I do not believe that Urizen’s weeping at the end of Blake’s Asia section in The Song of Los (Plate 7, line 42; p. 112) symbolizes remorse for all his injustices against humanity. He is the embodiment of Satan where all he wants to achieve is the corruption of humanity and to bring them all to Hell. It is mentioned that “children [either] knowingly or unknowingly act as Urizen’s agents;” he has a “cult” of followers that will do what they need to in order to help him out with his injustices (107). It is stated that, “the Asia section of Los’s Song deals with responses to revolution rather than its causes” which makes me believe that Urizen isn’t weeping in remorse rather than because his injustices failed (107). It is even stated in the footnote that he wept because of the resurrection of humanity, which implies to me no remorse but sadness that it didn’t work out the way he intended. He is the “avenging conscience” the translation of his name being “your reason” fits to the Philosophy of the five senses because he wants us to fall into the corruption of what he wants by imposing injustice rather than helping to guide into the proper way of life (Blake Dictionary, 419). Urizen was the “charioteer of the material sun” so I found it to be interesting that he brought clouds instead of fire to Jerusalem (Blake Dictionary, 419). Along with hum being this it further addresses my point of him embodying Satan because fire is basically the sun. I believe that he was attempting to wash his failure away not cleanse the injustices he imposed onto humanity by “[stretching] his clouds over Jerusalem” (111). Urizen “is the king of pride motivated by foul ambition and incurs the Satanic self-deceit” and this “leads him constantly to weep over his own victims” due to his “[jealousy] of Man” (Blake Dictionary 419). He is jealous, but not remorseful of his actions committed but mainly of the way it affected huMANity. “Urizen learns by experience” therefore he is not weeping to be remorseful, he is weeping because it didn’t work out as he planned and he must learn from his mistakes and try it all again (Blake Dictionary, 422).

-Alina Cantero