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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
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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
26834 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 4 Will Ogilvie The Bushmen God, the day He fashioned them, toiled to make them true, hand and head and heart of them, blood and bone and thew; Set them in the foremost rank wires, brains, pride, debt
26835 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 5 Will Ogilvie Beyond Coolgardie They are fighting beyond Coolgardie, dusty and worn and brown, leading the outward legion from dawn till the sun goes down; guns, hope, grave, death, love
26836 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 6 Will Ogilvie The Horseman My song is of the Horseman-who woke the world's unrest, to slake a King's ambition or serve a maid's behest; empire, freedom, throne, kingdom, spurs
26837 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 7 Will Ogilvie Kings Of The Earth We are heathen who worship an idol we keep for our pleasure and pride; We are slaves of the saddle and bridle, yet kings of the earth meadows, breeze, thunder, honour, pride
26838 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 8 Will Ogilvie Abandoned Selections On the crimson breast of the sunset the grey selections lie, and their lonely, grief-stained faces are turned to a pitiless sky; pity, moon, oak, sorrow, homesteads
26839 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 11 Will Ogilvie Northward To The Sheds There's a whisper from the regions out beyond the Barwon banks; There's a gathering of the legions and a forming of the ranks; glasses, sweethearts, sing, earth, horse, river
26840 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 13 Will Ogilvie The Mulga Mail Here no swift hoofs strike the gravel here no golden head-lights glow, there are ways for news travel other than by Cobb & Co. whaler, distressed, camper, creek, watercourse
26841 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 15 Will Ogilvie The Maker Of Empire A patient, honest, kindly friend the packhorse plodded down the years, content his humble life to spend in toil to aid the pioneers. Before the swagman and his load, retires, bells, seldom, overlander
26842 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 16 Will Ogilvie Life's Overland Grey-lying miles to the nor'ward of Nor'ward Red-leaping leagues to the westward of West, Futher than keenest of sight follows forward, sins, guard, homeward, strong, blind
26843 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 18 Will Ogilvie The Horse Teams The lorries have taken over the tasks of the western roads: the mobs of the overland drover, the wool of the ten-ton loads. dream, duty, beauty, gold
26844 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 20 Will Ogilvie A Queen Of Yore Slowly she hobbles past the town, grown old at heart and grey; With misty eyes she stumbles down along the well-known way; friend, robber, starve, gold
26845 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 22 Will Ogilvie The Silent Squadron Down the long dream-lanes at the dead of night, with grey mists over and mists below, with loose-held reins on their horses white I watch where the silent riders go. silently, heart, dead, fear, empty
26846 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 24 Will Ogilvie Hearts Of Gold Though poets have not yet sung you nor writers your true worth told, I , who have wrought among you, I know you for Hearts of Gold! pitiless, floods, drought, burn, crop
26847 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 27 Will 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; wilderness, dream, pain, dress
26848 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 31 Will Ogilvie Life's Ride When you saddle your horse in Youth's stockyard look well, look well to your gear, for the road you travel is long and hard and its length is fenced with fear. gods, lies, tales, ancient, rules
26849 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 32 Will Ogilvie Making Back As you ride the Lachlan frontage you will meet them on the track making back! With their heads to station grass trotting wide to let you pass, rivers, gateways, crack, timbers, fate
26850 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 33 Will Ogilvie The Brumby Stallion He runs unfettered and idle, the lord of range and plain; He knows not halter or bridle or chink of the hobble-chain; He carries no driver's whip-mark, pride, star, moon, camp,shy, kingdom
26851 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 34 Will Ogilvie Atra Cura Black Care behind the horseman sits, her hand in his the while; Not all the joy of jangling bits can charm her to a smile; kiss, snow, reckless, sting, greenhide
26852 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 35 Will Ogilvie The Man Who Steadies The Lead He was born in the light of red oaths and nursed by the drought and the flood, and swaddled in sweat-lined saddle-cloths and christened in spur-drawn blood; fool, bridle, star, courage, idle
26853 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 38 Will Ogilvie The Riding Camel I was Junda's riding camel. I went in front of the train. I was hung with shells of the Orient, from saddle and cinch and rein. Junda Khan, darksome, dwell, shade, sandhill, trooper, cruel
26854 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 41 Will 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; terror, smile, fear, rebel, free
26855 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 45 Will Ogilvie The Bush, My Love The camp-fire gleams resistance to every twinkling star; The horse-bells in the distance are jangling faint and far; waves, duty, shrine, earth, greet, kiss, forgive
26856 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 47 Will Ogilvie The Filling Of The Swamps Hurrah for the storm-clouds sweeping! Hurrah for the driving rain! The dull Earth out of her sleeping is wakened to life again. swamps, rain, lakes, eagle
26857 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 48 Will Ogilvie The Bushman's Friend Let the sailor tell of the roaring gale or the blue waves' rippling laughter, Let the soldier sing of the sabre swing or the laurels of glory after; dawn, pleasure, faster, river, abeam, beautiful
26858 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 49 Will Ogilvie Snowy River Riding maybe to a muster four or five of us in line, up would dash some lagging thruster shouting, "Race you to that pine!" quiver, stronger, refrain, rein