. https://www.youtube.com/watch?vNHUuaA8DKiQ . On Palestrina's Music Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, Ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus. Psalmus 41:2 As the deer desires springs of water, So my soul desires you, O God. Psalm 42:1 __Like the deer who longs for water ____And finds a living source, Listeners lift more fertile spirits after This flowing motet runs its measured course. __The Roman style damps dissonance __As diverse melodies agree; Four separate streamlets sparkle from the fount. No resonance asserts predominance Within their rhythms complementary: Each voice accords in order paramount. __Like a hart whose single leap ____Can reach the hind above, Enthralling passages breathe rest, sink deep, And then resolve into unfathomed love. __The song wells up expressively __From Palestrina making friends With every singer who performs a part In his mosaic of transcendent art; Clear meaning with pure feeling smoothly blends Each heart desiring order heavenly. __Like the stag whose circuit ranges ____Throughout expanses vast, The music of polyphony exchanges Togetherness for union unsurpassed. __Dynamic interplay affords __Consistency and subtlety To comprehensible complexity, As staggered entries coalesce in chords. With sacred words and silence exquisite, Each soul re-echoes order infinite. . . Margaret Coats lives in California. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She has retired from a career of teaching literature, languages, and writing that included considerable work in homeschooling for her own family and others.