|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|QUOTATION:||Before you could say Jack Robinson.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||This current phrase is said to be derived from a humorous song by Hudson, a tobacconist in Shoe Lane, London. He was a professional songwriter and vocalist, who used to be engaged to sing at supper-rooms and theatrical houses.|
A warke it ys as easie to be done
As tys to saye Jacke! robys on.