877. The Old Rugged Cross

1 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.

2 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]

3 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. Refrain]

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. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
Title: The Old Rugged Cross
Author: G. B. (1913)
Meter: 12.8.12.8 R
Scripture: Galatians 6:14
Topic: Crucifixion
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/The_Old_Rugged_Cross); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (511)
Refrain First Line: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross
Tune Information
Name: [On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross]
Composer: George Bennard (1913)
Meter: 12.8.12.8 R
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/The_Old_Rugged_Cross); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (511)



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