(St.). The giant carried a child over a brook, and said,
“Chylde, thou hast put me in grete peryll. I might bere no greater
burden.” To which the child answered, “Marvel thou nothing, for thou
hast borne all the world upon thee, and its sins likewise.” This is an
allegory: Christopher means Christ-bearer; the child was
Christ, and the river was the river of death.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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