The old rugged cross

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.
  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.
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.
In the 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.

Lagos, Nigeria

4. To the old rugged cross

I will ever be true

It's shame and reproach gladly bear

Then He'll call me some day

To my home far away

Where His glory forever I'll share

Darren Mason

Worcester, United Kingdom

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

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


Cincinnati, OH, United States

For Tee in Detroit:

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;

Its shame and reproach gladly bear;

Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,

Where His glory forever I’ll share.


Detroit, MI, United States

Recently, I visited a church and we sang this hymn. There was a fourth verse in the hymnal that I'd never seen before. I came here hoping to find it. If anyone does please post it. Thank you.

Monica Etuk

Eket, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

Thanks a lot for this song, it's my best song. I'll exchange it someday for a crown.

Liona Mavhusa

Ryazan, Russia

One day the old rugged cross made sense to me whilst I had been so enlightened on the gospel of God.

Doug Jackson

Beaverton, Oregon, United States

While praying today as I began to close. This glorious song of my childhood quickly flashed by, inside my heart. So I looked it up and "began singing it", "to myself entirely ".

It Felt awesome.

As I sang, I remembered my father sitting next to me at our Wednesday nights singing service, how I loved hearing my father's singing voice.

""I love this song so very much that it hurts we can not find any churches that will sing these important HOLY GHOST filled songs anymore"", They are truly Anointed by God and fill the room with HIS HOLY presence when sang.

There is a gigantic difference from what they sing in a "baptist" church today compared to a Baptist church in the 6o's And 70's.

"Really breaks my heart". "It is the saddest thing that's happened to the local churches" to the point of tears.

Oscar Ray

Jakarta, Indonesia

This beautiful songs always bring me more closer to my Maker. And I do receive divine strength soar higher after singing it. All thanks to the writer. To God be the glory.

Pst Peter Adenaiye

Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria

Soul satisfying, and dedication song. May God give me more Grace to sing it. Love it always.

Ifeanyi Uhuegbu

London, United Kingdom

I sang this song as it came to my mind this glorious morning. My spirited was lifted and my challenges evaporated. I received extra strength to face the challenges of the day.