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Note to stanza
 aflausn ‘release’: The word can also refer to ‘a discharge, loose bowels, diarrhea’. Aflausn is attested only here in poetry. See ONP: aflausn, Fritzner IV: aflausn. Skj B translates it as svar ‘response’, Möbius (1874, 41) as ich habe mich losgemacht ‘I have loosened, disengaged myself’. Cf. ESk Geisl 71/6VII leysa brag ‘deliver a poem’. Both senses – a literary release and a bodily discharge – may be operative in this line.
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