Three times,” he says angrily, “thou shalt betray me ere the cock crows.
A pretty thing to 'ave my name in all the papers about 'ere as torturing a goose!
In the days of thy youth, ere thy strength is steady, beware of lust.
Or else, "'ere's to 'er as shares our sorrers and doubles our joys!"
Nor was it many days ere Violante, the most holy sister, had left the court.
I have never seen them; though I trust to see them ere I die.
Scarcely two hours had elapsed ere four or five more canoes were seen descending the river.
Reflect, then, I entreat you, ere you afford even a causeless impression of distance or estrangement.
ere long they saw in the distance an Indian village, consisting of a cluster of thirty or forty wigwams.
Nature does but sleep, and will, perhaps, ere long awake again.
c.1200, from Old English ær (adv., conj., & prep.) "soon, before (in time)," from Proto-Germanic *airiz, comparative of *air "early" (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German er, Dutch eer; German eher "earlier;" Old Norse ar "early;" Gothic air "early," airis "earlier"), from PIE *ayer- "day, morning" (cf. Avestan ayar "day;" Greek eerios "at daybreak," ariston "breakfast"). The adverb erstwhile retains the Old English superlative ærest "earliest."