Sir John Roe (1581-1608) was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. For an account of him and his relations with Donne, see Donne's Poems, ed. Sir Herbert Grierson (Oxford, 1912), II. cxxix-cxxxv.
From To Sir Nicholas Smith first published in the seventh edition of John Donne's Poems (1669), p. 138; repr. Grierson, I. 401:
Here sleeps House by famous Ariosto,
By silver-tongu'd Ovid, and many moe,
Perhaps by golden-mouth'd Spencer too pardie,
(Which builded was some dozen Stories high)
I had repair'd.