There is a superstition among the negroes of Lower Richland County that it is a great offense to point your hand at a falling star, the idea being that they come from heaven. I was walking down the road between Pea Ridge and Pine Bluff, and pointed my hand at a falling star and called an old negro's attention to it. He caught my hand, pulled it down, and said:
Brother, don' pint your han' at a fallin' star.
Jesus sets on he throne in heben, an' he watch all de night theu, an' he watch a sinful world, and den is de fallin' stars, an' Jesus weeps on he throne in heben, and dem is de tears of Jesus, fallin' for a sinful world.
Dem is de sparks of heben, dem is de fallin' stars, and dem is de tears of Jesus, fallin' on a sinful world. Don' pint your han' brother, don' pint your han', for dem is de tears of Jesus, fallin' on a sinful world. Dem is de lights from de throne in heben, dem is de tears of Jesus.
Don' pint your han' Brother, don' pint your han' at a fallin' star.
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Publication information: Book title: Tales of the Congaree. Contributors: Edward C. L. Adams - Author, Robert G. O'Meally - Editor. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 70.
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