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The meaning and origin of the expression: A ministering angel shall my sister be

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'A ministering angel shall my sister be'?

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

What's the origin of the phrase 'A ministering angel shall my sister be'?

The origin of 'A ministering angel shall my sister be'.From 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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