O CLAVIS DAVID — Juan de la Cruz | John of the Cross


O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;
qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
claudis, et nemo aperit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

Oh Llave de David y Cetro de la casa de Israel, que abres y nadie puede cerrar, cierras y nadie puede abrir, ven y libra a los cautivos que viven en tinieblas y en sombra de muerte.

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.


De donde grande compasión conviene tener al alma que Dios pone en esta tempestuosa y horrenda noche; porque, aunque le corre muy buena dicha por los grandes bienes que de ella le han de nacer cuando, como dice Job (12,22), levantare Dios en el alma de las tinieblas profundos bienes y produzca en luz la sombra de muerte, de manera que, como dice David (Sal. 139,12), venga a ser su luz como fueron sus tinieblas.

Noche Oscura: Libro 2 Capítulo 7,3

One ought to have deep compassion for the soul God puts in this tempestuous and frightful night. It may be true that the soul is fortunate because of what is being accomplished within it, for great blessings will proceed from this night; and Job affirms that out of darkness God will raise up in the soul profound blessings and change the shadow of death into light (Jb. 12:22); and God will do this in such a way that, as David says, the light will become what the darkness was (Ps. 139:12).

The Dark Night: Book Two, Chapter 7.3

John of the Cross, St. 1991, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Revised Edition, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O with revisions and introductions by Kavanaugh, K, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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  1. Shared with our Parish, crediting “my Carmelite friend”. 170+ people. At your service…

  2. What truly beautiful chant! I appreciate the English after the Latin. And I relate well to the dark night of the senses…

    1. About 25 years ago I had the opportunity to sing for a Latin Mass where Dom Columba Kelly, OSB was the guest director of the schola. Oh my goodness. God rest his soul, he was a master in every sense of the term.

      1. What an amazing privilege!! The Knights of St Columba are a big thing in England.

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