1856-1932
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August 18, 1856, Wilton, Iowa.

September 15, 1932, Los Angeles, California, at the home of his son Charles Jr.

Gabriel’s ashes were interred at the Chapel of the Pines, Los Angeles, California.

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Growing up on an Iowa farm, Gabriel taught himself to play the family’s reed organ. He began teaching in singing schools by age 16, and became a well known teacher and composer. He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California (1890-92), then moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1912, he began working with Homer Rodeheaver’s publishing company. His edited some 43 song books, 7 men’s chorus books, 19 anthem collections, and 23 cantatas. His works include:

  1. Abide with Me
  2. All Hail, Thou Son of David!
  3. Armies of God, The
  4. All Things Are Ready
  5. Behold How the Fields Are Waving
  6. Beside Blue Galilee
  7. Calling the Prodigal
  8. Cause Is Right, The
  9. Cling to the Faith of Our Fathers
  10. Easter Bells
  11. Great Glad Day, The
  12. Growing Dearer Each Day
  13. He Is So Precious to Me
  14. Hear the Sweet Voice
  15. Hide Me, Oh, My Savior!
  16. His Grace Is Sufficient for Me
  17. Hold Up the Grand Old Bible
  18. I Cannot Tell How Precious
  19. I Never Will Cease to Love Him
  20. I Stand Amazed in the Presence
  21. I Will Not Forget Thee
  22. Jesus, Blessèd Jesus
  23. Keep Your Heart Singing
  24. More Abundantly
  25. More Like the Master
  26. More Than a Friend To Me
  27. Morning Will Come
  28. My Cleansing
  29. Slighted Stranger, The
  30. O That Will Be Glory
  31. Oh, It Is Wonderful
  32. On to the Front!
  33. Over in the Glory-Land
  34. Praise His Name Forever
  35. Reapers Are Needed
  36. Receive My Cry
  37. Rejoice! Rejoice!
  38. Safest Way, The
  39. Secret Prayer
  40. Send the Light
  41. Some Glad Morning
  42. Song of Old, The
  43. Story Never Old, The
  44. Stranger, The
  45. Sunshine and Rain
  46. There’ll Be Music in Heaven
  47. We Shall Be Like Him
  48. We’ll Shout and Sing, Make Heaven Ring
  49. What a Friend Is Jesus
  50. What a Savior!
  51. What Will It Be?
  52. When I Go Home
  53. When We Get Home
  54. Where the Cross Is Leading
  55. Wonderful Story, The
  1. Adowa
  2. All Hail to Thee, Immanuel!
  3. All-in-All, The
  4. Americus
  5. Are You Ready for the Coming?
  6. Are You Winning Souls?
  7. Arles
  8. Aspinwall
  9. As a Volunteer
  10. Avondale
  11. Awakening Chorus
  12. Banner of the Cross, The
  13. Be a Golden Sunbeam
  14. Be Not Afraid
  15. Be with Us Still
  16. Beautiful Sunshine
  17. Because I Love Jesus
  18. Birdstown
  19. Blood of the Crucified One, The
  20. Book My Mother Read, The
  21. Brazoria
  22. Breath of the Spirit, The
  23. Brighten the Corner Where You Are
  24. Call of the Christ, The
  25. Calling Thee
  26. Carry Your Cross with a Smile
  27. Chios
  28. Choosing the Hill Country
  29. Christ Shall Be King
  30. Comfort
  31. Coming Home to Thee
  32. Countless Mercies
  33. Dear Little Stranger
  34. Deborah
  35. Destin
  36. Don’t Forget to Pray
  37. Easter Bells Are Pealing
  38. Erskine
  39. Evening Prayer, An
  40. Faith, Hope and Love
  41. Fields Are White, The
  42. Florissant
  43. Freely, Freely, Freely
  44. Gabriel
  45. Gad
  46. Gather the Grain
  47. Get Right with God
  48. Give of Your Sunshine
  49. Glory to God
  50. Go Forth
  51. Go to the Deeps of God’s Promise
  52. Good Shepherd, The
  53. Guide Me
  54. Hanford
  55. Hasten, Loyal Mortals
  56. He Is Mine, I Am His
  57. He Is Waiting for Your Answer
  58. He Leadeth Me
