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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
25017 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 182 Will H. Ogilvie A Wind From the West Te Wind that fires the blood Came leaping in from Westward, Over stone and stake and stud, With the roar of reeling dust-wrack And the moan of lifting flood. The Wind that knows no chains
25018 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 184 Will H. Ogilvie Abandoned Selections On the crimson breast of the sunset The Gray Selections lie, And their loely grief-stained faces Are turned to a pitiless sky; They are wrinkeld and seamed with drought-fire And wound at the throat with weeds
25019 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 187 Will H. Ogilvie The Men Who Blazed the Track! Since the toasts for the absent are over, And duly we've pledged in our wine Our Land, and our Friends, and our Lover, Here's a toast for you, comrades o' mine: to the fighting band that won the land
25020 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 191 Will H. Ogilvie Vita Brevis Our life is but a moment: One sheen of silk and pearls, One dance between the daylights With a certain girl of girls; One feast of burning kisses,
25021 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 193 Will H. Ogilvie The Truest Friend I had a comrade tried and true, Should to shoulder we fought life through; And whoever spoke light of his name to me Had a foe to face and a swrd to flee; I'd have staked my life ont he grip of his hand--
25022 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 194 Will H. Ogilvie Auld Lang Syne O, it's southward from Southampton! and she takes the Channel gay, But many a heart is bleeding as she stands across the bay; And it may be just parting where we've known a hundred more, Yet many a heart is breaking as the tender swings ashore;
25023 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 198 Will H. Ogilvie In Town Where the smoke-clouds scarcely drift And the breezes seem to sleep, Where the sunbeams never lift Half the gloom of alleys deep, comrades! must we languish ever,
25024 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 200 Will H. Ogilvie Beyond Coolgardie They are fighting beyond coolgardie, dusty and worn and brown, Leading the outward legion from dawn till the sun goes down: Under their blue sky-banner, standing true to their guns, Singly and shoulder to shoulder, brothers and sires and sons.
25025 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 202 Will H. Ogilvie Deserted This is the homestead - the still lagoon Kisses the foot of the garden fence, Shimmering under a silver moon IN a midnight silence, cold and tense; Vines run wild on the old verandah
25026 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 204 Will H. Ogilvie The Filling of the Swamp Hurrah for the storm-clouds sweeping! Hurrah for the driving rain! The dull Earth out of her sleeping Is wakened to life again. There are mirrors of crystal shining
25027 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 206 Will H. Ogilvie Black Sheep They shepherd their Black Sheep down to the ships, Society's banned and cursed; And the boys look back as the old land dips- Some with a reckless laugh on their lips, And some with aprayer reversed.
25028 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 210 Will H. Ogilvie The Wallaby Track O a weird, wild road is the Wallaby Track That is known to the bushmen only, Stretcyhing away to the plains out back And the big scrubs lorna nd lonely! Dawn till dark they are passing there, Over the hot sand thronging
25029 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 212 Will H. Ogilvie Beyond the Barrier Are you tired of the South Land, comrad - Of the smoke and the city's din, And the roar of the chiding ocean When the sobbing tide comes in? Would you ride to the Northward, rather, To the skirmish posts of Earth,
25030 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 215 Will H. Ogilvie Rainbows and Witches I remember, ever so long ago, at the ohter side of the world away When rain would cease onan April day, When the mountain mists would roll and rise And the rainbow ride in the purple skies.
25031 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 218 Will H. Ogilvie Handicapped! Life's race for all is even-lapped To watching eyes it seems; but how we may be handicapped The wide world never dreams. Ah! well for those whose lot is cast Where open war demands;
25032 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 220 Will H. Ogilvie Memory Town From dawning to dusk moves the crowd in her street With eyes looking upward, quick pulses that beat. And slow feet that loiter, and dumb lips that call Where sunshine and shadow are crossed
25033 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 222 Will H. Ogilvie To a Bunch of Heather Was it early int he autumn, was it sunny summer weather? Were the white mists on the Carter when they plucked you on the moor? Were the mountain dews upon you in the morning, Sprig of Heather, When they took you from your sisters
25034 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 225 Will H. Ogilvie The Front Rank We fight on far tracks unknown; We ride the way of the rover, Each with a line of his own; Our banner the blue sky over, Our bugle the bushwind's tone.
25035 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 227 Will H. Ogilvie The New Moon New Moon to-night! you will hear them say, Turning their eyes to the glint of gold; But this, as you know, is their quaint little way - Forthe Moon she is centuries old!
25036 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 229 Will H. Ogilvie The Bush, My Lover The camp-fire gleams resistance To every twinkling star; THe horse-bells in the distance Are jangling faint and far; Through gum-boughs lorn and lonely
25037 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 232 Will H. Ogilvie A Spin of the Coin The Spring is warn and waking, and the wattle's bursting bud; And the longing of the rover makes a faver int he blood; The grass is growing swiftly in the sheltered river bends; And the Bush, our old coy lover, waits
25038 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 235 Will H. Ogilvie A Dreamer of Dreams The song-thrush loves the laurel, The stone-chat haunts the broom, but the seagull must have room Where the white drift spins ashore And the winds and waters quarrel
25039 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 237 Will H. Ogilvie The Graves Out West If the lonely graves are scattered in that fenceless vast God's Acre, If no church bells chime across them, and no mourners tread between - Yet the souls of those sound sleepers go as swiftly to their Maker,
25040 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 239 Will H. Ogilvie Fairy Tales I chanced on an old brown book to-day All stained and yellow with dust and age, But the beats of a boy's heart, stilled for aye, Are heard at the turning of every page.
25041 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 241 Will H. Ogilvie Villanelle Last night in Memory's boughs aswing, When none but I had heart to hear, A wee brown mavis tried to sing. But ah! the wild notes would not ring As once they rang - so loud and clear!