# Look at the following most carefully as every line counts:

Be gone in times of death's long passing,

Henry Atwood s****d his neck,

Hath reeds knocked against thee?

If our fathers knew, then winds they blew,

The sixth of candles burned my eyes,

Horrors even among us,

Leigh tries to eat a stone,

The canine or the cat spat,

Pay attention to the ghoul that weeps.

NOT PART OF THE RIDDLE:

Your number is up, and it's missing. Wary the word second. Try to figure it out.

• I'm kinda confused about the riddle. What are the asterisks for? – NoOneIsHere Jun 21 '17 at 4:33
• oh no, the astericks are because it was meant to be 'Henry Atwood sliced his neck', but I was trying to keep it PG rated. – natural Jun 21 '17 at 4:34
• Oh, ok. I was trying to figure out what the word was, but couldn't. I'm pretty sure 'sliced' is PG though. – NoOneIsHere Jun 21 '17 at 4:35
• it was either slashed or sliced, i can't remember, but still tryin to keep it PG rated. – natural Jun 21 '17 at 4:36
• Ok; great puzzle! – NoOneIsHere Jun 21 '17 at 4:37

The missing number is

five.

Every line

"counts" in the sense of containing a number. The numbers run from one ("Be gONE ...") to ten ("Pay atTENtion ...") but five is missing; we go from "iF OUR fathers ..." to "The SIXthe of candles ...".

The final line:

the "number" is literal; all the numbers overlap the second words of their lines; and "figure" is of course a pun.

• I reckon this was too easy. – natural Jun 21 '17 at 1:32