Mt. Paran North Sports Complex

The Old Rugged Cross
Hymn composed in 1912 by Reverend George Bennard (1873-1958)

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;
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.


George Bennard

"The Old Rugged Cross," one of the world's best loved hymns, was composed in Albion, Michigan in 1912 by the Reverend George Bennard (1873-1958).  The son of an Ohio coal miner, Bennard was a lifelong servant of God, chiefly in the Methodist ministry.  He wrote the words and music of over three hundred other hymns.  None achieved the fame of "The Old Rugged Cross," the moving summation of his faith.

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This page was inspired after talking with Chaplain (COL) Harold T. Carlson, Aviation Center Chaplain, United States Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.  The time Col. Carlson made to inspire me (a civilian) will always be remembered.

Cross photo, Mt. Paran North Sports Complex, Marietta, GA - by Eric Shindelbower.

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