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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
26971 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 221 Will Ogilvie The Land Beyond Good-Bye Hand-in-hand we start with them through the sunny days, clasping hands we part with them at the parting ways. Letters come like homing doves, then cease to come; trains, sorrow calls, pity, lost, pases, love
26972 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 222 Will Ogilvie The Rose Out Of Reach A red rose grew on a southward wall, there was never a rose on the tree so tall; Though roses twined at my lingering fee, roses andr roses, scented sweet, summer, wounds, blood, blow, speech
26973 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 223 Will Ogilvie Dead Roses They lie in dim corners with dust on the leaves, each withered brown bloom with the story it weaves of sweethearts and sorrow, of doubt and despair- a gift from her girdle, tear, cheer, fate, unconfessed, blossom
26974 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 224 Will Ogilvie By Candle-Light I went with my love by candle-light through the deep of the poplar grove; The moon looked down on the silver leaves and I looked down on my love. path, free, love, dear, mutter, moth
26975 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 225 Will 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! The golden and the gray light snaffle, faster, love, hill, river, greet, meet
26976 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 227 Will Ogilvie The Cruellest Dream So here at the last I find I am holding again your hand, and why you are cruel no more, but kind. I scarcely can understand; But I know that the earth voice, heart, love, fair, true
26977 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 228 Will Ogilvie Gold Tresses You stand at my knee, Gold Tresses! Most true of all lovers of mine, with lips that are fashioned for kisses and fingers that thrill where they twine: kisses, wine, rain, sunlight, sorrow, despair
26978 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 229 Will Ogilvie The Ship Of My Heart She has been sailing years and years: Hull-down on a bygone sunset she vanished with all my dreams; I have followed her wake with wonder, I have hidden her track with tears, roses, blossom, whisper, sing, sea
26979 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 231 Will Ogilvie Stars In The Mist I have followed the sins of reckless youth with the Devil to time the dance, and farther and farther I drift from Truth as the hopeless years advance; Round me and lfuture, regard, sign, burn, kiss, love
26980 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 232 Will 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 feet, love, that trod by the trees in flower! The scent of the rose blows over- bleed, sorrow, tears, token
26981 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 233 Will Ogilvie "God-Speed!" Because we've waked the morning-stars together, June to June; Because our spurs and stirrup-bars have clashed the same old tune; Because we've drawn destiny, musical, disagreed, flag
26982 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 234 Will Ogilvie "Sorry To Go!" I watched by the homestead where moonbeam and star made a glory of night-time and danced with the dew, and the bush-wind that whispered from ranges afar heart, mock, pink, rein, cry, steers
26983 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 236 Will 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. kiss, bride, mortal, sleep, dead, sad
26984 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 237 Will Ogilvie A Wildflower By The Way The sun-rays burned like brands a-fire, and with a half-mile spread, in blue grass to their heart'desire the big Windorashs fed. dimple, soft, laugh, cattle, dull
26985 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 239 Will 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. fashion, love, sake, restless hooves, lock
26986 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 241 Will Ogilvie Christmas Night The lamps will be lit over seas tonight, and the feast of the year be spread, and the girls will gather with faces bright and the wine will sparkle red; cheer, delight, roam, sweet, silent
26987 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 245 Will Ogilvie Adam Lindsay Gordon Ah! sad, proud Gordon! Crossing swords with care, and touching hands so many times with Death that Death at last came, kissed him scarce aware, and laid him sleeping hope, prove, reckless, bushman, horseman
26988 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 247 Will Ogilvie Flying Doctor I like to read of those gallant souls who fly to the sick man's aid where the endless map of the Bush unrolls and the loneliest leagues are laid. moon, star, street, tales, stride, urgent call
26989 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 249 Will Ogilvie Harry Morant Harry Morant was a friend I had in the years long passed away, a chivalrous, wild and reckless lad, a knight born out of his day. fears, applause, lie, dare, spare, fate
26991 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 252 Will Ogilvie Cavalier With a careless grace and idle he walks as one of the crowd, but give him a saddle and bridle and see what it is to be proud! His head has a nobler carriage, marriage, weather, couple, fire, past, blast, journey
26992 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 253 Will Ogilvie The Swagman It may be the swagman is rarer round Barringun, Byrock and Bourke than in days when that lonely wayfarer made walking the whole of his work. Has he now found relief surveys, survivors, flies, ponies, trouble, journey
26993 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 255 Will Ogilvie The Jackeroo Here he comes-a bit of a freak, with a glass in his eye and a rosy cheek! Useless, of course; no good on a horse; And taking a buster twice a week. gloom, adviser, surprise, root, deal, blodd
26994 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 257 Will Ogilvie Black Trackers Swart bloodhounds of the fenceless West, black gallopers that lead the Law, to whom your victims stand confessed by every lightest line they draw; The hawks that hight above you sail fathers, prize, paid, king, ring, pride
26995 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 259 Will Ogilvie The Western Squatter Here in the west lie our limitless acres, blue-grass and barley-grass, saltbush and sand; Here were out grandsires the early road-breakers and here to this day we are lords of the land. friends, expense, flood, fire, boss, loss, profit
26996 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 261 Will 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; aspire, rum, fashion, passion, confidence