|Short Name:||Francis Rous|
|Full Name:||Rous, Francis, 1579-1659|
Rous, Francis (Rouse), was born at Halton, Cornwall, in 1579, and educated at Oxford. He adopted the legal profession, and way M.P. for Truro during the reigns of James and of Charles I. He also represented Truro in the Long Parliament, and took part against the King and the Bishops. He was appointed a member of the Westminster Assembly; of the High Commission; and of the Triers for examining and licensing candidates for the ministry. He also held other appointments under Cromwell, including that of Provost of Eton College. He died at Acton, Jan. 7, 1659, and was buried in the Chapel of Eton College. Wood, in his Athenae Oxmienses, gives a list of his numerous works.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Rous, Francis, pp. 918, ii.; 927, ii.; 979, i., 1023, i. The.history of the Rous version of the Psalms is still rather obscure. At p. 918, ii., it is said to have been first published 1641, and reprinted with "further changes" in 1643. The present writer has been allowed to compare the—
Booke of Psalmes in English Meeter. Printed for Henry Tutill, Bookseller at Rotterdam, 1638, with the Psalmes of David in English Meeter, set forth by Francis Rous . . . London, Printed by James Young, for Philip Nevill, at the signe of the Gun in Ivie-lane, 1643.
The preface is the same in both, and a careful collation of a considerable number of the versions showed no variations except in spelling, the only variation observed being that the ed. of 1643 adds, after Ps. 150, a supplement of—
Psalmes of harder and lesse usuall Tunes corrected, and the Tunes not altered; with versions of Pss. 51, 111, 112, 113, 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, 130, and 148.
The Psalter of 1647, said to be in the B. M. by Mr. Glass, p. 85 (see p. 926, ii.), is not by Rous, but is a reprint of the Bay Psalm Book noted by Glass at p. 82. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Texts by Francis Rous (4)||As||Instances|
|How sweet and heavenly is the sight||Francis Rous (Author)||1|
|Praise ye the Lord; for it is good Praise to our God to sing (Scottish)||Rous (Alterer)||1|
|The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want||Francis Rous (Author)||80|
|Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heavens||Francis Rous (Author)||1|