A blast of trumpets, intended as a ‘reveillee’, from French lever.
First he that led the Cavalcade Wore a Sow-gelder’s Flagellet, On which he blew as strong a Levet As well-feed Lawyer on his breviate.
Hudibras, II. ii. v. 609.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.