Blake created the characters of Urizen and Los as born rivals and with this, one of the two will triumph. The way “The Song of Los” is set up is similar to a debate. The beginning of “Africa” says,

I will sing you a song of Los, the Eternal Prophet:
He sung it to four harps at the tables of Eternity.
In heart-formed Africa.
Urizen faded! Ariston shuddered!

We see that “Urizen faded!” like he knew his defeat was nearing as Los begins his song. It is essential to point out that Los has a song and Urizen does not because if we take a song with the idea that the song represents fiction and creativity and apply it to Urizen, he then becomes a member of Los. Urizen, based on his own moral standards of living, cannot combat Los leading to his downfall. Urizen’s weeping in “Africa” is told by Los as a story in the past to prove Urizen’s weakness and incapability of leading the world with his ideals. He “gave it into the hands of Newton & Locke” not as an act of passing on the baton, but as an act of surrendering due to the sheer amount of chaos that he could not handle (Line 17). Everything that Newton and Locke has taught today was the result of this. This means that Urizen lives on through disciple-like figures and not through himself directly. Urizen’s weeping in “Asia” takes place in the present and we know this because it occurs after “The SONG of LOS is Ended” (Line 41). This is not even the weep of guilt for leading the world to destruction.

What one might question, then, is what type of tears does Urizen cry? Tears often trigger an emotional response from the audience and the audience sympathize in return. A fool would fall for this trick because his tears fall for reasons that are sinister. He weeps at the resurrection of humankind. This tells us that he want the world to end, but fortunately, humankind opposes him.

-Van Vang