Composer: Michael A. Perry
Published in 3 hymnals

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Composer: Michael A. Perry

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 Dio… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Michael A. Perry
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 55654 32461 72543
Key: D Major
Copyright: Music © 1965, 1986 Jubilate Hymns (Admin. Hope Publishing Company)


Worship and Rejoice #227
Text: See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw
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Instances (3)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #310Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #91
Worship and Rejoice #227TextImageAudioScore