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. More Like the Master
  23. Morning Will Come
  24. Slighted Stranger, The
  25. O That Will Be Glory
  26. Oh, It Is Wonderful
  27. On to the Front!
  28. Over in the Glory-Land
  29. Praise His Name Forever
  30. Reapers Are Needed
  31. Receive My Cry
  32. Rejoice! Rejoice!
  33. Safest Way, The
  34. Secret Prayer
  35. Send the Light
  36. Some Glad Morning
  37. Song of Old, The
  38. Story Never Old, The
  39. Stranger, The
  40. Sunshine and Rain
  41. There’ll Be Music in Heaven
  42. What a Savior!
  43. What Will It Be?
  44. When I Go Home
  45. When We Get Home
  46. Where the Cross Is Leading
  47. 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. Nobody Told Me of Jesus
  115. Nova Scotia
  116. O Land of God
  117. O Love of Christ
  118. O’er the Hills of Old Judea
  119. Only in Thee
  120. Onward, Ever Onward!
  121. Others
  122. Our Gifts to Jesus
  123. Our Land for Christ
  124. Our Watchword
  125. Over All
  126. Over and Over Again
  127. Pentecostal Power
  128. Power of the Holy Ghost, The
  129. Pray, Pray
  130. Pressly
  131. Precious to Me
  132. Rainbow on the Cloud, A
  133. Records
  134. Reflect the Christ
  135. Sail On!
  136. Sarah
  137. Since Jesus Came into My Heart
  138. Sing Away the Shadows
  139. Sing the Love of Jesus
  140. Singing, Speaking, Praying
  141. Sinner Made Whole, A
  142. Sinner Saved by Grace, A
  143. Some Bright Morning
  144. Some Day
  145. Someone Is Looking to You
  146. Something to Be Done
  147. Song and the Star, The
  148. Still Undecided
  149. Sunlight All the Way
  150. Sunshine on the Hill
  151. Sweeten Your Deeds with Love
  152. Tacoma
  153. Take Wings to Thy Soul
  154. There Is a Lamp Whose Steady Light
  155. There Is Glory in My Soul
  156. There Is Shelter at the Cross
  157. Thy Boundless Love
  158. Thy Brother Calls to Thee
  159. Thy Kingdom Come
  160. Under the Cross of Jesus
  161. Up and Onward
  162. Volunteers for Service
  163. Walking and Talking with Jesus
  164. Watching for the Morning
  165. Wave the Banners
  166. Way of the Cross
  167. We Are Little Soldiers
  168. We Thank Thee, Our Father
  169. Wear a Smile for Jesus
  170. When I Go Home
  171. When I Look in His Face
  172. When I Shall Fall Asleep
  173. Where the Gates Swing Outward Never
  174. Why Do I Love Jesus?
  175. Why I Sing
  176. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
  177. Wonderful Christmas Story, The
  178. Wonderful Jesus, The
  179. Wonderful Savior, The