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THE COMET FROM A POEM CALLED MIDSUMMER DAT'S DREAM. BY EDWIN ATHERSTONE. " Then suddenly there came a fiery star, Wandering from out its orbit, masterless. The dwellers on the earth, —they were a race Mightier than yours,—look'd nightly on the sky, And their thoughts were troubled; night by n'sht the star Grew br ~hter, larger;—waving flames shot out, That the sky appeaT to shake and Quiver. Night a''t"r it grew; the stars were ijuencWed Before its burning pre-cnce; the moon took A palrr—an? : a paW hue; men climbed Upon the mountains every eve to watch Hr>w it a-ose, and sat upon the ground All tvi-h to ?azc upon it. The day then Became the time for sleeping; arid they woke From f»verisii rest at evening to look out For the ten lie visiter. Night by night It swelled and brightened;—all the iirma- ment Was kindled when it camc. The waning moon Had died away; and when she would have eome Attain into the sky, men found her not. Still, still the heaven fire grew!—there was no night, But to the day succeeded a new day Of strange and terrible splendor. Dark- ness Became a luxury, and men would go To caves and subterraneous depths, to cool Their hot and dazzled eyes. The beasts of the field Were restless and uneasy, knowing not Their hour for slumber; they went ap and down Distractedly; and as they fed, would stop And tremble, and look round as if they feared A lurkirfg enemy. The things of prey,— Monsters that eai"l!> now knows not, —came abroad When the red night sun Sad gofie down; for clav With its mild light less glared upon their eyes Than the fire flashing firmament. Yet,— yet With every coming night the terrible star Expanded; men had now no thought but that; All occupations were laid by;'—the earth Was left untilled, the voyagers on the deeps Forsook their ships, and got upon the land To wait the unknown event. O'er all the world Unalterable terror reigned. Men now By thousands and by tens of thousands, met — Wonr , <"- ; "s *"' a propnesying. Day and night Ail habitable regions sent to heaven Wailings, and lamentations, and loud nrayers. The ethereal shapes that peopled earth, as now, Saw with astonishment, but not with fear, This strange disorder; for the wreck of worlds Injures not them. The spirits of the sun Looked wondering down, expecting what might come; For right towards Earth the blazing Ter ror held Its awful course; and all the abyss of space Resounded to the roaring of its tires. »»*#*» "Yet once more ft rose on earthly eyes. One fourth the heavens Was covered by its bulk. Ere it had reached Its middle course, the huge ball almost fill- Ed The sky's circumference; —and anon there was No sky!—nought but that terrible world of fire Glaring, and roaring,—and advancing still " Men saw not this; the insufferable heat Had slain all things that lived. The grass and herbs First died! —the interminable forests next Burst into flames; —down to their utmost deeps The oceans boiled, —spurting their bub bling waves— Rocking and wallowing higher than the hills— The hills at last grew burning red; And the whole earth seemed as it would melt away. "Intensest expectation now held all The ethereal natures silent. From the heights Of space they looked, and waited for the shock; For in two right opposite courses the two orbs Rush'd toward each other, as two enemies haste To meet in deadly conflict. 'Twas a sight Sublime, yet sad, to see this beautiful earth Stript of all verdure, empty of all life - Glowing beneath the comet's terrible breath Like a huge coal of fire! "They now draw nigh; Rapidly rolling on they came!—they struck— The universe felt the shock. We looked to have seen The earth shattered to dust, or borne away By that tremendous fire star; —but they touched Obliquely, and glanced off. The comet soon I Shot Stviftly on again; the weaker earth,— Jarred from her orbit, —stood awhile— turning Backward upon her axis, vibrating Down to her very centre; then went on Faltering, swinging heavily to and ;ro Upon her altered poles. CHEROKEE HYMNS. aEzydja. ON SEEING GOD. A little boy said one day to his mo ther—','Mamraa, I want to see God. You tell me there is a God, but I nev er saw him, and you Say we cannot see him. Why can't I see him?"— His mother replied—"Do you think there is no God, because you cannot see him?" "Why I do not know," said her son; "sometimes I doubt a bout it, and sometimes I don't beNeve it, and it always seems very strange." "I will trj, then," said his mother, "to something about it. You know, my son, that you have a mind, and I have a mind, and every person you see has a mind; but you nevei yet saw a mind, not even your own. It is not your body that thinks, and de sires, and loves, and wishes; it is your mind, or spirit. Now God is all spirit, or mind; and that infinite mind has never been connected with a hu man body, except when Christ was upon earth, and God was manifested in flesh. Now yoo see how God can see us, and we not see him. If you were blind, I could see your body, but you could not see mine. When you have eyes, you see my body only, not my spirit. So, while lam close by you in this room, you can hear my j voice, but you do not know my tho'ts, and I cannot know your thoughts.