  59. He Promised to Keep Me
  60. He Supplieth All of My Need
  61. Heavenly Vision, The
  62. He’ll Walk with Me All the Way
  63. Help Somebody Today
  64. Here Am I, Send Me
  65. Higher Ground
  66. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
  67. Hoffman
  68. Hold Fast
  69. Hold Up the Grand Old Bible
  70. Holy Sabbath
  71. Hosanna! Hosanna!
  72. Homeward Bound
  73. I Come to Thee
  74. I Need Jesus
  75. I Would Be a Little Sunbeam
  76. If You Will
  77. I’ll Be a Voice
  78. In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came
  79. In Thy Holy Keeping
  80. It Is Jesus
  81. Jesus Loves Us
  82. Jesus Passed Through Jericho
  83. Jesus, Rose of Sharon
  84. Jesus, the Helper
  85. Joy-Bells
  86. Just a Little
  87. Just as He Promised To Do
  88. Just Ask Him in to Stay
  89. Kathrine
  90. Kawaiaha‘o
  91. Kiawah
  92. Kindly Light Is Leading, The
  93. Knowhead
  94. Land of the Unsetting Sun
  95. Lansing
  96. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  97. Led by the Star
  98. Less of Self and More of Jesus
  99. Let the Joy Overflow
  100. Let the Sunshine In
  101. Like Dews of the Morning
  102. Little Human Kindness, A
  103. Little Sunbeams
  104. Little While to Wait, A
  105. Lord, Is It I?
  106. Love Led Him to Calvary
  107. Loyal and True
  108. Loyalty unto Christ
  109. Lucile
  110. Make Him Known
  111. Make Somebody Happy Today
  112. Marching Up the Narrow Way
  113. Matchless Love
  114. Mato Grosso
  115. Miami
  116. Music of the Soul, The
  117. My Father Knows My Need
  118. My Father Leads Me
  119. My Father Watches over Me
  120. My Only Plea
  121. Não Tardará a Volta do Senhor
  122. Nilus
  123. Nims Lake
  124. No Other Story
  125. Nobody Like Jesus
  126. Nobody Told Me of Jesus
  127. Nova Scotia
  128. Nummela
  129. O Land of God
  130. O Love of Christ
  131. O’er the Hills of Old Judea
  132. Only in Thee
  133. Onward, Ever Onward!
  134. Others
  135. Our Gifts to Jesus
  136. Our Land for Christ
  137. Our Watchword
  138. Over All
  139. Over and Over Again
  140. Peace, Be Still
  141. Pentecostal Power
  142. Power of the Holy Ghost, The
  143. Pray, Pray
  144. Pressly
  145. Precious to Me
  146. Rainbow on the Cloud, A
  147. Records
  148. Reflect the Christ
  149. Sail On!
  150. Santa Monica
  151. Sarah
  152. Since Jesus Came into My Heart
  153. Sing Away the Shadows
  154. Singing, Speaking, Praying
  155. Sinner Made Whole, A
  156. Sinner Saved by Grace, A
  157. Some Bright Morning
  158. Some Day
  159. Someone Is Looking to You
  160. Something to Be Done
  161. Song and the Star, The
  162. Spokane
  163. Still Undecided
  164. Sunlight All the Way
  165. Sunshine on the Hill
  166. Sweeten Your Deeds with Love
  167. Tacoma
  168. Take Wings to Thy Soul
  169. There Is a Lamp Whose Steady Light
  170. There Is Glory in My Soul
  171. There Is Shelter at the Cross
  172. Thy Boundless Love
  173. Thy Kingdom Come
  174. Under the Cross of Jesus
  175. Up and Onward
  176. Volunteers for Service
  177. Walking and Talking with Jesus
  178. Watching for the Morning
  179. Wave the Banners
  180. Way of the Cross
  181. We Are Little Soldiers
  182. We Thank Thee, Our Father
  183. Wear a Smile for Jesus
  184. What a Change
  185. When I Go Home
  186. When I Look in His Face
  187. When I Shall Fall Asleep
  188. Where the Gates Swing Outward Never
  189. Whom Having Not Seen, I Love
  190. Why Do I Love Jesus?
  191. Why I Sing
  192. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
  193. Wonderful Christmas Story, The
  194. Wonderful Jesus, The
  195. Wonderful Savior, The