|Short Name:||Michael Perry|
|Full Name:||Perry, Michael, 1942-1996|
Michael Arnold Perry (1942-1996) was one of the UK's leading hymnwriters of the 20th century. He was closely associated with Jubilate Hymns.
Michael Perry was born in Beckenham, Kent on 8 March 1942. He was educated at Dulwich College and went on to study at University College London; Oak Hill Theological College, London; Ridley Hall, Cambridge; and University of Southampton.
It was during his student days at Oak Hill in 1964 that he wrote his best-known hymn, the Calypso Carol, the first line of which is "See him lying on a bed of straw". He wrote this for a college concert, and it only became famous by accident when Cliff Richard substituted it for a missing recording in a radio show.
After ordination in the Church of England Diocese of Liverpool, he ministered at St Helens, Merseyside.
The Perrys moved to Bitterne, Southampton, Hampshire, where Michael was curate and then vicar. During his time at Bitterne he was on the committees that produced the popular hymn books Psalm Praise (1973) and Hymns for Today's Church (1982).
From 1981 to 1989 Perry served as Rector of Eversley, Hampshire. In 1982 he became Secretary of Jubilate Hymns, and was involved in editing most of their books. In addition, he worked as Chaplain and lecturer at the National Police Staff College, Bramshill. He was also elected to the Church of England's General Synod in 1985.
His last posting was as Vicar of Tonbridge in his native Kent from 1989 until 1996. He was appointed Chairman of the Church Pastoral Aid Society in 1993, and again to the General Synod in 1994.
He married Beatrice Mary at St Helens Parish Church in 1967. They had two children, Helen and Simon.
From early 1996 he was increasingly disabled by an inoperable brain tumour, and he died at home on 9 December 1996.
His contemporary, hymn-writer Chris Idle, paid tribute to Perry's compositions, his constructive criticism of others' works, and his business acumen in "sorting out what had been a copyright jungle" (referring to critics who expected songwriters to make no charge since their work was "for the Lord"). He concluded that few people matched Perry's influence on evangelical praise and worship over the 1970s to '90s.
He wrote over 300 hymns. The following works are a selection.
"See him lying on a bed of straw" (Calypso Carol)
"O God Beyond All Praising" (to Holst's melody Thaxted)
"Bring to the Lord a Glad New Song" (to Hubert Parry's tune Jerusalem)
The Dramatised Bible
Preparing for Worship, Zondervan 1995, ISBN 978-0-551-02895-1
Singing to God, Hope Publications, 1995. ISBN 978-0-916642-59-4. His own collected hymns
|Texts by Michael Perry (53)||As||Instances|
|All who are thirsty||Michael Perry (Author)||3|
|As we walk along beside you||Michael A. Perry (Author)||2|
|Be gracious to me, Lord||Michael Perry (Author)||3|
|Blessed be the God of Israel, who comes to set us free; he visits and redeems us||Michael A. Perry (Author)||11|
|[Born of Water]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Bring to the Lord a glad new song||Michael Arnold Perry (Author)||2|
|Come and Hear the Joyful Singing||Michael A. Perry (Author)||2|
|Come and sing the Christmas story||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Come, worship God, who is worthy of honor||Michael Perry, 1942-1996 (Versifier)||5|
|Comes Mary to the grave||Michael A Perry (Author)||3|
|Commit your way to God the Lord||Michael Perry (Author)||3|
|[Down from the Height ]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[Fear Not, For I Bring All People]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Fling wide the gates, unbar the ancient doors||Michael Perry, 1942-1996 (Author)||2|
|[From Highest Heaven Where Praises Ring]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[Glory and Honor]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[Glory Be to God in Heaven]||Michael A Perry (Author)||3|
|God is our fortress and our rock||Michael A. Perry (Translator)||3|
|God shall fulfil the promise and bring the people peace||Michael Perry (Author)||1|
|[He Lives in Us, the Christ of God]||Michael A Perry (Author)||3|
|Heal me, hands of Jesus||Michael Perry (Author)||8|
|How shall they hear the word of God||Michael A. Perry (Author)||8|
|In Christ there is no east or west (Oxenham)||Michael A. Perry, 1942-96 (Author (st. 3))||2|
|In Christ there is no east or west (Perry)||Michael A. Perry (Author)||4|
|[Jesus, Child of Mary Born]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Jesus, hope of every nation||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[Jesus, Redeemer, Mary's child]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[Jesus, Savior, Holy Child]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Let this be my supreme desire||Michael Perry (Author)||3|
|Lift up your head and let your heart hear the story||Michael A. Perry (Author (alternate refrain))||1|
|Like a mighty river flowing||Michael A Perry (Author)||4|
|Lord Jesus Christ, invited guest and Savior||Michael Perry (Author)||2|
|May the Lord God hear you pray||Michael Perry (Author)||3|
|[Now Evening Comes to Close the Day]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Now through the grace of God we claim||Michael A. Perry (Author)||2|
|[O Bless the God of Israel]||Michael A Perry (Author)||3|
|[O come, Our world's Redeemer, come]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|O God beyond all praising, we worship you today||Michael Perry, b. 1942 (Author)||10|
|O Lord, be gracious to me||Michael Perry (1942-1996) (Author)||2|
|[O Praise the Lord, the Mighty God of Israel]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[One thing I know] (Perry)||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|Praise him, praise him, praise him, pow'rs and dominations||Michael Perry (Author)||3|
|Praise the Father, God of justice||Michael Perry (Author)||1|
|Safe in the hands of God who made me||Michael Perry (Author)||2|
|See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw||Michael A. Perry (Author)||3|
|The brightness of God's glory||Michael Perry (Paraphraser)||2|
|The God of heaven thunders||Michael A. Perry (Author)||3|
|We give God thanks for those who knew||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|[We Lift Our Hearts Up to the Lord]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|
|We Thank You, God, for Feeding Us||Michael A. Perry (Author)||2|
|We will tell each generation||Michael Perry (Author)||2|
|When I lift up my voice||Michael A. Perry (Author)||2|
|[When Jesus Christ Was Eight Days Old]||Michael A Perry (Author)||2|