As a non-native speaker who just got themselves into English poetry, I'm having some troubles understanding it, mostly stanza 2 due to how some sentences are structured.
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
The first two sentences confuse me the most. With the subjects being adjective, I'm not sure what the sentences try to say here. What is heard sweetest in the gale? Is it the storm that is sore?
Could someone rephrase the first two sentences so that they are more clear and easier to understand for a non-native speaker like me please?
Thank you very much!

Nhung Nguyen 3463And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard

And it (hope/the bird) sounds sweetest when the wind is blowing fiercely.
(The more difficult your situation, the more your hope increases.)

Nhung Nguyen 3463And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

And the storm that could discourage the little bird (hope) that kept so many warm would have to be a very distressing storm.
(You have to be in a very seriously bad situation to lose all hope.)

CJ

That makes lots of sense now. Much appreciated!