by fate, I judge thee noble; tarry where thou art, While I go seek the burghers--those at hand, Not in the city.
I would fain
linger yet with a few of those among whom I have so long moved, and share their happiness by endeavouring to depict it.
would take the zither, By some stray fancy led; But there are none to hear me, And who can charm the dead?
The mighty blows of the stranger went whistling around Robin's ducking head, while his own swift undercuts were fain
to give the other an attack of indigestion.
The northeast wind was keen and cutting; they had nothing wherewith to make a fire, but a scanty growth of sage, or wormwood, and were fain
to wrap themselves up in their blankets, and huddle themselves in their "nests," at an early hour.
But sense and spirit would fain
persuade thee that they are the end of all things: so vain are they.
Now it was told before how two hundred pounds were set upon Robin Hood's head, and how the Sheriff of Nottingham swore that he himself would seize Robin, both because he would fain
have the two hundred pounds and because the slain man was a kinsman of his own.