Sicut Cervus Desiderat (Palestrina)

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About this Piece

TitleSicut Cervus Desiderat
ComposerGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594)
KeyF major

This piece is a choral setting of Psalm 41:2, as found in the Vulgate Bible.


The translation presented is as close to the Latin as possible; words not found in the respective lines are put in [brackets]. This translation is solely of the Latin text, and does not strive for accuracy to the original Hebrew.

Sicut cervus desideratAs the deer desires
ad fontes aquarumto [go to] the fount of the waters,
Ita desideratSo desires
anima meamy soul
ad te [go to] you, God.

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