I do recall ever seeing my mother in the light of day.
A legal reading of that sentence is one in which ever here means always, as ever and anon it is wont to do. Wherefore given that this sentence is clearly grammatical:
I do recall always seeing my mother in the light of day.
Then so too must needs the original also be grammatical.
‘Ever he clutched me, and ever I hewed him...’
Here for your delectation are a handful of illustrative quotes from an obvious source:
- Tonight the Lord of the Eagles was filled with curiosity to know what was afoot; so he summoned many other eagles to him, and they flew away from the mountains, and slowly circling ever round and round they came down, down, down towards the ring of the wolves and the meeting-place of the goblins.
- That is why they were now riding in silence, galloping wherever the ground was grassy and smooth, with the mountains dark on their left, and in the distance the line of the river with its trees drawing ever closer.
- It was difficult to get them to understand, what with their dizzy heads, and the shouts, and the whacking of sticks and the throwing of stones; but at last Bilbo felt he could delay no longer — the spiders were drawing their circle ever closer.
- With such gloomy thoughts, followed ever by croaking crows above them, they made their weary way back to the camp.
- Then they marched and gathered by hill and valley, going ever by tunnel or under dark, until around and beneath the great mountain Gundabad of the North, where was their capital, a vast host was assembled ready to sweep down in time of storm unawares upon the South.
- Not that I venture to disagree with Thorin, may his beard grow ever longer; yet he was ever a dwarf with a stiff neck.
- And in those days also they forgot whatever languages they had used before, and spoke ever after the Common Speech, the Westron as it was named, that was current through all the lands of the kings from Arnor to Gondor, and about all the coasts of the Sea from Belfalas to Lune.
- Heavy have the hearts of our chieftains been since that night. We needed not the fell voice of the messenger to warn us that his words held both menace and deceit; for we knew already that the power that has re-entered Mordor has not changed, and ever it betrayed us of old.
- But Gandalf bade us hope still for his cure, and we had not the heart to keep him ever in dungeons under the earth, where he would fall back into
his old black thoughts.
- Fear was ever in my heart for my friends in the Shire; but still I had some hope.
- Ever as I came north I heard tidings of the Riders, and though I gained on them day by day, they were ever before me.
- In here it is ever dark; but outside the late Moon is riding westward and the middle-night has passed.
- In this high place you may see the two powers that are opposed one to another; and ever they strive now in thought, but whereas the light perceives the very heart of the darkness, its own secret has not been discovered.
- ‘As he ever has judged,’ said Aragorn.
- ‘We fought far under the living earth, where time is not counted. Ever he clutched me, and ever I hewed him, till at last he fled into dark tunnels. They were not made by Durin’s folk, Gimli son of Glóin. Far, far below the deepest delving of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Even Sauron knows them not. They are older than he. Now I have walked there, but I will bring no report to darken the light of day. In that despair my enemy was my only hope, and I pursued him, clutching at his heel. Thus he brought me back at last to the secret ways of Khazad-dûm: too well he knew them all. Ever up now we went, until we came to the Endless Stair.’
- You have ever been a herald of woe.
- And ever men looked northward, asking: ‘Where are the Riders of Rohan?’
- ‘It is not to be wondered at: webs of deceit were ever woven in Dwimordene.’
- In Dwimordene, in Lórien / Seldom have walked the feet of Men, / Few mortal eyes have seen the light / That lies there ever, long and bright.
- For many the sound of the voice alone was enough to hold them enthralled; but for those whom it conquered the spell endured when they were far away, and ever they heard that soft voice whispering and urging them.
- ‘So we always do.’ he said, as they sat down: ‘we look towards Númenor that was, and beyond to Elvenhome that is, and to that which is beyond Elvenhome and will ever be.’
- Ever your desire is to appear lordly and generous as a king of old, gracious, gentle.
- Ever they circled above the City, like vultures that expect their fill of doomed men’s flesh. Out of sight and shot they flew, and yet were ever present, and their deadly voices rent the air.
- Have we not heard of thee at whiles, and of thy wanderings, ever hatching plots and mischief at a safe distance?
- The Road goes ever on and on / Out from the door where it began.