Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Old Rugged Cross

"To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;"

We don't sing this hymn at church, it's not one I'm familiar with. I just bought a couple of albums and they both have this song on, the lyrics are wonderful. I think that my American readers will be very familiar with it, but it's pretty new to me! :)

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.


by George Ben­nard, 1913


  1. Having grown up in a very conservative tradition, it is not a song I am/was very familiar with...I know the melody but it is not a hymn that I can sing all the words too.

  2. As someone that is 78 years of age this song is very important to me. I WILL CLING TO THE OLD RUGGED CROSS. It is too bad that you don't sing this song. There are many hymns and we can't sing them all.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this hymn, especially verse 3. :o)

  4. We sing it at our churhc sometimes. I love it - the words are great. I remember my grandfather singing it when I was a child - both at church, and as he worked at his carpenter's bench. There was something about the idea of Jesus being nailed to rugged, rough, splintery wood - as I watched Grandad working with plane and chisel to build beautiful, smooth things, that was such a picture of God's grace in re-creating our broken lives.

    Thanks fotr th hymn, and all the memories it evoked- blessings x

  5. this is a great hymn! I grew up with it as well. :)

  6. I fell in love with this Hymn at my Grandpa's memorial service!!