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Each day, Newspaper History presents a poem that appeared in an American Newspaper 108 years ago.

Conceit

From the Omaha Daily Bee, November 10, 1914. By George Cohan.

I’m the best pal that I ever had.
    I like to be with me;
I like to sit and tell myself
    Things confidentially.

I often sit and ask me
    If I shouldn’t or I should,
And I find that my advice to me
    Is always pretty good.

I never got acquainted with
    Myself till here of late;
And I find myself a bully chum.
    I treat me simply great.

I talk with me and walk with me
    And show me right and wrong;
I never knew how well myself
    And I could get along.

I never try to cheat me;
    I’m as truthful as can be,
No matter what may come or go
    I’m on the square with me.

It’s great to know yourself, and have
    A pal that’s all your own;
To be such company for yourself
    You’re never left alone.

You’ll try to dodge the masses,
    And you’ll find the crowds a joke
If you only treat yourself as well
    As you treat other folk.

I’ve made a study of myself,
    Compared with me the lot,
And I’ve finally concluded
    I’m the best friend I’ve got.

Just get together with yourself
    And trust yourself with you,
And you’ll be surprised how well yourself
    Will like you if you do.


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