Everywhere in the town were the mold and decay that go with antiquity, and evidence of it; but I do not know that anything else gave us so vivid a sense of the old age of Heilbronn as those footworn
grooves in the paving-stones.
Here is the ancient floor, Footworn
and hollowed and thin, Here was the former door Where the dead feet walked in.
By one, and one, the bolts full easy slide:--The chains lie silent on the footworn
stones;--The key turns, and the door upon its hinges groans.