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warrior — “O my fair,” OTHELLO, ii. 1. 180 ; “unhandsome warrior as I am,” OTHELLO, iii. 4. 152. ( “unfair assailant,” JOHNSON) “This phrase [warrior] was introduced by our copiers of the French Sonnetteers. Ronsard frequently calls his mistresses guerrieres; and Southern, his imitator, is not less prodigal of the same appellation. Thus, in his Fifth Sonnet:
‘And, my warrier, my light shines in thy fayre eyes.’
Again, in his Sixth Sonnet:
‘I am not, my cruell warrier, the Thebain,’ etc.
Again, ibid.:
‘I came not, my warrier, of the blood Lidian.’
Had not I met with the word thus fantastically applied, I should have concluded that Othello called his wife a warrior because she had embarked with him on a warlike expedition, and not in consequence of Ovid's observation— ‘Militat omnes amans, et habet sua castra Cupido’” (STEEVENS) .

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