would that

would that
or[I would that] or[would God] or[would heaven] {literary} I wish that. - Used at the beginning of a sentence expressing a wish; followed by a verb in the subjunctive; found mostly in poetry and older literature. * /Would that I could only drop everything and join you./ * /Would that my mother were alive to see me married./ Syn.: IF ONLY.

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