Fr. Carmelo Psaila, popularly known as Dun Karm Psaila, was born in Żebbuġ on the 18th of October 1871. He was a Maltese writer and poet, and is also the Maltese National poet. Dun Karm studied at the Seminary between the years 1885 and 1894 and then proceeded to study philosophy in 1888 and theology in 1890 at the University of Malta.
In 1921, Albert Laferla, the director of education, asked Dun Karm to compose some verses to a music score by Robert Sammut. The Innu Malti, “Maltese Anthem”, which assumed the form of a prayer to God, was sung for the first time in 1923. In 1941 it was officially designated as the National Anthem, a status confirmed by the Constitution when the island was granted Independence in 1964.