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A ministering angel shall my sister be

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Meaning

To minister is to serve, or act as a subordinate agent. So a ministering angel is a kind-hearted person, providing help and comfort.

Origin

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareFrom Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1602:

LAERTES:
Lay her i' the earth:
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring! I tell thee, churlish priest,
A ministering angel shall my sister be,
When thou liest howling.

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