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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
26997 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 263 Will 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. regret, staff, photograph, gift, hair, hope
26998 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 265 Will Ogilvie The Gipsy "Now cross my hand with silver" said the gipsy crone to me, "And I will tell your life that's past and all your life to be!" I said, "The old I know too well, harvest, moon, fairies, gold, freedom
26999 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 269 Will Ogilvie When The Brolgas Dance O, bright may be the ballroom and glamorous the tune where fair girls in their finery step out in silver shoon, but no one knows Terpsichore crimson, beauty, lady, courtesy, dance, kiss
27000 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 270 Will Ogilvie A Little Bit Of Garden We need no crown or sceptre, for, now that it is Spring, just a little bit of garden- and every man's a king! A little breadth of border, blade, peep, crown, garde, king
27001 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 271 Will Ogilvie They Grey Nurse At the feet of this oldest of nurses, whom the wind has made grey with his strife, happy youth in its wonder rehearses the play and the labour of life; beautiful, thunder, slaughter, tender, hate
27002 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 272 Will Ogilvie There's A Clean Wind Blowing There's a clean wind blowing over hill-flower and peat, where the bell-heather's growing, and the borwn burn flowing, master wind, challenge, birds, lord, town
27003 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 273 Will Ogilvie Flowers Of The Forst The sun is king on the crest of the hill, and the woods are aflame with his glory; The voice of the north wind is suddenly still and the trees have forgotten her story; pitiful, fairies, afraid, moon, pride
27004 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 274 Will Ogilvie Contentment The gold leaf said to the brown; "Let us take hands and go down on the wind's wings, for summer is spent and the sap runs slow; nest, bird, fire, yellow leaf, desire
27005 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 275 Will Ogilvie Riches I may neither sport nor feast; Wealth is not for me to make; But the sun is mine at least, and my blue hills none can take. sky, god, wine, creed, heath, heart, gold, song
27010 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 279 Will Ogilvie Cicadas When the Bush is still as death, and the night wind whispers under her breath, when the shite stars beckon without a word and not one leaf of the box is stirred- tune, music, bold, jealous, peace, pride
27007 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 276 Will Ogilvie The Comfort Of The Hills Heart! If you've a sorrow take it to the hills! lay it where the sunshine cups of colour spills! Hide it in the shadow of the folding fern; burn, wind, sorrow, silence, lie, healing
27008 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 277 Will Ogilvie The Shadow Dancers When the shallow's dipping low and the cloud's above the wheat, you can see the Shadow Dancers as they pass on flying feet; partner, whisper, twinkling, remember, past
27009 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 278 Will Ogilvie Again Ain't it good to see again leaf an'bud an'bee again- friends a fellow knows! Ain't it good to feel again hook an'rod an'reel again where the ripple flows! summer, rose, gold, grand, rare, sake
27011 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 280 Will Ogilvie Bush Spiders Steady! you galloping riders: Steady! and swing to the side: Room for the little bush spiders who toil at your hand as ye ride! See where the sunbeams are gilding pride, spiders, rail, bridges, spoilers, sin, mooon
27012 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 281 Will Ogilvie Ballade Of Windy Nights Have you learnet the sorrow of windy nights when lilacs down in the garden moan, and stars are flickering faint, wan lights, and voices whisper in wood and stone? ghosts, shadow, pale, love, sorrow
27013 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 282 Will Ogilvie To A Bunch Of Heather Was it early in the 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, jewel, tremble, crash, token, royal, stars, rainbow
27014 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 284 Will Ogilvie Opals Their fire is found in the sunset; Their pearl is part of the dawn; Their faint green-blue is the nameless hue that follows the dark withdrawn. diamond, rainbow, impart, love, red bosom, impart
27015 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 285 Will Ogilvie Barley-Grass Green fields there are in Scotland of rye-grass and of clover, but there are richer pastures that I have ridden over, wide leagues of waving rains, harvest, sky, whispers, die, stalks
27016 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 287 Will Ogilvie A Wind From The West The wind that fires the blood came leaping in from Westward, over stone and stake and stud, with the roar of reeling dust-wrack incense, trains, honours, sea, kiss
27017 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 288 Will Ogilvie The New Moon "New Moon tonight!" you will bear them say, turning their eyes to the glint of gold; but this, as you know is their quaint little way- for the Moon she is centuries old! sky, eager, foam, steers, silvery, sail
27018 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 290 Will Ogilvie The Garden Of Night The Night is a far spreading garden and all through the hours glisten and glitter and sparkle her wonderful flowers. First the great moon-rose full blooming the great bed of stars flowers, towers, thief, lighthouse, season, cliff, poisonous
27019 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 291 Will Ogilvie A Summer Evening Dusk o' the night comes down like wings; Silent are birds that the day found blithe, the soft low breeze of evening brings the far-off chime of hone on scythe. moon, drone, dusk, alone
27020 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 292 Will Ogilvie Steeds Of The Mist Steeds, O Steeds of the morning mist, whose halters none but the wind may twist, whose soft white flanks may feel no spur but the breeze that is setting the woods a-stir; God, fleet, mountain bar, heart, pasture
27021 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 293 Will Ogilvie Drought My road is fenced with the bleached, white bones and strewn with the blind, white sand, beside me a suffering, dumb world moans on the breast of a lonely land. beast, dumb, guard, rains, sword, dance
27022 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 295 Will Ogilvie The Trees Recalling the hours of our playtime, the hours of our labour and ease, and the bush in the night and the daytime, my thoughts wander back to the trees. taxes, hunt, bells, ashes, dreams