THOU SHALT NOT SUFFER A WITCH TO LIVE
by Brandon Nelson
Symphonic Band Series
GRADE 4 - Medium Advanced
Simple explanations are tempting yet ultimately impossible and, indeed, minimize the great human tragedy that was the persecution and killing of “witches” in Salem. What could possibly whip up such a hysteria among colonial Americans, so apparently devoted to quiet stoicism and religious piety?
Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch To Live, by Brandon Nelson, focuses not as much on potential causation, but reflects upon the fundamental nature of guilt, justice, and forgiveness, on both human and divine levels. Does the professed absolution of God clear the conscious completely notwithstanding the blood of the innocent on one's hands? Answers again remain elusive, but the questions are continuously demanded.