Come, release the prisoners

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O King of David
and Scepter of the house of Israel,
what you open no one can shut.
What you shut no one can open.
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Sarum Rite, The New Ancient Collects, revised by Paul Stratman
from Ancient Collects and Other Prayers by Dr. William Bright


Thus says the Lord:
“In a time of favor I have answered you;
    in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I will keep you and give you
    as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
    to apportion the desolate heritages,
saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
    to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
They shall feed along the ways;
    on all bare heights shall be their pasture;

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