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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Myself - Poem by Edgar Guest 
Answer/Pointer: Myself - poem by Edgar A. Guest I have to live with myself, and so I want to be fit for myself to know, I want to be able, as days go by, Always to look myself straight in the eye; I don't want to stand, with the setting sun, And hate myself for things I have done. I don't want to keep on a closet shelf A lot of secrets about myself, And fool myself, as I come and go, Into thinking that nobody else will know The kind of a man I really am; I don't want to dress up myself in sham. I want to go out with my head erect, I want to deserve all men's respect; But here in the struggle for fame and pelf I want to be able to like myself. I don't want to look at myself and know That I'm bluster and bluff and empty show. I can never hide myself from me; I see what others may ever see; I know what others may never know, I never can fool myself, and so, Whatever happens, I want to be Self-respecting and conscience free. From: Best loved poems of the American people, p. 91 R+Circ 808.81 Bes 
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