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Love Me Sweet
(song from "The Battlers")
soprano with piano, or with flute, horn, harp and strings
1.0.0.0-1.0.0.0- hp, strings
duration 4:00  © 1993 Australian Music Centre
Performed by Jane Edwards and the Tall Poppies Orchestra conducted by David Stanhope on the Tall Poppies CD The Battlers
Performed by David Stanhope (piano) on the ABC Classics CD Celebrare
Performed by Diana Doherty and Alexandre Ogey with Sinfonia Australis on the ABC Classics CD Souvenirs
Performed by Gondwana Voices on the ABC Classics CD Dreamings
Performed by Jane Edwards (soprano) and Marshall McGuire (harp) on the ABC Classics CD Love Me Sweet
Performed by Anna Stoddart (flute) and Janice Preece (harp) on the ABC Classics CD Whispers
Performed by Jane Edwards (soprano) and Marshall McGuire (harp) on the ABC Classics CD For You - Classical Love Songs
Performed by Tamara Kuldin on the Tamara Kuldin CD Love, Longing & Lullabies

sample performed by Jane Edwards and the Tall Poppies Orchestra conducted by David Stanhope
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Program Note:

Love Me Sweet was written to accompany the romantic climax of the television mini-series The Battlers (produced in 1993 for ATN Channel 7) based on the Kylie Tennant novel of the same name. The song had to encapsulate an overwhelming sense of emotional fulfilment while maintaining sufficient realism to remain true to Ms Tennant's vision.

This is the only part of the film to use song, arising from the temporary placement of a popular song at this point to assist the film editor. The text is adapted freely from the first two verses of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem, A Man's Requirements. Ms Browning's poem is a marvel of economy and wit, with an ironic twist in its tail emerging only at the end of the last verse. Words were changed to assist vocalisation and comprehension, as well as to provide a more clearly adoring context for the song.

Love Me Sweet

Love me sweet, with all your heart,
Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me with your lightest glance,
Love me in full being.

Love me with your open arms,
In their frank surrender;
With the vowing of your lips,
in their silence tender.

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"A Man's Requirements", by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(first two verses)

Love me Sweet, with all thou art,
Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me in the lightest part,
Love me in full being.

Love me with thine open youth
In its frank surrender;
With the vowing of thy mouth,
With its silence tender.

(eleventh, and final, verse )
Thus, if thou wilt prove me, Dear,
Woman's love no fable,
I will love thee -- half a year --
As a man is able.


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