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Sun and Saddle Leather

Sun and Saddle Leather by Charles Badger Clark
By: (1883-1957)

Cowboy Poetry began as a 19th Century Performance Art staged around a crackling campfire, referencing tall tales and personal stories, lost girlfriends, and love of the vast unboundaried West. It was best accompanied by a hot tin cup of boiled coffee, dunked biscuits, and beef jerky. The rhymed couplets were easy to remember, and once the day's drive was done, everybody had a few hours to listen to friends and wonder at the stars. Badger Clark gave voice and record to this unique American folk art, and built on it to express his own creative genius. He was declared the first Poet Laureate of South Dakota, or as he liked to say, “Poet Lariat.”

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[Illustration: " When the last free trail is a prim, fenced lane And our graves grow weeds through forgetful Mays, Richer and statelier then you'll reign, Mother of men whom the world will praise. And your sons will love you and sigh for you, Labor and battle and die for you, But never the fondest will understand The way we have loved you, young, young land. "]

SUN AND SADDLE LEATHER

BY BADGER CLARK

Illustrations from Photographs by L. A. HUFFMAN

THIRD EDITION

[Illustration]

BOSTON RICHARD G. BADGER THE GORHAM PRESS

Copyright, 1915, 1917 and 1919 by Badger Clark

All Rights Reserved

MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Gorham Press, Boston, U. S. A.

TO MY FATHER, who, in his long life, has seldom been conscious of a man's rough exterior, or unconscious of his obscurest virtue.

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION

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