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 well known as a 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. Morning Will Come
  27. My Cleansing
  28. Slighted Stranger, The
  29. O That Will Be Glory
  30. Oh, It Is Wonderful
  31. On to the Front!
  32. Over in the Glory-Land
  33. Praise His Name Forever
  34. Reapers Are Needed
  35. Receive My Cry
  36. Rejoice! Rejoice!
  37. Safest Way, The
  38. Secret Prayer
  39. Send the Light
  40. Some Glad Morning
  41. Song of Old, The
  42. Story Never Old, The
  43. Stranger, The
  44. Sunshine and Rain
  45. There’ll Be Music in Heaven
  46. We’ll Shout and Sing, Make Heaven Ring
  47. What a Friend Is Jesus
  48. What a Savior!
  49. What Will It Be?
  50. When I Go Home
  51. When We Get Home
  52. Where the Cross Is Leading
  53. 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. Dear Little Stranger
  33. Deborah
  34. Don’t Forget to Pray
  35. Easter Bells Are Pealing
  36. Erskine
  37. Evening Prayer, An
  38. Faith, Hope and Love
  39. Fields Are White, The
  40. Florissant
  41. Freely, Freely, Freely
  42. Gabriel
  43. Gad
  44. Gather the Grain
  45. Get Right with God
  46. Give of Your Sunshine
  47. Glory to God
  48. Go Forth
  49. Go to the Deeps of God’s Promise
  50. Good Shepherd, The
  51. Guide Me
  52. Hanford
  53. Hasten, Loyal Mortals
  54. He Is Mine, I Am His
  55. He Is Waiting for Your Answer
  56. He Leadeth Me
  57. He Promised to Keep Me
  58. He Supplieth All of My Need
  59. Heavenly Vision, The
  60. He’ll Walk with Me All the Way
  61. Help Somebody Today
  62. Here Am I, Send Me
  63. Higher Ground
  64. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
  65. Hoffman
  66. Hold Fast
  67. Hold Up the Grand Old Bible
  68. Holy Sabbath
  69. Hosanna! Hosanna!
  70. Homeward Bound
  71. I Come to Thee
  72. I Need Jesus
  73. If You Will
  74. I’ll Be a Voice
  75. In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came
  76. In Thy Holy Keeping
  77. Jesus Loves Us
  78. Jesus Passed Through Jericho
  79. Jesus, Rose of Sharon
  80. Jesus, the Helper
  81. Joy-Bells
  82. Just a Little
  83. Just Ask Him in to Stay
  84. Kathrine
  85. Kawaiaha‘o
  86. Kiawah
  87. Kindly Light Is Leading, The
  88. Knowhead
  89. Lansing
  90. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  91. Led by the Star
  92. Less of Self and More of Jesus
  93. Let the Joy Overflow
  94. Let the Sunshine In
  95. Like Dews of the Morning
  96. Little Human Kindness, A
  97. Little Sunbeams
  98. Little While to Wait, A
  99. Lord, Is It I?
  100. Love Led Him to Calvary
  101. Loyal and True
  102. Loyalty unto Christ
  103. Lucile
  104. Make Him Known
  105. Make Somebody Happy Today
  106. Marching Up the Narrow Way
  107. Miami
  108. Music of the Soul, The
  109. My Father Knows My Need
  110. My Father Leads Me
  111. My Father Watches over Me
  112. My Only Plea
  113. Não Tardará a Volta do Senhor
  114. Nilus
  115. Nims Lake
  116. No Other Story
  117. Nobody Like Jesus
  118. Nobody Told Me of Jesus
  119. Nova Scotia
  120. Nummela
  121. O Land of God
  122. O Love of Christ
  123. O’er the Hills of Old Judea
  124. Only in Thee
  125. Onward, Ever Onward!
  126. Others
  127. Our Gifts to Jesus
  128. Our Land for Christ
  129. Our Watchword
  130. Over All
  131. Over and Over Again
  132. Peace, Be Still
  133. Pentecostal Power
  134. Power of the Holy Ghost, The
  135. Pray, Pray
  136. Pressly
  137. Precious to Me
  138. Rainbow on the Cloud, A
  139. Records
  140. Reflect the Christ
  141. Sail On!
  142. Santa Monica
  143. Sarah
  144. Since Jesus Came into My Heart
  145. Sing Away the Shadows
  146. Sing the Love of Jesus
  147. Singing, Speaking, Praying
  148. Sinner Made Whole, A
  149. Sinner Saved by Grace, A
  150. Some Bright Morning
  151. Some Day
  152. Someone Is Looking to You
  153. Something to Be Done
  154. Song and the Star, The
  155. Still Undecided
  156. Sunlight All the Way
  157. Sunshine on the Hill
  158. Sweeten Your Deeds with Love
  159. Tacoma
  160. Take Wings to Thy Soul
  161. There Is a Lamp Whose Steady Light
  162. There Is Glory in My Soul
  163. There Is Shelter at the Cross
  164. Thy Boundless Love
  165. Thy Kingdom Come
  166. Under the Cross of Jesus
  167. Up and Onward
  168. Volunteers for Service
  169. Walking and Talking with Jesus
  170. Watching for the Morning
  171. Wave the Banners
  172. Way of the Cross
  173. We Are Little Soldiers
  174. We Thank Thee, Our Father
  175. Wear a Smile for Jesus
  176. When I Go Home
  177. When I Look in His Face
  178. When I Shall Fall Asleep
  179. Where the Gates Swing Outward Never
  180. Why Do I Love Jesus?
  181. Why I Sing
  182. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
  183. Wonderful Christmas Story, The
  184. Wonderful Jesus, The
  185. Wonderful Savior, The