Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Palestrina Sicut Cervus



Sung by the King's College Choir.

Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus. Sitivit anima mea ad Deum fortem vivum: quando veniam et apparebo ante faciem Dei? Fuerunt mihi lacrymae meae panes die ac nocte, dum dicitur mihi quotidie: Ubi est Deus tuus?

Anglican translation (the one I grew up with, not necessarily the 'slavishly accurate' transation, waving archly at Fr Z.):
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks, so longeth my soul unto Thee, O God. My soul is a thirst for God, yea even for the living God. When shall I come to appear before the presence of God? My tears have been my meat day and night; while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?

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