Where does "Oh what tangled webs we weave" come from?

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Where does the line, "Oh what tangled webs we weave" come from? I am not even sure it it Poe's, but I found this website and thought I would try it. I think it may even be Shakespeare.

-- Anonymous, March 24, 2002


Sir Walter Scott's Marmion.

-- Anonymous, March 24, 2002

Dorothy Parker

-- Anonymous, July 15, 2002

You may trust, as always, Tis and his correct information. The line is to be found in W. Scott's romantic tale in verse entitled "Marmion"(1st ed. -1808), about the battle of Flodden-Field (1513). It is precisely the 27th line in stanza XVII of Canto the Sixth ("The Battle"), as you can check it in any edition of this historical (out of mood?) poem. Note that this line (enter it with "Google") seems to be some object of quarrel about purloiners and plagiarists amid web-sites... just a kind of topic Poe was decidedly fond of! Perhaps a link for your own research? Yours sincerely, Raven's Shade (Belgium).

-- Anonymous, July 20, 2002

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