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