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To The Fourth Of July
(12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902 / Calcutta / India)

To The Fourth Of July

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, on 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!

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4th of July is celebrated as independence day for the Britishers
Very nice recitation
Its very nice poem
SO GREAT POEM. THE LIFE IS A GIFT OF GOD.
Swamiji was born in India, then a British colony. The poem depicts how he was moved by the freedom enjoyed by USA and aspire his countrymen should come forward and taste the life of a free nation. The vision he envisaged way back in 19th century became true in 1947 when India achieved independence.
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