Here I am with another rhyming riddle. This time I have encoded it with a vigenere cipher. But don't despair, because I'm also giving you the key!
(I hope this doesn't make it too easy.)

emws mpjk fcbi kgubm lzm qvby htxyrpx
npn lufotwmt asizhhw xerhq bozskduig
f uzubuz bzq dm wdayamtj nnwm
f wvixxvvut pwv yaavhoh bimx dvtniz
q yuvpeis ltfxro emrm sdj xfxj


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Deusovi has decoded the riddle, to which the answer is:


First line

When down vith wrath the risk abounds

This is a cryptic clue: D for down and ANGER, wrath. To take a risk means to expose oneself to danger.

Second line

The sawbones endless saint surrounds.

And another cryptic clue: DR for doctor or "sawbones" surrounds ANGE[l], an endless saint: D(ANGE)R.

Third line

A curser who is somewhat meek,

Someone who says "Dang!" could be a danger.

Fourth line

A tunesmith who perhaps goes squeak,

This refers to Danger Mouse, a musician and a cartoon series.

Last line

A tangled garden this you seek.

Danger is an anagram of GARDEN, as Deusovi found out.


The title is probably related to danger or the code somehow, but I haven't found out how.

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    $\begingroup$ Well done! The title is meant to say that you simply add the two pieces together to get the riddle. Congrats. $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2017 at 13:24

Partial answer: riddle decoded, not solved

The key is

the introductory text itself. Decoding as Vigenere, then shifting back 1 gives:

when down vith wrath the risk abounds
the sawbones endless saint surrounds
a curser who is somewhat meek
a tunesmith who perhaps goes squeak
a tangled garden this you seek

Thoughts on the riddle:

The second line seems very cryptic-clue-ish: put a synonym for "sawbones" inside a synonym of "saint" without its last letter.
The last line also seems cryptic - a "tangled garden" could perhaps be "danger".
The "v" in "vith" rather than "with" may be a clue. It could also be a typo, but I'm not sure that Hugh would make that kind of mistake.

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    $\begingroup$ Great start! And, sorry, it is a typo. My bad. I'll fix it in the question. $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2017 at 13:16

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