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