O Key of David and Scepter of the House of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: Come, bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.
O come, Thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
* * * This is probably my favorite of the O Antiphons. I love the symbolism, and I just love the sound of the words. Can't you see the captive, sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death?