No idea but...
Posted by Alex on November 13, 2001
In Reply to: No answer came the stern reply posted by Richard Beck on November 13, 2001
: I would like to know the origin of the phrase
: "No answer came the stern reply"
It's quite similar to a line from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven":
'...Stern Despair returned, instead of the sweet Hope he dared adjure - / That sad answer, "Never - nevermore."'