The Old Rugged Cross
Music: George Bennard, 1873-1958
Tune: ---, Meter: Irr. with Refrain
This song is Public Domain and Royalty Free, not to be sold
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,|
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
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.
O 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.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,|
a wondrous beauty I see,
for 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me.
To that 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.