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