would that

would that

I wish it were the case that. Would that I earned just a bit more money so that I could start saving for a deposit on a house. A: "Do you want to come camping with us this weekend?" B: "Would that I could, but I'm afraid I have to go into the office on Saturday to finish up some work."
See also: that

would that

I wish that, as in Would that I could stop working and go hiking with you. For a synonym, see if only.
See also: that
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