ADVERBS Besides; briefly; by; chance; even; everEver (at every time) freq.:
The latter use is still retained in poetry. But in prose we confine "ever" (like the Latin "unquam") to negative, comparative, and interrogative sentences. Ever seems contrary to modern usage in
“For slander's mark was ever yet the fair.
"But," however, implies a kind of negative, and "ever" means "at any time."
“Would I might
But ever see that man.