What is the difference between these two versions?

Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached.

Arise, awake, and do not stop until the goal is reached.

Which one is better?

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    The difference is that '[verb] not' is an obsolete grammatical construction. You should always use 'Do not [verb]'. Stop not sounds as though you were humorously imitating the language of several centuries ago. Mar 2 at 11:54

The construction in the first example stop not would be understood but sounds unusual. However as a rhetorical device it might be possible as in Kennedy's inaugural speech

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Taken from https://www.ushistory.org/documents/ask-not.htm

But really you should avoid the construction.

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