No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp, And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee Where thrift may follow fawning.

  • Candied tongue licking absurd pomp? Wow. It’s so vivid really. I picture a crystallized tongue lapping at the gold trim of an ornamental uniform, like on a cumberbund or fringe or an epaulette.
  • Crooking the pregnant hinges of the knee – Well, well, is the knee pregnant because the flatterer is so often upon them? Are the knees swollen from kneeling? It would seem the owner of the candied tongue might be sucking up in a quite literal way.
  • Horatio is once again connected with thrift. Thrift, thrift, Horatio!
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