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THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

 

George Bennard (1913)                                    George Bennard (1913)

 

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 someday for a crown

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Author & Composer: George Bennard, 1873-1958

The Old Rugged Cross a sensational Christian song was written by George Bennard in 1913.  He was born in Youngstown, Ohio.  Following the death of his father, he entered the ranks of the Salvation Army and for a period of time he and his wife served as officers of Salvation Army.  Later George Bennard was ordained as Minister of Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was involved in conducting revival services in Michigan and New York.   One day after returning to Michigan, he passed through a trying experience which caused him to think about the importance of the cross and what Paul the Apostle meant when he spoke of entering into the fellowship of Christ’s suffering.

George Bennard has left the following note regarding the writing of this hymn. 

“The inspiration came to me one day in 1913, when I was staying in Albion, Michigan.  I began to write “The Old Rugged Cross”.  I composed the melody first.  The words that I first wrote were imperfect.  The words of the finished hymn were put into my heart in answer to my own need.  Shortly thereafter, it was introduced at special meetings in Pokagon, Michigan on June 7th 1913.  The first occasion where it was heard outside of the church at Pokagon was at the Chicago Evangelistic Institute.  There it was introduced before a large convention and soon it became extremely popular throughout the country

On October 9th 1958, at the age of eighty five, George Bennard finished his race and exchanged his ‘cross for a crown’. Now near his home in Michigan, there still stands a twelve foot high cross with the words,” The Old Rugged Cross- Home of George Bennard, composer of this beloved hymn”.

 

 

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