"Safe in their Alabaster Chambers" is American poet Emily Dickinson's reflection on the all-conquering power of death. Observing the dead lying "safe" in their marble tombs while the stars spin above them and nations rise and fall, the poem's speaker notes that the dead aren't disturbed one whit by anything the living are up to. And because the living will all one day be dead, their squabbling doesn't seem to count for much, either. Death, here, is both a conqueror and a comforter. Unlike most of Dickinson's work, this poem was published in her lifetime (though in a different version): it first appeared in a newspaper, the Springfield Daily Republican, in 1862.