Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pistor dulciarius

Here is today's distich by Martial, 14.222. The idea here is that the modest little bee, not given to extravagant indulgences, makes possible the extravagant indulgences of the human pastry chef!

Mille tibi dulces operum manus ista figuras
Extruet: huic uni parca laborat apis.

Here is the vocabulary:

pistor - miller, baker
dulciarius - sweets (adj.), confectioner
mille - thousand
tu - you
dulcis - sweet
opus - work, creation
manus - hand
iste - that, that one
figura - shape, figure
exstruo - build up, fashion
hic - this, this one
unus - one, alone
parcus - frugal, sparing
laboro - labor, work hard
apis - bee