English version

would that ...

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwould that ...would that ...literaryWANT used to express a strong wish or desire syn if only Would that we had seen her before she died. would
Examples from the Corpus
would that ...Or would that be too flamboyant?Now, would that be wise?But what good would that do?But would that have been unfair?But would that hold them off for long?Where would that leave giant fullback Hendrik Truter you may ask?Or would that too do damage to future matrimonial prospects?I have a sheet of 1 / 2-inch foam insulation; would that work?