If your browser is rigged to play midi files, you can click on the speaker icon to hear Byrd's crab canon Diliges Dominum. This was written for 8 voices: two sopranos, two countertenors, two tenors, and two basses. Each pair sings its line forwards and backwards. That is, the second soprano's line is the exact reverse of the first soprano's; the second bass's line reverses the first bass's. You can't hear that in the music. But if you look at the sopranos' lines at the midpoint, you can see what's happening.

The words are from Matthew 22:37 and 39: Diliges Dominum Deum tuum ex toto corde tuo, et in tota anima tua, et in tota mente tua. Diliges proximum tuum sicut te ipsum.
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