1878 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Rous the Elder

J. Crossley, in Francis Rous, Thule (1878) vii-viii.



There have been provosts of Eton of more elegant minds, of greater administrative powers, of higher classical learning, of more exact and recondite erudition, but none who cherished a stronger affection for that noble foundation, those

Spires and antique towers
That crown the watery glade

than Francis Rous, — and "this it is," as an accomplished successor observed to me in pointing out the fine portrait of him yet preserved in the Master's Lodge, "which, in spite of his Mella Patrum, and Anthony Wood's disparaging character, still makes one look at the Speaker of Barebone's Parliament with a feeling of profound respect."