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. Lansing
  93. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  94. Led by the Star
  95. Less of Self and More of Jesus
  96. Let the Joy Overflow
  97. Let the Sunshine In
  98. Like Dews of the Morning
  99. Little Human Kindness, A
  100. Little Sunbeams
  101. Little While to Wait, A
  102. Lord, Is It I?
  103. Love Led Him to Calvary
  104. Loyal and True
  105. Loyalty unto Christ
  106. Lucile
  107. Make Him Known
  108. Make Somebody Happy Today
  109. Marching Up the Narrow Way
  110. Mato Grosso
  111. Miami
  112. Music of the Soul, The
  113. My Father Knows My Need
  114. My Father Leads Me
  115. My Father Watches over Me
  116. My Only Plea
  117. Não Tardará a Volta do Senhor
  118. Nilus
  119. Nims Lake
  120. No Other Story
  121. Nobody Like Jesus
  122. Nobody Told Me of Jesus
  123. Nova Scotia
  124. Nummela
  125. O Land of God
  126. O Love of Christ
  127. O’er the Hills of Old Judea
  128. Only in Thee
  129. Onward, Ever Onward!
  130. Others
  131. Our Gifts to Jesus
  132. Our Land for Christ
  133. Our Watchword
  134. Over All
  135. Over and Over Again
  136. Peace, Be Still
  137. Pentecostal Power
  138. Power of the Holy Ghost, The
  139. Pray, Pray
  140. Pressly
  141. Precious to Me
  142. Rainbow on the Cloud, A
  143. Records
  144. Reflect the Christ
  145. Sail On!
  146. Santa Monica
  147. Sarah
  148. Since Jesus Came into My Heart
  149. Sing Away the Shadows
  150. Sing the Love of Jesus
  151. Singing, Speaking, Praying
  152. Sinner Made Whole, A
  153. Sinner Saved by Grace, A
  154. Some Bright Morning
  155. Some Day
  156. Someone Is Looking to You
  157. Something to Be Done
  158. Song and the Star, The
  159. Spokane
  160. Still Undecided
  161. Sunlight All the Way
  162. Sunshine on the Hill
  163. Sweeten Your Deeds with Love
  164. Tacoma
  165. Take Wings to Thy Soul
  166. There Is a Lamp Whose Steady Light
  167. There Is Glory in My Soul
  168. There Is Shelter at the Cross
  169. Thy Boundless Love
  170. Thy Kingdom Come
  171. Under the Cross of Jesus
  172. Up and Onward
  173. Volunteers for Service
  174. Walking and Talking with Jesus
  175. Watching for the Morning
  176. Wave the Banners
  177. Way of the Cross
  178. We Are Little Soldiers
  179. We Thank Thee, Our Father
  180. Wear a Smile for Jesus
  181. When I Go Home
  182. When I Look in His Face
  183. When I Shall Fall Asleep
  184. Where the Gates Swing Outward Never
  185. Whom Having Not Seen, I Love
  186. Why Do I Love Jesus?
  187. Why I Sing
  188. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
  189. Wonderful Christmas Story, The
  190. Wonderful Jesus, The
  191. Wonderful Savior, The