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CHAPTER XLIX. Animated Objects, delightful amuse-
ments. Inanimate ones always pleasing, and may, with
HE COMETH FORTH LIKE A FLOWER."
When reason first begins to dawn in an infant, we notice the first shoots or seeds of passion; they are very weak, and we give to them the general name of emotions.
To every regular passion, there are three steps ; and there are sometimes as many more from passion to excess. A cause arises and produces emotion; emotion continued, increases to affection; affection encouraged, swells into passion. So far we permit: the passions are given us by the Almighty to agitate the stream of life, which would otherwise stagnate ; and to produce some strong current, into which we commit ourselves and our possessions; for one undeviating course must be equally ours if eminence be our wish, and one bright goal will be deep seated in our hearts, when virtue is our aim. The pursuit of knowledge is, in general, favourable to virtue. In