One of the earliest Simon & Garfunkel collaborations, "Benedicts" dates back to spring of 1964, when Arthur Garfunkel was a college student. One of the courses he took was on 16th century music, and following some library research he came up with the idea of updating this classic Latin hymn. Almost a cappella in style (with just a few guitar chord flourishes), it's a wonderfully intricate two-part harmony reading. The syncopated style achieved on this arrangement would later be revisited by the duo, specifically on "Scarborough Fair." The song was originally arranged by an Italian, Orlando de Lasso.