March 18, 1944, Louisville, Kentucky.

Daw was educated at Rice University, Houston, Texas (BA 1966); the University of Virginia (MA 1967, PhD 1970), and was associate professor at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia (1970–78). He went on to the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (MDiv 1981), and was ordained in 1982. He then served as Assistant Rector at Christ and Grace Church, Petersburg, Virginia (1981–84); Vicar-Chaplain at St. Mark’s Chapel, Storrs, Connecticut (1984–93); and resident companion of the Community of Celebration in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (1993–96). From 1980–82, he was a member of the Standing Commission on Church Music for the 1982 American Episcopal hymnal, and, since 1996, has been Executive Director of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His works include:

  1. As Newborn Stars Were Stirred to Song
  2. As Now the Sun Shines Down at Noon
  3. As Panting Deer Desire the Water Brooks
  4. As Six-Winged Seraphs Volleyed Praise
  5. As We Gather at Your Table
  6. Baited, the Question Rose
  7. Be Joyful in the Lord
  8. Beneath the Proud Hills’ Shadows
  9. Beside the Streams of Babylon
  10. Beyond the Beauty and the Awe
  11. Bless’d Be the God of Israel
  12. Bright the Cloud and Bright the Glory
  13. By the Waters, the Waters of Babylon
  14. Called by Love to Gather
  15. Christ, Faithful Sower
  16. Christ the Victorious, Give to Your Servants
  17. Come, Lazarus, the Savior Called
  18. Come, Let Us Sing with Joy
  19. Consider Well the Lilies
  20. Faith Begins by Letting Go
  21. For God Alone My Soul in Silence Waits
  22. For the Life That You Have Given
  23. Gabriel of High Degree
  24. Gentle Joseph Heard a Warning
  25. God of Every New Beginning
  26. God of Grace and God of Laughter
  27. God of the Prophets, Bless the Prophets’ Heirs
  28. God, Our Author and Creator
  29. God Our Maker, Whose First Summons
  30. God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian
  31. God’s Glory Fills the Heavens with Hymns
  32. God’s Paschal Lamb Is Sacrificed for Us
  33. Gracious Spirit, Give Your Servants
  34. Have We Any Gift Worth Giving
  35. Hear My Prayer, O God, and Listen to My Plea
  36. How Good How Pleasant to Behold
  37. How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place
  38. How Sweet Was the Garden
  39. Into Jerusalem Jesus Rode
  40. Let All Creation Bless the Lord
  41. Let Kings and Prophets Yield Their Name
  42. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
  43. Lord My Shepherd Guards Me Well, The
  44. Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering
  45. My Soul Proclaims with Wonder
  46. New Truths Are No Surprise to God
  47. Not Alone, but Two by Two
  48. Not for Ourselves, O Lord
  49. Now You Have Set Your Servant Free
  50. O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines
  51. O God in Whom All Life Begins
  52. O God of Font and Altar
  53. O God Who Made Us in Your Likeness
  54. O Light Whose Splendor Thrills and Gladdens
  55. O Sing to the Lord with Hymns Newly Made
  56. Restore in Us, O God
  57. Rise Up and Shine! Your Light Has Come
  58. Seek the Lord
  59. Sing of Andrew, John’s Disciple
  60. Sing of God Made Manifest
  61. Sing Praise to God, Whose Mighty Acts
  62. Sing to the Lord No Threadbare Song
  63. Sing to the Lord, Who Has Vanquished the Horse and the Warrior
  64. Soaring Spirit, Set Us Free
  65. Splendor and Honor, Majesty and Power
  66. Surely It Is God Who Saves Me
  67. Take Us as We Are, O God
  68. Through Saints We Glimpse the Light of Christ
  69. We Come, O Christ, as People Seeking
  70. We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
  71. We Marvel at Your Mighty Deeds
  72. We Sing for All the Unsung Saints
  73. When God First Brought Us Back from Exile
  74. When Sudden Terror Tears Apart
  75. When Thomas Heard the Strange Report
  76. Who Is My Neighbor, Lord
  77. Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice
  78. With the Body That Was Broken
  1. Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us