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.
There is a feeling of weariness created by the slow, march-like prelude, as well as the use of words such as "footworn
" and "dead feet." The singer should treat the recitative-like opening section in a staid manner with hushed dynamics.
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.
He'd been pondering how to evict her from the private preserve of his memory as he ambled along the shortcut, a pinche little footworn
track that meandered and curled, branching off here and branching off there.