With delicate steps and a radiant face, he nears the archangel Uriel with the sole intention of obtaining the information he needs. With his peculiar style, Satan tickles Uriel´s ears by telling him that he is one “of those seven spirits that stand / In sight of God's high Throne, gloriously bright” (III:654-657). Satan informs Uriel that he has come closer to get to know God’s creation, “but chiefly Man” (III:663). Afterwards, he kindly asks him “in which of all these shining Orbs hath Man / His fixed seat” (III: 668).
Ariel is amazed by the way the young cherub expresses himself. Ariel replies that his craven for knowing God’s creation is understandable and logical “for wonderful indeed are all his works” (III: 702) and gives him precise information about how to get to the place where Adam and Eve are.
It is interesting to notice that most of what Milton wrote in Paradise Lost has no biblical support. For example, the archangel Uriel does not appear in the Bible and is Milton’s own creation. However, Uriel´s words about the beauty of God’s works are clearly based on what the Holy Scriptures mention to satiety. Thus, one can read in Psalm 19: 1-3 that “the heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words. ”
PL III: 721-728
The rest in circuit walls this Universe. [ 721 ]
Look downward on that Globe whose hither side
With light from hence, though but reflected, shines;
That place is Earth the seat of Man, that light
His day, which else as th' other Hemisphere
Night would invade, but there the neighbouring Moon
(So call that opposite fair Starr) her aide
Timely interposes, and her monthly round [ 728 ]
Certainly, God’s work is wonderful.