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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection

Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20

Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.

As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22562 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 32 Lucy S. Burnham God Rules The Destiny Of Earth God holds the destiny of men In the hollow of His hand; He guides the ship of state through storm To ancchor safe on land.
22563 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 33 Lucy S. Burnham The Sabbath Evening This quiet Sabbath evening A peace pervades my home; Content I sit besides my hearth With no desire to roam.
22564 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 34 Lucy S. Burnham The Testing Long years ago I wept so easily At every little thing that fretted me. My days might just as well be filled with cheer, And yet the time was spent in morbid fear.
22565 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 34 Lucy S. Burnham The Window Of My Soul Today I washed the windows of my woul, With bitter tears made brightly clean the whole. I was surprised to find so much of stain, But glad that I could clearly see again.
22566 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 35 Lucy S. Burnham The Narrowing Path If you walk with the crowd on the highway of life, You are just very sure to go wrong, For the narrowing path that leads to the right Was never walked by the throng.
22567 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 36 Lucy S. Burnham If I Had But One Day If I had but one day to live, I know what I would do, I'd treasure up each golden hour And spend them all with you.
22568 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 37 Lucy S. Burnham To A Bulb O little browned and withered bulb I hold within my hand, This change and nature's way I do not fully understand.
22569 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 38 Lucy S. Burnham Shadows Shadows are veils the sunbeams let down, The shadows may bring us pain, But if we keep sweet and true and fine, The sunbeams will come again.
22570 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 38 Lucy S. Burnham My Gift I cannot write the priceless words That charm like music fine, But I can write you cheerful thoughts, Give service all divine.
22571 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 39 Lucy S. Burnham Sand Silvery, glittering, rippling sand, Tranquil, lovely and sweet, Peaceful, glimmering mounds of sand Like music beneath my feet.
22572 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 40 Lucy S. Burnham The Desert Charm My desert home, thou land of dreary waste, Of constant wind and ever shifting sand; Thy sun-baked earth brings forth no herb, no flower, No life, no faintest hint of beauty grand.
22573 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 41 Lucy S. Burnham Desert Land Great, wide, primeval desert, Sloping away to the west, Ono to the Beautiful Mountain With snow on its sunlit crest.
22574 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 42 Lucy S. Burnham The Bonitians New Mexico, loved land of mystery, What is this spell that hovers 'round tonight? I shiver as I draw my mantle close The while I revel at this wondrous sight.
22575 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 43 Lucy S. Burnham Under The Open Sky If you are beset with worries, And everything seems dead wrong, Walk under the open heavens And listen to nature's song.
22576 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 44 Lucy S. Burnham Christmas Magic "And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men!'"
22577 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 45 Lucy S. Burnham The Hills Near Bethlehem Where sheep had trodden unknown trails, Splintered silence like misty veils Shadowed the plains all wet with dew Where lay the restless, bleating ewe.
22578 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 46 Lucy S. Burnham The Two Mothers Dear Mary, the Mother of Jesus, I'm thinking of you tonight, As I kneel at the foot of the Christmas Tree, With its star so billiantly bright.
22579 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 47 Lucy S. Burnham The Chill of Winter The winter chill was in my heart, And stark and bleak against the sky The tall trees stood in silhouette, As desolate, alone as I.
22580 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 48 Lucy S. Burnham After Christmas O, where is the hustle and bustle, The patter of hurrying feet, The cheerful meeting and greeting Of friends on the busy street?
22581 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 48 Lucy S. Burnham The New Year I seek not in the vast unknown, Nor fear what needs must be. What has been gives me faith to know That God will care for me.
22582 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 49 Lucy S. Burnham Valentines Old man Winter goes hurrying by, Shaking the snowflakes down; He grumbles and groans the livelong day As he hurries about the town.
22583 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 50 Lucy S. Burnham The First Easter Dark clouds hung low above grim Calvary's Hill, Ominous clouds made day and night as one. A cry of pain, "Father, Thy will be done!" And Christ was dead, and silent, cold and still, A willing sacrifice, His Father's will.
22584 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 51 Lucy S. Burnham A Message of Spring Spring has come to our dear valley, After winter, bleak and cold, Earth renewed in all her gladness All her beauty to unfold.
22585 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 52 Lucy S. Burnham The Soul's Awakening Darling mother, spring is here, The birds are now returning With songs of happiness once more, For home their hearts were yearning.
22586 Drift Wood FC 11 B-59 53 Lucy S. Burnham A Vagrant There's a hint of frost in the air today, And the smell of dry leaves burning. There's a lazy lilt in the hum of the bee That sets my heart a-yearning.