Swami Vivekananda had written a English poem titled “To the Fourth of July” on 4th July 1898 on the occasion of the anniversary of the United States Independence Day.
This poem of Swami Vivekananda praised and glorified America’s liberty and is often described as a passionate utterance of his powerful longing for freedom.
I am sure all Indians as well as Americans would want to read this poem on the occasion of Fourth of July – US Independence Day.
To The Fourth of July Poem by Swami Vivekananda :
Behold, the dark clouds melt away,
That gathered thick at night, and hung
So like a gloomy pall above the earth!
Before thy magic touch, the world
Awakes. The birds in chorus sing.
The flowers raise their star-like crowns—
Dew-set, and wave thee welcome fair.
The lakes are opening wide in love
Their hundred thousand lotus-eyes
To welcome thee, with all their depth.
All hail to thee, thou Lord of Light!
A welcome new to thee, today,
O Sun! Today thou sheddest Liberty!
Bethink thee how the world did wait,
And search for thee, through time and clime.
Some gave up home and love of friends,
And went in quest of thee, self-banished,
Through dreary oceans, through primeval forests,
Each step a struggle for their life or death;
Then came the day when work bore fruit,
And worship, love, and sacrifice,
Fulfilled, accepted, and complete.
Then thou, propitious, rose to shed
The light of Freedom on mankind.
Move on, O Lord, in thy resistless path!
Till thy high noon o’erspreads the world.
Till every land reflects thy light,
Till men and women, with uplifted head,
Behold their shackles broken, and
Know, in springing joy, their life renewed!
To The Fourth of July Poem PDF Download :
Note : School and College Children can use this July 4th Poem on the occasion of United States Independence Day in their School and College activities and functions.