- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 84
Dickinson, E. (1896). Time and Eternity, Poem 4. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved December 12, 2013, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Time and Eternity, Poem 4." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. December 12, 2013.
Emily Dickinson, "Time and Eternity, Poem 4," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed December 12, 2013,.
Safe in their alabaster chambers,
Untouched by morning and untouched by noon,
Sleep the meek members of the resurrection,
Rafter of satin, and roof of stone.
Light laughs the breeze in her castle of sunshine;
Babbles the bee in a stolid ear;
Pipe the sweet birds in ignorant cadence, —
Ah, what sagacity perished here!
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 disk of snow.