by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Hope is the thing with feathers
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER
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.

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  • 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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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
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Die Hoffnung ist das Federding
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Die Hoffnung ist das Federding,
das in der Seel' sich birgt
und Weisen ohne Worte singt
und niemals müde wird.

Am süß'ten klingt es in den Bö'n -
und schlimm der Sturm der kränkt
und Schaden bringt dem Vögelchen,
das soviel Wärme schenkt.

Ich hab's auf fremd'ster See gehört
und auf der kält'sten Flur;
doch nie hat's in Gefahr begehrt
von mir ein Körnchen nur.

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Text added to the website: 2010-01-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:30
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Word count: 65