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- adj. Wishing well; well-inclined; favourable; friendly; propitious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wishing well; well-inclined; favorable; friendly; propitious.
Fair fellows well-willing when wendeth the war-tide,
When old Gerarde asks his _courteous and well-willing readers_ -- "whither do all men walk for their honest recreation, but where the earth hath most beneficially painted her face with flourishing colours? and what season of the year more longed for than the spring, whose gentle breath enticeth forth the kindly sweets, and makes them yield their fragrant smells?"
From this time till the end of his life he is a houseless outlaw, abiding in all the most remote parts of the island -- "Grettir's lairs," as they are called, it would seem, to this day -- sometimes countenanced for a short time by well-willing men of position, sometimes dwelling with supernatural creatures, -- Hallmund, a kindly spirit or cave-dweller with a hospitable daughter, or the half-troll giant
But this is logomachy: and in fact a well-willing reader _can_ get very fairly excited while the Cavalier is escaping after Marston
An entirely well-willing reviewer thought me "piqued" at the American remark, and proceeded to intimate a doubt whether I knew M. Bédier's work, partly on lines (as to the _Cantilenae_) which I had myself anticipated, and partly on the question of the composition of the _chansons_ by this or that person or class, in this or that place, at that or the other time.
For as a vessel which often receiveth water remaineth clean, although the water poured in be presently poured out again, so likewise, if spiritual doctrine often run through a well-willing mind, although it abide not there, nevertheless it maketh and keepeth the mind clean and pleasing to God.
God; Amor benevolentiae, love of well-willing, which he did bear to them before the world was, and it is called the love of election.