The Old Rugged Cross


[Verse 1]

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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

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The emblem of suff’ring and shame;


And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best

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For a world of lost sinners was slain.




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So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

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Till my trophies at last I lay down;

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I will cling to the old rugged cross,

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And exchange it someday for a crown.



[Verse 2]

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Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

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Has a wondrous attraction for me;


For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

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To bear it to dark Calvary.



[Verse 3]

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In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

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A wondrous beauty I see,


For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

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To pardon and sanctify me.



[Verse 4]

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To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;

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Its shame and reproach gladly bear;


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

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Where His glory forever I’ll share.