— Now, God is such a mind or Spirit, as yours or mine; only he knows every thing in one moment, and we know on ly a few things all the days of our life. You find it hard to tell how God can be every where at the same moment, and know all things at the same time. Now, a body cannot be in every place, nor even in two places at the same moment. You cannot be in the parlor, while you are in your chamber. But you can be here, both body and mind, and think of persons and things in other places. You can, without moving from your chair, think of Philadelphia, and London, and Madagascar; of Washington, in Con gress Hall; of Buonaparte, at the battle of Waterloo; and of John in the Isle of Patmos. You can think of the birds in the forest, the fishes at the bottom of the sea, the moon in the sky, and the fixed stars, a great way farther off than the moon. Just so does God think of, and know, all crea tures, and all worlds. "In several ways, however, God knows things as you do not. You can think of a distant, person, or place, only as you have seen it, or as you have had it described to you. God can see and know all things just as they now are, and without having a description, or any information from others. You cannot think of two persons or places at a time. When you think of Lon don, you cannot think of Philadelphia; if you remember Washington, in Con gress Hall, you cannot contemplate John in Patmos. You must forget the bottom of the ocean, when you soar to the moon and stars. You can not know minds but as their thoughts and wishes are expressed; but God can search every mind and every heart, whether of men, or angels, or devils, and observe all that is in them, at all times. "When you think of Buonaparte, that famous warrior, you can dislike him. When you think of Paul, or John, who went about preaching the Gospel, and doing good, you can love them, "iou love me, when lam ab sent from you many miles; and you hate swearers and liars, every time you see them or read about them, or only think of them. So the eyes of the Lord are in every place, behold ing the evil and the good. The Lord loveth the righteous, and hateth all the workers of iniquity, throughout all the earth. " Such is God; a pure spirit, Jin in finite mind, searching the universe at one glance, and looking into the dark est corner of the heart of man. Who will not stand in awe of God, and fear to offend him? To him the darkness and the light are both alike; and he is so pure, that he hates sin with per fect hatred. My son, you must re member that he always sees you, and that you cannot go from his spirit or flee from his presence. "Perhaps you remember, that in some places the Bible says, no man hath seen God, or can see him, and live; and fnat in »ther places they speak of our seeing him in peace, as the only heaven. We cannot see him with these bodily eyes, but our spirits may become acquainted with his spir it, and have peace in believing in him. We often speak of seeing our friends, when we mean visiting them, and en joying their society and friendship.— Lu.,, „*.* Blind persons talk of going to see their friends; and they mean that they will associate and commune with them.— In this sense, we must see or know God; and to do this we must repent and believe, for without holiness no man shall see the Lord." YANKEE ROGUE OUTWITTED A gentleman of our State, whose name we will call Harden, once held a note against a knavish neighbour, named Griffin, which had become, as the phrase is, outlawed. Harden was unwilling to believe Griffin scoun drel enough to defraud him of the debt, and had neglected to compel him to pay it, although lie was abun dantly able. The law is, we believe, that if a man acknowledges himself to be indebted to a person before evi dence, after the expiration of the pe riod allowed for the collection of a debt, then the claim is valid; other wise it must depend entirely upon the honor of the debtor. Griffin was a warethathe held the staff in his own hand, and he determined to use it.— He would speak of his obligation to Harden with perfect freedom, when no one was present; acknowledge that the debt was justiy due, and declared his intention of paying it eventually; but maintained the most obstinate si lence when they were in company with a third person. "Experience is the prophet of events." Harden was fi nally convinced that Griffin meant to cheat him out of his money; and with true Yankee sagacity, set about con triving some plan to outwit his frau dulent neighbor. He called on Grif fin one morning, with his sleigh, and invited him to take a ride. During their ride, the old topic of the note was introduced. "Why really friend Griffin," said Harden, "it seems to me that you ought to pay me that 500 dollars; it is no inconsiderable sum for a farmer to lose. To be sure I have no legal claim on you; but time has not removed the moral obligation." "I will pay you as soon as I can make it convenient," said Griffin; "it is as you say, a just debt; and you shall have the money." "I'intend to, and no thanks to your honesty, neither," coolly replied the other. "Mr. Derby, you have heard suf ficient for our purpose." As he spoke, a hogshead which lay in the slay suddenly "collapsed," and the person of a Deacon of the parish presented itself to the gaze of the swindling debtor. Griffin paid the note without further evasion.