Arthur Chapman

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Arthur Chapman (1873 – 1935) was an early twentieth century American poet and newspaper columnist. He wrote a sub-genre of American poetry known as Cowboy Poetry. His most famous poem was Out Where the West Begins.
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Out Where The West Begins
Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger,
Out where the smile dwells a little longer,
That’s where the West begins;
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Out Among The Big Things
Out among the big things —
The mountains and the plains —
An hour ain’t important,
Nor are the hour’s gains;
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Men In The Rough
Men in the rough--on the trails all new-broken--
Those are the friends we remember with tears;
Few are the words that such comrades have spoken--
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Pete's Error
There’s a new grace up on Boot Hill, where we’ve planted Rowdy Pete;
He died one evenin’, sudden, with his leather on his feet;
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The Cow-Puncher's Elegy
I've ridden nigh a thousand leagues upon two bands of steel,
And it takes a grizzled Westerner to know just how I feel;
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