I enjoyed singing the biblical story of the creation. After the creation of trees and plants, Gabriel (the soprano soloist) sings a beautiful description of the first spring:
With verdure clad the fields appear
Delightful to the ravished sense;
By flowers sweet and gay
Enhanced is the charming sight.
Here vent their fumes the fragrant herbs;
Here shoots the healing plant.
By loads of fruits th'expanded boughs are pressed;
To shady vaults are bent the tufty groves;
The mountain's brow is crowned with closed wood.