Excerpt from The Barnstormer's Companion: Being a Little Book of Ballads Designed for Recitation Sweeney, The Tragedian I shall tell of what happened to Sweeney, Of a scene that was witnessed by me;I shall tell you the story of Sweeney, A disciple of Booth and Salvini, A tragedian striving to be.With regret, I shall tellOf the wreck that befellHis bark on the Thespian Sea. For it ever was Sweeney's ambitionTo shine on the tragedy stage: He was firmly convinced of his missionTo act, and to please, in addition;And he sighed o'er the drama's position, And the barbarous mood of the age. Which excluded the grave to perdition, While the gay might its leisure engage.For the popular tasteWill to comedy haste, Though the prophets of tragedy rage. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.