The Old Rugged Cross

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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 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.


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Information About The Old Rugged Cross

"The Old Rugged Cross" was written by American song-leader and evangelist George Bennard (1873-1958) in the year 1912 and is a popular Christian song.

Published in 1915 the song was popularized by Billy Sunday's evangelist campaigns.

"The Old Rugged Cross" is even today hugely popular and some of the 20th-century's most famous recording artists have performed this song, including the likes of Al Green, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley.

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Pegy, United States

22 June 2012 at 8:46pm

Love the old songs that you don't hear very often now but I want to paint a picture and needed to hear the words once more. thank you

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Scherrie, United States

24 October 2011 at 7:42pm

I love all of the old gospel hymns. Can never get enough of them.

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Seph, M

19 June 2010 at 2:58pm

i love this song:)

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