Take Up the Mantle

Words and Music by Jim E. Davis

© 2000 HIM Music

 

Key: G

 

 

Verse I:

 

G2                                         Bm7                                          

He was just a simple man; accustomed to the toil

 

     C2                                 Am7                               Dsus4 D

Of following a dusty plow       and breaking up the soil

 

G2                                                               Bm7                                          

But when the prophet passed his way, he heard the Spirit call

 

       C2                                         Am7                    Dsus4 D

The mantle fell upon his life; he arose, and left it all

 

Em2                  Em/D                   C2

He left it all to serve the man of God

 

Em2                           Em/D               C2

And travel down the lonely path he trod

 

Am2                                         D9

Determined in his heart, that when they had to part

 

Am7                                           Dsus4    D

He would have the courage to say:

 

 

Chorus:

 

         D/G             G         D/G          G

I will take up the mantle laid at my feet

 

         D/E            Em            D/E              Em

I will march into battle and face the enemy

 

              C2             G/B            Em/C#      A7

And the God of my fathers will carry me through

 

               Em                     A7/C#

Donít be afraid, donít be afraid

 

C/A              D7sus4    G

Take up the mantle today

 

 

 

 

Verse II:

 

G2                                Bm7                                          

Just an ordinary man; faithful in the field

 

            C2                                                       Am7               Dsus4 D

Where God had placed him long ago; in the center of His will

 

G2                                                  Bm7            

His steps are getting slower, the eyes are growing dim

 

C2                                           Am7                         Dsus4 D

Who will step into his shoes        and carry on for him?

 

Em2               Em/D               C2

Carry on the work that heís begun

 

Em2                        Em/D                  C2

And enter into the race that he has run

 

Am2                                        D9

The Spirit always calls every time a mantle falls

 

Am7                                         Dsus4    D

Who will have the courage to say: