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Durme, Durme (Traditional Sephardic Lullaby)

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Published on Dec 24, 2009

This traditional lullaby is sung in Ladino, a Jewish hybrid language also known as Judeo-Spanish. Performed by the Janet and Jak Esim Ensemble (Antik Bir Huzun / Judeo-Espanyol Ezgiler - Kalan Muzik, 2005). Many varieties of the lyrics are sung throughout Europe and North Africa, attesting to the widespread influence of the Sephardic Diaspora.

Durme, durme, querido hijico / Sleep, sleep beloved son
durme sin ansia y dolor / sleep with no fretting
cerra tus chicos ojicos / close your tiny eyes
durme, durme con savor. / sleep, sleep restfully.
Cerra tus lindos ojicos / Close your beautiful eyes
durme, durme con savor. / sleep, sleep restfully.

De la cuna salirás / Out of the crib
a la escola tu entrarás / to enter school
y alli mi querido hijico / and there, my beloved son
a meldar te ambezarás. / you'll begin to read.

De la escola salirás / Out of school
a las pachas te irás / to go to the pashas
a y tu mi querido hijico / and you my beloved son
al empiego entrarás. / to work you'll go.

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