The first has not been met with in print.4 The Psalms, with Norton's initial afterwards varied, versions by other hands appearing instead of Norton's. 132, has the initial M., and differs in some few words from Norton's version, in that Bible and in the recent edition of the Common Prayer, 1800, numbers 75 and 108 are Hopkins; and in the same edition of the Common Prayer, 101, 102, 105, 106, 109, 110, 111, 115, 116, 117, 118, 129, 131, 132, 135, 136, 138 to 145 inclusive, 147, 149 and 150, are the twenty-seven ascribed to Norton; but 109 is a different version from Norton's, and he did not write 111 or 132. (1593) says, "How few may wage comparison with Reynolds, Stubbes, Mulcaster, Norton, Lambert, and the Lord Henry Howard? It is not improbable that, as his friend and recent patron, Sackville, had by a lavish expenditure become involved, and was travelling in Italy, and as Norton's religious opinions were very strong, not to say puritanical, he intended to devote himself to a religious life. At the Christmas of the same year, he had written, in conjunction with Thomas Sackville, the Tragedy of " Gorboduc." Norton had previously courted the Muses in some recommendatory verses prefixed to " Turner's Preservative," a tract against the Pelagians, dedicated to Hugh Latimer, and printed in 1551.*a second translation of 51; but the usual distinguishment was only the N., as prefixed to 75, 101, 102, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 115, 116, 117, 118, 129,1 131,2 135, 136,3 138 to 145 inclusive, 147, 149 and 150: in all twenty-eight."4 Of the want of poetical merit in Sternhold and Hopkins' Psalter, the baldness of expression, the bad construction of the metre, and the shifts and transposition of words to lengthen out a stanza and form a rhyme, only one opinion now prevails; and it is certain, says Warton,5 " that in Norton's Psalms we see none of those sublime strokes which Sir Philip Sydney discovered in that venerable drama," Gorboduc 6 But we have two better specimens of Norton's versification, preserved among the Cotton MSS.
With such interest, in those days used without scruple, it is not surprising that he should become Counsel as well to the City of London1 as to the Stationers' Company ;2 and also a licenser of books,3 by the appointment of the Bishop of London.
There is a like fee entered in the next year; and entries of payments to him of 20*. appear constantly, until the account ending July, 1583, inclusive, frequently describing him as " Our Counsellor." In the Warden's accounts of the year ending July, 1584, are the following payments; viz.:—" Item, paid to Mr.
He was very soon in good practice as counsel; and on 8th of August, 15To, the recorder Fletewoode, writing to Lord Burghley,1 says, Yesterdaye, being Fridaye, in the afternoone, Mr. Hester Pickering's joynter, the which we have agreed of, if your Lordship and others of Sir William Pickering's fryendes shall well like of it."He also became a married man, and had the cares of a family upon him.
He did not amass wealth ; but he was confided in by the Lord Treasurer Burghley and by Sir Christopher Hatton.
They are of different blood, and are the family of Nortons referred to in Strype's up in the family of Sir Thomas More—and by her he had several sons.1 He was still living, though extremely ill when he lost his second wife in the year 1581: and died at Sharpenhoe, 10th March, 1582-3,2 having witnessed nearly all his sons' career. 1741-2 This ancestor of the second branch of the family was one of the leading citizens of the Vineyard and its first representative to the General Court of Mass. He was sheriff of the county in 1699 and was commissioned as Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1702.