Link to Utah USU Special Collection home page

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
27023 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 296 Will Ogilvie Beyond The Barrier Are you tired of the South land, comrade- of the smoke and the city's din, and the roar of the chiding ocean when the sobbing tide comes in? birth, poison, kiss, maid, wine, blaze, comrades
27024 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 298 Will Ogilvie King Barwon With tresses in disorder, with ravening, reaching arms I cross the trembling border to waste your western farms; To steal your sheep and cattle- flood, forces, blood, storms, trouble, cattle
27025 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 300 Will Ogilvie The White Ibis When the fierce Barwon from the Border brings his massed batalions to the drought's defeat, above his pathway, with white folded wings I dream in the noon's heat. threat, farms, alarms, drift, wings, dead
27026 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 303 Will Ogilvie A World Away It's many a league to the Leeuwin Light and the Darling bends are a world away; But I've ridden there in a dreamfu night and back ere the break of day. memory, saddle, spur, vow, friend, together, stockyard
27027 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 303 Will Ogilvie Gallant And Gay In the bushland far away we were gallant, we were gay; Mixed our labour with our laughter; Cared but little what came after; careless, lands, misfortune, bolder, fun
27028 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 304 Will Ogilvie To The Overlanders Take this farewell from one must leave the rowel and the rein before the blue Canoblas weave their snow-white hoods again; moon, lies, lagoons, sea, stockyard
27029 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 306 Will Ogilvie The Dust Of The Years With the silks in the sunlight gleaming, with the sheen on the stain coats, with the field round the bush course streaming to the cheer of five hundred throats; ring, tramp, camp, careless, idle, gay
27030 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 307 Will Ogilvie Bridle Tracks Out of th years that the locust has eaten, out of the days that are over and fled loom the old roads that the bare hoofs have beaten, wind the old ways that were lovely to tread. dawn, cloud, pine, irons, shed, dance, glance
27031 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 308 Will Ogilvie Australia (From "A Handful of Leather") She has hidden each footprint of mine with a swirl of her deifting sand; My camp fires leave no sign and remember, silver, creek, wonderful, silver, spider spun
27032 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 309 Will Ogilvie Comrades Do the shearers still go riding up the Warrego to work, where the thurulgoona woolshed flashes silver in the sun? Are the bullock-teams still bending through the coolibahs to Bourke? dense, scrub, death, sweat, steal
27033 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 310 Will Ogilvie A Bush Night I remember the tilt of the deep canvas chairs, and the men sitting idle, and out in the paddock a hoof going past and the click of a bridle, disconsolate, sunflower, summer, mosquito, sandhill
27035 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 311 Will Ogilvie The Hoofs Of The Horses The hoofs of the horses!-Oh! witching and sweet is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet! No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird can stir me as hoofs of the horses have stirred. despair, care, disappointment, fortune, sweet, love, sleep
27036 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 312 Will Ogilvie My Australian Spurs Old and worn my Bushland spurs hang above my desk today. Memory, on that broom of hers, witchlike bears my heart away over seas that restless roll, sunlight, golden, mist, obey, friendships
27037 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 313 Will Ogilvie Back To The Border The face of the Bush, men say, has changed since the far-off days of the "Ninety flood when over the Darling roads we ranged with hope teams, dust, dreams, dawn
27038 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 314 Will Ogilvie Stirrup Cup When a pilgrim rode on a journey or a king rode forth to war or a knight rode mailed to the tourney in the chivalrous days of yore, impatient, sorrow, tears, smiles
27039 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 315 Will Ogilvie The Station Mile I stand alone at the well-known place where wraiths of the Past defile, and wonder how long since last a race was run on the station mile. A new fence crosses the old warn track, flag, game, trail horse, scarf
27040 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 316 Will Ogilvie A Leaf From Macquarie A gumleaf from Warren, all withered and brown, Fluttered out from a letter today, and my heart has gone back where Macquarie winds down by dusty red stock-route and sleepy grey town overlander, friend, gift, mystical, tears
27041 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 317 Will Ogilvie The Bushman Abroad There are snow-white mists on the mountain side, there are wild flowers wet with rain, but my heart goes back where the old loves guide to the big bare plains again. bridge, ridge, flower, smile, careless, island mob, funeral job
27042 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 319 Will Ogilvie The Verandah Though far is that home that our memories environ and dim is the picture it faintly recalls of sun-dazzled roofing of galvanised iron surmounting a straggle of weatherboard walls. lagoon, moon, stars, ghosts
27043 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 320 Will Ogilvie Station Ponies Seventy miles since morning! Hooked up as the magpies woke and the last star left the sky; Home at night with their traces tight and the lean brave heads held high; sun, perfect, sandhill, luxury car, perfect team, whip
27044 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 321 Will Ogilvie The Cracker Someone-I take it some old bush-whacker-has sent me a birthday gift to-day: 'Tis a simple thing, just a silken cracker twisted-you know!-in the old bush way... homestead, kiss, thunder, heart, wing
27045 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 322 Will Ogilvie After The Horses Have they ever waked you early while the shadows lingered yet, Ere the grey light gathered fairly and the drowsy stars had set? limber, fortune, sunrise, timber, string, gold, thunder
27046 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 324 Will Ogilvie A Lay Of Lost Horses Where are the horses we loved of old, the brown, the bay and the grey, with their limbs of steel and their hearts of gold to tackle the longest day? patient, regret, blaze, hitch, God
27047 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 325 Will Ogilvie St. Clair Back in the station days I loved there was a horse, St. Clair! Bred to be good and a good one proved king of the creek, St. Clair! Courage and heart of him undenied. stockman, swore, race, horseman, dead
27048 Saddle For A Throne FC 11 O-13 327 Will Ogilvie The Border Gate Dawn gilds the spiders' bridges; Morn mocks the shadows' rout; A mile back on the ridges they put the headlights out; A red-topped coach from Nor'ward stars, river, Queensland, dense, Jimmy Tyson