82His children as pleasant and happy as he:Would have no quarrel with the Devil or the Barrel But kiss him & give him both drink and apparel. (13-16)The cold of the Urizenic church would disappear beside the warm, happy fire of the vagabond’s Devil, or in other words, the happy reality of a warmer, more comfortable life. And, God becomes a loving father instead of the oppressive Urizenic father. The Devil, or the collective vagabond spirit, would be nurtured and given the loving “kiss” of a newly established moral humanity in “the break of day” the Bard envisions in the “Introduction” (20).The top half of the illustration for “The Little Vagabond” emphasizes the speaker’s hopeful vision. God appears as a loving father figure who kneels down in a cove of trees and places his arms around a vagabond kneeling in front of him. In addition, bright light emanates from God’s head, and the light’s white and red appearance glow like warm fire, perhaps like the fire the vagabond in the poem imagines in the church. Certainly, thisfather would allow the fire. In addition, the letter “V” in the word vagabond opens below the center of the God-vagabond embrace, directing us to its character of loving acceptance. The scene at the bottom is a contrast in its significance, and it is fitting that the different scenes are stationed at opposite ends of the plate (and at opposite ends of the text). A careworn father sits on a small mound (likely a rock) while his son is being ignored as he stands by a fire. Meanwhile, as Erdman accurately explains, “The mother on the other side of the fire crouches and hides her face (thoughReproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.