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Credit: Brandon X.

My friend made this riddle and I think it’s pretty well made with lots of components, so here it is:

Look
there Is treasure Here
    in Its purest Form

The large Key is Here
    In front Of Your Face
    found  In Moments,
        Used only After… 

The start of its passage
    Begins below the entrance
        With the number of lines

To find the treasure
Measure your happiness
    And theirs
    And write it down
        But not with numbers
            As the first is one
But Wait-
    They are listening
        So reverse its path
            From whence it came

Now place it in a box 
    Of four and four
    For there you’ll find the treasure’s core
… 
Now look across
    See the joining line
    In the distance
        For there lies the key
            For what is hidden.
So, given these clues, what does the following text say?
PJFOIHIHFIHIHIIHNNQDRVKHK

Hint #1:

The third stanza is first.

Hint #2:

Focus on where the capital letters are.

Hint #3:

Beware of the red herring.

Hint #4:

Look at a keyboard for the third stanza.

Hint #5:

Solve the riddle in this order: 3rd stanza, 1st & 2nd stanzas, then the rest.

Hint #6:

Look across the infinite sea for the last stanza.

Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or feedback!

Partial answers are encouraged, feel free to share your thought process.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don’t see much activity here. Is there something about the riddle that could be fixed?(difficulty, grammar, structure, etc.) $\endgroup$ – Xcoder Aug 18 at 1:12
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    $\begingroup$ Sometimes questions just fall through the cracks... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 20 at 1:29
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan :( $\endgroup$ – Xcoder Aug 20 at 2:00
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    $\begingroup$ And sometimes they then get noticed and paid attention to after all. Don't despair! $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 20 at 2:08
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    $\begingroup$ I most definitely don't speak for everyone here, but whenever I see the tags riddle, cipher, and enigmatic-puzzle, I kind of recoil, as in these puzzles it's not always clear what's the next step you need to take in the solving process. This might be part of why there is not so much attention, as it's not fully clear on the method of solving it. I completely understand that that is a part of the puzzle, and part of the fun in solving it, I just don't often attempt puzzles of this sort. $\endgroup$ – micsthepick Aug 20 at 6:20

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