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