Jack Robinson

: Popular Rhymes And Nursery Tales

There are few proverbial expressions more common than the saying, "As

soon as you can say Jack Robinson," implying excessive rapidity. I have

seen the phrase with the name of Dick Robinson, but failed to take a

memorandum of it. It has since occurred to me that it may have

originated in some way or other with the actor of that name mentioned by

Ben Jonson. If, however, the following quotation from an "old play,"

given by Carr, be genuine, this conjecture must fall to the ground:

A warke it ys as easie to be doone,

As 'tys to saye, Jack! robys on.