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