‘From our perspective, the difficulty of apprehending, in the three- and four-voice works, the several different texts sung simultaneously seems almost insuperable. But our perspective is, of course, irrelevant.’

– M.S. Gushee, ‘The Polyphonic Music of the Medieval Monastery, Cathedral and University’, in Man and Music: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, from Ancient Greece to the 15th Century, ed. J. McKinnon(London, 1990)

This cheered me up immensely.