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.

Cha­pel of the Pines Cre­ma­to­ry, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia.

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* A 1935 co­py­right rec­ord for the song Go, Tell Them credi­ts the words to Good­speed, and re­gis­ters the co­py­right to Charles H. Ga­br­iel, Jr., as child of the de­ceased au­thor. How­ev­er, oth­er cop­y­right rec­ords list Good­speed’s place of re­si­dence as Hen­nes­sey, Ok­la­ho­ma. More in­for­ma­tion is needed to re­solve this dis­crep­an­cy.

Charles was the son of Is­aac New­ton Gab­ri­el and Cle­o­pa­tra Cot­ton. He mar­ried twice, to Fran­cil­la I. Wood­house Cool­ing (1876) and Ame­lia Moore (1889).

Growing up on an Io­wa farm, he 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.

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