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Title: The old rugged cross

hymnTitle: The old rugged cross

Title: The old rugged cross
Category: Glorying in the Cross
Subcategory: The Old Rugged Cross
Lyrics: George Bennard (1873-1958)
Music: George Bennard (1873-1958)
Key: Bb Major
Meter: 12.8.12.8. with chorus.

1.
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.

Refrain:
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.

2.
Oh, the 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.

Refrain:
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.

3.
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.

Refrain:
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.

4.
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.

Refrain:
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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE HYMN!

George Bennard was born on February 4, 1873 and on October 9, 1958 at the age of eighty-five, he passed away changing his: “cross for a crown. ”

George accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at age fifteen. He was ordained by the Methodist Church, and there he was involved in conducting revival services.

This gospel hymn, was written by George Bennard in 1913.

This hymn, reminds us of the great price Jesus paid for our sins. Therefore Bennard end by saying:

“I will cherish the old rugged Cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.”

In this hymn we see the humility of Christ manifest, the redemptive hope of sinners assured, and the symbol of Christianity echoed.

Bennard employs the poetic device of painting a scene in his text.

In stanza one, he describes the cross “on a hill far away,” though one may still picture the scene as if kneeling at the foot of the cross.

Stanzas two, three and four refer to Christ on the cross. In stanza two, Christ is called the “dear Lamb of God” (John 1:29).

The reference to Jesus is more direct in stanza three where he noted that the cross is “stained with blood.”

Alluding to paradox in the hymn one notes that, In stanza one, though the cross is an “emblem of suffering and shame,” the singer still “loves that old cross.”

In stanza two, though the cross is “despised by the world,” it still “has a wondrous attraction to me.”

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In stanza three, though the cross is “stained with blood,” for the singer, it still has a “wondrous beauty.”

In stanza 4, he pledges to be true to the old rugged Cross.

In many ways, this hymn stands in a long line of devotional poetry that venerates the cross in some way.

The refrain begins: “So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross.”

Bennard, venerated the cross as a devotional object that one may eventually “exchange it some day for a crown.”

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