Requiescat in pace !
One day in June 1898, shortly after Swami Vivekananda's disciple J. J. Goodwin died, the Swami carried off a few lines of Sister Nivedita's writing, and brought back this poem, which was sent to the widowed mother, as his memorial of her son.
We have chosen to publish the version of this poem which appeared in the first edition of Notes of Some Wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda by Sister Nivedita.
The poem as published in the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda and later editions of Notes of Some Wanderings appear to be editor's changes in both words and punctuation which in our opinion does not improve the Swami's original inspired poetry....
For a comparison of the two and a discussion of the editing of Vivekananda's poetry see editor's notes .... On Editing Vivekananda's letters and poetry
Speed forth, O soul! upon thy star-strewn path,
- Swami Vivekananda
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