143 - The old rugged cross
 
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.
 
Refrein So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
So I'll cherish the cross, the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
I will cling to the cross, the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
 
2 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.
 
3 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.
 
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.
 
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Tekst: George Bennard
Muziek: George Bennard
Nederlandse vertaling: Bundel Johan de Heer - lied 836 - Op die heuvel daarginds (Het ruw houten kruis),
Glorieklokkenbundel - lied 2 - Het ruwe oude kruis
Schrift: Galaten 6:14