Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

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Been busy and poorly but now I'm back. Found Emily's poem in my "song babies" folder and thought it needed a choir treatment. School has started and I'm finding my calendar is all bloodied up...don't know if I'll make it to 50 this year. But I'll try!

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'Hope' is the Thing with Feathers
By Emily Dickinson
Music by Susan Cantey © 2019

'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.

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

'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—



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cindyrella's picture

What a perfect way to bring her words to now! Breathtaking

lowhum's picture

great counterpoint all around - keeps it fresh and interesting - love the picardy (major) third in the end Lol

katpiercemusic's picture

This is one of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems. I smoosh it together with O Little Town of Bethlehem to the tune of House of the Rising Sun. I LOVE this version. The harmony is absolutely glorious. The melody is beautiful. I like the variation in the second run through a whole lot. Any reason why you didn't resolve to the tonic at the end? I mean it absolutely works, but it left it feeling up in the air a bit, like there was supposed to be more. Of course, that might be the point. Really amazing job with this. I'm going to listen to this one again!