Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cana est barba tibi...

Here is today's distich by Martial, 4.36:

Cana est barba tibi, nigra est coma: tinguere barbam
non potes - haec causa est - et potes, Ole, comam.

Thy beard is hoary; but they locks are black:
To tinge the beard thou hast not yet the knack.
- Elphinston

Here is the vocabulary:

canus - white, white-haired
sum - be, exist
barba - beard
tu - you
niger - black
coma - hair, head of hair
tinguo - color, dye, tinge
non - not, no
possum - can, be able
hic - this, this one
causa - cause
et - and
Olus - Olus (Aulus)