Protestant Hymns of the Passion

The Old Rugged Cross

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.


SpacerSo I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Spacertill my trophies at last I lay down;
SpacerI will cling to the old rugged cross,
Spacerand 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.


4. 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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words and melody: George Bennard, 1913 (1873-1958); score (pdf); guitar chords; harmonica; history of the hymn; modern arrangement: midi

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