1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Rous the Elder

David Masson, in Life of John Milton (1859-94; 1965) 3:26-27.



On the 20th of November [1643], the House of Commons recommended to the consideration of the Assembly a new English Version of the Psalms, which had been recently executed, and put into print, by the much-respected member from Truro, Mr. Francis Rous. Ought not Sternhold and Hopkins's Version to be disused among other lumber; and, if so, might not Rous's Version be adopted instead, for use in churches? I would be a merited compliment and also a source of private profit to the veteran Puritan — whom the Parliament, at any rate, were about to appoint to the Provostship of Eton College (worth 800 a year and more), instead of the Malignant, Dr. Stewart, then with his Majesty.