Hope is the thing with feathers
Hope is [the]1 thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Translation(s): FRE GER GER
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Leonard Berkowitz (b. 1926), "Hope", published 1968 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Four Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Gordon Ware Binkerd (1916 - 2003), "Hope is the thing with feathers" [SSAA chorus a cappella] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Otto Luening (1900 - 1996), "Hope is the thing with feathers", published 1961 [medium voice and piano], from Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ben Moore (b. 1960), "Hope is the thing with feathers" [voice and piano], from Eight Songs, no. 3. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928 - 2016), "Hope is the thing with feathers", 1972 [chorus a cappella], from Elämän kirja (A Book of Life), no. 5. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Robert Starer (1924 - 2001), "Hope is the thing with feathers", published 1977. [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by William Sydeman (b. 1928), "Hope is a thing with feathers", published 1970 [soprano or tenor and violoncello], from Three Songs after Emily Dickinson [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Hoffnung ist das gefiedert Ding
Language: German (Deutsch) after the English
Hoffnung ist das gefiedert Ding,
das in der Seel' sich regt,
und Lieder ohne Worte singt
aufs Neue unentwegt.
Im Sturm klingt's uns am liebsten drein;
und schlimm muss wehn der Wind,
in dem verstummt das Vöglein klein,
bei dem man Wärme findt.
Ich hört's in bitterkaltem Land,
auf unbekanntem Meer;
doch auch, wenn sich's in Not befand,
hat's nie ein Korn begehrt.
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- a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1891 FRE
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leonard Berkowitz, Gordon Ware Binkerd, Otto Luening, Ben Moore, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Robert Starer, William Sydeman. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2011-01-17 00:00:00.
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