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Open Your Closed Door

Open Your Closed Door

 Abre tu puerta cerrada

Open your closed door,
because there is no light on your balcony.
Love may protect you,
let us go, Rosa, let us go away from here.
 
I have prayed for your beauty,
which is given to you from God.
Your beauty is pure,
it´s reserved for me.
 
One of the best-known, loved and performed Ladino romances, this is a simple love song. Even today, it is easy to envision it being sung beneath the window of beautiful young ladies throughout the realm of Sefardi Jewry, from the Iberian Peninsula to Turkey and the Balkans.
Song of the Day
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