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. 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 Mine, I Am His
  54. He Is Waiting for Your Answer
  55. He Leadeth Me
  56. He Promised to Keep Me
  57. He Supplieth All of My Need
  58. Heavenly Vision, The
  59. He’ll Walk with Me All the Way
  60. Help Somebody Today
  61. Here Am I, Send Me
  62. Higher Ground
  63. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
  64. Hoffman
  65. Hold Fast
  66. Hold Up the Grand Old Bible
  67. Holy Sabbath
  68. Hosanna! Hosanna!
  69. Homeward Bound
  70. I Come to Thee
  71. I Need Jesus
  72. If You Will
  73. I’ll Be a Voice
  74. In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came
  75. In Thy Holy Keeping
  76. Jesus Loves Us
  77. Jesus Passed Through Jericho
  78. Jesus, Rose of Sharon
  79. Jesus, the Helper
  80. Joy-Bells
  81. Just a Little
  82. Just Ask Him in to Stay
  83. Kathrine
  84. Kawaiaha‘o
  85. Kiawah
  86. Kindly Light Is Leading, The
  87. Knowhead
  88. Lansing
  89. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  90. Led by the Star
  91. Less of Self and More of Jesus
  92. Let the Joy Overflow
  93. Let the Sunshine In
  94. Like Dews of the Morning
  95. Little Human Kindness, A
  96. Little Sunbeams
  97. Little While to Wait, A
  98. Lord, Is It I?
  99. Love Led Him to Calvary
  100. Loyal and True
  101. Loyalty unto Christ
  102. Lucile
  103. Make Him Known
  104. Make Somebody Happy Today
  105. Marching Up the Narrow Way
  106. Miami
  107. Music of the Soul, The
  108. My Father Knows My Need
  109. My Father Leads Me
  110. My Father Watches over Me
  111. My Only Plea
  112. Não Tardará a Volta do Senhor
  113. Nilus
  114. Nims Lake
  115. No Other Story
  116. Nobody Like Jesus
  117. Nobody Told Me of Jesus
  118. Nova Scotia
  119. Nummela
  120. O Land of God
  121. O Love of Christ
  122. O’er the Hills of Old Judea
  123. Only in Thee
  124. Onward, Ever Onward!
  125. Others
  126. Our Gifts to Jesus
  127. Our Land for Christ
  128. Our Watchword
  129. Over All
  130. Over and Over Again
  131. Peace, Be Still
  132. Pentecostal Power
  133. Power of the Holy Ghost, The
  134. Pray, Pray
  135. Pressly
  136. Precious to Me
  137. Rainbow on the Cloud, A
  138. Records
  139. Reflect the Christ
  140. Sail On!
  141. Sarah
  142. Since Jesus Came into My Heart
  143. Sing Away the Shadows
  144. Sing the Love of Jesus
  145. Singing, Speaking, Praying
  146. Sinner Made Whole, A
  147. Sinner Saved by Grace, A
  148. Some Bright Morning
  149. Some Day
  150. Someone Is Looking to You
  151. Something to Be Done
  152. Song and the Star, The
  153. Still Undecided
  154. Sunlight All the Way
  155. Sunshine on the Hill
  156. Sweeten Your Deeds with Love
  157. Tacoma
  158. Take Wings to Thy Soul
  159. There Is a Lamp Whose Steady Light
  160. There Is Glory in My Soul
  161. There Is Shelter at the Cross
  162. Thy Boundless Love
  163. Thy Brother Calls to Thee
  164. Thy Kingdom Come
  165. Under the Cross of Jesus
  166. Up and Onward
  167. Volunteers for Service
  168. Walking and Talking with Jesus
  169. Watching for the Morning
  170. Wave the Banners
  171. Way of the Cross
  172. We Are Little Soldiers
  173. We Thank Thee, Our Father
  174. Wear a Smile for Jesus
  175. When I Go Home
  176. When I Look in His Face
  177. When I Shall Fall Asleep
  178. Where the Gates Swing Outward Never
  179. Why Do I Love Jesus?
  180. Why I Sing
  181. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
  182. Wonderful Christmas Story, The
  183. Wonderful Jesus, The
  184. Wonderful Savior, The