[Kris'-en-dum ] generally means all Christian
countries; but Shakespeare uses it for baptism, or “Christian
citizenship.” Thus, in King John, the young prince says:-
By my christendom!
So I were out of prison and kept sheep,
I should be merry as the day is long.
Act iv sc. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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