This rhyme is well-known in Eritrea.

"It's actually sung by a man whose love disappears. He finds her later, but cannot be with her due to having to go to war (the war of independence). Hence the last line." -Reddit

Semira Semira Gual Asmara - Eritrean Children's Songs - Eritrea - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

"Semira is a girl's name mostly for Muslims in Eritrea." -Eritrea-chat.com

People often put in the name of a kid they're singing this to in the place of "Semira".

Asmara is a city and the capital of Eritrea.

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You can hear a version of this song sung here.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Lisa. Based on a translation on Reddit.

የቐንየለይ! Yekeniyeley!

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