First EditionEMERSON, Ralph Waldo. "We Love the Venerable House" in "A Sermon Delivered at the Ordination of Rev. Chandler Robbins, over the Second Congregational Church in Boston, December 4, 1833". Boston: James W. Burditt, 1833. First Edition. Octavo. 32 pages. Marks the second ever appearance of Ralph Waldo Emerson's early hymn "We love the venerable house," first published as a broadside. This hymn preceded "Nature" by three years. Before Emerson was a great author, he was a great pastor; his philosophical nature stirred by the existential questions regarding matters of faith, death, and morality. As he writes in this hymn, "Anxious hearts have pondered here/The mystery of life,/And prayed the Eternal Spirit clear/Their doubts and aid their strife..." In the early 1830s, Emerson had serious reason to write such lines. Though he was deeply engaged with Christian thought, the death of his first wife the year before shook his belief to the core. Emerson met Ellen Louisa Tucker on Christmas Day in 1827, and married her two years later. The couple moved to Boston with Emerson's mother, Ruth, who helped take care of Ellen, who was already ill with tuberculosis. Ellen's health did not improve, however, and she died in 1831 at the age of 20. Emerson was heavily affected by her death and visited her grave daily. Though his position as pastor at the Boston Second Church kept him occupied, his grief changed his relationship to his faith so profoundly that he ended up leaving the Church. The intellectual confines of the Church were too strong to adequately soothe Emerson's "anxious heart", grieved as it was at the time by "the mystery of life"-- and death. With these lines, we see Emerson leaving behind one path-- as a minister of the Church-- and his birth as writer and philosopher. Some toning and faint foxing to pages. Dampstain to lower margin, not affecting text. Missing original wrappers. Overall in good condition.