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Alabaster Chambers

This is one of many poems Dickinson sent to sister-in-law Sue.

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers,
Untouched by morning –
And untouched by noon –
Lie the meek members of
the Resurrection –
Rafter of satin – and Roof of
stone –
Grand go the Years – in the
Crescent – above them –
Worlds scoop their Arcs –
And Firmaments – row –
Diadems – drop – and Doges –
surrender –
Soundless as dots – on a
Disc of snow –

Emily Dickinson, Fr 124C, Emily Dickinspn Archive, accessed December 20, 2021,

Courtesy of Houghton Library, Harvard University

Poem manuscript with script in pencil. Creased twice and signed “Emily”