Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, was an influential English occultist, mystic and ceremonial magician, responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. He was also successful in various other fields, including mountaineering, chess and poetry, and it has also been alleged that he was a spy for the British government.. English Occultist and poet
[Dedicated to George Raffalovich]
In the Years of the Primal Course, in the dawn of terrestrial
Man mastered the mammoth and horse, and Man was the
Lord of the Earth.
He made him an hollow skin from the heart of an holy tree,
He compassed the earth therien, and Man was the Lord of
He controlled the vigour of steam, he harnessed the light-
ning for hire;
He drove the celestial team, and man was the Lord of the
Deep-mouthed from their thrones deep-seated, the choirs
of the æeons declare
The last of the demons defeated, for Man is the Lord of
Arise, O Man, in thy strength! the kingdom is thine to
Till the high gods witness at lenght that Man is the Lord
of his spirit.