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The Old Rugged Cross
Words and Music by George Bennard

Galatians 6:14
"But God forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ ..."

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          On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
          The emblem of suffering and shame;
          And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
          For a world of lost sinners was slain.

            Chorus
            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.

          O 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.

            Chorus
            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.

          In that 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.

            Chorus
            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.

          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.

            Chorus
            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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