Sometimes goldfinches one by one will drop From low hung branches; little space they stop; But sip, and twitter, and their feathers sleek; Then off at once, as in a wanton freak: Or perhaps, to show their black, and golden wings Pausing upon their yellow flutterings.
I never saw such a place for merched anllad [wanton women] as Northampton.
I care not for these ladies that must be wooed and prayed. Give me kind Amaryllis, the wanton country maid.thomas campion
When I lie tangled in her hair, And fettered to her eye; The Gods, that wanton in the air Know no such liberty.Richard Lovelace
Ye valleys low where the mild whispers use, Of shades and wanton winds, and gushing brooks, On whose fresh lap the swart star sparely looks, Throw hither all your quaint enameled eyes, That on the green turf such the honeyed showers, And purple all the ground with vernal flowers.john milton
Nought so of love this looser dame did skill, But as a coal to kindle fleshly flame, Giving the bridle to her wanton will, And treading underfoot her honest name.Edmund Spenser
Full many wanton babes have I,Which must be stilld with lullabie.george gascoigne
Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee;When thou art old there’s grief enough for thee.Robert Greene
But you are mobile as the veering air,And all your charms more changeful than the tide,Wherefore to be inconstant is no care:I have but to continue at your side.So wanton, light and false, my love, are you,I am most faithless when I most am true.edna st. vincent millay
The idea of a wanton woman is something I have inserted into almost all of my books. An outlaw figure who is disallowed in the community because of her imagination or activity or status — that kind of anarchic figure has always fascinated me. And the benefits they bring with them, in spite of the fact that they are either dismissed or upbraided — something about their presence is constructive in the long run.toni morrison
I take this cadence from a man named Yeats:I take it and I give it back again:For other tunes and other wanton beatsHave tossed my heart and fiddled through my brain.Yes, I was dancing mad, and howThat came to be the bears and Yeats would know.theodore roethke
George, it has been seven months today since your reckless and wanton foreign policies killed my son, my big boy, my hero, my best-friend: Casey.cindy sheehan
Down, wanton, down! Have you no shame That at the whisper of Love’s name, Or Beauty’s, presto! up you raise Your angry head and stand at gaze?robert graves
When I lie tangled in her hair, And fettered to her eye, The gods that wanton in the air Know no such liberty.Richard Lovelace
Now there was a young gentleman which had married a merchant's wife. And having a little wanton money, which him thought burned out the bottom of his purse, in the first year of his wedding took his wife with him and went over sea, for none other errand but to see Flanders and France and ride out one summer in those countries.
Not much he kens, I ween, of woman's breast, Who thinks that wanton thing is won by sighs.lord byron
People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.
How long a time lies in one little word! Four lagging winters and four wanton springs End in a word: such is the breath of kings.william shakespeare
The sun is in the heaven, and the proud day, Attended with the pleasures of the world, Is all too wanton.william shakespeare
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.william shakespeare
Oh, my beloved nymph, fair Dove, Princess of rivers, how I love Upon thy flowery banks to lie, And view thy silver stream, When gilded by a summer's beam! And in it all thy wanton fry, Playing at liberty; And with my angle, upon them The all of treachery I ever learned, industriously to try!
O inglorious league! Shall we, upon the footing of our land, Send fair-play orders and make compromise, Insinuation, parley and base truce To arms invasive? shall a beardless boy, A cocker'd silken wanton, brave our fields, And flesh his spirit in a warlike soil, Mocking the air with colours idly spread.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods, They kill us for their sport.
Therefore we Christians, in turn, are obliged not to tolerate their [the Jews'] wanton and conscious blasphemy.