—« Mi ddlesex Gaz. Communicated for the Miss. Her. by Rev Alfred Wright. GHOCTAWS. Their Traditions respecting the Crea ' - l i i /• n* . - 1 lion of the World and of Men. The Choctaws state that, at a re mote period, the earth was a vasi plain, destitute of hills, and a mere quagmire. The word, which the) use to express this primitive state, is applied to clotted blood, jelly, &c. which will serve to explain what their ideas were. The earth in this chaotic state, some of them suppose, was produced by the immediate power of the Creator; but others, indeed the majority with whom I have conversed relative to this subject, have no know ledge how the earth was produced in this state; nor do they appear ever to have extended their thoughts so far as to make a single inquiry with re spect to it. While the earth was in this situa tion, a superior being, who is repre sented to have been in appearance as a red man, came down from above, and alighting near the centre of the Choctaw nation, threw up a large mound, or'hill, called in their language Nunih waiya,* "stooping or sloping hill." When this was done, he caus ed the red people to come out of it, and when he supposed that a sufficient number had come out, he stamped on the ground with his foot. When this signal of his power was given, some were partly formed', others were just raising their heads above the mud, emerging into light, and struggling in to life, all of whom perished. The red people being thus formed from the earth, and seated on the area of the hill, their Creator told them that they should live forever. But not un derstanding him, they inquired what he said, upon which he took away the grant he had given them of immortali ty, and told them they would become subject to death. After the formation of man from the ground, the hills were formed, the - earth indurated, and fitted to become a habitation for man. The hills they suppose, were formed by (he agita tion of the waters. While the earth was in its chaotic state, the waters are represented as having been thrown into a state of great agitation, like that of a boiling liquid, and being driven by violent winds, the soft mud was carried in various directions, and being deposited in different places, formed the mountains and hills which now appear on the face of the earth. When the Creator had formed the red people from the ground, and fitted the earth for their residence, he told them the earth would bring forth spontaneously the chesnut, hickory nut, and acorn for their subsistence. Ac cordingly, the Choctaws state, that in ancient "times, they lived principally upon these productions of the earth. And they suppose it was not till some time after they bad been a people, that the corn, which now forms no in considerable part of their food, was discovered by means of a crow. They state, that at their first crea tion, both males and females went en tirely naked. After some time, though from what cause they do not know, they began to use some cover ing. At first, the long moss, which abounds in southern climates, tied round their Waists, formed their only covering. At some later period, af ter the invention of the bow and ar row, when they had acquired skill in hunting wild beasts, they began to use the skins of animals for clothing. * Nunih waiya. lam not able to give a description of this place, having never seen it. 1 regret that lam not. It is said to have the appearance of being the work of art. Its summit is level, containing an a rea of several acres. Near the centre is a hole, whose depth has never been ascer tained. Out of this hole, according to their ancient traditions, the Choctaws originally came. POLITICAL EXCLUSION The editor of a paper, devoted with warmth to politics, in a notice to cor respondents, observes—"We have no room for Truth this week; and our remarks on Mr. Randolph's speech have necessarily excluded Justice.— Fair play is inadmissible. Falsehood, No. 5, shall appear in our next. WARNING TO SNUFF TAKERS. Mrs. French, of Dutto ■. was op, Friday last, seized will .Li fit of sneezing in consequence of taking a handful of Macauba at once, by which she dislocated the vertebrae of the neck. On dissection, four pounds and a half of pure snuff were found stowed away in the place where the brains ought to be.—Eng. Pap. The following anecdote is related by a physician of undoubted veracity: "I was called a few days since to vis it a sick child. The medicine which I wished to administer was a fine pow der, and must be mixed with some moist substance. I asked the mother of the child for an apple to She had none. I then asked her for some kind of sauce, but the reply was as before—we have none. If you have any molases, honey, or milk, either will answer. We have neither. Give me then a crumb of soft bread—" why, said she, we have none baked. Supposing from the expression that she had some ready for the oven, I told her that it would do as well if it was not baked. Ah! said she with a tone that spoke her mortification, we have neither bread nor meal, nor grain, except a little corn which I can not have ground unless I carry it to mill on my back. Well then, said I, have you any rum? Oh, yes, said she, as her countenance brightened, we have a plenty of that; and started for the jug. I told her she might let it remain, for I thought the stefc child would do as well without rum." Extraordinary.—A London editor gives the following article: "We are told there is a woman in a village in Glamorganshire, South Wales, whose husband with the little fortune he got with her, bought a small farm. He hardly closed the purchase, when death closed his eyes. However, not intimidated with this, the woman married a second husband, who sowed it. He likewise died, and she tried a third, who reaped it, but death soon snatched him away. She then mar ried a fourth, who thrashed it, but he also followed the fate of his predeces sors; and she is now married to a fifth husband, with whom she is now en joying the produce of it. All this hap pened within eighteen months."