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.

Cha­pel of the Pines Cre­ma­to­ry, Los An­ge­les, Ca­li­for­nia.

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* A 1935 co­py­right rec­ord for the song Go, Tell Them credi­ts the words to Good­speed, and re­gis­ters the co­py­right to Charles H. Ga­br­iel, Jr., as child of the de­ceased au­thor. How­ev­er, oth­er cop­y­right rec­ords list Good­speed’s place of re­si­dence as Hen­nes­sey, Ok­la­ho­ma. More in­for­ma­tion is needed to re­solve this dis­crep­an­cy.

Charles was the son of Is­aac New­ton Gab­ri­el and Cle­o­pa­tra Cot­ton. He mar­ried twice, to Fran­cil­la I. Wood­house Cool­ing (1876) and Ame­lia Moore (1889).

Growing up on an Io­wa farm, he taught him­self to play the fa­mi­ly’s reed or­gan. He be­gan teach­ing in sing­ing schools by age 16, and be­came a well known 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.

He 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. Awakening Cho­rus
  6. Behold How the Fields Are Wav­ing
  7. Beside Blue Gal­i­lee
  8. Calling the Pro­di­gal
  9. Cause Is Right, The
  10. Cling to the Faith of Our Fa­thers
  11. Easter Bells
  12. Great Glad Day, The
  13. Growing Dear­er Each Day
  14. Harvest Song
  15. He Is So Pre­cious to Me
  16. He Leads Me Still
  17. Hear the Sweet Voice
  18. Hide Me, Oh, My Sav­ior!
  19. His Grace Is Suf­fi­cient for Me
  20. Hold Up the Grand Old Bi­ble
  21. I Can­not Tell How Pre­cious
  22. I Ne­ver Will Cease to Love Him
  23. I Stand Am­azed in the Pre­sence
  24. I Want to Be More Like Je­sus
  25. I Will Not For­get Thee
  26. Jesus, Bless­èd Je­sus
  27. Keep Your Heart Sing­ing
  28. Let the Lit­tle Child­ren Come
  29. Marching in His Name
  30. More Abun­dant­ly
  31. More Like the Mas­ter
  32. More Than a Friend to Me
  33. Morning Will Come
  34. My Cleans­ing
  35. Slighted Strang­er, The
  36. O That Will Be Glo­ry
  37. Oh, It Is Won­der­ful
  38. On to the Front!
  39. Over in the Glo­ry-Land
  40. Praise His Name For­ev­er
  41. Reapers Are Need­ed
  42. Receive My Cry
  43. Rejoice! Re­joice!
  44. Safest Way, The
  45. Secret Pray­er
  46. Send the Light
  47. Some Glad Morn­ing
  48. Song of Old, The
  49. Song of Vic­to­ry, A
  50. Story Ne­ver Old, The
  51. Stranger, The
  52. Sunshine and Rain
  53. There’ll Be Mu­sic in Hea­ven
  54. To the Har­vest Field
  55. We Shall Be Like Him
  56. We’ll Shout and Sing, Make Hea­ven Ring
  57. What a Friend Is Je­sus
  58. What a Sav­ior!
  59. What Will It Be?
  60. When I Go Home
  61. When We Get Home
  62. Where the Cross Is Lead­ing
  63. 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. Ashford
  9. Aspinwall
  10. As a Vol­un­teer
  11. Avondale
  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. Bethlehem’s Star
  19. Birdstown
  20. Blood of the Cru­ci­fied One, The
  21. Book My Mo­ther Read, The
  22. Brazoria
  23. Breath of the Spir­it, The
  24. Brighten the Cor­ner Where You Are
  25. Call of the Christ, The
  26. Calling Thee
  27. Carry Your Cross with a Smile
  28. Chiang Mai
  29. Chios
  30. Choosing the Hill Coun­try
  31. Christ Shall Be King
  32. Cluj-Na­po­ca
  33. Comfort
  34. Coming Home to Thee
  35. Countless Mer­cies
  36. Cuyahoga
  37. Dear Lit­tle Strang­er
  38. Deborah
  39. Destin
  40. Don’t For­get to Pray
  41. Easter Bells Are Peal­ing
  42. Erskine
  43. Evening Pray­er, An
  44. Faith, Hope and Love
  45. Fields Are White, The
  46. Florissant
  47. Freely, Free­ly, Free­ly
  48. Friendship of Je­sus, The
  49. Gabriel
  50. Gad
  51. Gather the Grain
  52. Get Right with God
  53. Give of Your Sun­shine
  54. Glory to God
  55. Go Forth
  56. Go to the Deeps of God’s Pro­mise
  57. Good Shep­herd, The
  58. Guide Me
  59. Hanford
  60. Hasten, Loy­al Mor­tals
  61. He Is Mine, I Am His
  62. He Is Wait­ing for Your An­swer
  63. He Lead­eth Me
  64. He Pro­mised to Keep Me
  65. He Sup­pli­eth All of My Need
  66. Heavenly Vi­sion, The
  67. He’ll Walk with Me All the Way
