(From The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol5 Page 440. It is well known that Swami Vivekananda left his body on the 4th of July,1902. On the 4th of July 1898, he was travalling with some American disciples in Kashmir, and as part of a domestic conspiracy for the celebration of the day- the anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence- he prepared the following poem, to be read aloud at the early breakfast.)
To The Fourth Of July
by Swami Vivekananda
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.
lakes are opening wide in love
hail to thee, thou Lord of Light!
gave up home and love of friends,
came the day when work bore fruit,
on, O Lord, on thy resistless path!