Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Singing a Birthday Song .....

... for Samuel Francis Smith - Baptist minister, journalist and author, who wrote the lyrics to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," which he entitled "America" - who was born on this day in 1808.

Many will say Smith's homage to our country is the best to ever be set to music, and it did serve as a national anthem of sorts for many years. Posts on the song and its history include
this one from the Library of Congress, this one on Cyber Hymnal, and this one on Wikipedia.

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