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.
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.