Composer: George Bennard

George Bennard (1873-1958) was born in Youngstown, OH. When he was a child the family moved to Albia, Iowa. He served with the Salvation Army in Iowa for several years before he was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church. His hymn "Speak, my Lord" appears in Triumphant Service Songs (Chicago: Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co., 1934). He wrote words and tune for his best known hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" in 1913. Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: George Bennard (1913)
Incipit: 34546 55565 76
Key: B♭ Major


The Old Rugged Cross

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.

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #141
Text: The Old Rugged Cross
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #430
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The Cyber Hymnal #5067
Text: The Old Rugged Cross
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Timeless Truths #877
Text: The Old Rugged Cross
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The United Methodist Hymnal #504
Text: The Old Rugged Cross
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Worship and Rejoice #260
Text: The Old Rugged Cross


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