December 20, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Key of David (O Clavis Sonnet)

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 2:48 pm by davebayne

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death
~ Original O Antiphon for December 20

O Adonai Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite

Even in the darkness where I sit
And huddle in the midst of misery
I can remember freedom, but forget
That every lock must answer to a key,
That each dark clasp, sharp and intricate,
Must find a counter-clasp to meet its guard,
Particular, exact and intimate,
The clutch and catch that meshes with its ward.
I cry out for the key I threw away
That turned and over turned with certain touch
And with the lovely lifting of a latch
Opened my darkness to the light of day.
O come again, come quickly, set me free
Cut to the quick to fit, the master key.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

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