He thought about himself, and the whole earth,
Of Man the wonderful, and of the Stars,
And how the deuce they ever could have birth;
And then he thought of Earthquakes, and of Wars,
How many miles the Moon might have in girth,
Of Air-balloons, and of the many bars
To perfect Knowledge of the boundless Skies;
And then he thought of Donna Julia’s eyes.

– Lord Byron, “Don Juan” (1819), Canto 18, Stanza 92

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Don Juan Ramirez, artist inknown. (Pinterest)

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