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interpreting old nursery poem

‘Twas General Janus, the first to arrive,

In snow-shoes and gaiters,

Escorted by skaters,

And looking quite blue with the cold of his drive,

See him come in, with his footman Aquarius,

Who presents his Ah-kishes,

That’s to say, his best wishes,

A choice of fresh colds, and compliments various.

This is part of the nursery poem from Walter Crane’s book.

I have two questions from this.

  1. Does ‘looking quite blue with the cold of his drive’ mean, ‘looking pale because he got a cold from the drive’?
  2. Then does ‘Ah-kishes’ express the sound of coughing?

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