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do hold you
hand under knee
wonders lips honey jam lingers
inside right
vast unique light
just outside
alone like universe
don't know
might practise climbing life

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure the "riddle" tag applies here, so I'm removing it. Feel free to re-add it if I'm wrong. OTOH I've added the "word" tag. $\endgroup$
    – xhienne
    Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:34

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Taking the first letter of each word and decrypting with rot19 gives


Meaning the word is

The fifth word in chapter 10 in the first book of war and peace

Which, unless I've messed up finding it, is

'promise' from the line 'Prince Vasili kept the promise'

  • $\begingroup$ Damn phone call, I've been beaten by a few seconds :-) $\endgroup$
    – xhienne
    Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ @xhienne wow incredibly close! Have a +1 anyway, the phone call wasn't your fault :) $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ wow! I was on this page when both of you answered back to back within seconds of each other. Great work! $\endgroup$
    – jwi
    Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:25
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    $\begingroup$ @jwi thanks! Only feedback I have to give really is that perhaps somewhere there could be a hint as to why the cipher was ROT 7 (or to decrypt with ROT 19) cos trial and error can be a bit tedious. Apart from that nice puzzle! $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ @jwi caesar cipher is the same as ROT ;) $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 14:33

I think the word is


Here is how to find it:

Take the first letter of every word. Turn line skips into spaces.
This yields: "dhy huk wlhjl ir vul jo alu dk mpcl"

Now, shift each letter by 19 positions.
This yields: "war and peace bk one ch ten wd five"

Then, look at the fifth word of War and Peace, book 1, chapter 10 and you'll find "promise".


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