Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Candelabrum ligneum

Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.44:

Esse vides lignum; servas nisi lumina, fiet
De candelabro magna lucerna tibi.

Unless you mind, and mend the light, you'll see
The candlestick itself will candle be.
- Wright

Here is the vocabulary:

candelabrum - candelabrum
ligneus - wooden, made of wood
sum - be, exist
video - see
lignum - wood
servo - keep, save, take care of
nisi - unless
lumen - light, lamp
fio - become, be made
de - from
magnus - big, large, great
lucerna - lamp
tu - you