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The Old Rugged Cross By Merle Haggard

    The Old Rugged Cross by Merle Haggard


    The Old Rugged Cross by Merle Haggard


    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.

    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.

    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.

    To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
    It's shame and reproach gladly bear
    Then He'll call me some day, to my home far away
    Where His glory for ever I'll share.

    Writer(s): George Bennard, Paul Johnson​

    About Author

    BEARING WITNESS TO THE GOD OF PRAISE: We worship God for who He is and what He has done. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer."Psalms 19:14


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  1. Lilly54
    It was this very hymn that was being discussed in Sacred Harmony, a lovely programme on TBN UK last night. How it was written etc. A great hymn.