Hope Is a Thing with Feathers

Dickinson, Emily (1830 – 1886)

1              “Hope” is the thing with feathers

2              That perches in the soul

3              And sings the tune without the words

4              And never stops at all,

5              And sweetest in the gale is heard;

6              And sore must be the storm

7              That could abash the little bird

8              That kept so many warm.

9              I’ve heard it in the chillest land

10           And on the strangest sea,

11           Yet never, in extremity,

12           It asked a crumb of me.

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