Yet still poor and defenseless and unskilled were the children of men, still moist and ever-anon unstable the world they abode in.
Old English æfre "ever, at any time, always;" no cognates in any other Germanic language; perhaps a contraction of a in feore, literally "ever in life" (the expression a to fore is common in Old English writings).
First element is almost certainly related to Old English a "always, ever," from Proto-Germanic *aiwo, from PIE *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity." (see eon). Liberman suggests second element is comparative adjectival suffix -re.
late Old English anon, earlier on an, literally "into one," thus "continuously; straightway (in one course), at once;" see one. By gradual misuse, "soon, in a little while" (1520s). A one-word etymological lesson in the enduring power of procrastination.
Really; truly; certainly •Used postpositively for emphasis: Boy, has it ever!/ Clinton's generation has already had its chance to make its tastes the country's tastes. Has it ever/ Did we win? Did we ever!