Patience is a middle English poem, religious in character and written in late 14th century. The work contains many technical terms describing the rig and rigging of ships. The authors view is that the translation of the terms into contemporary 20th century English has been inconsistent. The author attributes errors to the methodology used and ‘impatience’ on the part of researchers. Laughton is at odds with the methodology used by another author, Mr. Callender. The former suggests we work back in time from late Tudor while Callender from the date of the poem forward. Many terms are discussed and reference is made to authorities and their texts. Literature is cited waiting further translation.