Una matica de ruda
(A sprig of rue)

Ladino, Sephardic

Una matica de ruda
Una matica de flor
Me la dio un mancevico
Que de mi s'enamoro

Hija mia mi querida
No t'eches a la perdicion
Mas vale un mal marido
Que mejor de nuevo amor

Mal marido la mi madre
No hay más maldicion
Nuevo amor la mi madre
La manzana y el limon
A sprig of rue
A flowering sprig
It was given me by a lad
Who fell in love with me

My dear daughter
Don't fall into ruin
It's better to have a bad husband
Than a young lover

A bad husband, mother
Is the most horrible curse
A young lover, mother
Is an apple or a lemon