Blake’s Indenture and “The Little Vagabond”
I read in Blake Records (p. 10) the terms of the indenture that must have been signed when Blake was apprenticed—
He shall not haunt Taverns. . . .—and immediately thought of “The Little Vagabond”:
. . . finding unto his said Apprentice,
Meat, Drink, Apparel. . . .
Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the Barrel
But kiss him and give him both drink and apparel.