  68. Help Some­bo­dy To­day
  69. Here Am I, Send Me
  70. Higher Ground
  71. His Eye Is on the Spar­row
  72. Hoffman
  73. Hold Fast
  74. Hold Up the Grand Old Bi­ble
  75. Holy Sab­bath
  76. Hosanna! Ho­san­na!
  77. Homeward Bound
  78. How Can I Serve Thee Best?
  79. Huelva
  80. I Come to Thee
  81. I Need Je­sus
  82. I Would Be a Lit­tle Sun­beam
  83. I Would Be Like Thee
  84. If You Will
  85. I’ll Be a Voice
  86. In Lov­ing-Kind­ness Je­sus Came
  87. In Thy Ho­ly Keep­ing
  88. It Is Je­sus
  89. It Ne­ver Shall Pass Away
  90. Jefferson Ci­ty
  91. Jesus Loves Us
  92. Jesus Passed Through Je­ri­cho
  93. Jesus, Rose of Shar­on
  94. Jesus, the Help­er
  95. Joy-Bells
  96. Just a Lit­tle
  97. Just as He Pro­mised to Do
  98. Just Ask Him in to Stay
  99. Kathrine
  100. Kawaiaha‘o
  101. Keep on Be­liev­ing
  102. Kermanshah
  103. Kiawah
  104. Kindly Light Is Lead­ing, The
  105. Knowhead
  106. Land of the Un­set­ting Sun
  107. Lansing
  108. Led by the Star
  109. Less of Self and More of Je­sus
  110. Let the Joy Ov­er­flow
  111. Let the Sun­shine In
  112. Like Dews of the Morn­ing
  113. Little Hu­man Kin­dness, A
  114. Little Sun­beams
  115. Little While to Wait, A
  116. Lo! I Am with You
  117. Lord, Is It I?
  118. Lost in Sight of the Har­bor
  119. Love Led Him to Cal­va­ry
  120. Loyal and True
  121. Loyalty un­to Christ
  122. Lucile
  123. Make Him Known
  124. Make Some­bo­dy Hap­py Today
  125. Marching Up the Nar­row Way
  126. Matchless Love
  127. Mato Gros­so
  128. Melilla
  129. Message of Glad­ness, The
  130. Miami
  131. Mighty Vic­tor, A
  132. Music of the Soul, The
  133. My Fa­ther Knows My Need
  134. My Fa­ther Leads Me
  135. My Fa­ther Watch­es ov­er Me
  136. My On­ly Plea
  137. Não Tar­da­rá a Vo­lta do Sen­hor
  138. Nilus
  139. Nims Lake
  140. No Oth­er Sto­ry
  141. Nobody Like Je­sus
  142. Nobody Told Me of Je­sus
  143. Nova Sco­tia
  144. Nummela
  145. O Land of God
  146. O Love of Christ
  147. O’er the Hills of Old Ju­dea
  148. Only in Thee
  149. Onward, Ev­er On­ward!
  150. Ordu
  151. Others
  152. Our Gifts to Je­sus
  153. Our Land for Christ
  154. Our Watch­word
  155. Over All
  156. Over and Ov­er Again (Arm­strong)
  157. Over and Ov­er Again (Grein­er)
  158. Peace, Be Still
  159. Pentecostal Pow­er
  160. Posadas
  161. Power of the Ho­ly Ghost, The
  162. Pray, Pray
  163. Pressly
  164. Precious to Me
  165. Rainbow on the Cloud, A
  166. Records
  167. Reflect the Christ
  168. Roanoke
  169. Sail On!
  170. Santa Mo­ni­ca
  171. Sarah
  172. Send the Pow­er Again
  173. Since Je­sus Came in­to My Heart
  174. Sing Away the Sha­dows
  175. Singing, Speak­ing, Pray­ing
  176. Sinner Made Whole, A
  177. Sinner Saved by Grace, A
  178. Some Bright Morn­ing
  179. Some Day
  180. Someone Is Look­ing to You
  181. Something to Be Done
  182. Song and the Star, The
  183. Spokane
  184. Still Small Voice, The
  185. Still Un­de­cid­ed
  186. Sunlight All the Way
  187. Sunshine on the Hill
  188. Sweeten Your Deeds with Love
  189. Tacoma
  190. Take Wings to Thy Soul
  191. There Is a Lamp Whose Stea­dy Light
  192. There Is Glo­ry in My Soul
  193. There Is Shel­ter at the Cross
  194. Thy Bound­less Love
  195. Thy King­dom Come
  196. Under the Cross of Je­sus
  197. Up and On­ward
  198. Volunteers for Ser­vice
  199. Walking and Talk­ing with Je­sus
  200. Watching for the Morn­ing
  201. Wave the Ban­ners
  202. Way of the Cross
  203. We Are Lit­tle Sol­diers
  204. We Thank Thee, Our Fa­ther
  205. Wear a Smile for Je­sus
  206. What a Change
  207. When I Go Home
  208. When I Look in His Face
  209. When I Shall Fall Asleep
  210. When We Wak­en in the Morn­ing
  211. Where the Gates Swing Out­ward Ne­ver
  212. Whom Hav­ing Not Seen, I Love
  213. Why Do I Love Je­sus?
  214. Will the Cir­cle Be Un­brok­en?
  215. Win Them One by One
  216. Wonderful Christ­mas Sto­ry, The
  217. Wonderful Je­sus, The
  218. Wonderful Sav­ior, The