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.
Revreuben Nyava

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

It's a song l will always keep to heart. It helps me a lot when lifes journey gets tough and rough, l will always remember the old rugged cross.

Courage Kofi Ghandi Guns

Accra, New Achimota, Ghana

This song is just a paradox to me. how I have been despised by my family who persecuted my father and they are doing it to me Too. but when the evil plottrt beats his drum for the downfall of the innocent man, the God's will not let that drum sound. In God I will always trust.

Regina White

Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

Over 70 years ago my Irish Grandparents had a record of a woman singing this very song. As a child I would play that record over and over and through all these years have never forgotten that song or the words and it has played in my head through many many difficult times and sustained me - as it still does now.

Rita W Ode

Kano, Nigeria

A beautifully presented hymn. The power of the cross and the crown of eternity.

Felix Blessing

Lagos, Abia, Nigeria

The song reminds me of the cross and gift of salvation from Jesus Christ. How my life should reflect the cost of His death for mankind.

Herman Bos

Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Netherlands

These words touched my heart when I was 13 years of age, sung in Dutch translation by a Dutch singer. And now, 60 years later, I for the first time heard the original English version with tears. What a deepness of the Gospel! It is so great what Jezus did for us. Without Jezus, thee is no hope; with Jesus I can live full of hope and peace in my heart. He washed my sins away!

It is all mercyness.

Deborah Carr

Altoona, Wisconsin, United States

I first remember hearing this song about 60 years ago on a television show. It was sung by a gentleman named of Tennessee Ernie Ford. It moved me then as a young girl and still does today as a Grandmother. I can hardly sing the words because I am so choked up. I just want to hold His lifeless body in my arms. He has held me in His arms so many times throughout my life and to think He chose to go to the cross carrying my sins in His sinless body. I am so grateful for that cross and for my Savior. For so long I wanted to do something to repay His sacrifice but I now realize the best I can do is to love Him, honor Him, and follow Him wherever He leads me during the time I have left on this earth. Then I will worship Him for all of eternity. Thank you, Jesus.


Lagos, Nigeria

My anthem. I enjoy how deep and spiritual this song is . Has always been a life saving song and reminding me of how sacrificial the death of our Lord Jesus is.

Karen Bourdase

Palm Springs, CA, United States

If those words don’t move you to tears your heart is made of stone

Stella Arkafra

Takoradi, Ghana

So touching a song, taught my kids today and there’s nothing like being in the presence of God