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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.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
24967 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 19 Will H. Ogilvie When Horses are Saddled for Love The saddle-slaves of Love are we Who mount by sun and moon, No matter what the season be So long as it be soon
24968 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 23 Will H. Ogilvie Star and Star You have crossed my life with your fair sweet face You are filling my lone heart's vacant place; Your whispered words and your arms that cling Are a link in Love's remembering;
24969 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 25 Will H. Ogilvie To-day! Hear me now! for time is flying, And the beating of his wings Drowns the vows of Love undying. Dims the light where Memory clings!
24970 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 27 Will H. Ogilvie His Gippsland Girl Now, money was scarce and work was slack And Love to his heart crept in, And he rode away on the Northern track To war with the World and win;
24971 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 29 Will H. Ogilvie Whisper Low We have rowed together at even-fall Down the creek in the sunset glow, Under the vines and the box-trees tall That fringe the shores.
24972 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 31 Will H. Ogilvie A Tell-Tale Tryst O, who was it saddled White Star last night. And who was it saddled White Star? You can read his track to the rails and back And down the creek ever so far.
24973 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 33 Will H. Ogilvie Good-Bye, Lynette! I have worked for you - toil made sweet, love! And never I grudged an hour; Now the dead leaves drift at our fee, love,
24974 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 35 Will H. Ogilvie In Mulga Town We played at love in Mulga town, And O, her eyes were blue! We played at love in Mulga town, And love's a game for two. If three should play alack-a-day!
24975 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 37 Will H. Ogilvie The Old Boat The Old Boat lies in the sand and slime And the sun is springing her planks; She is drifting away on the river of Time Between Eternity's banks:
24976 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 39 Will H. Ogilvie Love's Moloch How long shall we hear the sobbing? How long shall our hearts beat slow To the wail of a ceaseless sorrow That follows us to and fro,
24977 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 42 Will H. Ogilvie Where the Brumbles Come to Water There's a lonely grave half-hidden where the blue-grass droops above, And the slab is rough that marks it, but we planted it for love;
24978 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 45 Will H. Ogilvie Good-Bye Here, on the broken strings of Love's mute harp, Across the withered flowers of all dead dreams, Give me your hand and take my last farewell! One glance of love! the last from those dear eyes
24979 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 49 Will H. Ogilvie From the Gulf Store cattle from Nelanjie! The mob goes feeding past, With half-a-mile of sandhill 'twixt the leaders and the last; Te nags that move behind them
24980 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 54 Will H. Ogilvie The Riding of the Rebel He was the Red Creek overseer, a trusted man and true, Whose shoulder never left the wheel when there was work to do; Through all the day he rode the run, and when the lights grew dim The sweetest wife that ever loved
24981 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 61 Will H. Ogilvie Four-in-Hand O some prefer a single, Or double not too free; But let the lead bars jingle - It's Four-in-Hand for me;
24982 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 63 Will H. Ogilvie The Stockyard Liar If ever you're handling a rough one There's bound to be perched on the rails Of the Stockyard some grizzled old tough one Whose flow of advice never fails;
24983 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 65 Will H. Ogilvie The Border Gate Dawn gilds the spider's bridges; Morn mocks the shadows' rout; A mile back on the ridges They put the head-lights out;
24984 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 69 Will H. Ogilvie Out laws Both Steady! steady, my pearl! from the crest of the range oNe last look behind us: the roofs of the town Are lit with red fires that quiver and change
24985 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 72 Will H. Ogilvie The Coach of Death There's a phantom-coach runs nightly along the Western creeks; Her four black steeds step lightly, her driver never speaks; The horses keep their places across the flood-worn plains
24986 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 77 Will H. Ogilvie Darrell So I've taken his hundred note sin the end, And now, as I turn them over, I feel like a man who's been false to a friend, Or has broken his troth to a lover.
24987 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 79 Will H. Ogilvie Off the Grass They were boasting on the greenhide of their nags of fancy breed, And stuffing them with bran and oats to run in Gumleaf Town, But we hadn't got a racehorse that was worth a dish of feed, So didn't have a Buckley's show to take the boasters down.
24988 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 84 Will H. Ogilvie His Epitaph On a little old bush racecourse at the back of No Man's Land, Where the mulgas mark the furlong, and a dead log marks the stand, There's a square of painted railing showing white against the loam Where they fight for inside running as they round the bend for home;
24989 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 87 Will H. Ogilvie The Dingo of Brigalow Gap For K.G. or coronet, kingdom or crown, The boyson Kalangada care not a rap; But the honour they ask for is galloping down The red and white dingo of Brigalow Gap.
24990 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 91 Will H. Ogilvie How the Chestnut Horse Came Home Twenty miles across the ranges there's a patch of cane-grass clears Half-a-mile of tangled mulga; hides a score of native spears, While the horseman sings a love-song, with no shadow of his fate Till the stock-horse swerves and plunges
24991 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 95 Will H. Ogilvie A Draft From Tringadee Lead me down to the stockyard, Jim, to the butt of the old boxo-tree! I would like to be there when they're yarding the bullocks from Tringadee. They were always beggars to rush and ring and rattle