1. The Flower from "Six Italian Love Duets" by Georg Fredric Handel: Janet Wheeler and Eileen Laurence, sopranos; with Dorothy Walters, harpsichord. Amphion Recording CL2113. Remastered in 2016 by Mike Burke. Handel used music from these duets in "Messiah."' I am posting these in cantatas in honor of my mother, Ms. Wheeler, who passed over on Christmas, 2015.
Translation: "The flower, which smiles at the breaking of dawn, is yet destroyed by the sun, and has its tomb in the evening. Yet is life itself a flower. It has it decline after its dawn, And loses in a single day that spring of its youth."