Sublime Tobacco

Photo by Nicolas Tikhomiroff: Orson Welles, 1964

Sublime tobacco! which, from east to west,
Cheers the Tar’s labor or the Turkman’s rest;
Which on the Moslem’s ottoman divides
His hours, and rivals opium and his brides;
Magnificent in Stamboul, but less grand,
Though not less loved, in Wapping or the Strand;
Divine in hookahs, glorious in a pipe,
When tipped with amber, mellow, rich and ripe;
Like other charmers, wooing the caress
More dazzlingly when daring in full dress;
Yet they true lovers more admire, by far,
Thy naked beauties – Give me a cigar!

Lord Byron
The Island, Canto II, stanza XIX (1823)

Photo by Nicolas Tikhomiroff: Orson Welles, 1964

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