The Old Rugged Cross

​Written by George Bennard in 1912​, The Old Rugged Cross has become one of the most beloved hymns of the 20th century.  It speaks of reverence towards the cross on which Jesus died to save the world. 

The ​Old Rugged Cross - Lyrics


​On a hill far away,

​stood an old rugged Cross

The emblem of suff'ring and shame

And I love that old Cross

where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain


​(Refrain)

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down

I will cling to the old rugged Cross

And exchange it some day for a crown.


Oh, that old rugged Cross

so despised by the world

Has a wondrous attraction for me

For the dear Lamb of God,

left His Glory above

To bear it to dark Calvary


​(Refrain)

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down

I will cling to the old rugged Cross

And exchange it some day for a crown


In the old rugged Cross,

stain'd with blood so divine

A wondrous beauty I see

For ’twas on that old cross

Jesus suffered and died

​To pardon and sanctify me


​(Refrain)

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down

I will cling to the old rugged Cross

And exchange it some day for a crown


To the old rugged Cross,

I will ever be true

Its shame and reproach gladly bear

Then He'll call me some day

to my home far away

Where His glory forever I'll share


​(Refrain)

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down

I will cling to the old rugged Cross

And exchange it some day for a crown.

​The Old Rugged Cross - Recording


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