For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds

from William Shakespeare – Sonnet 94 on Rap Genius

Meaning

The “deeds” here seem to refer back to the “not do[ing]” in the second line. It’s as though Shakespeare were making—and here concluding—a case against doing as such, here conflated with souring. This is disturbing and deeply weird in a love poem. What’s a dedicatee to do—literally nothing, lest he fester? (No homo.)

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