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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
26916 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 163 Will Ogilvie The Plough From Egypt behind my oxen with their stately step and slow Northward and East and West I went to the desert sand and the snow; centuries, seaboard, kiingdom, ships
26917 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 167 Will Ogilvie The Storks There's a quaint old Nor'land fancy and a legend that I love, of the white storks winging Southward through the msit, of a palace or a cottage kiss, sunlight, sweet, dream
26918 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 168 Will Ogilvie Fairy Tales I chanced on an old brown book to-day all stained and yellow with dust anda ge, but the beats of a boy's heart, stilled for aye, are heard at the turning of every page. tongues, gold, maids, foolish
26919 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 169 Will Ogilvie Ribbons To the show-ring children when the crowds are collected to cheer you O'er the fences in front of the stand, and when Heaven itself would seem near you past, spoil, demands, donors, honours
26920 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 170 Will Ogilvie Baby's Trumpet When baby blows her trumpet the elves of mischief ride, her eyes are lit with laughter, her cheeks are puffed with pride. What gift of cradle-fairies quiver, fancy, marshalled, army, love, sake
26922 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 171 Will Ogilvie Three Up at seven and down the stair to find that the sun is already there, that the grass is green and the sky is blue, and the fir tree fringed with morning dew, rose, cranesbill, creep, children, free
26923 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 172 Will Ogilvie The Admiral Low in his cushions, with wide blue eyes, our future English Admiral lies. With loving thought has his life been planned; He shall take his share of the seas' command. dream, breast, sake, Spain, Dutch, snake
26924 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 173 Will Ogilvie A Lullaby Lady Moon, O Lady Moon, here's a little sleepy girlie that must go to slumber soon! Won't you glide across the window on your shining silver wings, diamond, cities, light, December, June, snow
26925 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 174 Will Ogilvie The Happy People Do you know the Happy People? The really happy folk, who bear no woman's burden, who bend to no man's yoke? The happy, laughing people who chase on golden ways witch, path, rejoice, gorgeous, harpers, kingdom
26926 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 174 Will Ogilvie To My Baby Girl O, little heart that beats so close to mine, I pray for you that every heart be true which through the years shall worship at your shrine; May none betray, rose, true, pray, heart
26927 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 175 Will Ogilvie The Barring Of The Gates "Then there aren't any fairies at all, Mummy?" The Fairy King lies dead-Ring, ring the bluebells over him! Gather the beech leaves red for a winding dear, heart, rainbow, moon, doubt
26928 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 176 Will Ogilvie A King Deposed He sat in the darkness weeping by the gates of his Empire closed. A ruler stripped of his purple, a king form his realm deposed. They passed him, going to worship; silent, cradle, nursery, sleep, palace, notice
26929 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 177 Will Ogilvie The Bringer Of Days There are far places where she plays, and unguessed paths down which she strays; And once round-eyed, she said to me, "The postman brings the day! smile, tears, hidden, joys, guile
26930 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 177 Will Ogilvie The Burning Of Summer I heard a laugh in the leafless trees; I saw on the path of the open sky, Borne by the light October breeze, a blue smoke drifting by. A tiny maid in her waltz of cheer dear, rose, smoke, child, memory
26931 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 178 Will Ogilvie The Apple Winds I had no thought of stormy sky in days when I was small and all the world was bounded by our ten-foot garden wall. I never thought the storm winds came apples, cold, chill, storm, sails
26932 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 179 Will Ogilvie Rainbows And Witches I remember, ever so long alo, at the other side of the world away when rain would cease on an April day, when the mountain mists would roll and rise gate, hill, fortune, beyond, hopeless, rainbow, eager
26934 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 183 Will Ogilvie For Beauty's Sake There's never a Castle-tower so steep and the breath of her guns so warm but, if beauty lay bound in her dungeon-keep, the cowards of earth would storm; fear, quest, kiss, love, golden hair, dear
26935 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 184 Will Ogilvie Only A Day Brown honey-bees, drop to your pollen! Up, butterflies, into the sun! One day from Death's hand we have stolen, one hour from the dark we have won! Soon, all too soon, remember, blossom, ring, blades, wine, greeting
26936 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 185 Will Ogilvie Moon Cry A woman sat by a bed crooning the mother-croon, but the child cried "Give me the moon!" and would not be comforted. The moonbeams left the cot, forget, sleep, dark, play, young
26937 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 185 Will Ogilvie Let Green Weeds Gather Let green weeds gather in our garden ways, let summer suns burn down our favourite blooms, but let no happy-hearted brides and grooms cross the dear paths, for sake of those dear days, homestead, tombs, friends, empty, heart, memory
26938 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 186 Will Ogilvie The Ingleside When the shadows downward glide fancy rules the ingleside, and within the glowing fire lie the dream fields of Desire. Brighter than the lighted lamps glow, lover, comrarde, flame, flowers
26939 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 187 Will 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: hope, gold, shade, wonder, trip, pleasure
26940 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 188 Will Ogilvie The Riddle Of Life We ride from the East in the grey light; The curtains of night are withdrawn; The young leaves curl up to the daylight, the magpies are hailing the dawn; noontide, hohllow, hillside, sin, forget, moon
26941 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 189 Will Ogilvie The Last Toast They were our little playmates in the far-away cradle-days with their toddling gait and their lisping speech and their wonderful baby ways; fair, wife, wine, laught, pearls, hemlock
26942 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 190 Will 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 sunshine, regret, pavements, wistful, death