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