Books,Films and theatre, they have all been used in the creating of this Legend, but the fact remains it has never been proved that he actually existed at all, at least not in the achives of the Old Baily Trials, yet still he has made his way into English

The Demon Barber.

There was a man in Fleet street
A demon barber so they say
Who would take your coat and slit your throat
Just to pass the time of day

Sweeny Todd they called him
A swarthy uncouth man
Who murdered those unwary
And didn't give a damn

His mistress owned a pie shop
Just across the street
Who's pies were most delectable
The best that you could eat

This partnership was formed in Hell
For he supplied the meat
While she would make the pastry
To bake this tasty treat

But then he killed a constable
It was a step to far
And so he was arrested
To be brought before the Bar

Guilty was the verdict
And mercy there was none
So within the sound of Bow Bells
This murderer was hung

So next time at the Barbers
Pass the time but not to long
For Sweent Todd he may be dead
But the Legend still lives on.

Poetry by penfold18
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Written on 2008-03-03 at 10:21

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Zoya Zaidi
A story so well told, dear Graham!
The Demaon Barber indeed is a 'legend terrable'
How have you been?
Your friend,
Love, Zoya

Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
All I can say is I am a glad about this legend because it gave me opportunity to see Johnny Depp in another movie. You see I am a fan of both him and Tim Burton and when you put together with Stephen Sondheim's score I am in Heaven while visiting Hell. lol

I loved your poem. I knew from the title that I it would hold my interest for sure. : )

Thomas Selnes The PoetBay support member heart!
Excellent! Love reading and writing about legends such as this one. You captured the macabre mood of the legend marvellously.

Elle The PoetBay support member heart!
Enjoyed reading this Graham, I'm looking forwards to seeing the latest film about him. Myth or real, its a fascinating and gruesome tale.

Elle x