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The Streets of Laredo - Poem by Francis Henry Maynard

As I rode down by Tom Sherman's bar-room,
Tom Sherman's bar-room so early one day,
There I espied a handsome young ranger
All wrapped in white linen, as cold as the clay.
'I see by your outfit that you are a ranger,'
The words that he said as I went riding by,
'Come sit down beside me, and hear my sad story,
I'm shot through the breast and I know I must die.

Then muffle the drums and play the dead marches;
Play the dead marches as I'm carried along;
Take me to the church-yard and lay the sod o'er me,
I'm a young ranger and I know I've done wrong.

'Go bear a message to my grey-haired mother
Go break the news to gently to my sister so dear,
But never a word of this place do you mention,
As they gather around you my story to hear.
Then there is another as dear as a sister,
Who will bitterly weep when she knows I am gone,
But another more worthy may win her affection,
For I'm a young ranger—I know I've done wrong.'


'Once in my saddle I used to be dashing;
Once in my saddle, I used to be brave;
But I first took to gambling, from that to drinking,
And now in my prime, I must go to my grave.
Go gather around you a crowd of gay rangers,
Go tell them the tale of their comrade's sad fate,
Tell each and all to take timely warning,
And leave their wild ways before it's too late.'


'Go, now, and bring me a cup of cold water,
To bathe my flushed temples,' the poor fellow said.
But ere I returned, the spirit had left him,
Had gone to is Giver—the ranger was dead.
So we muffled the drums and played the dead marches,
We bitterly wept as we bore him along,
For we all loved the ranger, so brave and so handsome,
We all loved our comrade, although he'd done wrong.

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  • Rookie - 380 Points Deepak Manchanda (7/7/2015 8:20:00 AM)

    Creative structure...strong imagery. Enjoyed reading your poem. Thanks (Report) Reply

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Poems About Cowboy

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  4. 4. Cicely , Francis Bret Harte
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  6. 6. A Cowboy's Soliloquy , Domenick John O'Malley
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  8. 8. Open Range , Robert Fletcher
  9. 9. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
  10. 10. The Shooting Of Dan Mcgrew , Robert William Service
  11. 11. Eldorado , Edgar Allan Poe
  12. 12. The Ballad Of Cowboy Bob , David Burton Richardson
  13. 13. The Man From Snowy River , Banjo Paterson
  14. 14. Christmas Trees , Robert Frost
  15. 15. Laska , Frank Desprez
  16. 16. The Cremation Of Sam Mcgee , Robert William Service
  17. 17. The Trusty Lariat (Cowboy Fireman) , Harry McClintock
  18. 18. The Cowboys Homing , Arthur Chapman
  19. 19. Texas Cowboy , Karle Wilson Baker
  20. 20. Coyote , Francis Bret Harte
  21. 21. The Ballad Of William Sycamore [1790-1871] , Stephen Vincent Benet
  22. 22. Scotty's Wild Stuff Stoo , Francis Humphris Brown
  23. 23. Little Breeches , John Hay
  24. 24. The West , Sharlot Hall
  25. 25. Texas Types -- The Cowboy , William Lawrence Chittenden
  26. 26. The Cowboy , James Tate
  27. 27. That Li'l Baldy Hoss , Robert Fletcher
  28. 28. Crossing The Divide , James W Foley
  29. 29. The Ballad Of Blasphemous Bill , Robert William Service
  30. 30. A Prayer , Frank Dempster Sherman
  31. 31. Little Joe, the Wrangler , Nathan Howard Thorp
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  33. 33. The Belled Coyote , Robert Fletcher
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