The so-called Lund poems have come down to us on a bifolium. On F.2v of this bifolium - on which the poems were written down in two columns - there are two separate lines of poetry: one at the bottom of each column. Are these lines both catchwords, i.e. do they offer the opening of two new poems the new quire was to begin with? This question led to an investigation of the length of the catchwords in a limited number (33) of Middle Dutch codices with rhyming verse. The findings were surprising: nearly half of the codices that were studied merely contained catchwords that did not offer the first few words of the new quire, but the entire first line. Because of its length and position, the separate line at the bottom of the right-hand column of Fol. 2v of the Lund bifolium is almost certainly a catchword. For a philologist this is information that opens up new perspectives. The separate line at the bottom of the left-hand column, however, must have been written down for another reason. In this article some aspects of the outward appearance of the catchword are being discussed. Furthermore; for those catchwords that offer merely the beginning of the first line of poetry of the new quire, the author tries to explain their length.
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