I am reading "Tristram Shandy" and as a non-native English speaker struggling very much to grasp the meaning of some sentences. Can someone help me with understanding the meaning of the following sentences, both of which start with "e'er"?
. . . and just got time enough to the boat to save my passage;—and e’er I had sailed a hundred yards, the Rhône and the Saôn met together, and carried me down merrily betwixt them.
. . .e’er twice twelve months are pass’d and gone, thou mayest grow out like a pumkin, and lose thy shapes——
I understand that "e'er" means "ever." Do they mean something like "if ever"?
Thank you for your help!