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.

(from Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson, printed 2016)

Abash – to make someone feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed

Extremity – the extreme degree or nature of something, as extreme difficulty or adversit