My Country Tis Of Thee by Samuel Smith
One bleak day in February 1832, Samuel Francis Smith, a young theological student sat in his room at Andover Seminary. He was going over a sheaf of German songs for children, given him by a friend, and composer Lowell Mason. As he hummed over one after another, one struck his fancy. The words were patriotic, but they did not appeal to him. He decided to write his own words. On a scrap of paper he tapped out the rhythm of the music as he began to write: My country, tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountain side, Let freedom ring. This has become our hymn of freedom. (Source Unknown).