From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Needs \Needs\, adv. [Orig. gen. of need, used as an adverb. Cf.
   Of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; -- often with must,
   and equivalent to of need.
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         A man must needs love mauger his head.   --Chaucer.
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         And he must needs go through Samaria.    --John iv. 4.
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         He would needs know the cause of his repulse. --Sir J.
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