E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.