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Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp   By: (1865-1943)

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SONGS OF THE CATTLE TRAIL AND COW CAMP

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO · DALLAS ATLANTA · SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

SONGS OF THE CATTLE TRAIL AND COW CAMP

COLLECTED BY JOHN A. LOMAX, B.A., M.A.

Executive Secretary Ex Students' Association, the University of Texas.

For three years Sheldon Fellow from Harvard University for the Collection of American Ballads; Ex President American Folk Lore Society. Collector of "Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads"; joint author with Dr. H. Y. Benedict of "The Book of Texas."

WITH A FOREWORD BY WILLIAM LYON PHELPS

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1919

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1919 BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY Set up and electrotyped. Published November, 1919.

"THAT THESE DEAR FRIENDS I LEAVE BEHIND MAY KEEP KIND HEARTS' REMEMBRANCE OF THE LOVE WE HAD." Solon.

In affectionate gratitude to a group of men, my intimate friends during College days (brought under one roof by a "Fraternity"), whom I still love not less but more,

Will Prather , Hammett Hardy , Penn Hargrove and Harry Steger , of precious and joyous memory;

Norman Crozier , not yet quite emerged from Presbyterianism;

Eugene Barker , cynical, solid, unafraid;

"Cap'en" Duval , a gentleman of Virginia, sah;

Ed Miller , red headed and royal hearted;

Bates MacFarland , calm and competent without camouflage;

Jimmie Haven , who has put 'em over every good day since;

Charley Johnson , "the Swede" the fattest, richest and dearest of the bunch;

Edgar Witt , whose loyal devotion and pertinacious energy built the "Frat" house;

Roy Bedichek , too big for any job he has yet tackled;

"Curley" Duncan , who possesses all the virtues of the old time cattleman and none of the vices of the new;

Rom Rhome , the quiet and canny counter of coin;

Gavin Hunt , student and lover of all things beautiful;

Dick Kimball , the soldier; every inch of him a handsome man;

Alex and Bruce and Dave and George and "Freshman" Mathis and Clarence , the six Freshmen we "took in"; while Ike MacFarland , Alfred Pierce Ward , and Guy and Charlie Witt were still in the process of assimilation,

To this group of God's good fellows, I dedicate this little book.

No loopholes now are framing Lean faces, grim and brown, No more keen eyes are aiming To bring the redskin down; But every wind careening Seems here to breathe a song A song of brave careering, A saga of the strong.

FOREWORD

In collecting, arranging, editing, and preserving the "Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp," my friend John Lomax has performed a real service to American literature and to America. No verse is closer to the soil than this; none more realistic in the best sense of that much abused word; none more truly interprets and expresses a part of our national life. To understand and appreciate these lyrics one should hear Mr. Lomax talk about them and sing them; for they were made for the voice to pronounce and for the ears to hear, rather than for the lamplit silence of the library. They are as oral as the chants of Vachel Lindsay; and when one has the pleasure of listening to Mr. Lomax who loves these verses and the men who first sang them one reconstructs in imagination the appropriate figures and romantic setting... Continue reading book >>




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