O sanctissima (O most holy) is a Roman Catholic hymn in Latin, seeking the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The earliest known publication was from the European Magazine from London, dated from 1792. It is presented as a traditional song from Sicily. The tune has been notably reused for the German Christmas carol "O du fröhliche" (O, how joyful) and the English recessional hymn "Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing.” Similar Latin lyrics have been set to entirely different tunes since the 1500s, by notable composers and arrangers including Leonhard Kleber (probably editing another composer), Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Ernst T. A. Hoffmann, Antonín Dvořák, and Fritz Kreisler (using a melody of Arcangelo Corelli).
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- Anonymous — O sanctissima
Text and translations
1. O sanctissima, o piissima,
1. Oh most holy one, O most gracious
1. Ó santíssima, clementíssima