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Psalm: 41
Iconography: The psalmist points to the stag and to the psalm title (not the text itself). Christ leans over to listen.Just as the stag desires after the fountains of water: so does my soul desire after you god. The stag devours a serpent and no fountains are illustrated. This is because the illustration is allegorical: St Augustine wrote that when the stag ate the serpent (evil) it developed a great thirst and came to drink the pure waters of baptism (PL, St Augustine, xxxvi, 465).
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