- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 70
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 6: Hope. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved August 29, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 6: Hope." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. August 29, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 6: Hope," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed August 29, 2014,.
Hope is the 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.