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.

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.

Victor Akins

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This hymnal brings tears to my eyes when I remember when I used to sing this hymnal as a little boy in Africa. Thanks for making this available online. May God continue to richly bless you and your ministry. Happy Christmas in advance.

Felix Ogheneovo

Sapele, Delta, Nigeria

Christ came to died for me. It is a great privilege to have Jesus in my life. I will ever remain great full to serve Him all the days of my life.


omitted v. 4! which is:

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.

Ngele Sunday Eze

Minna, Niger, Nigeria

My Lost Hope restored through the rugged cross. What a Redemption!



Someday, my old rugged cross (my trial of faith) will be exchange for a crown. Halleluyah.


Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

Why was the cross called old rugged cross?


Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

Thank God for paying all my debt on the Calvary cross, there Jesus died for me.