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.
Katy Ross Ross

Liberty Hill, TX, United States

This song is a hymnal that will last in my heart and mind forever. My Grandmother would sing this when I was young. I knew she would want it at her burial and her children honored. Even now listening tears are falling down my face.

Linda Herald

Commerce Township, MI, United States

We will be singing this song at my dear father's graveside service today. It will say what he believed all his life and made known to many through his gift of evangelism. Thank you for providing the lyrics.

Madu Maria Okwudili

Lagos, Nigeria

This song is a song that reminds me of what Jesus did for me on the cross of Calvary. All I ask is for the grace to cling to Jesus till the end of my life because I know that those that endure till the end there is a crown of glory that awaits them. I will forever love You Jesus.


Thank you for the 4th verse because I always sing this song with that verse. To God be the glory.

Timothy Fudge

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

There is a 4th verse to that song.

4. To the old rugged cross, I will ever be true.

It's shame and reproach gladly bear.

Then He'll call me someday to my home far away;

Where His Glory forever I'll share.



James 1.12

Ibifubara Hector

Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria

It's a heart felt worship song that reminds me of what Christ did for us on the cross. I love to sleep with it at night.


TN, United States

This song has encouraged and soothed my mind this morning, as I think of clinging to Jesus and the cross where He died for me. Praise God, I have hope because of His selfless sacrifice!

Normand Jalette

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States

I was in prison the first time I heard this song:

God bless the person who wrote it.

It has helped me learn of a higher power, I have!


Hyderabad, Telengana, India

Such a great love towards me I can't describe. I'm the worst in the universe but He loves me still the most.